Someone has been stealing bleachers in Carroll County, state police spokesman Chuck Jackson said.

About 120 bleachers have been taken from six parks and two public schools, he said.

"We have no suspects at this time, but we feel they're being stolen because of the recent demand for aluminum," he said. "There's the possibility these seats have been taken to local recycling centers for payment.

"We are alerting the recycling centers, as well as areajunk dealers to be on the lookout for this aluminum and to report any suspicious activity."

Jackson said the problem "is serious vandalism," because replacing the 15- to 21-foot bleachers could cost morethan $10,000.


WESTMINSTER -- Crime Solvers, avolunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the theft of a flag from the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The museumhad the banner specially designed to mark its 25th anniversary celebration.

The 5-foot flag with red and blue lettering was flown at the museum entrance on Center Street. Sometime after 7:30 p.m. April 24 police said it was stolen from the grounds.

Valued at $200, the banner was decorated with the museum's shield and "1966 -- 1991 Celebrating 25 Years" was printed across it.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to leave yourname, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


TANEYTOWN -- The appeal of three city residents convicted of trespassing at a top-secret military installation during a peace vigil in August 1989 will be heard before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania Tuesday.

Yvonne Small, her husband, Jim and Wayne Cogswell were found guilty of the charges last April by Adams County Court of Common Pleas Judge Oscar F. Spicer.

The Smalls and Cogswell were among seven arrested at a peace vigil at Site R, a military command center buried in Raven Rock Mountain just across the Pennsylvania border.

The seven were charged with defiant trespass after they refused to move away from the facility, also known as the "underground Pentagon."

The Smalls and Cogswell each were sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of community service and a $700 fine.

After Yvonne Small refused to pay the fine -- which she said she couldn't do "in good conscience" -- Spicer sentenced her to jail for six to 12 months on Oct. 28.

After she served 30days of the sentence, Spicer released her.


WESTMINSTER -- State police arrested a Randallstown, Baltimore County, man early Friday morning after hearing an alarm sound at a Westminster jewelry store.

The store, Myers Fine Jewelry and Gifts, is near state police barracks on Route 140.

State Police Sgt. Frank E. Wastler heard an automatic alarm sounding at the store at 3:08 a.m. and went over to take a look.

When he got there, he heard a door slam and then saw a dark 1990 Volvo sedan pull out onto Route 140 from the Myers parking lot.

He jumped in his patrol car and flagged the driver down.

Another trooper at the barracks, John Carhart III, then went over to the store and found that a glass door had been smashed.

State police said Wastler recovered $14,000 in gold jewelry anda .38-caliber Colt revolver from the car.

Dwayne Albert Ballard of Randallstown was charged with breaking and entering, theft, destruction of property and a handgun violation.

He was being held late Friday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

Debbie Myers, whose husband owns and runs the store, said she was a little surprised by the break-in, especially when the building is so closeto the police barracks.

"You do find it a little strange, don't you?" she said.


FREDERICK -- Maryland state police have arrested a Mount Airy man on charges of molesting as manyas 16 children over a 10-year period.

Larry B. Jury, 39, a formerBoy Scout leader here, was jailed on $80,000 bond Friday at the Frederick Adult Detention Center.

Police said an informant told them that Jury kept a list in his house of the children he had molested. Police raided the house in February but would not say what evidence they seized. Officers have interviewed alleged victims of the molestation since February.


Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

June 7

12:21 a.m., Westminster responded to a brush fire on Washington Road.

3:43 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a smoke detector sounding on Singer Drive.

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