Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the theft of a 240-volt, 4,000-watt generator from the parking lot of Little George's in the Smallwood area of Carroll.

Police said the theft occurred between 7 and 8 p.m. April 3.

The generator was being used to supply power to workers working on water lines.

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

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


WESTMINSTER -- Fire officials are still searching for two teen-age boys in connection with a July 4 two-alarm fire that gutted a two-story home on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The fire, ruled an arson, started in the shed attached to the back of the home and then spread to the house, officials said.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said two white males between the ages of 14 and 17 were seen running from the home.

Two men who were passing by reported the blazeat about 11:12 p.m. They chased the two boys but could not catch them, Thomas said.

He said it took some 40 firefighters from five county volunteer fire companies about 20 minutes to bring the fire undercontrol.

The home's owner, Frances Walsh, works at the Carroll County Farm Museum, where she was watching fireworks when the blaze broke out.

The Arson Control Association of Maryland is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of suspects in the case.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the State Fire Marshal's Office at (800) 492-7529.


TANEYTOWN -- A Daisy Drive town house received $20,000 worth of damage yesterday morning in a fire investigators claimwas set by a 3-year-old boy.

The fire in the two-story home was reported at 9:38 a.m., Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said.

Thomas said Debra Jones and her son, Robert Lee Jones Jr., were on thesecond floor of the home when the blaze broke out.

Investigators determined that the blaze began when the child picked up a cigarette lighter and lighted the bed blankets and sheets on fire.

Debra Jones discovered the fire and was able to escape the home safely with her son, Thomas said.

The one-alarm fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes by 30 firefighters from Harney, Taneytown and Emmitsburg. An air unit from Reese also assisted, he said.

Investigators have ruled that the fire was accidental.


ELDERSBURG -- State police are still investigating the cause of a one-car crash on Route 32 on July 5 that killed an 84-year-old Finksburg woman.

Police said Hazel Curley Hendricksen of the 2000 block of Bollinger Mill Road was traveling southbound on Route 32 one-half mile south of Johnsville Road when her car ran off the road "for no apparent reason" and struck a telephone pole head on.

Police said Hendricksen, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed instantly in the crash. Hendricksen's 13-year-old grand-daughter was riding in the car at the time of the accident but was not injured. She was wearing a seat belt, police said.

The accident caused Route 32 to be closed for about an hour because live power lines were in the roadway.

The state Medical Examiner's Office will try to determine if Hendricksen had a medical problem that contributed to the crash.


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

July 7

3:08 a.m., New Windsor responded to a firealarm sounding on Glenview Drive.

10:11 a.m., Sykesville responded to a wash detail on Piney Ridge Road.

11:42 a.m., Manchester responded to wires on fire on Westminster Street.

1:38 p.m., Manchester responded to a tree down on wires on Main Street.

1:49 p.m., Hampstead responded to wires down on North Main Street.

1:50 p.m., Taneytown responded to wires down on Keysville Road.

1:50 p.m., Hampstead responded to wires down on Bricks Store Road.

1:56 p.m., Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded for a shed fire on Bradford Road.

2:05 p.m., Mount Airy responded to wires down on Twin Arch Road.

2:20 p.m., Mount Airy, New Market and Damascus responded to a house struck by lightning on Kristie Acres Circle.

2:26 p.m., Hampstead responded to wires down on Lower Beckleysville Road.

2:32 p.m., Sykesville and Gamber responded to a fire alarm on Sunset Valley Drive.

2:42 p.m., Westminster responded to wires down on UniontownRoad.

4:30 p.m., Hampstead responded to wires down on Brick StoreRoad in Baltimore County.

4:56 p.m., Manchester responded to wires down on Grafton Street.

July 8

12:05 a.m., Manchester responded to an automatic alarm sounding on Hanover Pike in Baltimore County.

12:10 a.m., Manchester and Hampstead responded to a brush fire on Trenton Road in Baltimore County.

9:13 a.m., Lineboro responded to a report of hazardous conditions on Gunpowder Road in Baltimore County.

9:33 a.m., Hampstead and Manchester responded to a stove fire on Foreston Road in Baltimore County.

9:35 a.m., Lineboro and Manchester responded to wires and a tree on fire on Gunpowder Road in Baltimore County.

10:03 a.m., Union Bridge responded to a house fire on Good Intent Road in Frederick County.

1:17 p.m., Westminster responded to a brush fire on Old Manchester Road.

2:09 p.m., MountAiry responded to smoke in a house on Annapolis Rock Road in Howard County.


Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS(drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.

Here is a compilation ofsome of the crime reported to local and state police:


1900 block of Liberty Road: Breaking and entering and theft of equipment from Corvette Specialties, July 3. Estimated loss: $375.


East Green Street: Window vandalized and broken at EagleOil Co., July 3. Estimated loss: $375.

Cindy Lane: Destruction ofcar parked at residence, June 30. Estimated loss: $300.

CranberryMall: Theft of bicycle from rack outside mall, July 8. Estimated loss: $350.

Village Road: Damage to glass door of pizza shop, July 8.Estimated loss: $200.

Cranberry Mall: Damage to car parked in lot, July 3. Estimated loss: $360.

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