State police are still searching for suspects in connection with thetheft of a night deposit bag at Westminster Bank and Trust on Liberty Road early yesterday morning.

State police said the manager of American Pizza in Eldersburg was making a deposit around midnight whentwo men between 18 and 20 years old came through the parking lot andstole the bag.

The two men fled on foot to the Carroll Highlands neighborhood, the manager told police.

The neighborhood was searched by uniformedtroopers and a Baltimore County Police K-9 Unit.


UNION MILLS -- Two 15-year-old boys stand charged with armed robbery and burglary after allegedly holding up an Old Hanover Road family at gunpoint, stealing their pickup truck and leading police on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning, state police said.

Thenames of the two juveniles, who live on Backwoods Road in Westminster, were being withheld by state police.

While both face armed robbery and burglary charges, one of the boys will be charged as an adultand will face an additional charge of attempted murder, police said.

Police said the crime spree began around 1 a.m. when two boys broke into the home of Arthur and Janis Lockard.

The intruders took guns from the home and held the Lockards and their two children at gunpoint, police said.

They ransacked the home and took money from Janis Lockard's purse, police reports said.

A scuffle ensued when Arthur Lockard attempted to grab a shotgun from one of the youths. The father stopped fighting when the second youth threatened to harm the Lockards' 14-year-old son.

The youths fled the home in the Lockards' 1977 Ford pickup, police said.

A high-speed chase ensued when Tfc. Philip L. Henry and Tfc. John Dunn saw the truck leaving the scene.

The chase went south on Route 97 and then east on Route 496, police said. At one point during the chase, the youths rammed the rear of Henry's cruiser.

Just west of Route 30, the driver of the trucklost control of the vehicle, which flipped several times before coming to rest on a nearby lawn.

The youths charged in the incident and Henry were taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries.

After being processed at the state police barracks in Westminster, the youths were turned over to juvenile authorities.


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

This week, the group is targeting two thefts from sheds behind private homes in the 4100 block of Teklen Drive in Westminster.

Police said the thefts occurred between 8 p.m. May 25 and 5 p.m. May 31.

They said the suspects entered the sheds by removing the door hinges and doors.

Items stolen from the sheds included a green Rally gas-powered push mower, two red Homelite gas-powered weed trimmers and a five-gallon gas can.

If you have any informationabout this crime, or believe you 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 toa $1,000 reward.


MANCHESTER -- About 58 peoplegathered at a Ku Klux Klan rally Saturday night in a field on Water Tank Road, state police said.

Police said there were about 13 people wearing white robes and about 45 spectators at the ceremony.

The Klan members burned a cross at the gathering, police said.

A leaflet which read "White Public Only!!" was distributed in area mailboxes inviting residents to the rally.


MOUNT AIRY -- A porch fire caused about $35,000 in damage to a Legion Drive home Monday evening, fire officials said.

The attic and exterior walls of the one-story wood-frame home received much of the damage, according to fire officials.

The fire began in trash containers on the home's rear deck, officials said. It was discovered by a housekeeper just before 5:15 p.m.

The fire was brought under control in about 10minutes by about 30 firefighters from Mount Airy and New Market, Frederick County.

The cause of the blaze was still under investigation as of late yesterday, officials said.


WESTMINSTER -- A home-built airplane had to make an emergency landedin a cornfield Sunday morning after its engine failed, police officials said.

State police said pilot Peter Baldwin Turney, 64, of Catonsville, took off from Carroll County Airport around 11:30 a.m. and climbed to about 2,000 feet.

The aircraft started to have engine problems and the plane lost altitude.

Turney was forced to crash-land the plane in a cornfield behind the home of Carolyn Leister in the700 block of Leisters Church Road.

Turney suffered some minor injuries but refused medical help, police said.


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

July 28

9:17 a.m., Sykesville responded to a fire alarm sounding on Liberty Road.

11:52 a.m., Taneytown, Union Bridge and Harney responded to a field fire on Crouse Mill Road.

July 29

2:00 a.m., Sykesville and Gamber responded for an automatic fire alarm on Bartholow Road.

7:03 a.m., Hampstead responded to a telephone pole fire on Hoffman Mill Road.

8:09 a.m., Westminster responded for a wash detail on Hahn Road.

9:36 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded for an automatic fire alarm on Washington Road.

12:15 p.m., Sykesville responded for a house fire on Liberty Road.

1:14 p.m., Winfield responded to wires on fire on Old Washington Road.

4:45 p.m., Reese and Westminster responded for a house fire on Baltimore Boulevard.

5:15 p.m., Mount Airy responded for a house fire on Legion Drive.

July 30

3:02 a.m., Manchester responded to a Dumpster fire on Main Street.

3:22 a.m., Harney assisted Adams County on a house fire on Taneytown Road.

3:39 a.m., Taneytown transferred an engine to Harney.

4:26 p.m., Westminster responded to an automobile leaking gas on Timber Ridge Drive.

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