Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office are searching forsuspects in connection with an early morning fire yesterday that destroyed a wood-frame barn.

The fire was reported 3:35 a.m. in the 7300 block of Smith Road, off Obrecht Road, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.

Thomas said the 40-by-30-foot barn contained 3,000 bales of hay and straw. He estimated the damage to the barn at $30,000.

It took 35 firefighters from Sykesville, Winfield and Gamber volunteer fire departments 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control, Thomas said.

There were no injuries, he said.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of suspects in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the office at (800) 492-7529.



WESTMINSTER -- City police are getting ready to improve driver and passenger safety in the Governor's Highway Safety Program.

The program's competition for counties will run Oct. 1, 1991, to March 31, 1992.

City police will work to increase safety belt use to more than 70 percent by 1992, a target date and amount set by President Bush, according to Cpl. Rick May.

Officers will concentrate on issuing citations and warnings to motorists during the months of the competition.

The police also plan to increase efforts in drunken-driving enforcement and will encourage motorists to report road hazards to county and state authorities.


A convicted murderer granted probation befor judgemnet in the largest theft from a Carroll residence has been placed back on probationfollowing a hearing by the Maryland Parole Commission.

Julie R. Wilt, 33, a former Carroll woman convicted in 1984 of killing her husband, had participated with her boyfriend, Byron Pantazonis, 42, of Baltimore, in a scheme to steal $260,000 in antiques from a Westminsterhome.

Wilt, of the 100 block of South Curley Street in Baltimore,was found guilty of theft charges on April 15, in connection with theft of more than $19,000 worth of furniture from Westminster Antiqueson Springs Mill Road.

Wilt could have been ordered to finish the sentence in her husband's murder, because the theft conviction violated her parole. Wilt was sentenced to 20 years suspended in the shooting death of her husband, Timothy Jules Wilt.

Her Towson attorney, Warren G. Mix, said the parole commission considered her probation inthe thefts case a violation of her parole, but agreed with the termsby which Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. placed her on five years probation.

The commission also considered the time she spentin prison awaiting trial and sentencing on the theft charge.

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

Sept. 13

1:48 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown of Baltimore County responded to a building fire on East Main Street.

5:01 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a tractor fire on Langdon Drive.

6:10 p.m., Reese responded to a motorcycle fire on Lassiter Circle.

Sept. 14

4:59 a.m., Lineboro responded to smoke in a building on Birthday Club Road.

1:50 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a brush fire on Interstate 70.

2:01 p.m., Mount Airy responded to an oven fire on Canvas Back Way.

Sept. 15

2:21 p.m., Winfield responded to a kitchen fire on Buffalo Road.

3:34 p.m., Westminster responded to a woods fire on Gorsuch Road.

Sept. 16

8:47 a.m., Westminster responded to a smokedetector sounding on George Street.

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