CENTRAL Union Mills * Westminster

Robber wielding a knife thwarted by pharmacist

A man with a butcher knife tried to rob the Rite Aid Pharmacy in the 140 Village Shopping Center about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday.


Store employees described the man to Westminster police as a white man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 150 to 180 pounds, and 20 to 24 years old. He was wearing dark-framed glasses, a dark baseball cap with gold braid on the visor, a tan jacket, light-colored pants and black tennis shoes.

The man entered the drugstore and began questioning an employee about condoms and the material used in their manufacture.


The employee, unable to answer the questions, called for pharmacist Vincent DiPaula, who was in the rear of the store.

As Mr. DiPaula approached, the man brandished the knife and attempted to force the pharmacist toward the drug storage area.

Mr. DiPaula grabbed the knife and tried to wrest it from his assailant, receiving a small cut on his right hand.

The man fled and ran to the rear of the shopping center through a breezeway, where he got into a dark pickup truck operated by a second person.

Mr. DiPaula did not require hospital treatment, and the drugstore remained open.

Anyone who may have been in the area and has information about the man or the truck is asked to call Westminster police at 848-4646 or 857-TIPS.

Technology Center appoints teachers

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center recently announced the appointment of four new members to the faculty for the 1992-1993 academic year.


* Roger Anderson, a teacher with 10 years of experience, is an instructor in warehousing and materials handling. A graduate of Western Maryland College, he previously taught at North Carroll High School and Forbush School in Howard County.

* Joan Dishberger will head the culinary arts program. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in nutrition and has extensive experience in the food service industry.

* Kathleen Franz will be in charge of the child-care program. She is a graduate of Towson State University and has bachelor's and master's degrees in early childhood education. She was the associate director of the Rodgers Forge Children's Center and taught in Baltimore schools, as well as Westminster's Christian Preschool and Kindergarten.

* Nancy Rogers, a registered nurse, will join the licensed practical nursing program. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she earned her bachelor's degree.

She has worked as a head nurse in coronary care, intensive care and burn units in the Baltimore area. She most recently served as Nursing and Allied Health Project Developer for Carroll County.



* Westminster: Richard Lyons, of East Main Street, told police that someone damaged his automobile by throwing eggs on it while it was parked on Wampler Lane last Saturday.


* Westminster: At 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, firefighting crews from Westminster were called to Center Street to extinguish an automobile fire.

At 8:52 p.m., units responded to an automatic alarm sounding at a building on Memorial Avenue. The Reese fire company assisted.