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Gunman robs Route 140 gas station

A gunman, believed to be a teen-ager, robbed the Tevco gasoline station on Route 140 of an undisclosed amount of money early Wednesday.


The attendant at the all-night gas station and convenience store, in the 3100 block of Baltimore Blvd., told state police that a man about 18 years old entered the store about 3:40 a.m., approached her with a gun in his hand and demanded the cash from the register.

Patricia Groft, who described her assailant as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds with black hair, said the weapon appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun.


She said the man was wearing a dark blue turtleneck shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes and a dark baseball cap.

Fishing may be OK at Eden Farm pond

Fishing may be permitted on the Westminster-owned Eden Farm pond, but ice skating appears to be out.

The city government's insurers are "very bullish" on ice skating, Planning and Public Works Director Thomas B. Beyard told the city parks board Wednesday. Mr. Beyard asked the insurance company for advice after Eden Farm subdivision residents complained last winter that skaters were using the pond under unsafe conditions.

He said the city does not have adequate staff to cover the liability issue on ice skating, but it may be possible for city police to monitor fishing at the pond. He said he would discuss the feasibility of permitting fishing with Police Chief Sam Leppo.

City Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan, liaison to the parks board, suggested that the property could become a park, part of a larger open space area between Route 27 and the county airport.

Student selected for honor society

Lora M. Unkle, a student at Essex Community College, recently was inducted into Chi Theta Kappa, the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year colleges.


She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fleck of Westminster and Mr. and Mrs. William Unkle of Shrewsbury, Pa.

A geography major, she has maintained a 3.8 grade point average and is in the top 6 percent of the student body scholastically.


* Westminster: Units from Westminster and Manchester were called to a garage fire on Old Manchester Road at 12:37 p.m. Units were on the scene for 35 minutes.

* Sandymount: Reese and Westminster responded to a dryer fire in a house on Monarch Meadow Court at 12:48 p.m. Thursday. Units were on the scene 21 minutes.