CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


Short-term Main St. parking approved

One Westminster parking lot will be reserved for short-term parking to accommodate downtown merchants when Main Street is closed for festivals.

The City Council has approved 30-minute parking on the Sentinel lot at the southeast corner of Main and Liberty streets when the street is closed for festivals.

The council action came in response to a request from Brady Bryson, owner of Locust Wines. Mr. Bryson asked the council to reserve four spaces for his business, but council members decided instead to provide short-term parking on the lot for drivers who have errands to run downtown during a festival.

Gas leak is ventilated at seafood restaurant

About 20 firefighters from the Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester fire companies responded to a gas leak at the Long John Silver Seafood Restaurant in the Cranberry Mall complex in Westminster yesterday at 9:55 a.m., said Carl Luksic, an engineer with the Westminster Fire Department.

Nobody was injured, he said.

"The building was fully charged with gas when they got there," he said. "All we did was ventilate the building."

The gas line to a deep fat fryer had been disconnected for cleaning, he said, and it was not properly re-connected.

Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour, Mr. Luksic said, and Baltimore Gas and Electric officials also were called to the scene.

Mr. Luksic said police diverted traffic away from the building, but no roads were closed.


* Westminster: Stephanie L. Elser of East Main Street told Westminster police Saturday that someone stole her wallet from her purse. The loss was about $55.

Vickie L. McLaughlin of Cockeysville told city police Monday that someone stole her wallet from her coat when she was in the Wal-Mart department store.


* Westminster: Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded to an odor of gas in the Long John Silver restaurant at Cranberry Mall at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday. Units were out for an hour and 21 minutes.

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