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Two students face weapons charges

Two students at the Carroll County alternative education school on Airport Drive were arrested and charged with having a weapon on school property Tuesday.

A 15-year-old youth was taken to the office of the administrator, where a kitchen knife with a 3-inch blade was found in one of his pockets.

Following the discovery of the knife, the Westminster student told Allan Butler, the administrator, of a 14-year-old Mount Airy student who had a police-style night stick in his locker.

School officials and city police officer Michael Bubel went to the youth's locker, where they found and confiscated the night stick.

Both students were charged as juveniles and released to their parents.

Neither youth offered a reason for having the weapons on school property, police said.

The alternative school program is for students who are uncooperative in a normal classroom setting.

Gas line replacement may close E. Main St.

Motorists along East Main Street in Westminster may find their route partially blocked at Center Street while Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. replaces a 2-inch high pressure gas line.

Frank Wanken, public affairs officer for the company, said the old gas lines were installed about 1930 and are being replaced while the county is doing extensive road work along the busy city thoroughfare.

The pipe replacement will close the intersection from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. through April 3, Mr. Wanken said.

Additional pipe installation on Main Street east of Center Street to Washington Avenue and on that road to Quintal Drive will begin April 5.

Detour signs will be installed to move traffic around the &r; Washington Avenue construction area while the work continues, said.


* Union Mills: Pleasant Valley responded to an emergency water detail on Littlestown Pike at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. Units

were out for

more than an hour.

* Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded to an odor of gas on Fair Avenue at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday. Units were out for 18 minutes.

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