Student, 11, is charged in having knife at school

An 11-year-old Westminster boy was arrested Friday and charged with carrying a deadly weapon on school property.

The youth, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged after a folding knife was found in his school bag by an official of East Middle School on Longwell Avenue, police said.


Police said the boy did not threaten anyone with the weapon.

He was released to his mother pending a hearing in juvenile court.


Man is arrested after gun goes off

A rifle that discharged when it was thrown to the ground led to the arrest of a 36-year-old Westminster man about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Police said that a man they described as intoxicated allegedly pointed a rifle at several other people while cursing them on a parking lot near his home.

Police said the man threw the rifle to the ground, causing it to discharge, as officers arrived at the scene. The bullet struck a tree, and no one was injured.

The suspect fled after the rifle discharged and was found attempting to hide nearby, police said.

Donald Lee Bryant of South Center Street was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly intoxication and discharging a firearm. He was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on $5,000 bond later Saturday.


* Westminster: The owner of a car wash on 24th Street reported to police that someone sprayed yellow paint around the wash area Friday. Damage was estimated at $250.



* Westminster: Units from Westminster and Reese were dispatched to investigate a fire alarm in a building on Center Street at 5:33 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 15 minutes.

* Reese: Reese units responded to investigate a report of smoke in a building on Old Westminster Pike at 1:32 p.m. Saturday. They were out for 32 minutes.