Shotgun-wielding bandit robs Finksburg pizza shop

A robber armed with a shotgun escaped with an undisclosed amount of money after holding up the Pizza Hut in the Finksburg Plaza Shopping Center Tuesday night.

State police described the man as white, in his late 20s, 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-8 inches tall, 160 to 180 pounds, with brown hair and eyes and a mustache. He wore a dark green hooded sweat shirt, brown denim jeans and black leather boots.


Investigators said the man entered the restaurant about 10:30 p.m., pointed the shotgun at an employee and demanded money.

17-year-old charged with 15 area burglaries


A Westminster 17-year-old was held on $35,000 bond after being charged as an adult in Carroll County District Court with committing 15 burglaries in the county between June 11 and Sept. 4.

Jerry Lee Derita, of the first block of Sycamore St., originally had been charged as a juvenile. But his case was waived by the juvenile court to the district court.

The teen-ager is charged with stealing jewelry, stereo equipment, cash and other property after conspiring with other youths to commit the break-ins in Carroll County, according to court documents.

The Derita youth's bond was set at $35,000 in full by a court commissioner yesterday afternoon.

He will receive a bail review hearing before a district court judge.

The youth is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Students plan party for children of shelter

Westminster High School students from the Future Homemakers of America Club will have a book party for young children from the Carroll County Family Center, Homeless Women and Children's Shelter and Shepherd's Staff Shelter at 2 p.m. today.


The party is to celebrate Youth Service Week Oct. 17-23 and carry out part of the students' community service through the Reading is Fundamental Inc. program. The party will be held at the Carroll Family Center at 10 Distillery Drive.

The high school students will dress up in costume and conduct entertaining reading activities, furnish books that the children may choose and keep, and provide refreshments.

The high school students have invited local and state officials to the party.

Reading is Fundamental is the nation's largest nonprofit children's literacy organization and has been working with the Maryland Student Service Alliance to provide literacy service opportunities for students.


* Westminster: A Palmer Terrace resident told police someone scratched the hood of her car Tuesday while it was parked at Fairground Village Shopping Center. Damage is estimated at $500.


A city employee reported to police someone spray painted the park benches in the pavilion at the City Playground Tuesday. Damage is estimated at at $100.


* Patapsco: Engines from the Reese fire station responded for a pole fire on Tank Road at 11:04 a.m. Wednesday. They were out for 22 minutes.