Office building, vehicles vandalized


A vandal or vandals spray painted a county office building, storage sheds and at least six vehicles over the weekend, according to Westminster police.

The front door and one of the side walls of the courthouse annex in the first block of N. Court St. suffered much of the damage, police said.

The vandalism, done in red, green and black spray paint, included the words "smoke pot" and vulgarities directed against a District Court judge in the building.

Other buildings that were defaced included storage sheds near Center Street. Vehicles of the Carroll County Transit System parked on an adjacent lot also were spray painted.

Police said someone also slashed tires in the nearby East Main-Willis street area over the weekend.

The total damage is estimated at about $2,000.

City police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 848-4646 or, to remain anonymous, call 857-TIPS (8477).


* Pleasant Valley: Pleasant Valley responded for a field fire in the 2500 block of Halter Road at 4:17 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 30 minutes.

* Westminster: Westminster responded to a pile of mulch on fire in the 1200 block of Washington Road at 1:42 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 30 minutes.

Firefighters from Westminster responded to a call to pump water out of a building in the 100 block of W. Main St. at 1:53 p.m. Sunday. They were out for 12 minutes.

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