Carroll Digest


County office building enacts security measures

Because of the war in Iraq and the heightened terrorism alert level, Carroll County government has announced security measures that are to take effect tomorrow.

In the county office building, employees will wear photo identification badges that must be displayed at all times.

All visitors to the building will be required to present photo identification and sign in at the security desk. Visitors badges will be issued and must be worn while in the building. Visitors will be required to sign out of the building after their business is complete. Bags and packages are subject to inspection by security personnel.

A sheriff's deputy will be in the building lobby during business hours until April 1. After that date, bailiffs will replace the deputy.

The county's Emergency Information Line will feature recorded messages during a potential emergency. Depending upon the circumstances, the line might be answered by Emergency Operations Center staff, who will respond to questions and nonlife-threatening emergency needs. The number is 410-857-1818, or 410-795-1717 in South Carroll. The number for text telephone users is 410-848- 3017.

This number is not a substitute for 911, and any citizen requiring fire, police or ambulance assistance should dial 911.

Information: 410-386-2239.

Water restrictions remain in effect in South Carroll

Although Baltimore has lifted restrictions on outdoor water use, South Carroll residents who rely on the city-owned Liberty Reservoir for water will have to wait for the commissioners to lift the county's ban.

That could happen as early as Tuesday, said Steven Powell, county chief of staff.

For now, South Carroll residents can wash cars or water lawns on alternating days depending on their street addresses. Homes with an even-numbered address can use water outside on even-numbered dates, for example.

Police seek information in vehicle vandalism case

Police are asking the public for information about more than three dozen vehicle windows that have been shattered since last month in South Carroll.

Vandals, possibly traveling in a white Ford Mustang, have used rocks, pieces of asphalt, bolts and cans of frozen soda to break windows in an area centered upon Macbeth Way in Sykesville and Eldersburg, said Detective Sgt. Andrew G. Winner of the state police Westminster barracks. The destruction of property began in the first week of last month.

A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals through the Metro Crime Stoppers program (866-7LOCKUP). Residents also may call the Westminster barracks at 410- 386-3000.

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