Thursday, April 11, 2013
Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed Peoples Bank in Westminster earlier this week.
Police report that they arrested John Virgil Hill, 47, without incident Wednesday afternoon for his alleged involvement in the Monday morning robbery of the Peoples Bank on Westminster Pike. With the help of State and Baltimore Police, Carroll County Sheriff's Department investigators located Hill in a public housing complex along North Avenue in Baltimore City, according to police. Police allege Hill entered the Peoples Bank just after 9 a.m. Monday, approached a teller, and displayed a note demanding money while implying that he was armed. The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. No one was injured during the robbery and the robber fled the scene after receiving the cash, according to police. Detectives …
Monday, April 8, 2013
A 47-year-old man is wanted by the Sheriff's Department for the robbery.
John Virgil Hill, 47, formerly of Union Bridge, is wanted by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department for the robbery of the Peoples Bank in the 500 block of Old Westminster Pike Monday morning, according to a release. Hill, who is described as a six-foot-tall black male of medium build with short black hair and a mustache, entered the bank just after 9 a.m. wearing a white long sleeved Baltimore Orioles shirt displaying the number 37, according to police. He was also wearing a red baseball cap displaying a multi-colored NASCAR #24 logo. After entering the bank, police said Hill approached a teller and displayed a note demanding money while implying that he was armed. The teller gave him the cash, according to police. No one was injured …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Officers describe a bizarre incident in which a Hanover man was fatally shot in Westminster.
A Hanover, MD, man is dead after being hit by a bullet discharged from another floor of the home, police said. On Saturday, March 16, at approximately 11:45 a.m. police officers and emergency medical personnel responded to the 400 block of South Hills Court in Westminster to investigate a reported shooting, according to police reports. When they got to the home, police said they found Vygants Tomas Campe, 46, of Hanover, MD, on the first floor of the home suffering from a single gunshot wound. The victim was alert and conscious at the scene but died in surgery at the University Of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to police. Investigators said that Campe was visiting with the homeowner at the time of the shooting. Police said …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.
A Silver Spring man was uninjured after his homemade helicopter crashed into an open field in Westminster Tuesday afternoon, according to police. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office reports that Amirkhanian Shahram, 58, of Silver Spring, was the sole occupant of the aircraft. He was conscious at the scene with no apparent injuries, according to police. The aircraft hit a power line next to the field before hitting the ground and coming to a rest in the 700 block of Oak Tree Road in Westminster, police said. BGE responded to the scene and no residents were reported without power, according to officials. The heavily damaged aircraft was removed to a secure site for further investigation by National Transportation Safety Board and Federal …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Spare Room thrift shop is operated by the Westminster Rescue Mission.
Police are investigating an early Tuesday morning fire at a thrift shop operated by the Westminster Rescue Mission at 30 West Main St in Westminster. A deceased homeless woman's body was found in the fire at the back of the building, according to a police report. Deputy State Fire Marshals, Maryland State Police and the Westminster Police Department are participating in the investigation. At approximately 1:49 a.m. the Westminster Fire Department responded to the one alarm fire at the rear of the thrift shop structure and quickly located the remains of a body and clothing effects burning on the rear dock of the building, according to a police report. Although the fire was quickly extinguished, the victim was determined to be deceased on …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The youths were released to the custody of their parents.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office reports that two juveniles were charged on several counts in the burning of a wooden cross in a victim's driveway. According to a sheriff's department news release, on Dec. 23 at approximately 11:02 p.m., sheriff's deputies and the fire marshall responded to the 500 block of Ravenshead Run Road in Westminster for a burned wooden cross found in the driveway. Police said that an investigation and interviews led them to two juvenile suspects who were taken into custody and charged with second degree malicious burning, race/religion harassment and malicious destruction of property. The juveniles were processed and released to their parents, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective/…
Friday, November 30, 2012
Sean Schmidt, owner of Holistic Home Energy Services, won the challenge and $5,000.
Five local entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to a panel of judges Thursday night at the first ever Carroll Biz Challenge finale event. Sean Schmidt, owner of Holistic Home Energy Services in Westminster, was chosen as the winner and awarded $5,000. Schmidt founded Holistic Home Energy Services in 2011 to provide home energy audits and home performance contracting. Schmidt is no stranger to the entrepreneurial spirit--his father, Ron Schmidt, started R.M. Schmidt heating and air conditioning services in Westminster 30 years ago. Sean Schmidt said that his objective is to provide homeowners with data about energy use in their homes and to complete the work necessary to make homes more efficient, more comfortable and safer. The $5,…
Friday, November 23, 2012
The annual event brought out turkeys large and small for a brisk 3-mile run to kick off Thanksgiving.
Not everyone was hitting snooze on the alarm clock or cooking bright and early Thanksgiving morning. More than 1,000 people decided to go for a trot Thursday morning, in the YMCA Turkey Trot 5K that is. The race started at 8:30 a.m. and left from Carroll Community College. Runners made their way up Washington Road (Rt. 32), across Hook Road and then down Rt. 97 back towards the YMCA. The race ended at the YMCA. The entire course was 3.1 miles. More than 1,200 people registered for the annual Westminster event, which is also held at locations in Catonsville, Bel Air and Towson. Proceeds from the event will benefit children's programs at the YMCA. Did you run in the Turkey Trot 5K this year? Tell us how you did in the comments below and …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A local business owner is promoting the downtown Westminster area through a unique poster project.
The artistic crew at Birdie's Cafe is preparing to launch a project that will not only highlight Main Street businesses, but will also raise money for a local grant program. Sherri Hosfeld Joseph, owner of Birdie's Cafe on Main Street in Westminster, recently renovated the facade of her building. She was able to complete the project with help from a facade grant available through the city of Westminster. She said she wanted to give back to the program that helped her. At the same time, as a Main Street business owner, she said she is always interested in promoting the thriving downtown area. Hosfeld Joseph enlisted the help of her Birdie's staffers who also happen to be artists in their own right -- Lance Garber is a photographer and …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Police are looking for suspects and offering a cash reward for information.
Two separate strings of vandalism in Westminster Sunday night have police hunting for suspects and offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the vandals. Eight cars were vandalized along the South alley in the area of Westminster Avenue Sunday night, Oct. 21, police said. Each car had one flat tire and police said evidence at the scene indicates that the tires had been cut with a sharp object. The second series of cases occurred on several side streets in the area of Uniontown Road and Windsor Road, according to a police report. A total of three cars were damaged when someone scratched the paint on the driver’s side of the vehicles, which were parked along the roadway overnight. The total damage in…