Police log 11/17

November 16, 2000

Police log 11/17

Pair of students charged after Walkersville lot search

FREDERICK, Md. - Authorities said a shotgun, more than 100 rounds of ammunition, knives and two homemade smoking devices were found in one vehicle and marijuana was found in another vehicle parked in the student lot at Walkersville High School Thursday morning, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said an officer and K-9 dog were scanning vehicles in the lot at 8:45 a.m. when the animal alerted them to two vehicles.

"The vehicles were found to have been driven and parked on the lot by two different high school students prior to the start of the school day," deputies said.

During a search of one vehicle police found the weapons, ammunition, knives and smoking items.

Deputies said the 17-year-old male "associated" with the vehicle was taken into custody.

The juvenile, from Keymar, Md., was charged with possession of a weapon on school property and possession of drug paraphernalia.


"The student said he was a hunter and had planned on going hunting after school," deputies said.

During a search of the other vehicle, police found a plastic baggy containing about four grams of suspected marijuana and portable weighing scales. The 17-year-old male student "associated" with the vehicle was charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both students were charged through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Authorities probing blaze at Brunswick Fire Dept.

BRUNSWICK, Md. - A Brunswick Fire Department storage building was set on fire Wednesday, according to the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Investigators said at 8:24 p.m., firefighters returning from a call noticed an exterior wall on fire and three juveniles fleeing the scene. Firefighters quickly put out the fire in the building that houses the fire department's ladder truck. Damages were estimated at $100.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was investigating.

Fire causes damage to townhouse, outbuilding

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - A shed fire that spread to an adjacent property caused $20,000 in damages Thursday morning, investigators with the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal said.

The fire started in an outbuilding at 8461 Discovery Blvd. just after 4 a.m. and quickly spread to a townhouse at 8463 Discovery Blvd., investigators said.

The fire was reported by neighbors.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire Thursday.

Damages were estimated to be $15,000 to the home and $5,000 to the shed.

Juvenile caught with knife at Frederick middle school

FREDERICK, Md. - Authorities allege a 14-year-old male student had a butterfly knife in his possession on the grounds of Windsor Knolls Middle School Wednesday, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

The juvenile, from Monrovia, Md., was charged with possession of a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon on school property through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Youth accused in slaying returned to Maryland

FREDERICK, Md. - A 16-year-old youth accused in the May 4 shooting death of Cedric Brinkley was brought back to Maryland Wednesday from Las Vegas, Nev.

Melvin William Smith, street name "Rock," was served with grand jury indictments for first-degree murder and two handgun violations by Frederick City Police Detectives David Armstrong and Jeffrey Hutchison.

Apprehended in Las Vegas on Oct. 18, Smith was charged as an adult in the slaying of Brinkley, a 25-year-old Baltimore man found shot in Klineheart Alley on May 4.

Police believe the shooting of Brinkley and another murder earlier that night both stemmed from an altercation at a Frederick nightclub.

Smith, of the 1400 block of Key Parkway, is only charged in the one death.

He was being held without bond at the Frederick County Detention Center Thursday.

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