A 75-year-old Westminster woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when her car collided with a truck on Route 97 south of here.

Daisy Sloanof the 3400 block of Littlestown Pike was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by county medical examiner Dr. David Welliver.

State Police Tfc. Richard Wolfe said Sloan was traveling north onRoute 97 north of Crowl Road around 3 p.m. in her gray 1988 Geo Metro when she crossed the center line into the path of a southbound 1988GMC Sierra truck.

The maroon and silver truck was driven by John Fox, 60, of Klee Mill Road in Sykesville.

Wolfe said the crash caused the truck to blow out a tire. The truck then crashed into a row of mailboxes and came to rest on a nearby lawn.

He said Sloan's Metro spun out after hitting the truck and came to rest in the northbound lane.

Fox was not hurt in the crash, but his wife, Shirley, was taken by Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital where she was treated and released late Tuesday.

Wolfe said Fox and his wife were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. He said it did not appear that Sloan was wearing one.

The crash occurred in front of Trader's Bar and Restaurant.Two patrons, Scott Craiger and Doug Cubbage ran out to the scene after hearing of the crash and tried to help Sloan.

After trying to get the passenger-side door of the Metro open, Craiger and Cubbage took out the car's windshield to get to Sloan.

"I saw that her head was bleeding, so I felt for a pulse," said Craiger, who cut his knee trying to get into the wreckage. "But she was already dead. So I just stayed there with her until the police came."

Cubbage said he threw a poncho over the car windows so that passers-by could not see Sloan.



HARNEY -- A retired state police lieutenant who was attacked by a 2,000-pound bull over the weekend was released from the hospital Monday afternoon.

Jerry E. Gooding, who retired from the state police three years and works part time as a bailiff at the Carroll courthouse, was attacked by the hornless bull Saturday while trying to corral a neighbor's horse.

State police reported Gooding and his wife, Barbara, were returning to their Taneytown farm on Walnut Grove Road when they saw a farmer havingtrouble with a loose horse.

Gooding pulled his car over and got out in the dimly lighted field to help the farmer. His wife stayed in the car.

The retired trooper did not know the bull was on the loose, until it knocked him down and started banging him around.

The owner of the farm, Keith Keller, was able to distract the bull and gotit to charge the truck.

Gooding took cover under the truck until the bull was chased into its pen.

He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore by state police helicopter, where he was treated for extensive bruising and broken ribs.


CAPTION: The 2,000-pound bull that attacked Taneytown resident Jerry E. Gooding over the weekend wascoaxed into its pen shortly after the incident. Gooding, a retired state police lieutenant, was released from the hospital Monday.


Two county men were arrested lateFriday after state police discovered them walking nude down the middle of Route 97, reports said.

Scott A. Zielinski, 28, of Westminster and Kenneth M. Simms, 22, of Damascus were arrested by Trooper Greg Cullison when the trooper noticed the two men standing in the road trying to stop traffic at 11:42 p.m., police said.

Police reportedthat when Cullison approached the two men, he was jumped and threatened by them.

Cullison managed to get back to his patrol car and called the Westminster barracks for assistance. Tfc. Craig Williams andTrooper George Prager then arrived on the scene, police.

Police said the suspects attacked Williams, and a struggle ensued among the three troopers and the suspects.

After being taken into custody, the men were taken to Carroll County General Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

Zielinski was charged withbattery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

Simms faces the same charges, but was given an additional charge of battery, court records show.

Both men were released from the Carroll County Detention Center after posting $2,000 bail.



TANEYTOWN -- Lightning struck a one-story house on Harney Road during a brief storm that moved through the county Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Donna Herring and her two children were home at the time of the fire and discovered it burning in the living room near the television set.

It took 30 firefighters from Taneytown, Harney, Emmitsburg and Gettysburg, Pa., about 15 minutes to put out the blaze.

No one was injured in the fire, which caused about $30,000 in damage. Fire officials said the Herrings are staying with relatives.

Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

May 12

5:08 p.m., Lineboro responded to wires on fire on Hoffmanville Road.

7:21 p.m., Hampstead responded to a Dumpster fire on Rinamen Avenue.

May 13

1:50 p.m., Lineboro responded to a brush fire on Rockville Road in York County.

3:27 p.m., Taneytown responded to a smoke detector on George Street.

3:31 p.m., Taneytown, Harney, Emmitsburg and Gettysburg, Pa., responded to a house fire on Harney Road.

3:34 p.m., Taneytown responded to a smoke detector on Fourth Street.

4:41 p.m., New Windsor responded to wire problems on New Windsor Road.

5:09 p.m., Winfield, Sykesville and Gamber responded to an oven fire on Viewpoint Court.

May 14

2:20 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire on Memorial Drive.

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