Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the theft of items from five vehicles parked on Stillwater Lane and Forest Lane in Eldersburg and Sykesville between March31 and April 2.

Stolen items include Craftsman hand tools, a pair of gold-framed Ray Ban sunglasses, numerous cassette tapes, an Escort radar detector, a Maryland driver's license and several credit cards.

Police believe the crimes may be related.

If you have any information about this crime or believe you may know who is involved, please call CrimeSolvers at (800)562-TIPS.

You do not have to leave your name, andif your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.



WOODBINE -- A Woodbine Road man injured in a collision with a firetruck was releasedfrom the hospital Tuesday.

His wife, also injured in the crash, remained hospitalized late Friday.

Lloyd Meadows was released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore,a hospital spokeswoman said.

Meadows and his wife, Elizabeth Ann,were flown to the hospital by state police helicopter early Monday morning after their 1980 Impala struck a Winfield Volunteer Fire Company engine.

The firetruck was heading southbound on Route 91 on itsway to a fire in a house under construction on Constellation Way.

Police said the Impala was heading northbound on Route 91, and struck the firetruck while it was making a left turn onto Deer Park Road.

None of the firefighters was injured in the crash.

Police were forced to shut down Route 91 while the Meadows were cut from their demolished car.

Fire officials said the truck was on its way to one of three fires officials believe were set by an arsonist early in themorning.

The first fire, at a warehouse on Emory Road, was reported at 1:44 a.m.

The fire destroyed the vacant warehouse, causing $75,000 in damage.

Many companies were still fighting that blaze when the house fire was reported just before 5 a.m.

When firefighters arrived at the scene of one house fire, they discovered another nearby.

As of late Friday, state police and fire officials were stillsearching for the driver of a van seen in the area of all three fires. Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg said his office has afew suspects, but still is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for the fires.

State police are still investigating the cause of the accident with the Winfield firetruck, but no charges had been filed as of late Friday.



WESTMINSTER -- A 30-year-old Reisterstown woman was listed in satisfactory condition late Friday after she was injured in a car accident earlier last week.

Police said Robin Adams of the 100 block of First Avenue was injured when her 1989 Honda CRX collided with a 1986 Ford Mustangon Route 140 near Old Gamber Road.

The Mustang was driven by Carol Ann Gamber, 36, of Finksburg, police said.

Gamber and her two passengers, William M. Gamber, 1, and Heath N. Eberly, 13, were taken to Carroll County General Hospital where they were treated and released.

Adams was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.

Police said the accident occurred when Gamber, making a left turn onto Route 140, failed to yield the right of way to Adams, who was traveling on Old Gamber Road.

Gamber was cited for failing to yield the right of way, police said.



WESTMINSTER -- Five members of the Police Department were honored Friday morning for their service in rescuing residents of a burning apartment building in April.

Cpl. David Hooper, Pfc. Michael Bible, Officer David Reifsnider, Officer Eric Carroll and Dispatcher Robin Costella received certificates of accommodation during a ceremony at City Hall.

The officers were honored for their bravery and willingness to risktheir lives to rescue the residents of 88 W. Main St. during the early morning of April 24.

Costella was honored for her efficient handling of radio communications during the blaze, which caused $100,000damage and displaced 12 residents.

The fire claimed the life of one of the residents, 49-year-old Carvin "Big Joe" Hanna.

Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have togive your name.

Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to regional and state police:


South Bishop Street: Theft of items in vehicles and vandalism reported by three contractors June 12. Estimated loss: $3,845.

Western Maryland College: Camera stolen from car parked on campus during graduation exercises. Estimated loss: $359.85

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

June 12

5:56 a.m., Mount Airy and New Windsor responded to a truck fire on Route 27.

June 13

1:06 a.m., Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley respondedto an alarm sounding on Poole Road.

3:30 p.m., Mount Airy was alerted for debris on fire on Twin Arch Road.

June 14

1:30 p.m., Hampstead responded to wires in a tree on Fairmount Road.

2:45 p.m., Taneytown and Harney assisted Frederick County on a hay wagon fire on Taneytown Pike.

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