Police and fire scan



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

This week, the group is targeting a break-in at the Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church Sunday School in Hampstead.

Police said that between 3 p.m.March 29 and 7 a.m. April 1, five window operating cranks were damaged.

Entry to the building, which is under construction, was made through the roof, police said.

In a previous incident at the churchSunday School, copper pipe was stolen, police said.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


WESTMINSTER -- State police have announced they will not file charges against either driver in a June 10 collision of a Chevrolet and a Winfield Fire Co. engine on its way to a fire.

Police said the decision not to file charges came after investigation into the crash and consultation with the Carroll State's Attorney's Office.A husband and wife from Woodbine were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore after the accident. Both have been released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lloyd Meadowsand his wife, Elizabeth Ann, were flown to the hospital by state police helicopter after their 1980 Impala struck a fire truck heading southbound on Route 91 to a fire in a house under construction on Constellation Way.

Police said the Impala was heading northbound on Route 91 and struck the fire truck as 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 arsonistearly in the morning.

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 called in just before 5 a.m.

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

As of late Tuesday, state police and fire officials were still searching for the driver of a van seen in the area of all three fires.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said his office is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for the fires.


WESTMINSTER -- A Baltimore County woman arrested and charged last week with forgery and theft from a Sykesville life insurance company has been released from jail after posting bail.

A spokesman for the Carroll County Detention Center said Lisa Gail Onesty, 25, of Reisterstown was released after posting $10,000 bail.

According to police records, the theft from State Farm Insurance Co. began in July 1988 and continued to the present.

Onesty was charged with 31 counts of forgery and one count of theft. Police said $76,340 was stolen from the company.


ANNAPOLIS -- A Sykesville man received a 90-day jail sentence yesterday for violating the state'senvironmental laws.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner sentenced George Phillips Garratt III, owner of Drumco Inc., to three months in jail for illegally dumping barrels of hazardous wastes along the Baltimore City-Anne Arundel border.

Lerner alsogave Garratt five years of supervised probation and ordered him to serve 200 hours of community service. Drumco also will be required to pay a $50,000 fine.

The Attorney General's Office, responsible forprosecuting the state's environmental laws, reported that Garratt isthe first person in Anne Arundel County to receive a jail sentence for environmental crime. Statewide, 10 people have been sentenced to prison since the state began enforcing environmental laws in 1980.

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran described the sentence as "an important breakthrough" for his office, which has sought prison sentences but not received them several times in the past. He also warned that "we seek jail time and do not plea bargain with anyone who is a knowing or willful violator of the (environmental) law. It sends a very good signal."

Forty-four drums -- some leaking and others full of toxic, flammable and corrosive liquids -- were discovered last September by inspectors from the Department of the Environment at a 14-acre yard at Arundel Boulevard and Aspen Street, just inside the county line. The liquids were identified as the rinsed out residue from old hazardous waste drums and were linked to Garratt's nearby drum recyclingcompany.

The dump site is less than a mile from residential areasin the heart of Brooklyn Park and in the Brooklyn area of Baltimore City.

In February, Drumco Inc. and Garratt were indicted by a grand jury for illegally storing toxic, flammable and corrosive wastes.

Assistant Attorney General Bernard Penner, who prosecuted the case,said Garratt's stiff sentence can be attributed in part to his "abysmal" regulatory record, including a long history of citations and fines for improperly storing wastes at his Bank Street plant in Baltimore City. The plant was operating under a state consent order when the drums were discovered, Penner said.

In his decision, Judge Lerner noted that Garratt knew the consequences of his actions and that his violation was intentional.

Before he was charged, Garratt, who plead guilty, had told the MDE that he couldn't afford to properly dispose of the wastes his business produced.

Shipping and disposing a barrel of hazardous wastes costs approximately $100.

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

June 23

1:28 a.m., Harney responded to a woods fire on Piney Creek Road.

8:53 a.m., Pleasant Valley responded to a telephone pole fire on Pleasant Valley Road.

June 24

8:31 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic fire alarm on Baltimore Boulevard.

9:47 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a chlorine spill on Lippy Avenue.

12:39 p.m., Union Bridge responded to a grass fire on Priestland Drive.

1:56 p.m., Sykesville responded to an odor of smoke in a building on Ramsburg Road.

5:07 p.m., Sykesville, Winfield and Gamber responded to a house fire on Flash Pine Court.

June 25

1:04 a.m., Harney assisted Adams County on a silo fire onBarlow Road.

11:33 a.m., Winfield responded to a brush fire at routes 26 and 27.

4:14 p.m., Westminster responded to a field fire on Monroe Street.

5:11 p.m., Lineboro assisted York County on a woods fire on Glenville Road.

5:26 p.m., Lineboro assisted York County on a field fire on Wool Mill Road.

5:54 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Montgomery County on a barn fire on Route 27.

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