State police are continuing their search for Edwin Paul Witte, 28, an inmate of the Sykesville Central Laundry Pre-Release Unit, who walked away from the facility last Monday morning.

Witte is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He hasbrown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on Witte is asked to call the state police in Westminster at 848-3111.



An 18-year-old woman injured in an auto accident Tuesday morning was listed in fair and stable condition Friday afternoon at the R. Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Kara Michelle Gregg of New Windsor, wasinjured when her car ran off of Wakefield Church Road, struck a telephone pole and flipped over.


A Silver Run couple remain hospitalized in different hospitals after the July 7 auto accident that claimed the lives of their three children.

Russell Michael Corbett was listed in serious condition Friday afternoon at Washington County Hospital.

Betty Lou Corbett was listed in satisfactory condition at Baltimore County General Hospital, where she was transferred from Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Medical Center Wednesday.

The couple were injured when their 1991 Ford Taurus crossed the center line on Littlestown Pike and hit a Jeep Cherokee head on.

Their children -- Jacqueline, 5, Russell Jr., 3, and Loren, 18 months -- died at the scene.



Two felony arson charges were dismissed Tuesday against Taneytown firefighter Todd Wayne Naugle, 19, accused of setting a fire inside a newspaper recycling trailer May 3.

Carroll County District Judge Donald Smith dismissed all charges in the case due to lack ofevidence, officials said. Charges included two misdemeanor counts.

Naugle was charged with setting the fire after a witness reported seeing him near the 45-foot aluminum trailer on Memorial Park Drive used to store old newspapers by the city.

Naugle admitted to being at the park and said he might have caused the fire accidentally by flipping a cigarette into the trailer.



State police seized a variety of switchblades, knives and firearms with the arrest of two Howard County men who allegedly sold the weapons to undercover troopers, officials said.

Richard Mark Loewinger, 47, of Columbia and William James Hake, 46, of Laurel were arrested by officers investigating public gun shows in Frederick and Carroll counties.

Loewinger was released on his own recognizance after being charged with the illegal sale of a semiautomatic weapon. Hake was arrested after he allegedly sold a push-button style switchblade knife. Hake has been released on $10,000 bail.

Additional knives also were confiscated.

The investigation was prompted by citizens' complaints about illegal sales of firearms.



Members of the Carroll County Volunteers in Police Support program were honored Monday by the Westminster Barracks of the Maryland State Police for their service to the department.

VIPS, which has earned national and international acclaim, includes the Teddy Bear Program, which uses stuffed bears to comfort smallchildren in traumatic situations; and the Westminster Explorer Program, which allows teens to work with police officers to gain firsthandknowledge of law enforcement.

Also at the banquet, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Westminster Veterans of Foreign Wars, wereCarroll County Crime Solvers and members of the newly formed McGruffHouse, a program offering temporary safe homes to children in the community.

The programs have been so successful that England's investigative agency, Scotland Yard, recently contacted the Westminster Barracks about its Teddy Bear Program, which it wants to implement overseas. Carroll County was the first county to develop the program.

The Explorer Program, begun last September, is an offshoot of the BoyScouts. Members are able to participate in various activities such as crowd control, searching for missing persons, and teaching childrenabout seat-belt safety.

VIPS has expanded during the last five years from two county members to a 160-member state-wide organization. The group recently received a citation for excellence from Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Thirty-eight VIPS members were honored: Shelley Bailey, Krista Barnette, Donna Blubaugh, Audrey Blucher, Susan Brauning, Leslie Clark, Chuck Dalton, Joe Deak, Becky Dorn, Carolyn Fairbank, Edward and Lisa and Sharon Fischer, Samuel Greenholtz, Eric Helm, Rebecca Kendall, Frank Kennedy, Evelyn Kilgore, Thomas Kortisses, Emma Lepka, Leonic Martin, Marlene Mealey, Kelley Myers, Jerry Neville, John Nizer, James Parsley, Bryan Pearre, Charles Powell, Sharon Richardson, Ruth Scarff, Adam Schoituch, Michael Serio, Sean Shifflett, Sandra Stonesifer, Elyne Tryson, John Verfaille, Julie Wantz, John Witter, Deborah Wunderlich and Roxie Yelton.


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

July 16

7:56 p.m., Westminster responded to an investigation onJoleen Lane.

9:23 p.m., Winfield responded to an automobile fire on Freter Road.

July 17

1:22 p.m., Hampstead and Arcadia responded to a brush fire on Upper Beckleysville Road.

1:53 p.m., Hampstead and Arcadia responded to a field fire on Upper Beckleysville Road.

2:45 p.m., New Windsor responded for a field fire on South Springdale Road.

5:53 p.m., Winfield responded to a woods fire on Glover Drive.

6:13 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a brush fire on Route 27.

9:41 p.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Beckleysville Road.

11:18 p.m., New Windsor and Union Bridge responded to alarm bells sounding on Tibbetts Lane.

July 18

6:58 a.m., Winfield responded to wires and woods on fire Franklinville Road.

8:08 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded for an automatic alarm sounding on Memorial Avenue.

3:09 p.m., Hampstead responded for wires on fire on Upper Beckleysville Road.

6:23 p.m., Gamber responded for an investigation on Lakeland Drive.

7:20 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road responded for smoke in a house on Lakeview Drive.

8:01p.m., Gamber responded for an investigation of smoke on London Bridge Road.

9:41 p.m., Westminster responded to a field fire on Old Washington Road.

9:40 p.m., Reese responded for an investigation of fire unknown on Barrick Lane.

July 19

5:30 a.m., Pleasant Valley and Westminster responded for an alarm sounding on John Owings Road.

10:17 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstownresponded for smoke in a building on North Court Street.

11:11 a.m., Lineboro responded to an automatic alarm on Wool Mill Road in York County, Pa.

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