The state Court of Special Appeals has denied a request for a new trial by a 50-year-old Taneytown farmer convicted of sexually abusing his oldest daughter for a decade.

The state court handed down its decision Aug. 29, upholding a Carroll County Circuit Court ruling thatallowed the man's confession to police to be admitted at his trial.

The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his victim, was found guilty of six counts of bizarre and brutal sexual abuse that stretched from the time his oldest daughter was 8 untilshe turned 17 in 1977. The man is serving 50 years in prison for thecrime.

The abuse was revealed by the then-29-year-old daughter inJune 1989 when she became despondent after learning her father wouldbe baby-sitting her 9-year-old niece, court records show.

In his appeal, the man argued that when he went to Carroll Family and Children's Services for counseling and signed a waiver form that any information revealed under counseling could be turned over to police, he believed he would not be prosecuted.

The Court of Special Appeals rejected that argument, saying the evidence showed the man "needed to confess and wanted to confess."

The denial of the appeal puts the focus in the case back on a pending decision by Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. Last December, the man and Westminster attorney Stephen Bourexis went before Burns to ask that the 50-year-sentence be reduced.

At the hearing, Burns said he would issue his decision in writing.

If Burns does not reduce the man's sentence, he would be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.



HAMPSTEAD -- A 22-year-old Susanann Drive woman and her 1-year-old son were taken by helicopter to area hospitals yesterday after a two-car crash on Route 482 west of Snydersburg Road.

State police said Denise Michelle Voelker of the 2400 block of Susanann Drive was traveling east on Route 482 in her 1981 Buick Skylark around 9:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. Her 1-year-old son, Noah,was a passenger in the car, police said.

The driver of the secondcar, Donna Cross Barraco of the 2800 block of Willow View Court, told police she saw the Buick cross the center line, reports said.

Barraco, who was driving a 1988 Chevrolet van, tried to avoid hitting the car, but the vehicles collided head-on, police said.

Voelker was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore. Her son was taken by state police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Their conditionswere not available at press time.

Police did not report Barraco injured in the crash.


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 the theft of tools from a pickup truck parked near a construction site at Route140 and Bethel Road in Westminster.

Police said the theft occurred between 1 and 2:15 p.m. Aug. 2.

Police said the items stolen from the truck included a Hilti hammer drill, two Black & Decker screw guns, two scale levels, various hammers and screwdrivers and a leathercarpenter pouch.

If you have any information about this crime, orbelieve you may know who is involved, 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.

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

Aug. 30

11:05 a.m., Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia responded to a garage fire on Lower Beckleysville Road.


12:58 a.m., Taneytown responded to a wash detail on East Baltimore Street.

8:01 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a truck fire on Route 70.

8:11 a.m., Manchester responded to an car fire on Route 30.

4:25 p.m., Sykesville responded to a wire fire on Marriottsville Road.

6:33 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a field fire on Route 70.

6:39 p.m., Sykesville responded to a car fire onRoute 26.

6:46 p.m., Gamber responded to a woods fire on Cherry Tree Lane.

Sept. 1

1:27 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Montgomery County on a house fire at Maryland Banner Drive.

6:21 p.m., Gamber assisted Howard County on a water rescue on Riechlyn Road

8:06 p.m.,Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese and Reisterstown responded to a building fire on South Cranberry Road.

10:30 p.m., Taneytown responded to a wire fire on Crouse Mill Road.

Sept. 2

8:50 a.m., Winfield responded to a brush fire on West Old Liberty Road.

11:28 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown responded toan electrical fire on Englar Road.

12:06 p.m., Lineboro assisted York County on a woods fire on Pine Wood Road.

6:44 p.m., New Windsor, Union Bridge and Westminster responded to a tractor fire on RoweRoad.

8:08 p.m., New Windsor and Union Bridge responded to a firealarm on Tibbetts Lane.

9:15 p.m., Manchester and Lineboro assisted York County on a house fire on Hobart Road.

Sept. 3

7:21 a.m., Reese, Gamber, Reisterstown and Glyndon responded to a building fire on Baltimore Boulevard.

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