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A 22-year-old woman was listed in serious but stable condition late Friday after a head-on car accident last week.

Denise Michelle Voelker, of the 2400 block of Susanann Drive, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Medical Center in Baltimore after theTuesday morning accident.

Voelker's 1-year-old son, Noah, was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore after the accident. He was released from thehospital Sept. 6.

Police said Voelker was traveling eastbound on Route 482 in her 1981 Buick Skylark west of Syndersburg Road when theaccident occurred.

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

Barraco, 47, who was driving a 1988 Chevrolet van, tried to avoid hitting the car but the vehicles collided head-on, police said.

Barraco suffered a broken legin the accident.

Friends of Voelker have established a fund at Union National Bank to help the family with medical and other expenses.


Howard County police last week arrested three suspects in a rash of recent armed robberies in Howard and Carroll counties, a police spokesman said.

Arrested Tuesday were Kenneth Ray Perkins, 20, of the 1800 block of Morrell Park Road in Baltimore, and Daniel Mark Berman, 18, of the 10300 block of Six Pence Circle inColumbia, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.

Also arrested was 17-year-old Nicholas Alexander Vennari, of the 3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive in Ellicott City, who was charged as an adult, police said.

Thethree were apprehended shortly after an armed robbery Tuesday night at Ten Oaks Video store in Glenelg, where a clerk reported being heldup by a man with a gun, Gardner said.

Police investigators, who recently received a tip linking Vennari and the other two men with a string of eight robberies since July 23, went to Vennari's home after learning of the Ten Oaks robbery, Gardner said.

Investigators werewaiting for the three men when they drove up to Vennari's residence in a white car that matched a description of the vehicle leaving the scene of the Ten Oaks robbery, Gardner said.

Perkins and Vennari were each charged with five counts of armed robbery, while Berman was charged with two counts of armed robbery.

Sykesville Police Chief Wallace "Mitch" Mitchell said Friday that charges were to be filed against the men in connection with the Aug. 23 armed robbery of McDougall's Pharmacy.

State police in Westminster late Friday were investigating the possibility of a connection to the Sept. 6 armed robbery of the Showtime Video store in Eldersburg.

Howard County police said they are also looking into the group's possible involvement in oneother Howard County robbery.

Berman is being held without bail atthe Howard County Detention Center.

Perkins is being held on $155,000 bond and Vennari is held on $100,000.


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 vandalism of a pickup truck in the 4300 block of Bartholow Road in Sykesville.

Police said the vandalism occurred between 11 p.m. Aug. 4 and 11 a.m. Aug. 5.

Four bullets were shot into the driver's side of a gold 1979 custom truck, police said. The window of the truck was shattered by the shots.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe 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:

Sept. 9

1:37 a.m., Union Bridge and New Windsor responded to a fire alarm on Route 75.

4 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Distillery Drive.

6:03 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a house fire on Poplar Avenue.

Sept. 11

12:08 p.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown responded to a fire alarm sounding at Giant Foods on North Center Street.

6:04 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a house fire on Purdum Court in Frederick County.

Sept. 12

5:29 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a Dumpster fire on East Green Street.

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