WESTMINSTER — A 69-year-old city man was in satisfactory condition at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore last night, recovering from injuries he suffered after walking into a moving car Monday night.

Melvin Edward Washington apparently walked into a 1975 Dodge Charger that was being driven southbound on South Center Street by Raymond Pool, 72, of Rose Avenue, who was driving home from the Cranberry Mall with his wife, Westminster police said.


Washington was flown to Shock Trauma by MedEvac helicopter with internal injuries, police said.

The accident, which occurred just after 7 p.m. at the corner of South Center and Charles streets, will not result in any charges, said Officer Ronald Garner.




TANEYTOWN -- A two-alarm fire that gutted a wood-frame home north of here left a seven-member family homeless Monday morning.

The fire, which erupted in the kitchen of the Kump Station Road home just before noon, left George and April Lyter and their five children without a home.

Bob Thomas, deputy state chief fire marshal, said the blaze caused about $70,000 worth of damage and began accidentally in a trash can in the kitchen.

Firefightersfrom companies in Taneytown, Pleasant Valley, Westminster, Harney, Reese and Kingsdale and Littlestown, Pa., were called at 11:59 a.m.

They took just under 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control, the Fire Marshal's Office said, but spent at least another hour inspecting the interior of the home.

No one was home during the fire, andno injuries were reported.


The Lyter family apparently was staying with friends or relatives. Fire officials said the house needs substantial renovation before it can be inhabited again.


Marilee Matz, a 23-year-old Westminster woman injured in a Jan. 3 two-car accident at the Carroll County Recycling Center, was released Friday from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Matz was the last of the three people injured in the accident tobe released from the hospital.

The other two women injured in thedaytime collision -- Suzanne E. Placek, 45, and Karen D. Johnson, 25-- were released from the hospital earlier.

Placek and Johnson collided at the center after a car driven by Margaret Fisher made a left turn into the center from Route 97 northbound, police said.


Fisher was turning in front of the southbound car driven by Placek, who swerved to avoid hitting Fisher's car but collided with Johnson's northbound car, police said.

No charges have been filed against the 72-year-old Fisher, who completed the turn into the center and was not hurt, police reported.


The 1992 officers for the Law Enforcement Explorer Post 56 were chosen last week.

TheExplorer Post is sponsored by the troopers at the Westminster barracks of the state police and is operated through the Boy Scouts of America.

The career-oriented program, in which youths perform community service along with state troopers, is open to boys and girls.


The 1992 officers are Chuck Dalton, president; Eric Helm, administrative vice president; Bryan Pearre, program vice president; Sean Shifflett, treasurer; and Brad Cornwell, secretary.


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 to give your name.

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


Gamber Road: Theft of two doors from a 1980 Chevrolet pickup truck Friday parked at service station. Estimated loss: $800.


New Windsor

Denings Road: Someone entered ahome Monday and removed numerous CDs and an AM/FM cassette player. Estimated loss: $455.


Baptist Road: Two garage doors were damaged Friday. Estimated loss: $100.


Poole Road: Unknown subjects broke the windows out of two parked vehicles. Estimated loss: $900.


Johahn Drive: Someone shattered a sliding glassdoor with an unknown object. Estimated loss: $150.

E. Green Street: Advanced Vacuum Co. reported that someone removed the rear tag offa vehicle parked at the business Monday. Estimated loss: $27.


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

Jan. 11

12:22 a.m., Gamber responded to wires down on Hughes Road.


5:48 p.m., Taneytown, Union Bridge and NewWindsor responded to a house fire on Baust Church Road.

Jan. 12

12:35 p.m., Hampstead responded to an automobile fire on Gill Avenue.

Jan. 13

11:59 a.m., Taneytown, Pleasant Valley, Kingsdale, Westminster, Littlestown, Harney and Reese responded to a two-alarm house fire on Kump Station Road.

3:10 p.m., Westminster responded toa wash detail on Center Street.


4:06 p.m., Gamber responded to a pole fire on Cherry Tree Lane.

5:39 p.m., Winfield responded to a brush fire on Liberty Road.

8:42 p.m., Winfield, Lisbon, Mount Airy, Westminster, Sykesville responded to a building fire on Woodbine Road.

11:23 p.m., Union Bridge, Taneytown, New Midway, Rocky Ridge,Woodsboro, New Windsor, Reese, Libertytown, Graceham and Harney responded to a barn fire on Crouse Mill Road.

Jan. 14

1:26 a.m., Lisbon responded to a brush fire on Woodbine Road.


9:19 a.m., Westminster responded to a call of wires down on Gorsuch Road.

9:29 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a house fire on Hook Road.

9:31 a.m., Manchester responded to a call of wires down on Main Street.

9:36 a.m., Winfield responded to a call of wires on fire on Streaker Road.

9:42 a.m., Westminster responded to a call of wires on fire on Gorsuch Road.

9:58 a.m., Westminster responded to a call ofwires down on Carroll Street.


10:06 a.m., Pleasant Valley, Westminster responded to a chimney fire on Old Taneytown Road.

10:10 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Liberty Street.

10:15 a.m., Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley responded to an apartment fire on Pennsylvania Avenue.

2:09 p.m., Pleasant Valley responded to a call of wires on fire on Pleasant Valley Road.