WESTMINSTER — A Baltimore man was arrested by state police Friday after allegedly ramming his pickup into two cars parked in the driveway of his estranged wife's home.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, Edgar W. Kocher of the 8300 block of Mindale Circle, Baltimore apparently drove his 1989Dodge truck to the Old Westminster Pike home of his estranged wife, where police said he rammed the rear of her car.


Police said the woman's car was forced into the rear of another car parked in the driveway. All three cars were damaged, police said.

Kocher was arrested by Tfc. Mike Vaneck at about 1:10 a.m. Friday on eastbound Route 140 near the Baltimore County line. Kocher was charged with driving while intoxicated, two counts of malicious destruction of property and one count of trespassing.


Kocher was being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on $65,000 bail late Friday.



A 28-year-old HanoverPike man was arrested last week after a raid of his home by narcotics agents turned up marijuana and LSD, police said.

Robert Harry Giggard, 28, was arrested Tuesday after 2 ounces of marijuana, two doses of LSD and about $150 in cash was found by the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force during the 7 p.m. raid at his home in the 3900 block of Hanover Pike.

Giggard was released from the Carroll County Detention Center Friday after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, policesaid.

Police charged Giggard with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and with possession of LSD and possession of marijuana, police said. An investigation is continuing, said Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III.



Two house fires left at least 13 people homeless last week.

At about 5a.m. Thursday, fire broke out in the basement wood burning stove at a home in the 2000 block of Hoover Mill Road in Manchester.

That fire, which swept through the walls in the 19th-century brick-and-log constructed home, rendered the structure unlivable, said Manchester Fire Chief Steve Miller. Miller said that the fire was especially difficult because it spread in between the bricks and the logs.

"It's basically a log home with bricks on the outside," Miller said. No damage estimate was available, he said. The fire spread through five rooms and at least two floors before it was contained by about 45 firefighters from Manchester Lineboro and Hampstead, Miller said.

The American Red Cross was sheltering the 10 people who lived in the home, as county building officials condemned the house Thursday, Miller said. No one was injured in the blaze, Miller said. "We were all just trying to stay warm."

Another three people were left homeless when fire struck a two-story wood-frame house on Stone Lane in Harney, the fire marshal's office reported last week.


That fire, which startedin a storage room at the rear of the house, caused nearly $10,000 indamage, said Bob Thomas, deputy chief state fire marshal. The fire was accidental, Thomas said.

The fire began at 11:40 a.m., and spread from the storage room to a second-floor bedroom Thomas said. He said no one was injured in the fire. The home was occupied by Earl Howard, his wife and their daughter, Thomas said.

More than 50 firefighters from Harney, Reese, Taneytown, Emmitsburg and Kingsdale, Pa. battled the blaze.


Officers for the volunteer fire companies in Westminster and Harney were chosen last week during annual fire banquets.

The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company,whose annual banquet Wednesday night attracted more than 200 people,chose Floyd Reyman as its president. Other officers are Gary Hooper,first vice president; James E. Bangerd III, second vice president; Richard Koons, secretary; William Myers, Treasurer; Jay Nusbaum, chief; Robert Schultz, assistant chief; Charles Simpson Jr., analyst captain; and Jeff Alexander, fire captain. Nusbaum also was chosen as firefighter of the year.


At the Harney Volunteer Fire Company banquet Tuesday night, more than 100 people showed up to see the installationof the 1992 company officers. Chosen were James Waybright, president; John Harner, vice president; Richard Yingling, secretary; Leonard Bowers, treasurer; Robert Bachman, recording secretary; and Donald Yingling Sr., chief.


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

Jan. 14

2:17 p.m., Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia responded to a chimney fire on Fairmount Road.

5:41 p.m., Taneytown responded to a call of wires downon West Baltimore Street.


5:46 p.m., Union Bridge responded to a trash fire on Crouse Mill Road.

6:12 p.m., Sykesville, Winfield and West Friendship responded to an apartment fire on Village Road.

6:26 p.m., Pleasant Valley responded to a call of wires down on Pleasant Valley Road.

6:52 p.m., Taneytown, Union Bridge and Harney responded to a house fire on Francis Scott Key Highway.

8:58 p.m., Union Bridge responded to a trash fire on Crouse Mill Road.

Jan. 15


2:16 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Carroll Street.

9:28 a.m., Sykesville responded to an odor of gas on Dale Drive.

6:24 p.m., Reese responded to a transformer fire on Carrollton Road.

7:11 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a chimney fire on West Moreland Street.

9:02 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a chimney fire on Westland Road in Frederick County.

9:27 p.m.,Mount Airy responded to a garage fire on Glissans Mill Road in Frederick County.


Jan. 16

6:20 a.m., Pleasant Valley responded to a call of wires on fire on Indian Valley Trail.

5:01 a.m., Manchester, Hampstead and Lineboro responded to a house fire on Hoover Mill Road.

9:14 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Old Westminster Pike.

11:41 a.m., Harney, Taneytown, Littlestown, Emmitsburg, Kingsdale, Barlow and Reese responded to a house fire on Stone Lane.

2:01 p.m., Taneytown and Harney responded to an investigation of smoke on Rickell Road.


2:42 p.m., Westminster and Reeseresponded to a fire alarm on East Main Street.

5:30 p.m., Hampstead assisted Baltimore County on a fire alarm on Gunpowder Road.

7:13 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a field fire on Old Annapolis Road.

7:43 p.m., Winfield, New Windsor and Mount Airy responded to a house fire on Ridge Road.

10:47 p.m., Gamber, Westminster and Winfield responded to a chimney fire on Old Washington Road.

Jan. 17


12:13 a.m., Hampstead responded to a brush fire on Fairmount Road.

1:53 p.m., Winfield responded to a brush fire on Klees Mill Road.