WESTMINSTER — The Westminster City Police played host to the fifth-annual Chiefs Challenge kickoff Friday morning, setting in motion the program that encourages the public to use seat belts.
While surveys show Carrollhas a 73 percent to 76 percent compliance rate with the state seat-belt laws, "our concern lies with the 24 to 27 percent who are not in compliance, especially with the child safety restraint laws," said Rick May, public relations officer for the city police.
Town police, the Sheriff's Department and state police will participate in the program, which began Saturday and runs through March 31.
Co-sponsored by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use, the program employs a variety of educational and enforcement methods to get people to use seat belts.
County police are participating in the statewide competition with other law enforcement agencies to increase public awareness and compliance with seat-belt laws.
ONE KILLED IN CRASH
WESTMINSTER -- A 14-year-old Baltimore boy died Saturday night when the stolen car he was driving crashed during a high-speed chase with police, state police said.
A 14-year-old passenger was in stable but serious condition at a Baltimore hospital late yesterday.
Anthony Anderson died after the vehicle ran off the road and struck a pole, state police spokesman Chuck Jackson said.
The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Route 140 after police attempted to pull the car over for speeding.
The eight-mile chase at times exceeded 100 mph, police said.
The male passenger who was injured in the crash was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. He was admitted in critical condition. Police have not disclosed his name.
The chase began shortly before 11:30 p.m. when police clocked the car going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. Jackson said the car had been stolen from a Randallstown residence earlier thatevening.
A preliminary review showed that Trooper Jeffrey Hartzler, who was the first officer to give chase, followed proper procedures, but a review will be conducted, said Jackson.
Guidelines require troopers to weigh the urgency of the pursuit against the risks. Among the factors are the seriousness of the offense, conditions of the highway and amount of traffic.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY
WESTMINSTER -- The 19-year-old city man who was charged last year with sexually abusing his 10-year-old half-sister pleaded guilty tosecond-degree sexual offense of an under-age victim in Carroll Circuit Court Monday.
In a plea agreement with the State's Attorney's Office, the Pennsylvania Avenue man -- whose name is being withheld bythe The Carroll County Sun to protect the girl's identity -- pleadedguilty to the charge in exchange for a suspended sentence.
According to Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill, her office will recommend that the man be sentenced to at least some of the 20 years in prison he could receive. The office will ask the judge to suspend the sentence, however.
The other charges against the man -- felony child abuse, perverted sexual practices and battery -- were dropped.
According to court records, a Westminster police officer observed the 10-year-old performing oral sex on the man on July 18. They were visible through a closed screen door, police said.
The man and girl weretaken to police headquarters, where the man was later arrested.
Two county fire companies have elected new officers for 1992:
In Sykesville, the officers are Richard Lyons, chief; Eddie Ruch, deputy chief; Mike Hill, fire captain; Barry Poff, rescue captain, and Liddy Luebberman, emergency medical services captain.
Lieutenants for Sykesville are Brian Bowman, Bobby Chesney and Steve Anske, fire lieutenants; Chuck Bittorie and Bob Platt, rescue lieutenants; and Bill Baker, Greg MacDonald and Wayne Garver, EMS lieutenants.
Hampstead Volunteer Fire Co. elected James Dwyer president;Albert Johnson, first vice president; Chuck Dennis, second vice president; Gary Wheeler, recording secretary; Kevin Hann, assistant recording secretary; Herb Raver, financial secretary; Dave Brown, assistant financial secretary; Raymond Rill, treasurer; Todd Mitchell, assistant treasurer; and Bayard Bollinger, chaplain.
Line officers are Herb Raver, chief; Raymond Rill, assistant chief; Richard Yingling, captain; David Brown, first lieutenant; Francis O'Connor Jr., secretary; Charles Ray, EMS captain; Frank Bauerlein, EMS first lieutenant; Heidi Yingling, EMS second lieutenant.
Ladies Auxiliary Officers areWanda Sparks, president; June Slonaker, vice president; June Miller,treasurer; Helen Korman, recording secretary; Roberta Lindsay, financial secretary; June Schaeffer, corresponding secretary; Addie Leister, chaplain; and Mary Alice Lare, historian.
CRASH KILLS COUNTY MAN
An Aspen Run man was killed shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday when the car he was driving failed to negotiate a turn, Baltimore County police said.
John Arthur Oyan, 39, of the 3400 block of Winterberry Court, was driving west on Tufton Avenue when his car failed to completea turn at Mantua Mill Road and crashed into a stone wall.
Oyan was pronounced dead at the scene. County police said speed and driver error contributed to the crash.
CRASH VICTIM RECOVERING
TANEYTOWN -- A Harney Road man injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday night was listed in fair and stable condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore.
Douglas Lee Trout, 24, was found in the northbound lane of Harney Road, south of Walnut Grove Road, shortly after 11 p.m. State police said he was thrown from his 1985 Jeep. Police records say that the Jeep left the road and struck three mailboxes before returning to the roadway. The Jeep skidded across a bridge over Piney Creek, then overturned, coming to rest along a bridge wall in the southbound lane,police said.
The impact of the crash into the wall threw Trout from the Jeep, police said.
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:
Prince George's Road: Westminster police arrested James Miles Dubel, 39, on Jan. 30 and charged him with driving while intoxicated. He was driving in Westminster.
DoubleTree Lane: Westminster Police served a criminal summons for one count of theft on Gina Renee Green, 32, on Jan. 20.
White Oak Court: Westminster police arrested Bryant Edwin Millberry, 36, on Jan. 30 andcharged him with one count of failure to appear.
Schalk Road No. 1: Kimberly Michelle Reprogel, 27, was served with a criminal summons by Westminster police on Jan. 31 and charged with one count of telephone misuse.
Main Street: A man reportedto Westminster police that someone stole $60 from his wallet while he was at a business in Westminster on Jan. 27.
140 Village Shopping Center: Ernest Lee Robertson, 18, of Westminster wascharged by city police on Jan. 30 with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of hindering, following an incident at 140 Village.
East Green Street: James Wade Benson Jr., 18, was arrested on Jan. 31 by city police and charged with one count each of assault and battery.
Johahn Drive: Thomas Green reported to city police on Jan. 31 that someone scratched the drivers side door of his vehicle with asharp object. Police estimate damage at $200.
Long Valley Road: On Feb. 1, Christopher Nieberlein reported to city police that someonebroke the rear door window of his car, which was parked near his home. Damage was estimated at $100.
East Main Street: George Hoffer Sr., of Pennsylvania, told city police that someone broke the drivers side window of his car on Feb. 2, resulting in about $200 worth of damage. The car was parked along East Main Street.
Ralph Street: City police arrested John Fisher, 39, on Feb. 2. He was charged in a bench warrant for failure to obey a court order.
Washington Road: More than $500 worth of cassette tapes was removed on Jan. 30 from a carowned by Doyle Barnes, city police reported. The car was parked nearhis home.
Westmoreland Street: Ila White told city police on Feb.2 that an unknown person stole the automobile registration tags and a tag holder from her car, resulting in a $57 loss.
Here is acompilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency OperationsCenter:
11:10 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Montgomery County on a house fire on Clarksburg Road.
11:29 a.m., New Windsor, Westminster and Union Bridge responded to a chimney fire on Hawks HillRoad.
4:30 p.m., New Windsor responded to an auto fire on Route 31.
5:28 p.m., Hampstead responded to a chimney fire on Benson MillRoad.
11:48 p.m., Sykesville, Winfield and West Friendship responded to a chimney fire on Schoolhouse Road.
1:08 a.m., Reese responded to an auto fire on Cedarhurst Road.
9:37 a.m., Pleasant Valley responded to a chimney fire on Hughes Shop Road.
1:33 p.m., Gamber, Westminster and Winfield responded to a chimney fire on Nicodemus Road.
8:23 p.m., Mount Airy, Lisbon, Damascus and Germantown responded to a chimney fire on Flag Marsh Road.
9:14 p.m., Sykesville and West Friendship responded to a fire alarm on Village Road.
2:32 a.m., Manchester responded to a trash can fire on Hanover Pike.
4:29 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Englar Road.
8:36 a.m., Reese and Gamber responded to a chimney fire on Sykesville Road.
11:36 a.m., Westminster responded to an automobile fire on Route 27.
12:03 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Baltimore Boulevard.
1:39 p.m.,Taneytown responded to a field fire on Old Taneytown Road.
2:42 p.m., Lineboro responded to a field fire on Bosly School Road in York (Pa.) County.
12:10 a.m., Manchester and Hampstead responded to a fire alarm on Hanover Pike.
4:52 a.m., Reese and Gamber responded to a trailer fire on Baltimore Boulevard.
4:42 p.m., Sykesville responded to a brush fire on Chasman Avenue.
6:32 p.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Gaming Square.
7:00 p.m.. Manchester, Hampstead and Lineboro responded to a chimney fire on Fridinger Mill Road.
9:30 p.m., Harney responded to a building fire on De Paul Street in Emmitsburg, Frederick County.
12:50 a.m., Sykesville, Liberty Road and Gamber responded to a garage fire on Old Liberty Road.
12:56 a.m., Reese and Westminster responded to achimney fire on Lauterbach Road.
1:05 p.m., Westminster respondedto a wash detail on Pennsylvania Avenue.