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Grain truck overturns

WESTMINSTER -- Westbound traffic headed into Westminster Route 140 was backed up for miles Thursday afternoon after a tractor-trailer carrying grain smashed into pickup truck hauling a mobile home at routes 97 and 140.

Westminster police said the pickup truck, driven by George A. Frazier, 45, was stopped at the traffic light when it was struck at 2:30 p.m. by a 1985 International tractor-trailer hauling soybeans.

The tractor-trailer, driven by James S. Kirtchen, 55, of McSherrystown, Pa., jack-knifed and flipped on its side, spilling its load of grain on the road. The mobile home was severely damaged and the pickup truck was turned around.

Police said Frazier was able to leave his pickup and helped Kirtchen out of his overturned truck.

Kirtchen was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Medical Center in Baltimore. Linda Frazier, 45, who was a passenger in the pickup, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and treated for unspecified injuries.

Westminster police said charges are pending against Kirtchen, and state police inspectors are conducting an investigation of the tractor-trailer to see whether mechanical problems were responsible for the crash.

Three hurt in accident

HAMPSTEAD -- Three people were hurt in a traffic accident Wednesday when a pickup truck failed to stop at stop sign and struck an automobile.

Maryland State Police said Thomas L. Swartzbaugh, 73, of Stone Road in Westminster, was traveling south on Brodbeck Road and failed to stop at Brodbeck and Hampstead-Mexico Road.

His 1981 GMC pickup truck struck a 1985 Honda Civic driven westbound by Doris R. Shuffler, 38.

The force of the collision pushed both cars into a ditch at the side of the road. Rescue workers had to pry the roof off the Honda to remove Shuffler.

Shuffler and her 9-year-old daughter, Julia, were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Swartzbaugh was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

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


Liberty Road: State police arrested Robert B. Price, 42, of Pinewood Avenue in Baltimore, and charged him with multiple counts of obtaining a controlled drug through false prescriptions, concealment, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and impersonating a physician on May 20.


altimore Street: State police arrested Daniel P. Duffy, 20, and Dennis J. Hetrick, 20, both of Mount Airy, and charged them with theft on May 22. Taneytown police charged Duffy with driving while intoxicated.

Union Bridge

Pond behind Lehigh Cement: State police said an 8-year-old was wounded by a friend while they were shooting birds on May 21. The .22-caliber bullet passed through the thigh of the child. Juvenile charges are pending, police said.


East Main Street: Westminster police said Tracy D. Roberge reported that someone tried to pry open the door of her car, causing about $40 in damage, on May 19.

West Main Street: Westminster police said Maurice Black of Union Bridge reported that someone tried to pry open the locked driver-side and passenger-side doors of his car while it was parked, causing $300 in damage, on May 19.

West Main Street: Westminster police arrested Irvin D. Sims, 43, and charged him with battery on May 18. He was released after posting $500 bail.

Cranberry Mall: Westminster police arrested Michael M. Smith, 25, of Baltimore, on charges of exposing himself in Caldor on May 20.

140 Village Shopping Center: Westminster police said Nicholas Derita, of Sycamore Street, reported that someone stole a temporary license tag off his car while it was parked on May 20.

Littlestown Pike: State police said they found an unattended truck in front of Finch Services loaded with two John Deere tractors, worth about $18,000, on May 21. They believe the tractors were about to be stolen and are investigating the matter.

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

May 20

8:08 a.m., Lineboro assisted York County with an electrical fire on Blue Hill Road.

9:12 a.m., Reese and Westminster responded to a fire alarm sounding on Bethel Road.

1:27 p.m., Gamber, Reese and Sykesville responded to a house fire on Lewisville Road.

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