3 charged with theft
TANEYTOWN -- Three men have been charged with breaking into Agway Inc., a farm equipment retailer, and removing nearly $4,000 worth of lawn devices, city police reported.
William Edward Kelley Jr., 38, of Hagerstown, was charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft after police say his truck was found with a mulcher, two chippers, a tiller, and five power mowers near the scene of the July 19 incident. He was released after questioning at the police station.
Charging documents have been issued for Mr. Kelley's brother, Charles, 24, and Kenny Eugene Butts, 20, both of Hagerstown, for their involvement in the crime, said Melvin Diggs, police chief.
Police were called to the scene around 11 p.m. and spotted the men. Two fled on foot, but one man tried to drive the truck away.
After the driver abandoned the vehicle and the stolen equipment, it was retrieved by the police, who say they ran it through the computer and found that it was owned by William Kelley.
Woman felled by tree
UNION MILLS -- An 82-year-old woman, who was attempting to retrieve a chain saw from under a tree, was killed Monday when a 30-foot branch struck her on the head and pinned her to the ground.
Mrs. Thelma Tutherow of Conover, N.C., was pronounced dead at Carroll County General Hospital.
Maryland State Police said Mrs. Tutherow was assisting her son, John Curtis Tutherow, also of North Carolina, at about 1 p.m. Monday at the home of his former wife in the 3900 block of Littlestown Pike.
Police reported that John Tutherow had cut the large branch almost all the way through and was on the ground pulling on the branch when it fell.
Man injured in bee bout
WESTMINSTER -- A 20-year-old Carroll man was treated and released from Carroll County General Hospital after his car overturned, end over end, when he attempted to swat a bee Saturday.
Paul David Fontaine, of the 1200 block of Martin Drive, told police he was northbound on Route 27 near Lucabaugh Road and began to strike at a bee when he lost control, swerved off the road, struck an embankment and overturned.
Mr. Fontaine was taken to the hospital for treatment after the car landed on its wheels and came to a stop against an embankment.
Carroll woman saved
OCEAN CITY -- A vacationing Hagerstown man saved the life of a Westminster woman who jumped into the Isle of Wight Bay and was swept away by a strong current, police said.
Randy Lee Artz told authorities he saw the woman in the water from his second-floor apartment Saturday night and ran down to help. He swam out and pulled the woman to some nearby piers, where firefighters pulled her from the water.
Police identified the woman as Belinda Victoria Griffith, 27, of Pinch Valley Road. She refused medical treatment and was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.
1,800 left in the dark
The 20-minute storm that breezed through the county yesterday left about 1,810 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers in the dark, BG&E; officials said.
By 5:30 p.m., 800 of them had their power back, said John Metzger, a spokesman for the company.
Mr. Metzger also called the power loss "minor," given that the company is responsible for more than one million customers.
L Crews were working to repair the damage at 6 p.m. yesterday.
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Here is a compilation of some of the crimes reported to local and state police:*
Keymar Francis Scott Key Highway: A safe containing an undisclosed amount of money was stolen from the High's Store by someone who forced entry through the roof on Aug. 3.
* Westminster Railroad Avenue: Ralph Baumgardner, owner of a stove and fireplace store, reported to police that someone broke a large showroom window last Thursday. Mr. Baumgardner, of East Green Street, said replacement would cost about $350.