12-year-old charged in knife fightSPRING MILLS --...


12-year-old charged in knife fight

SPRING MILLS -- A 12-year-old boy was cHarged with assault and assault with intent to maim Monday after an argument sent a 15-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother to Carroll County General Hospital with lacerations, State Police said.

A family argument apparently caused the incident, police said.

The argument at 5:15 p.m. between the girl and the 12-year-old boy, her cousin, followed an earlier dispute among the girl, her parents and the cousin, said Trooper Douglas Wehland, who investigated the case.

After the argument subsided, police said, the boy went to the kitchen, brought out a large knife and began threatening the girl. He then rushed toward the older cousin and cut her on the legs, police charge.

Other siblings tried to get the knife from him, but in the struggle, the girl suffered cuts that required 19 stiches.

Her 8-year-old brother was cut in the neck.

The 12-year-old also received minor cuts, police said.

All three children were taken to the hospital and released following treatment.

The parents had gone to the store a short while before the incident and were passed on the road by the ambulances headed toward their house, Trooper Wehland said.

May crash claims second victim

Ellis Ray Gibson Jr., 20, of Taneytown, who was a passenger in a car crash May 31, died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore last Wednesday.

The driver of the auto, Hugh David Chisholm Jr., also of Taneytown, died at the scene of the accident on Piney Creek Road.

Police said the 1980 Mustang was headed south on the highway when it skidded off the road and collided into a tree.

Mr. Gibson's death brings the number of traffic fatalities in the county to 17.

Police said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

27 residents flee nursing home smoke


SHERVETTES CORNER -- Twenty-seven residents of the Oakland Manor Nursing Home, in the 2800 block of Kaywood Place, were forced from their rooms when a haze similar to smoke from an air conditioner spread through the home about 9:52 p.m. on Sunday.

Jeff Pepper, administrator at the home, said the residents were assisted from their rooms to the dining hall by members of the staff, who smelled the smoke, and firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber and three companies from Baltimore County.

Mr. Pepper said the home is equipped with smoke detectors, but the one in the room where the air conditioner malfunctioned did not activate.

There was no fire, the administrator said.


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

* Westminster: Bell Road: The window of a construction bulldozer was broken Aug. 11, Billy Reimann of Lazatti Construction Co. reported

Loss is estimated at $200.

Baltimore Boulevard: Property valued at $300 was removed from an automobile parked on the lot of Griffith Auto Park on Aug. 11.

Woodward Drive: Rolls of wire valued at $3,000 were stolen from a construction site Aug. 11, according to an official of Chase Electric Co.

East Main Street: Someone cut an opening in a chain link fence of a storage yard of Becker's Garage Aug. 11.

Damage is about $100.

Englar Road: Property valued at $5,192 was stolen from the Wal-Mart building under construction on Englar Road between 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, according to Thomas C. Williams.

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