Drug task force seizes marijuana, arrests 2WESTMINSTER...


Drug task force seizes marijuana, arrests 2

WESTMINSTER -- A local couple were arrested on drug charges Wednesday after the Carroll County Drug Task Force found five marijuana plants -- ranging from 5 to 15 feet high -- growing on their farm property, a task force member said.

Randy Scott Leidy and his wife, Carole Jean Leidy, of the 3100 block of Littlestown Pike, were charged with manufacturing and

possession of marijuana and other related offenses, said Sgt. John Burton, supervisor of the task force.

"We had a helicopter going around for a few days, and they spotted some plants growing on the farm near a shed [Tuesday]," said Sergeant Burton.

After police obtained a search warrant, they arrived on the property around 11:30 a.m. to find plants growing near the home and hanging upside down from rafters in the basement, "drying out," said Sergeant Burton.

In the house, officers reported, they found bongs, pipes and two plastic bags -- one containing alleged marijuana residue and one allegedly containing a small amount of the drug.

Police also found five rifles or shotguns and two handguns -- all loaded -- in the home, Sergeant Burton said.

Randy Leidy was released later on $10,000 bail. Carole Leidy was released on her own recognizance.

Tractor overturns, killing farmer


UNION BRIDGE -- A 37-year-old farmer was killed when the tractor he was riding overturned and he was pinned under the steering wheel.

Orin J. Neal, of the 13400 block of Copper Mine Road, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead about an hour after the accident, which occurred shortly before 11a.m. Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Frederick County sheriff's office said Mr. Neal was riding the tractor on top of a 9-foot pile of silage when he started to back down and it overturned.

Child hit by car on her way to school


TANEYTOWN -- Seven-year-old Ashley Jenkins of the 400 block of Taney Drive was injured when she apparently ran in front of an automobile on her way to the Taneytown Elementary School about 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police chief Melvin Diggs said the child, with several other students, ran across the 300 block of East Baltimore Street, 130 feet from a school crossing guard.

She was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore by MedEvac helicopter for treatment of a possible broken leg and other injuries. She was in good condition at the Children's Center of the hospital on Friday, a spokesman said.

The driver of the car, David Storey, of the 3700 block of Baptist

Road, was not charged, police said.

Woman injured in fall from horse

An 18-year-old woman was thrown from a horse and knocked unconscious when the animal was possibly spooked by the noise of a truck and slipped on the roadway in the New Windsor area Wednesday.

Tiffany Lynn Hill of the 1400 block of Stone Chapel Road, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the 11 a.m. accident near her home.

A spokesman at the hospital said she was in critical and stable condition.

Four people arrested in break-in


WESTMINSTER -- Four people were arrested and charged after a $5,200 burglary and theft at Glen's Auto Repair Shop on Monday.

Hand tools taken in the theft in East Green Street were recovered, but air tools removed at the same time are still missing, an official of the company said Thursday.

Of those arrested, Carroll Eugene Logue, 25, of East Main Street, and Allison Alvin Reddinger, 18, of Willow Street, Hampstead, are each charged with multiple burglary, theft and conspiracy.

David Wayne Frederick, 21, of Oak Avenue, and Alicia Jeanette Showman, 19, of Sullivan Road, are each charged with theft and conspiracy.

B6 Each was held on $5,000 bail, according to police.

Westminster man honored by UMBC

Police Officer Ernest Howe was selected to receive the Classified Staff Employee of the Month Award at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Officer Howe, who joined the UMBC force 10 years ago, lives in Westminster with his wife, Jackie, and son, Daniel.


* Railroad Avenue: Vandals returned to Duke's Car Wash last Saturday and sprayed salt water into the change machine. Damage is estimated at $460. On Sept. 13, vandals had caused $160 damage to another coin machine, owner Paul Dukhart told police.

* Buena Vista Drive: Dennis Rodgers, of Spencer Lane in Finksburg, told police Monday that while his car was parked at the Moose Lodge, property valued at $56 was taken from it.

* East George Street: Two motorcycles worth $1,220 were stolen from the garage of his house, James David Booth told police. He said one was a yellow Suzuki TM125 and the other a silver and blue Honda TL125 model.

* Longwell Lot: The rear side window of a car belonging to Charles Edward Rothenberger, of Geneva Drive, was shattered Tuesday, police reported.

* South Church Street: A bicycle that had been chain locked at the rear of a house was stolen Wednesday. Deborah Keys reported the bike was valued at $140.

* East Main Street: Property valued at $242 was removed from the car of Steven Beasham, of Arters Mill Road, Thursday.

More hay bales burn on Taneytown farm

Taneytown firefighters spent almost six hours extinguishing a fire in bales of hay on a farm on Walnut Grove Road on Wednesday.

Three units from Taneytown, including the tank truck, were used.

In the past month, three barns in the Taneytown area, all loaded with hay, have burned. The causes of those fires are under investigation by the state fire marshal.


5:37 p.m.: Union Bridge responded to a transformer fire on Bark Hill Road.

* 6:14 p.m.: Gamber was called for wires on fire on Washington Road.

* 7:10 p.m.: Sykesville responded for wires down on Obrecht Road.

* 11:36 p.m.: Westminster answered a call for wires on fire on Monterey Drive.


4:47 p.m.: New Windsor, Winfield and Union Bridge were dispatched to battle a garage fire on Marston Road.

* 5:40 p.m.: Westminster responded to Md. 140 and extinguished a fire in a pickup truck.

* 8:28 p.m.: Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown were called to investigate smoke in a building on Malcom Drive.

K? All units were able to return to service within 16 minutes.


KA* 2:38 p.m.: Winfield responded to a trash fire on Buffalo Road.

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