Driver sought for questioning in death of pedestrian


Police are seeking the driver of a red pickup truck for questioning in the death early Saturday of a 27-year-old Owings Mills man, who was walking along Route 140 near Sandymount Road with a friend about 3:30 a.m.

James Edward O'Brien of the first block of Green Mountain Circle was walking on the shoulder of the highway with Betty Ann Walker, 31, of Westminster when he apparently was struck by the pickup, state police said yesterday. Mr. O'Brien was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Walker was not injured.

Mr. O'Brien's extensive head trauma initiated a joint investigation by uniformed troopers and members of the criminal investigation division at the Westminster barracks.

TOWER Council reps elected at East Middle

East Middle School recently had elections for homeroom representatives to the TOWER Council (Treating Others with Equality and Respect). The council helps plan school activities designed to encourage respect for students, faculty and staff.

Representatives and officers are:

* Sixth grade: Jessica Green, Kellie Cocilova, Jordan Blevins, Shannon Mills, Travis Roop, Rachel Lindsay, Linnea Randolph, Bridge Zerner.

* Seventh grade: Sindi Stem (vice president), Cathy Frame, Matt Marrichi, Stephanie Mundy, Chris Ashley, Megan Malinowski, Kyle Burger, George Condon.

* Eighth grade: Muffy Poprycz, Thea Bayly (secretary), Stephanie Zarriello, Adam Warner (president), Becky Towns, Katie Redding, Lindsay Pettingill, Eric Anderson (treasurer).

The TOWER Committee also selected Laurie Walters, media specialist, as staff member of the month for November. She was chosen for her effort in automating the media center and for the personalized help she gives to students. Seventh-grader Lyndi Dinterman was chosen as November's student of the month for showing the qualities of a good friend. She plays soccer and softball.

Westminster Optimists elect new officers

The Optimist Club of Westminster recently had an installation banquet for the 1993-1994 officers at Martin's West. Bert Boline, Optimist International governor for the Maryland South-Delaware District, installed the officers. New officers are Marv Hollinger, president; Dale Geiman, vice president; Bill Aversa, vice president; Orv Wunderlich, secretary; Jack Harris, treasurer; Larry House and Jeff Barrett, directors.


* Westminster: City police reported 11 vehicles were broken into or had their tires punctured over the weekend.

Three cars, all owned by Westminster residents, had their tires damaged on West Main Street, South Church Street and Geneva Drive, police said. Damage is estimated at more than $637.

Eight parked vehicles were damaged and/or broken into and articles stolen, police reported. Those crimes occurred on Liberty Street, Railroad Avenue, Doral Court, West Main Street and on the parking lot of Cranberry Mall, police said.

Damage and loss of property were estimated at more than $1,134.

Thefts from the Caldor and Footlocker stores in Cranberry Mall were also reported. An official of Caldor said its loss amounted to $223, and Footlocker's loss was estimated at $220.

A resident of Park Avenue told police someone threw eggs at her house Sunday, damaging the paint. She estimated the damage at $100.

An employee at the Westminster Elementary School reported that someone stole her purse, which contained $27, from a table at the school Friday.


* Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster and Reese investigated a report of smoke in a house on Lucabaugh Mill Road at 3:32 a.m. Saturday. Units were out for 21 minutes.

Engines from Westminster and Reese went to a house fire on Herbert Avenue at 11:49 a.m. Saturday. Units were out for 42 minutes.

Firefighters from Westminster were dispatched to investigate a call of a fire on Littlestown Pike at 1:17 p.m. Saturday. They were out for 34 minutes.

Engines from the Westminster station responded to a call of wires down on Route 27 after heavy rains Saturday and Sunday. The call, at 7:49 a.m. Sunday, kept the firefighters out for two hours until emergency workers from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. could repair the wires.

Westminster responded for another call of wires down on Meadow Branch Road at 10:22 a.m. Sunday. They were out for 33 minutes.

* Pleasant Valley: Firefighters from the Pleasant Valley station responded for a call of wires down on Littlestown Pike at 9:47 a.m. Sunday. They were out for 27 minutes.

Pleasant Valley, Westminster and Littlestown, Pa., equipment responded for a house fire on Silver Run Valley Road at 12:54 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 29 minutes.

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