Police and Fire Scan

Police and Fire Scan

September 12, 1990


WESTMINSTER - A 31-year-old Westminster woman was found guilty of allowing 34 children to drink alcohol during a party in her home.

Mary Linda Rottman, of the 3500 block Ridge Road, was charged in February 1989 with 34 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Rottman, who pleaded innocent, was given probation before judgment Friday by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck. She was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

If she successfully completes the probation, no guilty verdict will appear on her record.

Court records show Rottman allowed a friend, Billy Briggs, to play host for a party to celebrate his 21st birthday in her home.

Seventy-five to 100 people attended the party, court records show.

Rottman was arrested after neighbors called the police to complain.



41-year-old Upper Beckleysville Road woman was listed in serious but stable condition Tuesday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center of University Hospital in Baltimore after a one-car accident last week.

Mary Patricia Thornton was traveling northbound on Route 30 north of Wolf Hill Drive when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line and southbound lane shoulder, and struck a utility pole, state police in Westminster said.

She was taken to the shock trauma unit by state police helicopter.


Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the May 31 theft of more than 40 power and hand tools from a construction site on Roberts Mill Road in Taneytown.

Police believe the theft occurred sometime after 4 p.m.

A list of the stolen items includes a gas cut-off saw, a cordless drill, a hammer drill, a circular saw, a rotary power hammer and power torches.

Police estimate the value of the stolen property at more than $7,000.

The property was housed in a building that was being renovated, police said.

Many of the tools were in a large "KNAX" brand tool box belonging to the Relay Electric Co.in Owings Mills.

Police said the tools can be identified through serial and model numbers.

If you have any information about this crime, the stolen property, or the suspects involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.



A 77-year-old Third Avenue woman died Sept. 6 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit of University Hospital in Baltimore of injuries she received in an August car accident.

Virginia Bonnie Muldoon was taken to the Shock Trauma Unit by state police helicopter after the early afternoon accident at the intersection of Route 32 and the Sykesville bypass, police records show.

Police said Colleen Marie Felix, 25, of Libertytown, was traveling southbound on Route 32 and Muldoon was traveling eastbound on the bypass when the accident occurred.

Muldoon failed to stop for a stop sign on the bypass, and Felix hit her, police said.



State fire officials have ruled arson was the cause of an early morning fire at St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church Monday.

The fire, which caused about $4,000 in damage to the church, charred two wooden doors, and inflicted smoke damage to the exterior stone walls, fire officials said.

An unidentified person discovered the fire at about 6:15 a.m. and alerted state police Tfc. Jack Hinkle of the Westminster barracks.

Hinkle, who lives close to the church, arrived to find two large plastic trash containers engulfed in flames near the church doors.

He used a fire extinguisher from his police car to put out the flames and prevent further damage to the church, state police said.

Westminster and Pleasant Valley fire departments responded to the scene to make sure the fire was out.

The fire is being investigated by Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg.



A funeral was held Tuesday afternoon for a 12-year-old boy who drowned over the weekend while wading in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Luke Wesley Smith was fishing with three friends at about 12:20 p.m. Saturday when currents pulled him into the water, police officials said.

Divers from the Washington County Sheriff's Department found Smith's body six hours later.

Smith was on a weekend church trip when the accident occurred, officials said.


WESTMINSTER A 43-year-old Washington County man was listed in fair and stable condition Tuesday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore after a two-car accident at the intersection of Routes 31 and 32 late Sunday night.

John Roehr of Cascade was injured at 11:26 p.m. when a 1989 Pontiac Sunbird he was riding in was hit by a 1984 Pontiac Fiero driven by Karin L. Wirtz of Westminster, city police said.

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