FIRE HAZARD AT PARK
FINKSBURG - The state fire marshal Monday said electronic heat tape on water pipes at a mobile home park was a fire hazard and ordered it removed.
State Fire Marshal Rocco Gabriele ordered Shields Inc., owners and operators of Todd Village mobile home park, to remove heat tape from the water pipes of approximately 100 homes in the park.
The order was issued after the heat tape caused two fires at the park, Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said. The latest fire, on Monday morning, caused $2,000 to $3,000 in damage to a mobile home. The residents were alerted to the blaze by a smoke detector.
The owners have 72 hours in which to comply with the order or face a possible fine of up to $100 per day for each day they are in violation, Thomas said.
Heat tape runs on electricity that warms the pipes and keeps them from freezing. The tape will overheat and ignite if used improperly, he said.
The pipes are underneath the mobile homes.
"If a fire breaks out, they can burn undetected for nearly an hour and often lead to serious damage to the home and contents," Thomas said.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK 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 theft of $20,000 worth of brass and bronze fittings and pump parts from the Worthington Pump Co. in Taneytown in May and June.
Among items stolen were pump valves stamped with W5003K, RX131260K and W46620K.
Police believe the items may have been sold for salvage or sold to a plumbing supplier.
Numerous other thefts of valuable salvage metal have occurred recently in Carroll, police said.
If you have any information about this crime, 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.
SITE R SENTENCING SET DATELINE: TANEYTOWN Three residents convicted of defiant trespass at a military installation near the Pennsylvania border are set to be sentenced today in Adams County Court of Common Pleas.
Yvonne and James Small and Wayne Cogswell were arrested along with four Baltimore-area residents in August 1989 while protesting at the top-secret government facility.
The group held the demonstration at Site R in Raven Rock Mountain in observance of the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
The Smalls and Richard Ochs of Baltimore were arrested on Aug. 5 for another protest and peace vigil at the site. They have not been tried on the most recent charges.
If convicted of the initial trespassing charges, each member of the group could face a $2,500 fine and up to one year in prison.
FATHER, SON INJURED DATELINE: SANDYMOUNT A man who was burned while mixing chlorine with his son was released from Carroll County General Hospital Tuesday.
Kenneth Higgs of the 2400 block of Westminster Pike and his son were mixing two types of chlorine to clean their pool Sunday when the chemicals reacted and began giving off fumes.
A Reese ambulance took the father and son to the hospital, where the son was treated for chemical inhalation and released the same day.
The hospital and fire officials declined to release the son's name.
THREE INJURED IN CRASH DATELINE: WESTMINSTER A two-car collision on Route 27 near Sullivan Road sent three young women to Carroll County General Hospital Monday afternoon.
State police reported that Lawrence Paul Gibbs, 45, of Westminster was trying to make a U-turn from the southbound shoulder of Route 27 when he hit a southbound car driven by Lisa Michelle Roberts, 19, of Lutherville.
The car landed in a ditch on the northbound shoulder after the crash, police said.
Roberts and two passengers in her car, Tina Marie Marks, 16, of Jonestown, Pa., and Debra Jo Grice, 20, of Union Bridge, were treated for minor injuries and released.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police: HAMPSTEAD New Medford and Stone Chapel roads: Bulldozer parked at construction site damaged with rocks between Sept. 10 or 11. Estimated loss: $400.
1600 block of North Main Street: Two wheels stolen from a new car parked at dealership between Sept. 8 and 10. Estimated loss: $1343.
3100 block of Cape Mill Court: Theft of two doors and a window from a construction site sometime between Sept. 8 and 10. Estimated loss: $500.
3700 block of Diane Avenue: Theft of four wheel covers from vehicle parked at residence Sept. 11. Estimated loss: $560.
SYKESVILLE 1300 block of Woodridge Lane: Theft of a bicycle from residence Sept. 4.
Estimated loss: $271.
TAYLORSVILLE Intersection of routes 27 and 26: Damage to soda machine and money stolen Sept. 4. Estimated loss: $250.
WESTMINSTER Westminster Shopping Center: Breaking, entering and theft of money from business Sept. 10 or 11. Estimated loss: $110.