Police Seek Truck Driver


September 23, 1990

WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Sheriff's Department is searching for the driver of a black pickup truck police believe caused a multi-car accident on Route 30 Wednesday that left one man dead and others injured.

Deputy David Valentine asked Friday that anyone with information on the truck's driver or owner call the Sheriff's Department at 848-9666. Callers can remain anonymous, he said.

James R. Cottrell, 43, of Manchester, died Wednesday night of injuries he received in a four-car accident on Route 30 near Tracey's Mill Road.

Cottrell was a passenger in a car driven by Norman Lacy, 57, of the 4200 block of Hanover Pike. Lacy was listed in stable condition late Friday at Hanover General Hospital in Hanover, Pa.

Valentine said witnesses to the accident reported that a black pickup truck with a black cap was traveling southbound on Route 30 when it made a left turn into the parking lot of Piper's Wine and Spirit Barn.

He said the truck failed to yield the right of way to the northbound car driven by Lacy.

Lacy hit his brakes and skidded across the center line and into the path of a southbound van driven by Charles Bieber, 44, of Hanover, Pa.

The van hit Lacy's car head-on in the passenger-side door.

Both vehicles then struck a parked truck, Valentine said.

Bieber was listed in satisfactory condition late Friday.

Just after the first accident, another car at the scene was hit while it was stopped in the southbound lane.

The car, driven by John Haney, 42, of Glen Rock, Pa., was hit from behind while attempting to make a left turn into the liquor store parking lot.

Valentine said Armando Malvone of Hanover, Pa., went to the right to pass Haney and saw the first accident, applied his brakes, and then turned back to the left. This caused him to slide into the left side of Haney's car.

Haney was treated and released from Hanover General Hospital. Malvone was not injured, Valentine said.

Another driver lost control of his car as he tried to avoid the second accident, Valentine said.

Steve Yingling, 22, of Manchester was traveling north on Route 30 when he lost control and hit a curb near the liquor store parking lot. Valentine said Yingling was not injured.

The 5:15 p.m. accidents tied up traffic on Route 30 for more than an hour, police said.



A 39-year-old Akers Drive man was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged in connection with an attempted assault on his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend.

William Gustav Dahlberg was charged with one count of assault with intent to murder after state police received a report that he pointed a gun at the boyfriend after making several threatening phone calls to Mary Sparks' apartment, in the 200 block of Watersville Road.

The boyfriend, Kevin Gail King, told police Dahlberg went to Sparks' apartment at 12:50 a.m. and pointed a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol at him when he opened the door, police reported.

After a struggle, King managed to get the gun away from his assailant, who fled, police said.

Dahlberg was arrested by Tfc. G.C. Jordan while driving his 1984 Ford pickup northbound on Route 27 in Mount Airy, police said.

Dahlberg was released from the Carroll County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon after he posted $75,000 bond.



A 28-year-old Frederick Road man was being held without bail late Friday at the Carroll County Detention Center in connection with the attempted murder of his former boss.

Dennis Wayne Hood was charged with three counts of attempted murder after three shots were fired into the home of his former boss in the 3600 block of Franklinville Road near Taylorsville, police said.

State police would not release the boss' name.

State police troopers were called to the scene just after 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday when the shots were reportedly fired.

Hood -- whom police said was upset because he was fired from his job -- was arrested without incident at his home before 9:30 a.m.

The former boss' wife and three children were reportedly in the home at the time of the shootings, police said.

Hood also was charged with four counts each of assault with intent to murder, assault and reckless endangerment. He was charged with one count each of assault and battery and destruction of property.

If convicted on all the charges, Hood could be sentenced to life in prison, police said.

Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center: Sept. 18 2:19 p.m., Sykesville, Liberty and Gamber responded to a house fire on Brimfield Circle.

Sept. 19 6:59 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a chimney fire at a Frederick Road home in Howard County.

Sept. 20 4:12 a.m., Winfield responded to an auto fire on Old Liberty Road.

5:35 a.m., Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded to a fire investigation on WTTR Lane.

2:13 p.m., Taneytown, Pleasant Valley, Harney, Reese and Adams County responded to a basement fire on Unger Road.

4:28 p.m., Winfield, Mount Airy, Sykesville and Howard County responded to smoke inside a garage on Amantea Way.

5:07 p.m., New Windsor, Union Bridge and Westminster responded to smoke inside a building on Old New Windsor Road.

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