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05788201 RESCUE WORKERS MAKE ANOTHER DELIVERY
County rescue workers delivered a baby girl en route to the hospital during a maternity call Thursday, the second time in a month that paramedics have played the midwife role.
The baby, Caitlyn Neva Kauffman, was delivered in the ambulance at 6:58 p.m. along Route 32, just a short distance from her family's Mount Airy home, rescue workers said.
A rescue report said the baby and her mother, Doris Kauffman, 20, "were doing fine" Friday at Howard County General Hospital. Both medical technicians, Robert Meade and John Sidler of the county's Lisbon fire station, have delivered babies during previous ambulance runs.
The two technicians picked up Kauffman at her in-laws' home, located in the 18000 block of New Cut Road in Mount Airy, after receiving an emergency call. But "nature decided to alter plans" while the two men hastily tried to transport the pregnant woman to the hospital, a rescue report said.
"Our Lisbon station was elated after hearing of the latest," said Donald R. Howell, a rescue services spokesman.
"We deliver between four and six a year," Howell said. "But for us, a birth is a very heartening, positive occurrence compared to the motor vehicle accidents and tragedies that make up the down side of life we have to see so often."
County rescue services officials are planning a ceremony next week in recognition of Meade and Sidler and technicians Joanne Gilmore and Gary Chandler, who delivered a baby in Columbia on Sept. 16.
At the ceremony, each technician will receive a county "Stork Club" certificate, an award given by county fire officials to members who help deliver a baby.
The families of the newborns will be attending and, if they are willing, the child's inked footprint will be stamped on the certificates, Howell said.
THREE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Three men were arrested on drug distribution charges Thursday after a traffic stop on U.S. 1 that netted officers nearly $1,700 worth of crack cocaine from the car, county police said.
Police say the car was pulled over shortly before 11:45 p.m. for a drunken driving check near Patuxent Range Road. The occupants of the car agreed to allow officers to search the car, at which point 17 grams of crack were found in individual packets, police said.
Arrested were Anthony Gomer, 22, of Severn; Earl Gomer, 23, of Upper Marlboro; and Gerard Mahoney, 21, of Glen Burnie. Each was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of drug-related paraphernalia.
All three men were being held in the county police lock-up Friday afternoon, awaiting a bail hearing with the county District Court Commissioner's office.
Compilation of some of the crimes reported to state police and Howard County police:
10900 block Trotting Ridge Way, Harper's Choice: Oct. 9, a car stereo and speakers were reported stolen at 8 a.m. from a vehicle parked in a residential lot.
5600 block Harpers Farm Road, Harper's Choice: Oct. 9, a 1981 Kawasaki motorcycle was stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a residential area.
10800 block Green Mountain Circle, Wilde Lake: Oct. 5, a 1990 Isuzu Amigo vehicle was reported stolen at 5 a.m. from a residential parking lot.
8400 block U.S. 40: Oct. 8, car stereos were stolen sometime before 9 a.m. from two cars parked at a business lot.
3200 block Normandy Woods Drive: Oct. 8, a 1984 Toyota Camry automobile was reported stolen at 8:30 a.m. from an apartment complex parking lot.
3000 block Oak Green Circle: Oct. 7, a 1987 Toyota MR2 automobile was reported stolen at 6 a.m. from an apartment complex parking lot.
6400 block Greenfield Road: Oct. 8, stereo equipment was stolen sometime before 6 a.m. from a car parked in a residential lot.