PAIR CHARGED IN THEFT
WESTMINSTER - Two men were arrested Thursday and charged with stealing checks from a Taneytown home and forging the owner's signature, state police said.
State police said the checks were stolen from a home in the first block of Franklin Street sometime between last Wednesday and Thursday.
The suspects were arrested after they attempted to cash the checks at the Taneytown Bank & Trust in the 400 block of Englar Road.
Eric Wayne Adkins, 22, of the first block of East Main Street and John Fisher, 38, of the first block of Ralph Street, both of Westminster, were charged with one count each of forgery and theft.
Both were being held at the Carroll County Detention Center. Adkins was held on $1,000 bond and Fisher was held on $500 bond.
FIRE DAMAGES HOME
WESTMINSTER -- An early evening fire damaged a one-story wood frame home yesterday in the 800 block of Old Westminster Pike.
The fire was reported at 5:02 p.m. and was under control about 20 minutes later, said Jeff Alexander, captain of Westminster Volunteer Fire Co.
No one was home at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries, Alexander said.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Elwood Kauffman investigated the fire, but had not determined its cause as of press time yesterday.
Kauffman said he believed the fire began in the kitchen and spread up through the attic, causing heavy smoke damage in the home.
He did not have an estimate of the damage to the home, located in a residential neighborhood across from the Walnut Ridge development.
The occupant of the home is believed to be Lawrence S. Shoul. Neighbors could not confirm the occupant's name, but said they believed a family has lived there for several years.
Westminster and Reese fire companies responded to the one-alarm blaze.
While the firefighters did not have to make any daring rescues of the home's human occupants, they did rescue three small kittens from the fire.
TWO HURT IN CRASH
ELDERSBURG -- A Randallstown man was listed in satisfactory and stable condition late Tuesday following a two-car crash on Klees Mill Road near Route 26.
State police in Westminster said Frederick Senkel of the 8600 block of Doverdale Road was injured when he lost control of his car on a curve and hit another car head-on.
Senkel was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore by state police helicopter after the crash.
His passenger, John Sweet of the 9900 block of Servine Lane in Randallstown also was injured and taken to shock trauma. Sweet was discharged Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police said Senkel was traveling westbound on Klees Mill Road around 10:48 p.m. when he crossed the center line and hit an eastbound car driven by John Sands, 47, of the 4000 block of London Bridge Road in Sykesville.
Sands received minor injuries, police said.
No charges have been filed and the investigation into the crash is continuing, police said.
WESTMINSTER HOUSE FIRE
WESTMINSTER -- A one-alarm blaze that broke out shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday caused about $3,000 in damage to a two-story wood-frame house on Webster Street, fire officials said.
Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the fire began when clothes laying next to a gas water heater were ignited by the heater's pilot light.
Thirty firefighters from Westminster and Reese volunteer fire departments responded to the fire, which was put out in five minutes, Thomas said.
No injuries were reported.
Blaze damages home
HAMPSTEAD -- An early morning fire Saturday caused about $30,000 in damage to a home in the 3800 block of Greenmount Church Road, fire officials said.
Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the blaze was caused by a faulty chimney on the second floor.
The home, which is owned by Oakmont Green Limited Partnership, was being rented at the time of the fire by Charles and Brenda Ringley and their 6-year-old son, Justin. The child was not home at the time of the blaze.
Thomas said the fire started around 4:53 a.m. and was discovered by a newspaper carrier who alerted the couple and helped them escape the home safely.
The fire was brought under control by 6:30 a.m., Thomas said.
About 30 firefighters from Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro and Arcadia responded to the blaze.
Three of the firefighters were injured, Thomas said. Two were taken to Carroll County General Hospital and were treated and released. The third was treated at the scene.
WOMAN LISTED SERIOUS
A 58-year-old Owings Mills woman who was a passenger in a car that collided with a freight train on Route 30 last week was listed in serious condition late Tuesday.
Marguerite Joan Bosley of Pleasant Hill Lane was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore after the Friday afternoon crash with a CSX train.
The driver of the car, 75-year-old Virginia Agnes Schwartz of Nobility Court in Owings Mills, was killed in the accident.