Police and fire scan

Police and fire scan

November 04, 1990


WESTMINSTER - State fire marshals are investigating an early evening fire Tuesday that caused $35,000 in damage to a home in the 800 block of Old Westminster Pike.

The one-alarm blaze temporarily displaced the family of Lawrence S.

Shoul, fire officials said.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Elwood Kauffman said Tuesday night that he believed the fire started in the kitchen and spread up through the attic.

Westminster and Reese volunteer fire companies responded to the blaze, which was brought under control in about 30 minutes.



Three Sykesville residents were arrested by members of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force Wednesday night near the Eldersburg Inn and were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police said Rebecca Irene Barnes, 35, Jerry Lee Powell, 26, and Martin Lee Fralin, 28, were arrested by the members of the task force while the officers were conducting surveillance near the inn, said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III.

Walker said the surveillance was unrelated to the three people charged on Tuesday.

The task force seized one quarter of an ounce of marijuana and a 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Barnes, Powell and Fralin were taken before a court commissioner and released on their own recognizance.



A 20-year-old Eldersburg man was arrested early Friday morning after leading a Carroll County sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase along Route 140.

Deputy 1st Class Edward Engel said he began following a 1989 tan Ford pickup truck east on Route 140 at 8:43 a.m. because he noticed the truck had expired registration plates.

Engel said that when the truck's driver realized he was being followed, he began changing lanes rapidly and cutting off other drivers.

The deputy said the driver then accelerated to 85 mph. and ran up on the shoulder of the road before going through a red light at Route 140 and Gorsuch Road.

The driver tried to turn into the 140 Village Shopping Center but lost control of his car and went up on the traffic island, Engel said.

He said the driver tried to flee on foot, but Engel caught him and held him at gunpoint until another deputy arrived.

The driver, Kristian Peter Lochran of the 5300 block of Klees Mill Road, was charged with several counts including failure to obey an order of a police officer, fleeing and eluding a police officer, reckless driving and exceeding the speed limit by 40 mph.

Engel said Lochran told him he tried to get away from the officer because his license was revoked.


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 a bronze grave marker and two bronze corner stones from the Gardens of Eternal Hope cemetery in Finksburg.

Police reports show the items were stolen from the cemetery sometime before Sept. 21.

The grave marker is 2-by-3 feet in size and bears the names, "John Arthur Frisby 1906-1962 and Beatrice Ida Frisby 1909-1972." Each corner stone bears the initial "F." The items are valued at $400.

Police believe other markers and cornerstones also may be missing. The Sept. 21 theft brings the value of salvageable metal stolen in the county in the last several months to about $30,000, police said.

Crime Solvers believe that while there is significant monetary loss when these kinds of items are stolen, the emotional impact on surviving family members is more significant.

If you have any information about these crimes or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562- TIPS.

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


A 58-year-old Owings Mills woman who was a passenger in a car that collided with a freight train on Route 30 Oct. 26 was listed in critical condition late Friday.

Marguerite Joan Bosley of Pleasant Hill Lane was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore after the late afternoon crash with a CSX train.

The driver of the car, 75-year-old Virginia Agnes Schwartz, also of Owings Mills, was killed in the accident.

Police believe Schwartz failed to stop for flashing lights and a train whistle at the crossing on Route 30 south of Hampstead.

In the last three years, five accidents have occurred at the Hampstead crossings, resulting in four deaths, said Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell.

Russell is renewing his plea for overhead flashing lights at the crossings.

Robert Herstein, chief of traffic programs for the State Highway Administration, said gates may be installed at the crossings, but no final decision has been made.



An afternoon car accident on Old Westminster Pike Thursday resulted in a traffic citation for a city woman and a trip the hospital.

Anna Fertitta, 50, of the 3100 block of Birdview Road was cited by state police for failing to yield the right of way State police said Fertitta, who was traveling westbound on Old Westminster Pike, attempted to make a left turn in front of a car driven by Martha Elizabeth DiPietro, 38, of the 2000 block of Sandymount Road in Sandymount.

Fertitta was taken by Westminster Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital after the accident. She was treated in the emergency room and was released late Thursday.


Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center

Nov. 1

1:24 a.m., Reese and Gamber responded to a trailer fire on Baltimore Boulevard.

6:53 p.m., Manchester and York County responded to a combine fire on East Deep Run Road.

Nov. 2

12:53 p.m., Westminster responded to a brush fire on Malcolm Drive.

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