SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
WESTMINSTER - Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking area residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the group is targeting the theft of four chainsaws from a tree-trimming truck.
Police said between Oct. 4 and 5, the side compartment door of a the truck was pried open while it was parked behind a market on Hanover Pike in Hampstead.
Police say three of the chainsaws were Echo brand, model No. 330, and the fourth was a Husquarna brand, model No. 61.
The estimated value of the chainsaws is $1,000.
If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, 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.
CRASHES INJURE THREE
Two separate county accidents over the weekend in which the driver fell asleep at the wheel sent three people to Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore.
Richard A. Moody, 37, of Westminster, and Gary Glaser, of Baltimore, were flown to the trauma unit by state police helicopter after an accident early Saturday.
Westminster City Police said the accident occurred at 6:55 a.m. at the intersection of routes 140 and 97.
Police said Moody apparently fell asleep at the wheel while driving home after working all night. His 1987 Toyota Celica ran into the back of a 1989 Jaguar that was sitting in a westbound lane waiting for a traffic signal to change.
The Jaguar's driver, Richard M. Wolf, 47, of Owings Mills, and the two passengers in his car were treated at Carroll County General Hospital for injuries.
Moody was listed in satisfactory and stable condition late Tuesday.
Glaser, his passenger, was expected to be discharged from the hospital Tuesday.
A Brodbecks, Pa., girl also was flown to the shock trauma unit after she fell asleep at the wheel early Sunday and crashed into a fruit tree.
State police in Westminster said Angela Borsella, 16, was traveling northbound on Lineboro Road near Hanover Pike when she swerved off the right roadside, slid down an embankment and struck a tree.
Borsella was listed in satisfactory and stable condition late Tuesday.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY
WESTMINSTER -- A 21-year-old Sykesville man could face up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty Monday in Carroll Circuit Court to automobile manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
Robert Kenneth Sauter, of the 5900 block Forest Court, entered the guilty plea in connection with an April 9 three-car accident that killed a Walkersville, Frederick County, man.
Sauter also could receive a $5,000 fine for the manslaughter conviction and up to a $1,000 fine for the drunken-driving charge.
After finding Sauter guilty of the charges, Circuit Judge Raymond E.
Beck Sr. ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 19.
According to a statement of facts read by Assistant State's Attorney Edward M. Ulsch, Sauter had been drinking with friends for several hours on the day of the crash.
Sauter, who was 20 at the time, then went with his friends to Rewster's Restaurant and Lounge in Taylorsville and drank three more beers, the statement said.
The county liquor board ruled last week that the restaurant did not violate liquor laws and found there was insufficient evidence to conclude the restaurant served alcohol to Sauter before the crash.
TWO BROTHERS CHARGED
WESTMINSTER -- City police arrested two brothers early Tuesday and charged them with four counts of theft involving items left in parked cars in the area of the Greens housing development.
Edward Scott Hanson, 20, and Allen Dale Hanson, 19, were being held late Tuesday at the Carroll County Detention Center. Edward Hanson was being held on $8,000 full bond. Allen Hanson was being held on $10,000 full bond.
City police said the men were arrested after Cpl. Terry Fike observed them at 2:17 a.m. in the 700 block of Windsor Drive carrying items out of one car and attempting to open another.
When the men saw Fike, they fled on foot, police reports said.
They were apprehended later by Pfc. Edward Smith on Uniontown Road.
Police believe the men were entering unlocked cars, going through glove boxes and removing items, police reports said.
The stolen objects police found include radar detectors, car phones, portable radios and brief cases.
Cpl. Rick May said the police believe the Hansons may have been involved with several other break-ins involving cars in the Greens area and in downtown Westminster.
If you have any information about recent thefts from parked cars or if your car was broken into and you failed to report it, please call Westminster City Police at 848-4646.
CITY SAFETY PROGRAM
WESTMINSTER -- City police kicked off a new safety belt awareness campaign Monday called "Buckle Up Religiously."