TWO COUNTIANS INJURED
CLARKSVILLE - Three people -- including two Carroll countians -- were injured seriously yesterday afternoon in a head-on collision of two cars on Route 108 in Howard County, police and rescue workers said.
The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m., approximately 500 feet west of Trotter Road.
One of the cars apparently crossed the center line for an unknown reason, Howard County Police said. Police have not yet released the names of the female victims, all of whom were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
The two Carroll residents are ages 22 and 26; the third is an 18-year-old Columbia resident, police said. One of the victims was trapped for 25 minutes while rescue workers attempted to extricate her, said Donald R. Howell, a rescue services spokesman. Two of the victims were flown to Shock Trauma by helicopter, Howell said.
Police Sgt. Robert Adams said two of the victims are listed in serious but stable condition and the third is in critical but stable condition.
Further details were not available and the accident remains under investigation.
ASSAULT SUSPECT CAUGHT
WESTMINSTER -- A 25-year-old New Windsor man wanted in connection with an attack on an elderly Westminster woman was arrested Saturday morning in Frederick, state police reported.
The suspect, John Virgil Hill of the 100 block of Church Street, was arrested on Broadway Street after Frederick city police received an anonymous call that he was in the area.
Police said the attacker in the Dec. 3 robbery of the elderly woman knocked at the door of the her home in the 100 block of Dunrovin Avenue, told her his car had broken down and asked to use her phone.
Once inside the home, the man grabbed her and threatened to kill her if she didn't give him her money. He tied a nylon stocking around her throat and began choking her until she turned over $91, police said.
After she gave him the money, the man fled on foot.
Members of the state police, Westminster City Police and the Carroll County Sheriff's Department searched the area after the robbery and their investigation led to Hill.
Hill was charged with theft, attempted murder and battery. He was being held late Tuesday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $125,000 full bond.
NEW RAPE CRISIS STAFFER
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Rape Crisis Intervention Service, in an attempt to expand its community outreach program, has added a community educator to its staff.
Diana Steppling, a Woodbine resident and a teacher with eight years experience in public schools, joined the service in October.
Steppling will be available to schools, colleges, and all community groups in Carroll.
All Rape Crisis services, including educational presentations, are free to the public and can be scheduled for daytime, evening and weekend hours.
For more information call Rape Crisis Intervention Service at 857-0900.
CITY HOMES LOSE POWER
TANEYTOWN -- A fire in a utility pole at the intersection of Harney Road and West Baltimore Street caused a number of homes to lose power Tuesday evening, Potomac Edison officials reported.
The Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company responded to the blaze, which began about 5:19 p.m.
At press time, electric company officials could not estimate how many homes lost power as a result of the fire.
Power was returned by 6:30 p.m., officials said.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
3:01 a.m., Reese and Gamber responded to a house trailer fire on Baltimore Boulevard.
9:38 a.m., Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield and Baltimore County investigated an unknown odor in the 1400 block of Liberty Road.
11:42 a.m., Lineboro assisted York County on a furnace fire on Trone Road.
4:54 p.m., Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded to a dryer fire on Windsor Drive.
8:11 a.m., Sykesville responded to a dryer fire on Buttercup Road.
9:55 a.m., New Windsor, Union Bridge and Taneytown responded to a chimney fire on Uniontown Road.
4:56 p.m., Manchester and Hampstead responded to a chimney fire on Brick Store Road in Baltimore County.
5:19 p.m., Taneytown responded to a utility pole fire on West Baltimore Street.