WESTMINSTER - Charges against a woman who failed to return library materials were dropped Friday because the statute of limitations had passed.
Karen Diane Haltiner was charged in March with theft less than $300 because she did not return $177.50 worth of tapes, videocassettes and books she borrowed in January and February 1989.
"The case was not brought to trial in a timely manner," said Assistant Public Defender Brian Green.
Haltiner, formerly of Taneytown, had moved and police were unable to serve two summonses in March and April. After a warrant was issued in June, she was arrested and released on her own recognizance in October.
Haltiner was the last of three citizens the Carroll County Public Library took to court after notifying each five times that their materials were due. In each case, charges were dropped.
Although none were found guilty, CCPL director Martha M. Makosky said pressing charges was not futile.
"Whatever the outcome, this shows we are serious about pursuing these cases and protecting the taxpayers' dollars," she said.
2 REMAIN HOSPITALIZED
A Columbia woman and a Taneytown woman who were critically injured Tuesday in a head-on collision of two cars in Clarksville remained hospitalized Friday as investigators continued to seek the cause of the accident, Howard County police said.
The accident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Route 108, about 500 feet west of Trotter Road. One of the cars apparently crossed the center line, police said.
Courtney Motley, 18, of the 5400 block of Halflight Garth in Columbia and the driver of one of the cars, was listed Friday in fair and stable condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
The identity of the second driver was not available from police. The two occupants of the car, Melanie Davis, 26, of the 3700 block of Stone Road in Taneytown, and Kimberly Caldwell, 22, of the 1300 block of Pinch Valley Road, were also taken to Shock Trauma, police said.
Caldwell was released last Sunday evening. Davis was listed Friday in fair and stable condition.
Police say no charges have been filed.
MAN WANTS NEW SENTENCE
WESTMINSTER -- A 50-year-old Taneytown man who was sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing his oldest daughter asked a Carroll Circuit judge Friday to reduce his sentence and put him on work release.
The man was found guilty in March of six counts of sexual abuse that stretched from the time the daughter was 8 until she turned 17.
In May, Circuit Judge Donald J. Gilmore sent him to the Maryland Correctional Institute in Jessup to serve his term.
On Friday, the man and his attorney, Stephen P. Bourexis of Westminster, appeared before Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. to ask to serve his sentence at the Carroll County Detention Center.
If he moved the man to the detention center, Burns also could put him on a work-release program, in which he would leave the jail each morning and return after work.
He also would have to reduce the man's sentence because inmates serve a maximum of 18 months at the detention center.
The man and several members of his family testified they are having serious financial difficulty. They said their problems could be eased if the man could earn money.
Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill told Burns that because of the severity of the man's crimes, he should continue to receive full punishment.
The man's two oldest daughters are separated from the family and do not speak to their father, Hill said.
THEFT SUSPECT SOUGHT
WESTMINSTER -- State police are searching for a suspect in connection with a series of break-ins and thefts in the northern area of the county over the last several weeks.
Police describe the suspect as a white male, about 6 feet tall, with a slender build and dark, collar-length hair.
The suspect is believed to have driven a two-door, tan Chevrolet Nova with Maryland tags.
The description of the suspect was obtained from a victim whose home was burglarized on Thursday afternoon.
Police said that at 3:36 p.m., a resident of a home in the 4200 block of Wine Road returned home to find a window in the basement had been removed.
She said she saw the 19- to 22-year-old man walk away from the home and get into the car.
Stolen from the home were two handguns valued at $500.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Unit at the Westminster Barracks at 848-3111.
POLICE ISSUE ALERT
WESTMINSTER -- State police have issued an alert to county parents about a possible child abduction attempt in the area of Chazdale and Brehm roads.
Police said the possible attempt took place about 3 p.m. Dec. 8.
Neighbors reported to police that a white male driving a van went to several houses in the area and asked for a young boy and his father by their first names.
Police said the man did not know the family's last name and did not know exactly where they lived.