Police and fire scan

Police and fire scan

January 06, 1991


State fire officials have officially ruled that the cause of an explosion that rocked a Klees Mill Road home in early December can't be determined.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said investigatorswere puzzled at the cause of the 3:14 a.m. explosion, which blew outwindows in the home's living room and bedroom.

Thomas said the one-story wood-frame duplex in the 300 block of Klees Mill Road is the home of Stephen and Dorothy Robinson and their son, Alexander Feldman.

The explosion, which jarred the Robinsons and Feldman out of sleep but did not injure them, also caused a flashfire in the bathroom, Thomas said at the time of the incident.

Stephen Robinson was able to put out the fire with a small portable fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived.

The unexplained explosion caused $20,000 in damage to the duplex and its contents, Thomas said.

The case will be placed in the undetermined cause fire until the investigators receive more information, Thomas said.


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 cash register from a beauty shop in Mount Airy.

Police said the crime occurred about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 9, when the suspect used a ladder to climb on the roof of thebuilding and broke a second-floor window to gain entrance.

An interior alarm was activated during the break-in, but the suspect escaped before police arrived.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

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.


State police in Pikesville reported that there were fewer highway deaths in 1990 than in 1989.

A total of 719 people died last year, compared with 749 the year before, according to state police statistics.

Twenty-four people were killed in 1990 on county roads, state police in Westminster reported.

One of the final fatal traffic accidents of last year involved a Carroll woman, killed Dec. 28 in Baltimore County.

State police said Laura Jean Frey, 43, of the 7600block of Woodbine Road in Woodbine, died after her car was struck bytwo westbound cars on Route 140.

Police said Frey was attempting to drive out of the Nob Hill housing development onto Route 140 around 5:30 p.m. when the accident occurred.

She died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore at about 7 p.m.,police said.

Police said driver error on the part of Frey contributed to the accident.

The driver of one of the cars that hit Frey,Edward Volkman of Taneytown, was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital where he was treated and released.

A passenger in Frey's car, David Grimes, 27, of Woodbine, also was treated at the hospital and released.

The driver of the second car, Henry Black of Pikesville, was not injured.


WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. -- Allegheny County, Pa., police are still investigating the death of a former Carroll man who was found in a burned station wagon in this Pittsburgh suburb.

Jack Eidinger, 27, formerly of Uniontown, was stabbed todeath and his legs were bound together before his body was found in the burning car's back seat early Christmas Day, the county coroner said.

Police said Eidinger, who moved to Washington, D.C., to look for work, borrowed the car to visit Pittsburgh for the holiday.

Sgt. David Schwab said the police do not believe Eidinger was dead for a long time before he was found. He also said they believe Eidinger was driven to the spot and then the car was set afire.

Schwab said several people had been interviewed in the case, but no charges have been placed.


WOODBINE -- A homemade bomb placed inside an abandoned washing machine exploded New Year's Eve, splitting the sides of the appliance and rattling nearby windows, fire officials said.

Debris from the machine was scattered over a 300-foot area, officials said.

The explosion occurred on open farmland in the2500 block of Grimville Road.

No one was injured in the blast, but someone could have been killed if they were near the machine, officials said.

A hunter discovered the remains of the appliance around11 a.m. New Year's Day.

Anyone with information on the blast is asked to call the State Fire Marshal's bomb squad at (800) 492-7529.


WESTMINSTER -- City police got a little sportier this week with the unveiling of their new patrol cars.

The city purchased the new Chevrolet Caprices, which are light gray and have a sleek, aerodynamic design, from Jeff Barnes Chevrolet in Hampstead for $58,200.

City Finance Director Stephen V. Dutterer said thepolice also traded four police cars in to the dealer.

Barnes Chevrolet made the lowest of five bids returned to the City Council.

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