WESTMINSTER — A 28-year-old East Berlin, Pa., man was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for automobile manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license in a June accident that killeda Manchester man.
Scott Allen Krebs pleaded guilty to the chargesin January, just before the second day of testimony in the case was set to begin.
He was charged with causing the June 29 death of a fellow construction worker, 30-year-old John Wesley Reaver of Wentz Road.
Krebs initially pleaded not guilty in the case, maintaining that Reaver wasdriving at the time of the crash.
Reaver died of multiple injuries after being ejected from the car after the 5 p.m. accident on Stoney Lane near Tracey's Mill Road.
Krebs ran away from the scene to anearby home, police said. He turned himself in later that night to a Pennsylvania state trooper.
Krebs has been in the Carroll CountyDetention Center since he pleaded guilty in January.
On Thursday,Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold sentenced Krebs to three years in jail for automobile manslaughter, and one year for driving while intoxicated. Another year for driving with a suspended license is to be served at the same time as the year for driving while intoxicated.
POLICE CONDUCT SURVEY
WESTMINSTER -- Seat belt use in Carroll is on therise, state police reported last week.
As part of program by the state police to monitor compliance with the state seat belt law, state police Cpl. Kerin C. Anders conducted a survey between 9 a.m. and noon Tuesday on Route 140.
Of the 500 passenger vehicles surveyed, 378 drivers were wearing seat belts, for a compliance rate of 75.6 percent, police said.
Anders found 133 passengers in cars were wearing seat belts, for a compliance rate of 71.5 percent.
A survey conducted at the same time last year found 65 percent of drivers were wearing seat belts and 58.7 percent of passengers wore seat belts. The latest survey reflects an increase in compliance of 10.6 percent for drivers and 6.5 percent for passengers.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
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 two separate thefts at homes on Liberty Road in Eldersburg Feb. 4 and 5.
In the first case, police believe the suspects entered the home through through a rear window between 9:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Feb. 5.
Stolen from the home were a 35 mm camera, model AEI, three lenses, a Sears VHS video camera and case and a container of silver coins.
In the second case, police said a home that was under construction was forcibly entered between 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 8:00a.m. on Feb. 5.
The front door was damaged and then entry was gained by forcing open a window.
Nothing was stolen from the second home, police said.
Police believe the incidents are related.
Ifyou 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.
MAN TO STAY IN JAIL
WESTMINSTER -- A former Mount Airy man who strangled his wife on MemorialDay 1988 will not be released from prison with a reduced sentence, aCarroll judge has ruled.
Kevin L. Kern, 33, went before Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold Feb. 28 to ask to have his 10-year sentence reduced.
On March 7, Arnold issued his order denying the man's request.
A Carroll jury found Kern guilty of manslaughter in the choking death of his wife, 26-year-old Denise Ann Kern.
In his order denying the request, Arnold wrote that while Kern has been an exemplary prisoner, the severity of his crime mandates that he remain in jail.
One of the reasons Kern gave for wanting an early release is that he wants to spend more time with his children.
"The defendant has been deprived of seeing his children, except for visitation, and willmiss several years of being with them as they grow and mature," wrote Arnold. "The victim will never have the opportunity of seeing her children beyond the day of the crime, at least in this life."
Arnold wrote that Kern's actions also deprived his wife of any future of her own.
"Never again will she laugh or cry, or anticipate what life holds in store," Arnold wrote.
The judge said that because Kern has done well in prison, the parole board probably will release him early.
Kern testified during his trial that he strangled his drunken wife after picking her up from a bar and taking her to a wooded area, where they made love. He said she then told him he was not the father of their youngest child.
Since July 1989, Kern has been incarcerated at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Washington County.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs)and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some ofthe crime reported to local and state police: