Youth Dies Of Injuries

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March 31, 1991

MOUNT AIRY — A 16-year-old town resident died Wednesday of injuries he received in a Sunday afternoon crash.

Douglas E. Delph, a sophomore at SouthCarroll High School, was critically injured in the accident 3 p.m. on Bill Moxley Road.

Police reported that the car Delph was riding in left the roadway, struck a tree and went into an embankment.

After the crash, Delph was flown by state police helicopter to University Hospital in Baltimore.

The driver of the car, Mark Atchison, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.


COLUMBIA -- State police divers Friday morning recovered the body of a 21-year-old Manchester man who drowned after a canoeing accident Thursday on Lake Elkhorn.

The body of Michael V. Hubbard was found at 11:37 a.m. under 20 feet of water about 40 feet from theshoreline, said Lt. Michael Gearhart of the Howard County Departmentof Fire & Rescue Services.

Another Carroll man, 53-year-old DavidLeppo of Sykesville, drowned in a canoeing accident on the Liberty Reservoir Sunday afternoon. His body was recovered by state police divers Tuesday afternoon.

Leppo was not wearing a life jacket, state police said.

Gearhart said Hubbard was canoeing on the lake in theVillage of Owen Brown with William Whitehead, 23, also of Manchester, when their craft capsized in the deepest part of the lake.

The two men went to the lake about 9 a.m. to work on a dock owned by Columbia Associates, which manages recreation facilities in the town. Bothmen work for the company.

Before starting their job, the men decided to take advantage of the warm water and go for a canoe ride, officials said. A strong current and gusting winds apparently caused the canoe to flip over.

A neighbor heard the men screaming for help and came outside to find Whitehead wading out of the water. Hubbard wasabout 60 yards away with his head and hand still above the water, Gearhart reported.

The neighbor and Whitehead tried to launch a nearby canoe to save Hubbard, but the boat capsized in the shallow water.

When the men again looked for Hubbard, he had disappeared.

Themen were not wearing life jackets at the time of the accident.

The search for Hubbard was called off at 5 p.m. Thursday and was resumed at 8 a.m. Friday. Boats from the Department of Natural Resources were used in the search.


Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solvethe Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the January theft of 1,500 feet of bare copper wire that had been mistakenly left outside the fenced-in area at the Baltimore Gas & Electric offices in Finksburg.

Workers discovered the wire was missing when theywent to work Jan. 2.

Police said that during the past year, Carroll has experienced numerous thefts of salvageable metal. They believethis theft is related to those incidents.

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 upto a $1,000 reward.

Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

March 28

7:41 a.m., Mount Airy and Howard County responded to a brush fire on West Watersville Road.

2:09 p.m., Gamber responded to a woods fire on Kays Mill Road.

3:06 p.m., Hampstead assisted Baltimore County on an automobile fire on Marshall Mill Road.

March 29

2:26 a.m., Sykesville responded to a house fire on Old Frederick Road in Howard County.

3:12 a.m., Pleasant Valley responded to a sign on fire on Old Taneytown Pike.

10:52 a.m., Pleasant Vally responded to an investigation of smoke on South Pleasant Valley Road.

11:33 a.m., Westminster responded to wires on fire on Franklin Avenue.

11:41 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic alarm sounding on WashingtonRoad.

3:45 p.m., Manchester, Lineboro and Hampstead responded to a chimney fire on Warehime Road.

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