Woman Dies In Crash


April 14, 1991

UNION MILLS — A 30-year-old Westminster woman was killed Thursday evening after she crashed her car into the front of a home on Littlestown Pike south of Saw Mill Road.

Linda Anne Joy, of the first block of Carroll View Avenue, was traveling south on Littlestown Pike around 7:25 p.m. when she ran off the right roadside after rounding a curve, state police in Westminster said.

Joy's 1986 Pontiac Grand Am crashed into the front of the home ofCharles Edmondson in the 2900 block of Littlestown Pike, police said.

Joy was pronounced dead at the scene by a state medical examiner.

Police said speed was a factor in the crash.

Edmondson said Friday that the accident last week was not the first at his home.

Last summer, he said, a car slid on the wet road and damaged his frontporch.

Thursday's accident damaged the front door, front log walland chimney of Edmondson's 150-year-old home. He said did not have adamage estimate.

Edmondson said a house across the street has been hit by cars several times.

"It's a bad curve," he said. "People fly down through here. You have to be careful when you pull out onto the road because you might get hit."

State police said an investigation into the crash was continuing late Friday.



A mistrial was declared late Thursday in the case of a man accused of setting his Linwood home on fire last June.

John Martin Johnson, 37, formerly of Carroll, is charged with setting the fire at his home on June 14, 1990.

After almost 12 hours of deliberation in the case, the members of the jury told Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. they could not reach a unanimous decision.

Earlier in the day, the jury spent more than three hours listening tothe recorded testimony of the fire marshals who investigated the case. The jurors had asked that the testimony be read to them or played for them.

Johnston was charged with setting the fire one month after it occurred by State Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg.

The fire at the home, in the 200 block of Clear Ridge Road, caused an estimated $75,000 in damage. Thirty firefighters from New Windsor, Union Bridge and Taneytown battled the blaze for 20 minutes.

Johnston and a 19-year-old New Windsor firefighter were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire killed Johnston's pet Doberman.

The case against Johnston included a tip to the Carroll Crime Solvers hot line in which the caller said he thought the fire had been deliberately set becauseJohnston once said he wanted to burn the house down and move to Maine.

The caller, Richard King of Linwood, testified during the trialon behalf of the prosecution, along with county resident Carl Bailey.

Both men said they heard Johnston and Owings Mills resident Dennis Krisher discuss how to burn the house down in the least suspiciousway while the four men watched a football game.

Krisher originally was charged in the case, but the charges against him were dropped when he agreed to testify for the state.

The defense maintained that King and Bailey made up this story to get Johnston in trouble, because Johnston and Krisher were witnesses against the two men in a criminal case.


Baltimore County Police are asking the public for help in their investigation of a fatal hit-and-run accident on Hanover Pike on April 6.

On that date, George William Redifer Jr., 34, of Owings Mills pulled to the side of the road inthe 15600 block of Hanover Pike about 2 a.m., with part of his car still on the roadway.

As he got out of the car, Redifer was hit by a passing vehicle. He was dragged a short distance by the car, which sped away, police said.

A county police investigation has determined that the vehicle that struck him was a 1988 Ford Bronco II or a Ford Ranger. Police believe that the vehicle was damaged on the right front or right side in the accident.

Redifer's girlfriend, Julie Putnam of Thomas Lane in Westminster, was with him at the time of the accident, but was not injured.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Baltimore County Police at 887-2198.

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

April 9

12:12 p.m., Hampstead, Manchester, Arcadia and Westminster responded to a diesel tank fire on Fairmount Road.

April 10

7:11 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a brush fire at Route 144 and Route 75 in Frederick County.

April 11

4:00 a.m.,Sykesville responded to a report of wires down on Oklahoma Avenue.

April 12

1:38 a.m., Reese responded to a truck fire on Route 91.

1:10 p.m. Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty responded to a house fire on Oakland Road.

2:39 p.m., New Windsor responded to a brush fire on Hooper Road.

5:14 p.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded to an electrical fire on North Center Street.

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