Two Killed In Crash

Police and fire scan

April 28, 1991

NEW WINDSOR — A 42-year-old New Windsor man and a 29-year-old Westminster woman died Wednesday in a two-car crash on Route 75, police said.

Oscar William Buckingham and Beth Ann Friese were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred shortly before 7 p.m. near Route 84, police said.

Union Bridge resident Brenda Sue Storey, 25, the driver of the other car, was treated for minor injuries at Carroll County General Hospital and released.

Police said a 1988 Ford Thunderbird was being driven by Friese at high speed when the vehicle crossed the center line while rounding a curve.

The Ford sideswiped the 1991 Honda Accord Storey was driving and continued more than 500 feet on to an embankment, where the vehicle struck two trees and overturned, police said. Friese and Buckingham were ejected from the car.

MAN FALLS TO DEATH

DATELINE: MANCHESTER

MANCHESTER -- A 60-year-old Millers man was killed Thursday when he fell 6 feet and struck his head on a concretefloor, police said.

Police said Merle Leroy Bowman, a mechanic, had been working on a bus at Rohrbaugh's Charter Service Inc., in the 3300 block of Main Street, when he accidentally fell into a grease pit.

Police and medical personnel from the Manchester and Hampstead volunteer fire companies responded, and transported Bowman to CarrollCounty General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, police said. The death has been classified by investigators as accidental.

ALCOHOL INVOLVED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Police said autopsy results showed alcohol was involved in a crashthat killed a 30-year-old Westminster woman.

Linda Anne Joy was killed April 11 when her 1986 Pontiac Grand Am slid off Littlestown Pike near Saw Mill Road while rounding a curve and struck a house.

The autopsy report showed Joy's blood-alcohol level at the time of theaccident exceeded 0.10, the legal limit for motorists. Joy's actual blood-alcohol level was not released. Police also said excessive speed was a factor in the accident.

3 CHARGED WITH THEFT

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- City police arrested three Baltimore residents Tuesday after a man attempted to return allegedly stolen clothing to a Cranberry Mall department store for a cash refund.

Police charged William Ball Jr., 25, with two counts of theft, one count of conspiracy to commit theft, and one count of resisting arrest; Frank Guerassio Jr., 42, with one count of theft and one count of conspiracy tocommit theft; and Tina Sandler, 33, with one count of theft.

Police responded to a call from an employee of Leggett of suspicious subjects in a car in the mall parking lot. A second employee noticed several Leggett shopping bags in the car, police said.

An investigation of the car by police showed the Maryland tags were stolen, police said. Ball then tried to flee but was apprehended by police. Ball was held on $5,000 bond and Guerassio on $2,000 bond. Sandler was released on her own recognizance.

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 a breaking, entering and theft at a private residence in the Westminster area.

Sometime between 5 p.m. Feb. 24 and noon Feb. 27, the home was forcibly entered through a basement door.

Stolen items includeda Sharp 19-inch color television set, a 13-inch color television set, an RCA Selectavision VCR, an RCA video camera, and Olympus 35-mm camera, a Sinclair personal computer, an Emerson audio cassette recorder, 1965 14-karat gold City College High School class ring with black onyx stone, a 1987 14-karat gold Westminster High class ring, and several sets of Topps baseball cards.

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.

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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 of the crime reported to local and state police:

Eldersburg

Bennett Road: Resident reported theft last Sunday of boating equipment. Estimated loss: $2,800.

Sykesville

Greenvalley Way: Resident reported theft Tuesday of lawn furniture. Estimated loss: $250.

Cimarron Place: Resident reported theft from his vehicle of a Sony AM/FM radio and cassette player, a Sony equalizer and two Sony speakers. Estimated loss: $300.

Westminster

Ridge Road: A resident reported someone had scratched his car with his CB antenna. Estimated loss: $300.

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

April 23

11:26 a.m., Lineboro and Manchester responded to a house fire on Lineboro Road, York County, Pa.

11:42 a.m., Pleasant Hill transferred to Lineboro.

12:11 p.m., Westminster responded to a truck fire at Routes 32 and 97.

1:19 p.m., Sykesville investigated a smoke alarm at Bartholow and Johnsville roads.

April 24

1:59 a.m., Westminster, Reese,Pleasant Valley, Manchester, New Windsor, Gamber, Taneytown, Union Bridge, Lineboro and Glyndon, Baltimore County, responded to an apartment building fire on West Main Street, Westminster.

1:37 p.m., Taneytown assisted Adams County on a house fire on Frederick Pike.

5:09 p.m., Westminster responded to an auto fire on Skyline Way.

April 25

3:23 p.m., Sykesville assisted Howard County with a barn fire on Route 97.

9:16 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber, Reese, and Liberty Road, Baltimore County, responded to a house fire on Oakland Road.

April 26

8:33 a.m., Mount Airy and Howard County responded to smoke in a house on Frederick Road.

12:08 p.m., Winfield responded to an electrical fire on Marston Road.

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