Police Charge Motorist

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May 01, 1991

MOUNT AIRY — During a routine traffic stop Monday, state police arrested a motorist on suspicion of possession of a controlled, dangerous substance, possession of paraphernalia and driving while intoxicated.

Police said they stopped a vehicle on Route 27 near Ridge Avenue for several traffic violations. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Thomas C. League, 25, of Baltimore.

He was later released in lieu of $3,000 bond.


SYKESVILLE -- A discarded cigarette may have started a fire Friday that left an Oakland Road family homeless.

Officials said the two-story frame house suffered extensive damage, estimated at about $135,000.

About 8 p.m., the family investigated a smell of smoke and found the fire in the flower garden mulch and on the porch in front of the house. The fire spread rapidly, investigators said.

Officials said they think a discarded cigarette smoldered in the mulch and eventually burst into flame.

About 50 firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road, Baltimore County, battled the fire for about an hour before bringing it under control.

One firefighter, Douglas Sands of the Baltimore County company, suffered a hand injury. He wastreated and released from Baltimore County General Hospital.


Fire officials blamed arsonists for two fires Saturday and ruled a Finksburg fire accidental.

The arson caused minor damage to a Sykesville apartment building and to an abandoned warehouse in Taneytown.

Officials said the first arson occurred about 4:03 p.m. at the Sykesville Apartments on Village Road, causing about $2,000 in damages to a lower-level storage room.

Less than an hourlater, Taneytown firefighters responded when neighbors of 86 York St. reported a smell of smoke. Officials said the arson was set in a storage building on the property, which formerly housed the Cambridge Rubber Co. Damage was estimated at about $500.

Firefighters from Taneytown brought the blaze under control in about 10 minutes.

The investigation is continuing into both cases.


A clothes dryer caught fire Saturday morning and did about $10,000 damage to a one-story brick residence on Uhler Lane. Firefighters from Reese, Westminster and Gamber responded and had the blaze under controlin about 10 minutes, officials said.


MANCHESTER -- A child riding his bicycle alone on Main Street was struck by a car Thursday evening, town police said.

Josh Cortisses, 5, of BeaverStreet, was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was treated and released the same night.

Police said the child entered Main Street from Church Street about 6 p.m. without stopping.

He was hit by a 1989 Ford Fiesta driven by Walter Thorn, 49, of here.

Thorn applied his brakes, police said, but was unable to avoid hitting the child.

No other injuries were reported, and no charges were filed, police said.

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

April 23

2:26 p.m., Taneytown responded to an auto fire on East Baltimore Street.

3:54 p.m., Westminster responded to an auto fire at Route 27 and Hahn Road.

6:35 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Howard County in an investigation on Ridge Road.

7:18 p.m., Reese and Westminster responded to abrush fire at Carrollton Road.

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