Man Injured By Car

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May 05, 1991

WOODBINE — A Mount Airy man was injured Tuesday when his stalled car rolled over him near here, police said.

George A. Wolf, 47, was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center shortly after the 7:10 p.m. accident.

Wolf was pushing his Plymouth up an incline on Flag Marsh Road when he slipped and fell. His body was caught on the open driver-side door. The car rolled backward and its left front wheel backed over him, breaking his leg and a rib.

Hospital officials said Wolf was discharged Thursday.


WESTMINSTER -- Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. ruled Tuesday that some physical evidence and statements made by a Mount Airy man, charged withkilling his wife, cannot be used at his trial.

The judge set 5 a.m. Dec. 19 as the legal demarcation showing when Edwin F. Downs Jr. became a suspect in the slaying of his wife. From that point, the 30-year-man was a suspect in the death of Anne R. Downs, 30.

The ruling will allow some, but not all, of the statements and physical evidence gathered by police investigators during Downs' initial questioningto be presented to the jury.

Beck also ruled evidence obtained from four search warrants of the suspect's home and van also may be presented. Defense attorneys had questioned the validity of the warrants during the pretrial hearing.

Statements and evidence obtained after 5 a.m. cannot be submitted, the judge ruled.

Montgomery CountyPolice said Downs sought their help the morning of the killing. The suspect called them on a car phone, saying he feared two gunmen wouldharm his family.

When police arrived at the Wind Ridge home in Mount Airy they found Anne Downs shot dead in her bedroom.

They charged Downs with murder the same day after several hours of questioning.


WESTMINSTER -- Bail was reduced for Charles A. Rhodes, charged with the first-degree murder of his housemate April 6.

Rhodes, of Hampstead, had been held without bond since he wascharged. Court records from Monday said bail had been set at $50,000property bond or $5,000 cash deposit.

The 42-year-old man was charged with killing Steven E. Rupp, 40. Police said Rupp had been shot twice during a domestic argument at the Houcksville Road home, where the men lived.


SYKESVILLE -- An electrician suffered burns to his hands Wednesday during an accident that occurred when he was working with wiring, police said.

Clyde Spoonhour, of Williamsport, was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to FrancisScott Key Hospital in Baltimore after the accident, police said. He was treated and released.

Spoonhour works for Baltimore-based Brown and Heim Inc., an electrical subcontractor working on a renovation project at Westinghouse Corp.'s electronic systems plant here on Route 32.

Police said the accident occurred when a wire the electrician was working on inadvertently came in contact with a live wire.


WESTMINSTER -- Lost, stolen and abandoned bicycles recovered by city police during the past year will go on sale on Saturday,June 1.

If they remain unclaimed, the 30 bikes police have recovered will be up for sale during during the Westminster Police Department's fifth annual bicycle sale.

Police want to make sure that residents who've lost bikes have the opportunity to claim their property before the bicycles go on sale.

Police spokesman Rick May recommends that residents who have had bikes lost or stolen during the past year contact the department at 848-4646.

In addition to the bikes police routinely find, more bicycles come from residents who find themabandoned near their homes and turn them into police.

The bikes will sell for between $10 and $50, May said, depending on their condition.

Typically all the bikes police have accumulated during the year are sold at the sale.


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

April 27

12:50 a.m., Sykesville responded to a shed fire on Marriottsville Road, Baltimore County.

7:27 a.m., Mount Airy responded to a building fire on Main Street, New Market, Frederick County.

8:49 a.m., Mount Airy responded to a chimney fire on Emerson Burrier Road, Frederick County.

11:02 a.m., Reese and Westminster responded to a house fireon Uhler Lane, Finksburg.

4:03 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber, Winfieldand West Friendship (Howard County) responded to an apartment fire on Village Road, Sykesville.

6:45 p.m. Taneytown, Harney, Westminster, Emmitsburg (Frederick County) and Kingsdale, Pa., responded to a building fire on Commerce Street, Taneytown.

April 28

8:32 a.m., Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley responded to a fire alarm sounding on East Main Street.

10:46 a.m., Taneytown investigated an alarm on Roberts Mill Road.

2:51 p.m., Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese and Manchester investigated gas in a building on West GeorgeStreet, Westminster.

4:58 p.m., Sykesville responded to a Dumpster fire on Liberty Road.

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