Solve Crime Of Week

Police and fire scan

May 19, 1991

Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the March 23 theft of a truck tailgate from the parking lot of the Twin Arch Shopping Center.

Police said the 2 1/2-by-6-foot, blue and white tailgate was attached to a Ford diesel truck.

The truck is used as an advertisementfor the Century Ford dealership, police said.

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.


WESTMINSTER -- Alcohol was a factor in a two-car accident that killed a 29-year-old city woman and a 42-year-old New Windsor man on the evening of April 24, state police reported.

Beth Ann Friese of Liberty Street in Westminster and Oscar William Buckingham were killed when Friese's southbound 1991 Ford Thunderbird crossed the center line on Route 75 and hit a northbound 1991 Honda Accord. Buckingham was a passenger in the car.

The car continued more than 500 feet down an embankment and then hit two trees before ejecting Friese and Buckingham from their car.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

State police reportedFriese's blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit of .10.

Thedriver of the Honda, 25-year-old Brenda Sue Storey, was treated for minor injuries at Carroll County General Hospital and was released.

Alcohol was a factor in two of the four fatal accidents in Carroll so far this year, police said.


WESTMINSTER -- The state police and municipal police forces are kicking off Buckle-Up America Week Monday with a demonstration of safety equipment at the County Office Building.

To further heighten public awareness ofthe state seat belt and child safety seat laws, the police agencies of Carroll County will be strictly enforcing those laws during this week, the state police said.

During the 10 a.m. press conference Monday to kick off the week, students from Westminster High School will be on hand to ride the seat belt convincer -- a device that simulates a car crash.

Throughout the week, the seat belt convincer will visit several county schools to demonstrate the effectiveness of seatbelts.

Several county motorists whose lives were saved by seat belts will receive special recognition at the kickoff.

A recent seatbelt survey in Carroll revealed that 75 percent of county motorists wear their seat belts. The goal of the state and local police is to have 100 percent compliance by 1992.


BALTIMORE -- Two Mount Airy residents were among those honored Tuesday by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System.

Receiving awards for community programs were Donna Lee Seelye and Timothy S. Warner.

In ceremonies in the Shock Trauma Center Auditorium,the annual certificates of honor went to 15 civilians and six emergency medical professionals for acts of heroism in lifesaving. Eight individuals and organizations also were presented with community service awards in emergency medicine.

"This is always a bittersweet occasion," to have these honorees relive their traumatic rescues of others, said Dr. Ameen Ramzy, state director of Emergency Medical Servicesfor the network of hospitals, trauma centers, ambulances and helicopters and the central Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Even for professionals, the emergencies that demand heroic response may occur when least expected, Ramzy noted.

"I can sometimes see on their faces again the pain that they lived through . . . the moments of horror that seemed like hours," he said. "We thank you for going through that with us today."

Warner was honored for his work as a volunteer emergency medical technician with the Winfield Volunteer Fire Company.

He has been the top responder to emergency calls nine of the 13 years he has been with the company. He responds to nearly every ambulance call during the evening and night and makes many daytime calls.

Warner is a certified firefighter who also serves as chief of the fire company.

Seelye is a charge nurse at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She has worked there for 18 years, starting as a secretary and then working her way through nursing school.

She was given the awardto recognize her many years of service in the emergency services profession.

Seelye helped to implement Frederick County's Advanced Life Support System and has served on the Region II Emergency Medical Services Council, which includes Carroll.


WESTMINSTER -- State police said Friday they were investigating an attempted rape on Bartholow Road early that morning.

Details were sketchy, but police said they responded to a 911 call at 2:30 a.m. on the street in Sykesville.

When Tfc. William P. Corum arrived, he found a woman complaining that a man she met in a bar Thursday night hadattacked her.

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