Jackknifed Rig Ties Up Traffic


June 05, 1991|By Diane Mullaly Information for this column was culled | Diane Mullaly Information for this column was culled,from the HowardCounty Historical Society's Library.

50 Years Ago (week of June 1-June 7, 1941): A tractor-trailer carrying 10,000 feet of lumber jackknifed and overturned at a curve on Columbia Pike this week. No injuries were sustained in the incident, but traffic was tied up while the spilled lumber was cleared from the roadway.

* Reports were received this week from Howard County District Red Cross sewing rooms on results of the wartime relief sewing efforts. A total of 5,047 items were completed in 11 months.

25 Years Ago (week of May 29-June 4, 1966): A Howard County police officer rescued a kidnapping victim this week. The victim, a 21-year-old female employee of the University of Maryland at College Park, had been abducted at knifepoint from a campus parking lot by an apparent drifter.

The kidnapper drove north on U.S. 1 to Savage where he pulled off the road to consult a map. When Officer H. W. Ridgely stopped to offer assistance, the kidnapper lunged at the officer. The victim managed to run to a telephone to summon help, despite having her wrists bound with adhesive tape. By the time state police arrived from the Waterloo barracks, Ridgely had subdued and arrested the suspect.

* County Commissioners this week cut $273,100 from the 1966-1967 school budget, eliminating what would have been the first year of public-school kindergarten from Howard County. Untouched by the commissioners was money set aside to raise teachers' starting salaries from $5,200 to $5,500 per year.

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