Men Held After Chase

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June 12, 1991

MILLERS — Three adults and two juveniles were arrested and charged with auto theft Sunday night after a police chase into Carroll across the Pennsylvania border.

State police in Westminster said James Edward Franklin Jr., 19, David Lee Franklin Jr., 21, and Michael Leonard Syria, 20, all of Baltimore, were arrested after state police set up a road block on Grave Run Road north of Hoffmanville Road.

Two juveniles from Baltimore City also were charged in the theft and were turned over to authorities from the Charles Hickey School.

Police said the chase began before 8:20 p.m. in Shrewsbury, Pa., when a 1988 Jeep Cherokee was spotted. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Baltimore City, police said.

Pennsylvania police pursuedthe car across the state line into Carroll County on Shaffer Mill Road.

Off-duty Maryland State Police Tfc. Rick Nash set up a roadblock on Grave Run Road, police said.

The Jeep stopped at the roadblock, and the driver and passengers were arrested without incident, police said.

Items found in the car indicated that it belonged to Mitchell Scott Dahne of Baltimore City.

Police said the car had been reported stolen Friday.

As of late yesterday, the three men were being held at the Carroll County Detention Center. James Franklin was being held on $10,000, while David Franklin and Syria were being heldon $5,000 bond.

POLICE TO BE HONORED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

City officials will honor five members of the police department Friday morning for their service in rescuing residents of a burning apartment building in April.

The officers and one police dispatcher will be honored at City Hall for their quick response to the blaze, which caused $100,000 damaged and displaced 12 residents.

The fire also claimed the life of one of the residents, 29-year-old Carvin Williams "BigJoe" Hanna.

Westminster police have charged Charles Ray "Chicken Charlie" Ogline, a transient, and apartment resident John Woodward with murder by arson in the blaze.

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY

DATELINE: ELLICOTT CITY

A Mount Airy woman pleaded guilty in Howard County CircuitCourt Monday to felony theft for embezzling $169,700 over a 31-monthperiod from her employer.

Josephine F. Davis, 46, of Frederick Road, formerly employed as an administrator at Remax Realty, forged checks to herself and to dummy accounts between Sept. 15, 1987 and June 30, 1990, said prosecutor Jason Shapiro.

Under a plea agreement, the state will request an eight-year prison term for Davis. Defense attorney is free to argue for leniency.

Davis is free on $5,000 bond, pending her sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 20 by Judge Dennis M. Sweeney.

POLICE WIN AWARDS

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Awards won by the City Police Department in the 1991 Governor's Highway Safety Program were announced Monday, as four police officers were recognized during the City Council's meeting.

All 23 counties in Maryland, as well as Baltimore City, participated in the sixth-month program, during which efforts are increased for seat-belt compliance, speed-limit enforcement, and drug- and alcohol-driving arrests.

Officer James Cooper Jr. was recognized for his efforts in drunken-driving arrests. Of the 215 arrests made in Westminster during the program, Cooper made 27.

Officer Richard A. "Tony" Ott Jr. was recognized for his work enforcing the seat-belt law. Ott issued 114 violations during the program.

Officer Pat Bassler was cited for his efforts conducting speed-limit enforcement using radar. He handed out 216 violations during the six-month program. Bassler also captured the overall award for his efforts in seat-belt compliance and drunken-driving arrests.

Officer Rick May was recognized for his efforts in a seat-beltcompliance program during which he made a visual survey of 27,150 automobiles to determine an approximate seat-belt compliance rate for city drivers. The observations showed 71 percent of all drivers in Westminster use their seat belts.

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