WESTMINSTER — A 32-year-old Taneytown man was named the city police Officer of theYear for 1990 by Chief Sam R. Leppo.
Pfc. Richard A. "Tony" Ott, a city officer for almost three years, received the honor during a ceremony at police headquarters with Mayor W. Benjamin Brown and Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein.
Leppo said Ott was honored for his overall performance on the force last year. He responded to 2,707 calls for service, wrote 678 citations, made 70 criminal arrests and issued 174 orders for safety equipment repair.
He was the city officer of the month in August 1990 and was recognized in June for his enforcement of state seat belt laws.
Ott worked for Southern States Cooperative before deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement. He is married and has two small children.
Other kudos were given to Officer Patrick Bassler, Cpl. David Hooper and Detective Sgt. Andrew McKendrick.
Bassler, 33, broke a department record by taking first place in the firearms qualification test for the third year in a row.
McKendrick and Hooper tied for the award for most improved shooter in the department.
WESTMINSTER -- An 18-year-old Bezold Avenue man was listed in serious condition late yesterday after accidentally shooting himself in the chest Monday afternoon.
State police said Ted William Fick was cleaning his Remington 511 shotgun about 2 p.m. when it discharged and struck him in the right side of the chest.
Fick was taken by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Medical Center in Baltimore.
CITY DRUGARREST MADE
WESTMINSTER -- An Ellicott Cityman could face up to five years in jail after his arrest last week on drug possession and distribution charges.
Johnny Harold Ball, 22, of Town & Country Boulevard was arrested about 10:33 a.m. outside the Sheetz convenience store on East Main Street Thursday, city policesaid.
City police arrested and charged Ball after a tip from the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force.
City Patrolman Steve L. Shatzer stopped Ball's Toyota pickup truck and found five bags of suspected PCP under the driver's seat, police said. Ball was charged with possession of PCP and possession of the drug with intent to distribute, police said.
He was released from the Carroll County Detention Center after posting $7,500 bond.
TRUCK HITS PEDESTRIAN
WESTMINSTER -- A pedestrian crossing Railroad Avenue at Winters Street was struck by a tractor-trailer Monday morning, city police said.
The pedestrian, 38-year-old Wayne Myers, was listed in serious but stable condition late yesterday.
Police said the driver of the truck, Robert Ollinger of Dale City, Va., did not see Myers step out from the sidewalk when the light turned green.
Police said they did not expect to file any charges against the driver.