Crash Victim Critical

Police and fire scan

September 11, 1991

HAMPSTEAD — A 22-year-old Susanann Drive woman was listed in critical but stablecondition late Tuesday after a head-on car accident early last week.

Denise Michelle Voelker of the 2400 block of Susanann Drive was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore after the Tuesday morning accident.

Voelker's 1-year-old son, Noah, was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore after the accident. He was released from thehospital Friday.

Police said Voelker was traveling eastbound on Route 482 in her 1981 Buick Skylark west of Snydersburg Road when the accident occurred.

The driver of the second car, Donna Cross Barraco, of the 2800 block of Willow View Court, told police she saw the Buick cross the center line, reports said.

Barraco, 47, who was driving a 1988 Chevrolet van, tried to avoid hitting the car, but the vehicles collided head-on, police said.

Barraco suffered a broken leg in the accident.

Friends of Voelker have established a fund at Union National Bank to help the family with medical and other expenses.



WESTMINSTER -- State police were still searching late Tuesday for suspects in two armed robberies Friday -- one who held up a bank in Gamber and another who robbed a video store in Eldersburg.

In the bank robbery, police said the gunman entered the Westminster Bank & Trust branch at Routes32 and 91 at 2:20 p.m. and forced five employees to lie on the floorwhile he emptied three cash drawers.

Police did not disclose the amount of money taken.

Two hours earlier, another gunman entered the Eldersburg Showtime Video store at Route 26 and Klees Mill Road, produced a gun and stole $400.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the robberies are related to each other or to a string of armed robberies at several county banks and businesses over the last several weeks.

The bank gunman is described as a 6-foot-tall white male, 25 to 30 years old, of medium build, with dark hair. At the time of the robbery he wore blue jeans, a white T-shirt, white tennis shoes and a white baseball cap. He wore a stocking over his head duringthe robbery, police said.

In the video store robbery, the suspectis described as a thin white male, about 5 feet 8, in his late teensor early 20s.

The store manager said the suspect wore a peach-colored shirt with horizontal blue stripes at the time of the robbery.

Tfc. Steven Burdelski said investigators have some leads in the cases.



WESTMINSTER -- Police and fire officials have a suspect in several small arson fires at the Winchester Exchange Friday, but no charges had been filed as of late yesterday, a spokesman for the Westminster City Police said.

The fires at the mall slightly damaged the manager's office and a jewelry store, fire officials said.

The flames were extinguished when firefighters arrived just before 11 p.m.

A sprinkler system put outthe fire in the jewelry store and the office fire was extinguished by a newspaper editor working on the second floor of the building.

The editor, Mark B. Fleming of The Carroll County Sun, told police and fire investigators he saw a heavy, 6-foot-tall white male running down the second-floor hallway. He described the man as about 20 years old, wearing a blue jersey with gold numbers and tan pants.

The man ran through a door at the end of the hallway, he said.

Firefighters from Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese and Reisterstown, Baltimore County, responded to the fire.

The Arson Control Association of Maryland is offering a reward for information leading to the arrestor indictment of a suspect in the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call (800) 492-7529.

Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.

Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:


Liberty Road: Vandalism by juveniles at fast-food restaurant Aug. 29. Estimated loss: $1,650.


1100 block of French Court: Theft of items from vehicle parked at residence Sept. 5. Estimated loss: $250.

Thames Court: Theft of items fromhome under construction Sept. 5. Estimated loss: $2,000.


1300 block of Pleasant Valley Road: Breaking, entering and theft of items from home Sept. 5. Estimated loss: $250.

First block of Monroe Street: Bell tower at St. John's Catholic Church vandalized with spray paint Sept. 3. Estimated loss: $2,000.


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

Sept. 8

1:53 a.m., Taneytown responded to wires down on Baptist Road.

2:10 a.m., Westminster responded for a trash fire onLong Valley Road.

2:22 a.m., Pleasant Valley responded for a field fire on Flickinger Road.

1:22 p.m., Gamber, Reese and Sykesvilleresponded to a house fire on Arlington Drive.

Sept. 9

1:37 a.m., Union Bridge and New Windsor responded to a fire alarm on Route 75.

4 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Distillery Drive.

6:03 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a housefire on Poplar Avenue.

9:23 a.m., Sykesville responded to a brushfire on Route 32.

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