Seniors Prevent Crime

Police and fire scan

October 09, 1991

WESTMINSTER — The Westminster Senior Center is sponsoring a series of programs by state police Tfc. James Emerick to help seniors prevent crime.

Theprograms will focus on crimes and scams that often involve senior citizens.

The programs will be held at the center at 7 Schoolhouse Ave. on the third Thursday of each month from starting at 10:30 a.m.



Crime Solvers, a volunteer groupthat assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting a breaking, entering and theft at the Firehouse Studio at 10 East Broadway St. in Union Bridge.

Police said the studio was broken into sometime between 6 p.m. Sept. 6 and 10:45 p.m. Sept. 7.

Stolen items included savings bonds, certificates of deposit and personal checks, police said.

Some of the items were later found in a parking lot in Westminster at Center and East Main streets.

Police said the items were torn and discarded.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you many 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.


A 26-year-old Glen Burnie man led police on a high-speed chase through five counties -- including Carroll -- Sunday before killing himself, police said.

Michael Rhodes Jr. died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Medical Center in Baltimore about three hours after the chase ended at a truck stop in Frederick. Police said he stepped out of his car and shot himself in the head when the chase was over.

The chase began when police saw Rhodes at anAnne Arundel County trucking company whose trucks had been vandalized.

Rhodes and police exchanged gunfire during the 60-mile high-speed chase.

Cpl. Ralph Lecomte of the state police in Westminster took part in the chase. His cruiser took three gunshots, said 1st Lt. Kenneth L. Tregoning, commander of the Westminster barracks.


MANCHESTER -- State fire marshals were still searching late yesterday for suspects in connection with a Saturday morning arson fire that destroyed a one-story barn.

The 3:45 a.m. fire destroyedthe barn in the 4400 block of Water Tank Road and its contents.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the fire caused an estimated$12,000 in damage.

Thomas said the barn is owned by Esther Pierce.

He said Pierce's sister, who lives about a half-mile away, discovered the fire.

When firefighters arrived, Thomas said, the barn was engulfed in flames.

About 40 firefighters from Manchester, Lineboro and Hampstead responded to the fire, he said.

He said the fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes, but firefighters remained on the scene for more than two hours.

Anyone with information on the blaze is asked to call the state fire marshal's office at (800) 492-7529.

Callers can remain anonymous.



WESTMINSTER -- A three-car accident Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Route 140 and Reese Road left a 76-year-old Reisterstown woman dead, state police said.

Police said Anna Fajfer was killed in the 4:42 p.m. accident, which injured three others.

Police said the accident occurred when a 1988 Honda Accord traveling west on Route 140 made a left turn onto Reese Road into the path of a 1986 Buick Century traveling east. The Honda was driven by 71-year-old Jakub Fajfer, Anna Fajfer's husband, police said.

After the crash, the Honda went off the side of the road and struck an embankment and went into a ditch.

The Buick, driven by Alice Gary of Ralph Street in Westminster, veered to the right and struck a 1984 Escort driven by Ralph Clark of Main Street.

Police said Anna Fajfer suffered a heart attack after she was placed in an ambulance.

Her husband was admitted to the intensive care unit at Carroll County General Hospital.

Gary was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released.

Clark and the passenger in his car were not injured, police said.


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

Oct. 6

2:53 p.m., Manchester, Lineboro, Hampstead and Westminster responded to a washing machine fire on Main Street in Manchester.

Oct. 7

5:21 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a barn fire on A.E. Mullinex Road.

Oct. 8

9:27 a.m., Winfield and Lisbon responded to a trash fireon Gum Road.

12:34 p.m., Taneytown, Westminster, Reese, Harney, Pleasant Valley, Union Bridge, Emmittsburg, Pennsville, York County, Pa. and Kingsdale, Adams County, Pa. responded to an apartment building fire at Baltimore and York streets.

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