Deer Shatters The Quiet

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October 27, 1991

MOUNT AIRY — Two deer smashed through plate glass windows and into a home and a business Tuesday afternoon.

The deer, apparently turned aggressive because of the mating season, were charging at their reflections in the windows, witnesses said. Nobody was hurt.

"It happened very fast," private detective Michael Mills said, describing his encounter with a large, broad-antlered buck that chargedinto his office about 12:30. Mills said he and his secretary, Christina Thompson, narrowly avoided being mauled.

The frightened deer, bleeding and thrashing, knocked into Mills, dipped his head down and rammed his antlers twice into a wall, barely missing the detective.

As the deer attacked the wall, Mills said he raced down the hallwaytoward the street and ducked around the corner out of the way. The buck --ed after him, but suddenly leaped 17 feet over a table and through a front window.

The deer continued north down Main Street, attacked two parked cars and then disappeared into some woods behind a church.

A short time later, the same scene repeated itself several blocks away, where police say a second large buck barged through two front doors at a home.

The deer apparently saw his reflection in aglass-paneled door while racing across the lower level of Sandi and Jim Anzalone's home.



Twenty-eight North Carroll Middle School children were shaken but escapedserious injury when the school bus they were riding hit a car early Wednesday morning.

The children were taken to to Carroll County General Hospital where they were treated and released.

The accident occurred around 7:50 a.m., just after driver Leslie A. Soler of Hanover, Pa., dropped off several students at North Carroll High School.

According to police reports, Soler failed to yield the right of wayto an oncoming car as she pulled out on to Panther Way. She receiveda traffic citation.

The bus collided with a 1987 Plymouth Voyagerdriven by 36-year-old Judith Cross Walker of Westminster.

Walker and a passenger in her car, 8-year-old Andrew Walker, received minor injuries in the crash.

The accident will be reviewed by the county's five-member Accident Review Committee that includes a state trooper and school transportation officials.


Three county residents injured in separate accidents last weekend were listed in stable condition late Friday.

State police said the first accident occurred late Saturday night when a 1982 Honda Accord southbound on Jasontown Road skidded off the road and struck a tree.

Police said the car was driven by 16-year-old Jennifer Ellen Baker of the 6000 block of Keysville Road in Keymar.

Baker was not seriously injured in the crash, but her passenger, 15-year-old Amber Smith of the1900 block of Patricia Court in Pleasant Valley was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

She was listed in fair andstable condition late Friday.

In an accident Sunday afternoon, state police said 78-year-old Madessa Snowden of the 5000 block of Bartholow Road in Sykesville lost control of her car while attempting to turn into the Haight Funeral Home parking lot in Route 32.

Snowdenwas flown to the trauma unit by state police helicopter, where she was listed in fair and stable condition.

In the third accident, state police said 19-year-old Matthew Steven Smith of the 1000 block of Stone Road in Westminster lost control of his 1980 Suzuki motorcycle on Stone Road near Arters Mill Road around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

He was listed in serious but stable condition at the trauma center.


Crime in Carroll County increased 18 percent during the first nine months of the year, as compared with the same periodin 1990, according to a Maryland State Police study.

In Carroll, 2,466 crimes were reported this year, compared with 2,094 in the first nine months of 1990.

Five murders were reported in the first nine months of this year. Last year at this time there were none.

Thenumber of reported rapes dropped from 22 to 19 this year, while the number of thefts jumped from 1,354 to 1,711.

Statewide, crime rose9 percent, according to the study released Thursday. State police said 224,287 offenses were reported to law enforcement agencies across the state between January and September in 1991, compared with 205,739 for the same period in 1990.

"These statistics permit us to examine crime trends either up or down so that we can realign our personnel and resources, particularly in the areas of crime prevention, and adjust those resources accordingly," said state police spokesman Chuck Jackson.



A Mount Airy teen-ager was jailed on $250,000 bond last week on charges that he shot and wounded his grandmother, police said.

Howard Lee Burns, 19, has been accused of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim, and reckless endangerment.

Burns is charged with firing a .22-caliber bullet into his grandmother's stomach Monday night at the family home.

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