3 Hurt, 160 Pigs Die In Fire

Police and fire scan

October 30, 1991

WESTMINSTER — Three people were injured and 160 pigs died Monday in a barn fire near here.

It took 60 firefighters about an hour to douse the blaze,which broke out at about 8 a.m., said Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.

Firefighter Mike Rehfeld was treated at the Maryland Shock TraumaCenter in Baltimore for head and neck injuries, said Thomas.

He was listed in fair and stable condition late yesterday.

Jay Nusbaum, chief of the Westminster Fire Co., suffered a shoulder injury and was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released, Thomas said.

The owner of the farm, Roland Mann Jr., was treated at CCGH for smoke inhalation.

The barn was destroyed,and total damage, including the value of the pigs, was estimated at $75,000.

Thomas said the cause of the blaze is under investigation but arson is not suspected.


One county man and two Reisterstown residents were listed in stable condition late yesterday at the Shock Trauma Center following two separate car accidents over the weekend.

A Spring Grove, Pa., man was killed in the second accident, which occurred early Sunday.

Police in Westminster said 20-year-old Francisco Alejandres was killed in a head-on collision on Route 140 west ofCenter Street. He was pronounced dead at Carroll County General Hospital.

The accident occurred around 1 a.m. when Alejandres, traveling west on Route 140 in a 1987 Pontiac Firebird, crossed the grass median strip, entered the eastbound lanes and struck a 1990 Ford truck head-on, police said.

The truck was driven by Timothy Reger, 22. Reger and his passenger, Kimberly A. Jefferson, 21, were taken by ambulance to the trauma unit.

Reger was listed in critical but stable condition late yesterday. Jefferson was listed in good and stable condition.

The earlier accident occurred Friday afternoon just before4 p.m., when 21-year-old Timothy Baum of Liberty Road in Westminsterwas traveling south on Route 27 just north of Sams Creek Road.

Police said Baum, driving a 1979 Pontiac Bonneville, apparently crossedthe center line and struck a C. J. Miller construction truck headingnorth on Route 27.

The truck was driven by Anthony Schafer of Hampstead. He was not injured in the crash.

Baum suffered head and chest injuries and was listed in critical but stable condition late yesterday.

No charges have been filed in the crash.



TANEYTOWN -- Three teen-agers were treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released after a hay wagon they were riding in overturned Saturday night.

State police said the accident occurred just before 11 p.m. on Baptist Road near McMullen Road when the driver of the wagon attempted to make a U-turn.

Injured were Michele Rock, 16, of the 15000 block of Teeter Road, Lisa Hollor, 18, of the 400 block of Clover Court, and Stacy DeGroft, 19, of the 500 block of Daisy Court.

The homemade wagon was driven by Timothy Rock, 19, of the 4000 block of Fringer Road in Taneytown, police said.

Police said the wagon tipped over when passengers in thewagon shifted sides while Rock was turning the vehicle.

The injured were taken to the hospital by a Harney Volunteer Fire Co. ambulance, police said.

No charges were filed in the accident.



WESTMINSTER -- State police havecharged a Randallstown man with armed robbery in a holdup at the Carroll County Bank and Trust Friday and are questioning him in connection with several other county robberies, officials said.

Gregory Eric Mercer, 26, has been charged with armed robbery, robbery and assault. He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

Mercer was arrested Friday around noon, three minutes after employees at the bank in the Eldersburg Plaza Shopping Center reported they had been robbed.

Tfc. Robert Lipsky said Mercer is beingquestioned in connection with a robbery last Thursday of the Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Bank and Trust.


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

This week, the group is targeting the vandalism of a car parked at the Sandymount Parkand Ride.

Police said the car was hit with a blunt object sometime between 9:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 6.

The front windshield and two windows on the driver's side were dented, as was the driver's door, police said.

No estimate of the damage on the car was given.

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

DATELINE: Westminster

Cranberry Mall: Theft of a bracelet from a car parked in the parking lot Oct. 24. Estimated loss: $800.

Johahn Drive: Damage to car parked at residence and several items taken Oct. 26. Estimatedloss: $400.


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

Oct. 27

11:01 p.m., Mount Airy and Howard County responded to a shed fire on East Hill Road in Mount Airy.

Oct. 28

7:54 a.m., Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Littlestown, Pa., and Taneytown responded to a barn fire on Indian Valley Road.

10:51 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a brush fire on Baltimore Boulevard.

2:22 p.m., Reese and Gamber responded to a house fire on Baltimore Boulevard.

3:20 p.m., Lineboro assisted Baltimore County on a house fire on Walker Road.

Oct. 29

1:56 p.m., Sykesville and Liberty Road responded to a brush fire on Henryton Road.

2:56 p.m., Gamber and Liberty Road responded to atoaster fire on Macbeth Way.

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