TANEYTOWN — A 73-year-old Baptist Road man was listed in fair and stable condition late yesterday after a Monday morning crash on Route 140 east of Leidy Road.
Malcolm Harris Pauley was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore following the 10:44 a.m. crash, state police said.
Police said Pauley's 1984 Ford Escort collided with a tractor-trailer loaded with lumber.
The accident occurred when Pauley, who was stopped in the westbound shoulder of Route 140, tried to cross the highway onto Leidy Road.
The tractor-trailer, which was driven by Ray Lacount Allen of Statesboro, Ga., saw the Ford on the shoulder and moved into the left lane as it passed the Ford, police said.
When the Ford entered the left lane, it collided with the tractor-trailer, police said.
The impact of the crash caused the Ford to skid across the grass median before coming to rest in the left east lane of Route 140.
The tractor-trailer skidded after the impact, causing part of its load of lumber to break free.
The lumber landed in the median and traffic lanes, police said.
Allen was not injured in the crash, police said.
Westbound traffic on Route 140 was stopped for about 15 minutes, police said.
FIRE PROBE CONTINUES
LINEBORO -- Fire officials are searching for suspects in connection with an arson fire that destroyed a two-story barn on LineboroRoad early Saturday.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the 5:02 a.m. fire caused $50,000 damage to the wood barn, a hay baler and 1,000 bales of hay that were stored inside.
Forty firefightersfrom Lineboro, Hampstead, Manchester and Pleasant Hill, Pa., broughtthe fire under control in about an hour, Thomas said.
The barn was owned by James Lancaster of Perry Hall. At the time of the fire, itwas being leased to John Mazur, 50, for hay storage, he said.
There were no injuries in the blaze.
Fire officials are continuing their investigation into the fire. A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in the arson is being offered by the Arson Control Association of Maryland.
Thomas said anyone with information is asked to call (800) 492-7529.
YOUTHS LISTED CRITICAL
Two Carroll youths were listed in critical but stable condition late yesterday following a single-car accident just before midnight Friday.
State police said the accident occurred at 11:55 p.m. in the northbound lane of Nicodemus Road near Ridge Road when a 1983 Toyota Celica driven by Christopher Allan Krickler, 16, of the 2100 block Country Fair Lane in Sykesville, ran off the right shoulder.
Police said the car skidded across both lanes of the road and struck a tree. It spun around and struck two more trees before coming to a stop.
Krickler was thrown from the car during the accident.
Krickler and his passenger, 16-year-old Matthew Joseph Cavicchio of the 2100 block Nicodemus Road in Westminster, were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore by state police helicopter.
No charges have been filed in the case, police said.
ROBBERY SUSPECTS SOUGHT
TANEYTOWN -- City police were searching late yesterday for suspects in connection with an armed robbery at the Pizza Hut restaurant in the 4000 block of Old TaneytownRoad.
Police said the suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing about 140 pounds.
He was wearing blue jeans, a hooded gray sweat shirt and a blue ski mask.
Police said the robbery occurred when the store's manager and an employee were leaving the building after the restaurant closed around 11:40 p.m.
The manager was carrying a night deposit bag, police said.
The suspect stepped out from behind an electrical box and displayed a smallhandgun before demanding the cash, police said.
If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved,please call the Taneytown Police Department at 751-1150.
BUCKLE UP FOR SANTA
WESTMINSTER -- City police plan to kick off this year's "Buckle Up for Santa" program Nov. 25.
Children who sign a pledge to wear their safety belts for Santa will get a small gift from Santa's helper.
City police are reminding motorists that traffic flow is heaviest during the holiday season and that wearing seat belts is the best protection against serious injury and death in car crashes.
Pledges can be picked up at the Carroll CountyPublic Library, 50 E. Main St., or the Westminster Police Department, 11 Longwell Ave.
The pledge program will run through Dec. 24.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
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 theft of tires and wheels from a 1984 Volkswagen.
The all-season radials and aluminum wheels were taken between Oct. 8 and 9 from the Barnes Service Center, at 500 Lucabaugh Mill Road in Westminster.
If you have any information about this crime or believe you may know who is involved, call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.