FIRE KILLS VA. MAN
MOUNT AIRY - A 48-year-old Blant, Va., man was killed in a one-alarm house fire on Old New London Road on Monday night, fire officials reported.
The man, Don Ray Heatherly, died while attempting to escape the blaze that caused $70,000 damage to the two-story wood-frame home, accordingto Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.
Thomas said Heatherly was visiting the home, which is owned by Elizabeth Breeden.
Heatherly was the sole occupant of the home at the time of the fire.
About 30 firefighters from Frederick and Carroll counties responded to the fire, which broke out around 8:53 p.m.
Thomas said the fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes.None of the firefighters was injured, he said.
Fire officials believe the fire began on or near the kitchen stove. The cause is under investigation, he said.
An autopsy will be performed to determine Heatherly's exact cause of death.
MAN IN STABLE CONDITION
FINKSBURG -- a A 33-year-old Baltimore Boulevard man was listed in fair and stable condition late yesterday following a two-car crash on Sykesville Road near Kate Wagner Road on Monday afternoon.
James Bryan Mirfin was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the 2:37 p.m. crash, state police said.
Police said a Westminster High student, 17-year-old Todd James Sizemore, pulled out of the school parking lot and headed south on Sykesville Road.
Sizemore was driving a 1972 Chevrolet Nova, police said.
Mirfin was heading north on Sykesville Road in a 1986 Ford Tempo, police said.
Police reports said Sizemore crossed the center line and struck the Ford.
Sizemore was given a citation for failing to stay right of the center line.
Sizemore was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released.
POLICE COMMITTEE SET
WESTMINSTER -- The county commissioners have appointed a nine-member committee to study the creation of a county police force.
Anticipating that the state will cut its contribution to the Resident Trooper Program, the commissioners have asked the panel to investigate employing some of the resident troopers currently working in Carroll as county officers under the commissioners.
The commissioners appointed state police Lt. Kenneth L. Tregoning, former Carroll Sheriff Grover N. Sensabaugh, Sheriff John Brown, State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman, retired state police Maj. Morris Krome, Sykesville Police Chief Wallace Mitchell, Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell, Westminster Police Chief Sam R. Leppo and Circuit Judge Raymond Beck to the panel.
At least two members of the panel, Hickman and Brown, strongly oppose the creation of a county force and support the Resident Trooper Program.
Both men also expressed dismay at the appointment of Sensabaugh -- whom Brown defeated in last year's election -- to the committee.
Sensabaugh was a state police trooper for 28 years and was elected Carroll sheriff in 1982.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer groupthat assists are police, is asking residents to help solve the Crimeof the Week.
This week, the group is targeting a breaking and entering and theft at a home on Avondale Road in New Windsor.
Police said the theft occurred between Nov. 22 and 25.
Stolen from the home were several antiques, including a mahogany wall clock, a Victorian sofa, a soup tureen and a square stained-glass window.
Police estimate the value of the stolen items at more than $4,075.
If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
You do not need to leave your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
2:06 p.m., Lineboro responded to a shed fire on Thistle Church Road in York County, Pa.
3:37 p.m., Mount Airy responded to reports of a chimney fire on Frederick Road in Howard County. The call later was canceled.
5:55 p.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valle and Baltimore County Squad No. 414 responded to an apartment fire on East Main Street, Westminster.
1:03 a.m., Westminster responded to a Dumpster fire at Pizza Hut on Route 140.
8:48 a.m., Reese responded to a car accident on Route 140 and Bethel Road.
1:26 p.m., Hampstead responded to a fire alarm sounding in Baltimore County.
5:20 p.m., Westminster responded to a brush fire on Bell Road.
6:27 p.m., Reese and Westminster responded to a house fire on Pheasant Run Drive.
8:54 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a house fire on Gashouse Pike in Frederick County.
10:13 p.m., Sykesville responded to a house fire on Tridelphia Mill Road in Howard County.
7:10 a.m., Manchester responded to an automobile fire on Chestnut Street.