WOMAN DIES IN CRASH
MANCHESTER -- A Hanover Pike woman died Friday of injuries from a freak car accident Dec. 4 on Bachman Valley Road.
Mildred Viola Knouse, 64, died at University Hospital in Baltimore of multiple internal injuries, state police said.
Police said Knouse was fatally injured when she stopped her 1976 Ford on the eastbound shoulder of Route 496, got out of the car, and walked behind it to mail a letter.
The car jumped out of park intoreverse and ran over Knouse, police said.
BICYCLE THEFTS PROBED
MOUNT AIRY -- State police are looking for information leading to the arrest of suspects who stole several bicycles from outside the Jamesway department store Nov. 30.
Police said the bicycles were taken from the store in the 1300 block of South Main Street between 7:50 p.m. and 9:25 p.m.
Taken were 13 Huffy 18-speed mountain bicycles with 26-inch frames, police said. The bikes were valued at $1,600.
At the time of the theft, the bikes were on display on the sidewalk in front of the store. They were locked with a steel cable and padlock.
The theft occurred during regular business hours, police said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Tfc. Greg Jordan at the Mount Airy office of the state police at829-0218 or 848-3111.
NEW PANEL APPOINTEES
WESTMINSTER -- District Court Judge Donald Smith and Maryland Troopers Association President Mike Smith will join a police panel to study future options for county police protection.
Circuit Judge Raymond Beck, who was a proposed member of the panel, declined to join because he decides cases involving state police, deputies and municipal officers.
Anticipating that the state will cut its contribution to the state police Resident Trooper Program, the county commissioners have asked the panel to investigate employing some of the resident troopers currently working in Carroll as county officers who would reportto the commissioners.
Other panel members include state police Lt. Kenneth Tregoning, former Carroll Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, Sheriff John Brown and State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman.
Hickman and Brown have expressed dismay at Sensabaugh's appointment because the former sheriff is a vocal supporter of a county force.
Hickman and Brown say the county should keep funding the resident troopers, even if the county has to pick up the tab for the entire program.
FIRE CAUSE PROBED
ELDERSBURG -- State fire officials were still searching late yesterday for the cause of an early-morning fire Dec. 11 that caused $30,000 damage to a restaurant on Sykesville Road.
Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said five fire companies from Howard and Carroll counties responded to the fire at Morty's Restaurant.
Thomas said the 12:05 a.m. fire broke out in an employee break room in the building's basement.
Thomas said some employees and patrons were in the building when the fire started.
There were no injuries.
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 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 fromthe 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:
5:46 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a transformer fire on Talbot Run Road.
9:42 a.m., Gamber responded to an investigation of smoke on Route 32 near Birdview Road.
4:57 p.m., Lineboro assisted York County, Pa., on a brush fire on HoffackerRoad.
5:34 p.m., Gamber responded to a woods fire on Cold Saturday Drive.
12:10 a.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Rohrbaugh Road.
12:50 a.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Salem Bottom Road.
1:44 p.m., Winfield responded to a woods fire on Salem Bottom Road.
2:17 p.m., Westminster responded to an automobile fire on Pennsylvania Avenue.
3:17 p.m., Lineboro assisted York County, Pa., on a report of smoke in a building.
4:00 a.m., New Windsor and Westminster responded to a fire alarm onAvondale Road.
5:58 a.m., Reese and Gamber responded to a fire alarm on Baltimore Boulevard.
11:02 a.m., Gamber responded to a brush fire on Pine Knob Road.
2:32 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Montgomery County on a house fire on Woodfield Road.
4:13 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Howard County on a chimney fire on New Cut Road.
4:41 p.m., Westminster responded to a field fire on Route 97.