WESTMINSTER — The Westminster City Police played host to the fifth-annual Chiefs Challenge kickoff Friday morning, setting in motion the program that encourages the public to use seat belts.
While surveys show Carrollhas a 73 percent to 76 percent compliance rate with the state seat-belt laws, "our concern lies with the 24 to 27 percent who are not in compliance, especially with the child safety restraint laws," said Rick May, public relations officer for the city police.
Town police, the Sheriff's Department and state police will participate in the program, which began Saturday and runs through March 31.
Co-sponsored by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use, the program employs a variety of educational and enforcement methods to get people to use seat belts.
County police are participating in the statewide competition with other law enforcement agencies to increase public awareness and compliance with seat-belt laws.
ONE KILLED IN CRASH
WESTMINSTER -- A 14-year-old Baltimore boy died Saturday night when the stolen car he was driving crashed during a high-speed chase with police, state police said.
A 14-year-old passenger was in stable but serious condition at a Baltimore hospital late yesterday.
Anthony Anderson died after the vehicle ran off the road and struck a pole, state police spokesman Chuck Jackson said.
The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Route 140 after police attempted to pull the car over for speeding.
The eight-mile chase at times exceeded 100 mph, police said.
The male passenger who was injured in the crash was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. He was admitted in critical condition. Police have not disclosed his name.
The chase began shortly before 11:30 p.m. when police clocked the car going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. Jackson said the car had been stolen from a Randallstown residence earlier thatevening.
A preliminary review showed that Trooper Jeffrey Hartzler, who was the first officer to give chase, followed proper procedures, but a review will be conducted, said Jackson.
Guidelines require troopers to weigh the urgency of the pursuit against the risks. Among the factors are the seriousness of the offense, conditions of the highway and amount of traffic.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY
WESTMINSTER -- The 19-year-old city man who was charged last year with sexually abusing his 10-year-old half-sister pleaded guilty tosecond-degree sexual offense of an under-age victim in Carroll Circuit Court Monday.
In a plea agreement with the State's Attorney's Office, the Pennsylvania Avenue man -- whose name is being withheld bythe The Carroll County Sun to protect the girl's identity -- pleadedguilty to the charge in exchange for a suspended sentence.
According to Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill, her office will recommend that the man be sentenced to at least some of the 20 years in prison he could receive. The office will ask the judge to suspend the sentence, however.
The other charges against the man -- felony child abuse, perverted sexual practices and battery -- were dropped.
According to court records, a Westminster police officer observed the 10-year-old performing oral sex on the man on July 18. They were visible through a closed screen door, police said.
The man and girl weretaken to police headquarters, where the man was later arrested.
Two county fire companies have elected new officers for 1992:
In Sykesville, the officers are Richard Lyons, chief; Eddie Ruch, deputy chief; Mike Hill, fire captain; Barry Poff, rescue captain, and Liddy Luebberman, emergency medical services captain.
Lieutenants for Sykesville are Brian Bowman, Bobby Chesney and Steve Anske, fire lieutenants; Chuck Bittorie and Bob Platt, rescue lieutenants; and Bill Baker, Greg MacDonald and Wayne Garver, EMS lieutenants.
Hampstead Volunteer Fire Co. elected James Dwyer president;Albert Johnson, first vice president; Chuck Dennis, second vice president; Gary Wheeler, recording secretary; Kevin Hann, assistant recording secretary; Herb Raver, financial secretary; Dave Brown, assistant financial secretary; Raymond Rill, treasurer; Todd Mitchell, assistant treasurer; and Bayard Bollinger, chaplain.
Line officers are Herb Raver, chief; Raymond Rill, assistant chief; Richard Yingling, captain; David Brown, first lieutenant; Francis O'Connor Jr., secretary; Charles Ray, EMS captain; Frank Bauerlein, EMS first lieutenant; Heidi Yingling, EMS second lieutenant.
Ladies Auxiliary Officers areWanda Sparks, president; June Slonaker, vice president; June Miller,treasurer; Helen Korman, recording secretary; Roberta Lindsay, financial secretary; June Schaeffer, corresponding secretary; Addie Leister, chaplain; and Mary Alice Lare, historian.
CRASH KILLS COUNTY MAN
An Aspen Run man was killed shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday when the car he was driving failed to negotiate a turn, Baltimore County police said.