ELDERSBURG — Liberty High School, the state police and the State's Attorney's Office are presenting a special meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 to address theincreasing usage of LSD, other drugs and alcohol in county schools.
The meeting, set for the high school auditorium, is open to parents, teachers and the public. For more information: Shelley Bailey, secretary at Liberty High School, 795-8100.
SYKESVILLE -- The recent destruction of the town's recycling trailer and an early morning car fire near the new Shannon Run housing development have spurred community concern over a rise in violence.
Police Chief Wallace P. Mitchell told the Town Council last week thatresidents in the development are concerned about the spate of vandalism, which includes incidents of theft, broken mailboxes and destruction.
The recycling fire, reported about two weeks ago, is under investigation, as is the car fire. In that incident, a new car was burning near a home. A gas-soaked rag was found on the car, Mitchell said.
Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. has instructed Mitchell to continue investigating the crime spree, which he and the chief said is unusual, but not unheard of, in the town.
POLICE FOLLOWED RULES
WESTMINSTER -- An internal review by the commander of the state police barracks here found that troopers involved in the fatal high-speed chase earlier this month followed the agency's standard rules and procedures.
And while the review here is subject to further review by senior state police officials, Westminster barracks commander Lieutenant Kenneth L. Tregoning said last week that, as far as he's concerned, the troopers involved performed appropriately.
"We filled out the reports and sent it to headquarters," he said. "If something's wrong, they'll tell us. If we don't hear anything from them, then nothing is wrong."
The eight-mile, high-speed chase by state troopers in Carroll County ended in a crash that left a 14-year-old Baltimore boy dead and another critically injured in the wreckage of a stolen car.
In the Feb. 1 pursuit on Route 140, from Finksburg to Westminster, the teen-age driver exceeded speeds of 100 mph and ran at least one traffic light, police said.
The Baltimore boys evaded a "rolling roadblock," in which troopers surrounded the stolen car inan effort to slow or stop the driver. Minutes later, the 1990 Buick crashed into an Exxon sign on Route 140 at Cranberry Road, near Westminster's Cranberry Mall, and became wedged between two steel poles.
The driver, Anthony Tyrone Anderson, of the 3400 block of Dupont Avenue, was declared dead at the accident scene.
The other boy suffered multiple injuries and was flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.
NO ARRESTS ON TAP
State fire marshals have not issued their findings in the Jan. 13 Bowling Brook Horse Farm fire, and an office spokesman said no arrests are expected.
The blaze destroyed the nearly century-old Middleburg horse barn.
The fire, which also killed nine thoroughbred racehorses, caused nearly $500,000 in damage and was said to have started in one of the 50 stalls in the barn.
The state Fire Marshal's Office has said that the fire was not of suspicious origin. However, that office's Major Incident Response Team reportedly has been interviewing witnesses and has yet to issue its findings.
An office spokesman said last week that he did not expect any arrests.
"As far as I know, nothing new is happening on the fire," said Bob Thomas, a fire marshal spokesman.
SNOW CAUSES 13 WRECKS
WESTMINSTER -- Slick, snowy and icy roads caused by Thursday's snow and sleet storm led to 13 minor traffic accidents, state police here said.
None of the accidents resulted in personal injury, police said. Most were fender-bender-type accidents, and all occurred between 2:30 a.m. and midnight Thursday.
The storm dumped up to five inches of snow on parts of Carroll County.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential, and you do not have to giveyour name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported tolocal and state police:
Charles Street: Nathan Joseph Frisby, 34, was arrested Feb. 13 by city police and charged with one count of theft and two counts of traffic violations.
140 Village Shopping Center: City police said football and baseball cards werestolen from Martin's Westminster. Estimated loss: $300.
Old Manchester Road: Jack Cater Franks, 20, was arrested on Feb. 14 by city police and was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
9:22 a.m., Pleasant Valley, Littlestown and Kingsdale responded to a house fire on Haines Lane.
9:25 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a fire alarm on Meadowlark Avenue.
10:50 p.m.,Gamber assisted Baltimore County on a woods fire on Dogwood Road.
12:25 a.m., Sykesville assisted Baltimore County on smokein a house on Demei Court.
6:57 a.m., Gamber responded to a Dumpster fire on Bartholow Road.
4:06 p.m., Lineboro responded to a woods fire on Schalk Road.
5:08 p.m., Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia responded to a chimney fire on Fairmount Road.
5:11 p.m., Sykesville assisted Baltimore County on a house fire on Liberty Road.
11:17 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road responded to a house fire on Wendy Road.
10:56 a.m., Mount Airy and Winfield assisted Howard County on a chimney fire on Old Frederick Road.
2:12 p.m., Gamber and Sykesville responded to a truck fire on Route 32.
2:41 p.m., Hampstead and Manchester assisted Baltimore County on a house fire on Upper Beckleysville Road.
4:58 p.m., Sykesville responded to a brush fire on Clark Drive.
5:04 p.m., New Windsor responded to a brush fire on South Springdale Road.
7:26 p.m., Union Bridge responded to a woods fire on Middleburg Road.