Soda Break Is Bust

Police and fire scan

April 19, 1992

WESTMINSTER — Five men who were milling about a bank of soda machines outside the K mart store on Englar Road were arrested last week after an officer on routine patrol discovered two of the men had taken change from oneof the machines, police said.

City police Officer Eric Carroll arrested the men shortly after midnight Tuesday, when he noticed a Pepsi machine had been pried open. A crow bar and a screwdriver were spotted near the machine.

Arrested were Steven Laurence Silverman, 22, of Thurmont; Daniel Ronald Woodby, 20, of Thurmont; Jeffrey Alan Miller, 23, Thurmont; Francis Lee Bivens, 21, of Emmittsburg; and Charles Michael Shifflet, 19, of no fixed address.

They were charged with several counts, including theft, malicious destruction, conspiracy and, in Shifflet's case, possession of drug paraphernalia.



Due to a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule, the county commissioners may have to donate about $50,000 to the county volunteer fire companies and ambulance teams.

Under OSHA's new infectious disease control regulations, firefighters and paramedics must be educated about hepatitis B and be offered the three-shot vaccine.

In the past, since OSHA required that only emergency medical teams be vaccinated, the county commissioners have provided 50 slots in the health department budget for the fire companies.

"Hepatitis B is more deadly and more easily spread than HIV," Jessie Salley, president of the county Emergency Medical Services Association said during the county Volunteer Firemen's Association semiannual meeting with the commissioners on Thursday.

The shots, at $39 per dose, will cost about $120 per person for the three-shot cycle, which should begin July 1, Salley said. Approximately 500 county emergency personnel will need to be vaccinated.


Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:


Park Drive: Westminster Police arrested Francis Lee Bivens, 21, and charged him with theft and conspiracy on April 14. He was placed on $1,500 full bond.


Gracie Drive: A man reported to Westminster Police on April 11 that a window was broken while his car was parked at Cranberry Mall. Damage estimate: $150.


North Main Street: Westminster Police served a criminal summons on Sandra Ann Coppersmith on April 14 charging her with one count of bad checks.


Charles Street: Westminster Police arrested Brian Anthony Costley, 32, on April 14 and charged him with driving while intoxicated.

East Main Street: Westminster Police served a criminal summons on Thomas Andrew Hayton Jr., 34, on April 14 and charged him with possession of controlled dangerous substances.

Baldwin Park Drive: Westminster police said that Marjorie McGeary reported the window of her car was smashed on April 5, causing about $50 indamage.

Washington Lane: Westminster Police arrested James Abram Bloom, 49, on April 12 and charged him with driving while intoxicated.

Washington Lane: Westminster Police served a criminal warrant onGaye Dianne Dalton, 19, on April 15 and charged her with battery.

Johahn Drive: Westminster Police arrested David Brian Knoerlein, 38,on April 15 and charged him with driving while intoxicated. He was released on $500 unsecured bond.

Center Street: Westminster Police said that Kenneth E. Mueller and Melissa K. Keiser reported that the windows of their vehicles were smashed while parked outside CranberryMall on April 16. Keiser also reported that items were taken from her car. Damage was about $100 on Mueller's car, while Keiser reported a loss of about $775.

West Main Street: Westminster Police said that Christen Marie Pontuti reported the window on her car was broken on April 16, causing about $200 in damage.

Hillside Court: Westminster Police said that Robert L. Shorb reported that the window of his car was broken on April 16, causing about $200 in damage.


WESTMINSTER -- Fire marshals are still investigating the cause of a one-alarm fire that destroyed the back bedroom of a South Church Street townhouse Thursday, officials said.

The fire -- discovered by 4-year-old Joshua Summers, who lives in the home with his father, Marlyn L., 44 and grandmother, Elizabeth, 73 -- caused $15,000 worth of damage to the structure and its contents.

Elizabeth Summers, awakened by her grandson, attempted to fight the fire in the second-floor room before calling 911 at 10:20 a.m.

Twenty firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown had the fire under control in about 15 minutes. No one was injured, though Elizabeth Summers was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for observation.



Here is a compilation of the fireand rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

April 11

4:09 p.m., Mount Airy investigated a building on Ridgeside Drive.

8:45 p.m., Taneytown, Union Bridge and Harney responded to a house fire on Trevanion Road.

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