Contestants Wanted

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April 22, 1992

SYKESVILLE — Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department Auxiliary will have its annual Fire Prevention Queen contest May 17 at the fire hall, Route 32 at Freedom Avenue.

Entry deadline is May 10. Contestants must bebetween the ages of 16 and 21, never married, and live in the company's first due response area.

The winner will represent the company in parades and will competein the Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention contest in October and Miss Maryland Fire Chiefs Queen contest in November.

If she wins either of the fall contests, she is eligible to enter the Miss Maryland Fire Prevention Contest in June 1993 at the Maryland State Firemen's Convention.

Contestants will be judged on fire prevention knowledge, personality, speaking ability, general appearance and poise.

The public is invited to attend the contest. Information: 549-1034 or 795-0473.



WESTMINSTER -- After a 28-minute chase at speeds of up to 80 mph through three counties Sunday, state and county police apprehended a 21-year-old man who had allegedly stolen a vehicle on the Eastern Shore last month.

Police arrested Thomas Charles Langston, of no fixed address, and charged him numerous offenses. He was held in the Howard County Detention Center after failing to post $50,000 bail.

Police said the 23-mile chase started about 9:20 a.m., when Maryland state troopers stopped a car at Mount Airy Quarry on Ridgeville Road. During their routine check, the troopers discovered that the 1983 Chrysler sedan had been stolen in Pocomoke City on March 20.

Just as the troopers were about to arrest the driver of the car, he drove away.

Within minutes, he was spotted eastbound on Route 26 by another trooper. Troopers chased the car, sometimes traveling as fast as 40 mph over the speed limit. The car passed into Baltimore County with three troopers in pursuit.

The car then headed south on Marriottsville Road into Howard County.

Troopers from the Waterloo and Frederick Barracks were able to set up a rolling roadblock near Marriottsville Road and I-70. The car rammed Sgt. Raymond Wojcik's car, but Wojcik forced it to stop. Langston allegedly tried to flee on foot, but he was caught.

Wojcik and Langston suffered slight injuries, police said, but neither required hospitalization.

Langston was charged with assault and battery, theft of a motor vehicle, destruction of property, fleeing andeluding police and numerous other traffic charges.

Released from prison in January, Langston also faces charges of stealing a car two weeks after his release from prison.



WESTMINSTER -- The manager of a Westminster auto parts store was injured during a robbery Friday night, according to Maryland state police.

Nathian Daniel Paul, manager of Hi-Gear Auto Parts Store in the Westminster Shopping Center, received a head injury when the robber pushed him to the floor, police said.

The robbery occurred around 9:30 p.m., about one half-hour before closing, when aman entered the store, brandished a pistol and demanded cash.

Paul turned over an undetermined amount of cash, and the robber shoved him backward as he handed it over.

Paul was taken to Carroll CountyGeneral Hospital, where he was examined and released on Saturday.



FINKSBURG -- A Monday eveningcrash that knocked down a utility pole on Route 140 resulted in about 1,000 Finksburg residents losing power for slightly more than a hour.

James Stump, 18, of Finksburg was driving south on Emory Road near Route 140 when his car slid off the road and hit the utility poleat about 7 p.m. The front of his car was demolished and its steeringwheel cracked in half.

Stump, a Westminster High student who played several sports, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was admitted in critical condition.

Police said that had Stump not been wearing his seat belt, he would probably have been killed.

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 give your name.


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

DATELINE: Westminster

LaCosta Circle: Westminster police arrested Kathy A. Trott, 19, and charged her with driving while intoxicated on April 17. She was released on personal recognizance.

Avalon Lane: Westminster police said Charles Brown reported that the window of his car was smashed while it was parked in front of his house on April 17.

Western Chapel Road: Westminster police arrested Eugene J. Dabbs, 77, and charged him with failure to appear on April 18. He was held without bond.

Whispering Meadows Court: Westminster police said that Janet Ashley reported a lawn ornament worth about $50 was stolen from her front yard on April 19.


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

April 16

10:20 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Baltimore County responded to an apartment fire on South Church Street.

12:12 p.m., Gamber responded to a woods fire on Constellation Way.

12:28 p.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Fairmount Road.

1:52 p.m., Sykesville,Gamber and Liberty Road responded to a house fire on Monroe Avenue.

2:12 p.m., Winfield and Gamber responded to a truck fire on Route 97.

5:48 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield, Liberty Road and Randallstown responded to a building fire on Route 26.

6:04 p.m., Winfield responded to a brush fire on Route 26.

7:11 p.m., Westminsterresponded to an automobile fire at Western Maryland College.

April 18

7:48 a.m., Sykesville responded to a fire alarm on Conan Doyle Way.

2:10 p.m., Westminster investigated a building on Manchester Avenue.

11:11 p.m., Sykesville, Winfield and Gamber responded toa chimney fire on Carmae Road.

April 19

12:15 a.m., Manchester, Hampstead and Westminster responded to a house fire on Laverne Circle.

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