TANEYTOWN — Accidents claim two
Two men were killed and five people were injured in three accidents over the weekend, police reported.
The first of the three accidents occurred Friday afternoon in Lineboro as a group of Pennsylvania residents were driving north on Lineboro Road in a 1988 Dodge Caravan. They crossed the center line, struck an embankment and overturned, state police reported.
The driver, 52-year-old Irwin Nolt of Manheim, apparently fell asleep at the wheel while his four passengers slept. Nolt, Lauren Martin, 20, of Lititz and Dale L. Faus, 18, also of Manheim, were flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma.
A Shock Trauma spokesman said Tuesday night that Nolt and Faus were in critical but stable condition. He said condition information was not available for Martin, who apparently has been released.
Two other passengers, Michael Musser, 16, of Lititz and Kenneth Martin, 24, of Manheim, were taken to Carroll County General Hospital. Musser was treated and released and Martin was discharged Saturday.
On Friday evening, a man who had been watching a youth baseball game in Taneytown began suffering chest pains and decided to drive home before the game ended.
Steven T. Walters, 40, began driving toward his home in the 400 block of Taney Drive when he apparently suffered a heart attack and lost control of his 1982 Chevrolet truck on West Baltimore Street.
Police said he veered off the roadway and into a house. He was pronounced dead at Carroll County General Hospital. Police are waiting for a report from the Medical Examiner's office to determine the cause of the accident.
Two days later, Matthew Brett Plunkert, 20, of Union Bridge was driving East on Route 31 just 500 feet west of Fountain School Road in Frederick County when he failed to turn a corner and cut across the westbound lane, state police in Frederick said.
His 1986 Crown Victoria hit a telephone pole and a tree and stopped after hitting a concrete abutment in a creek. He was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are still investigating.
Vacant house burns
Officials suspect arsonists caused a fire that destroyed the inside of a vacant house here Monday, said Bob Thomas, deputy state fire marshal.
"A few juveniles were seen in the area shortly before the fire was discovered," Thomas said. "But we have no suspects."
The one-alarm fire began after 5 p.m. on the first floor of the two-story house on Trevanion Road. It took 45 firefighters from Taneytown, Harney and Union Bridge 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
While the interior was extensively damaged, the loss was only approximately $2,000 because it had been vacant for about 10 years.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the fire to call the State Fire Marshal's office at (800) 492-7529.
City child hit by car
A Westminster boy was hit by a car Monday while riding his bicycle, city police said.
Colin A. Brown, 7, of Westmoreland Street was following his brother southbound on Maryland Avenue and did not stop at the stop sign at the corner of Maryland and West Main Street.
Tina Dayoff, 23, of Uniontown Road, was driving west on West Main Street when Colin crossed her path. He was struck by a 1987 Ford Escort and was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for possible arm injuries.
No other injuries were reported and no charges have been filed in the incident.
Police plan safe holiday
State and Westminster city police have planned separate holiday programs to heighten safety awareness and reduce accidents over the Independence Day weekend.
All local police cars will display red, white, and blue ribbons from their antennas in an effort to remind motorists to wear seat belts over the holiday weekend. The Westminster Police Department is working with the Maryland Office of Highway Safety to increase public awareness.
State police at Westminster barracks will be strictly enforcing the speed limits on county roads and giving special attention to catching DWI offenders beginning 6 p.m. Friday and continuing until midnight Sunday.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) an876-8956 (state police). 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:
Ridgeville Boulevard: Someone stole cash from Chic Hairstylist Inc. between 8 p.m. June 17 and 8:50 a.m. June 18.
East Baltimore Street: Someone broke into the Seventh Inning Stretch baseball card shop between 5 p.m. June 13 and 6:50 a.m. June 14. They entered through the front door and stole cards and gum balls.
Westmoreland Street: Robin Wardenfelt reported on June 28 that her parked vehicle was scratched, causing $1,000 worth of damage.
Pennsylvania Avenue: Wendy J. Morgan of Leisters Church Road reported on June 28 that someone broke into her parked vehicle and stole items. Estimated loss is $536.