3 held in check fraudTANEYTOWN -- Two women from Baltimore...

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July 12, 1992

TANEYTOWN 3 HURT IN CRASH — 3 held in check fraud

TANEYTOWN -- Two women from Baltimore and a man from Orrtana, Pa., are being held on $49,900 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center on multiple theft and conspiracy charges after allegedly passing bogus checks in the Taneytown area, according to Police Chief Melvin Diggs.

Chief Diggs said the trio passed checks for more than $1,000 in Taneytown on June 7 and 8.

Police said one of the women purchased articles valued at $197 on June 7 at Revco Drugs and an undisclosed amount at the Taneytown Pharmacy.

On the next day, the woman returned to Revco and bought articles worth more than $320, paying with a check. Chief Diggs said an employee of the store became suspicious and called the bank, only to be told the account had been closed for more than a month.

The three had also passed checks at the Liquor Barn and the Dollar General store on Wednesday, police said.

As they drove away in a Ford Escort with Pennsylvania tags (later determined to have been stolen), police were called. The automobile was located at the Grocery Basket on Old Taneytown Pike by Cpl. Neal Wuethrich of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, who notified Chief Diggs and Maryland State Police Tfc. Rudy Hanson.

When these officers arrived, the suspects were arrested. They were identified as Jean M. Szuchnicki, 31, and Sharon D. Dotson, 34, both of Baltimore, and Edward D. Sieber, of Pennsylvania.

Chief Diggs said the investigation is continuing and additional charges will be placed.

TAYLORSVILLE -- Three people, two of them boys, were injured when the vehicle in which they were riding collided with a pickup truck on Route 27 near Route 26 about 12:10 p.m. Thursday.

According to Tfc. Shawn D. Wooleyhand, the injured were taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where they were treated and released. They were identified as Patricia Ann Kotmair of Westminster and her two sons, Erik, 10, and John, 12.

Trooper Wooleyhand said Mrs. Kotmair pulled out in front of a pickup truck operated by Thomas M. Johnson of Arbutus. Neither Mr. Thomas nor his passenger, Patrick Taylor of Baltimore, was injured.

Mrs. Kotmair was charged with failure to yield the right of way.


Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and 876-8956 (state police). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.

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


Anchor Street: Robert Erb reported that someone broke into and rummaged through his parked vehicle on July 2. No damage or theft was observed.

Railroad Avenue: An employee of the Texaco service station reported that someone removed soda worth $10 from a vending machine on July 2.

Robins Way: Robert Pick reported to city police on July 6 that someone entered his home and removed personal property valued at $1,510.

East Main Street: C&P Telephone Co. reported that someone took the rear tag from one of the firm's vehicles on July 7.

Ward Avenue: Donald Johnson reported that someone removed a security system worth $79 from his parked vehicle on July 7.

Broadway: Mark Shobert of Baltimore Boulevard told police someone scratched his vehicle with a sharp object on July 8. Mr. Shobert estimated the damage at $50.

West Main Street: Michelle Hillis of Woodbine reported on July 9 that while she was dining at a restaurant, someone stole her purse. She estimated the loss at $50.


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

July 8

2:27 p.m., Winfield investigated a call on Braddock Road.

4:09 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber, Liberty Road and Reese responded to a house fire.

5:06 p.m., Winfield responded to an auto fire on Old Washington Road.

5:30 p.m., Winfield and Gamber responded to an alarm sounding on Liberty Road.

8:37 p.m., Hampstead and Arcadia (Baltimore County) responded to an alarm sounding on Crystal Court.

July 9

6:35 a.m., Winfield, Lisbon, Sykesville, Mount Airy and Westminster responded to a call about smoke in a building on Buckhorn Road.

July 10

1:45 a.m., Hampstead required 27 minutes to douse a brush fire on Greenmount Church Road.

4:01 a.m., Mount Airy and Westminster assisted Frederick County in responding to an alarm on Hill Street.

2:40 p.m., Sykesville responded to an alarm sounding on Third Avenue.

4:13 p.m., Manchester and Lineboro responded to a truck fire on Hanover Pike.

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