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September 06, 1992

Vandals puncture tires on 10 cars

Vandals struck in the northeast section of Taneytown last night "like things that go bump in the night," according to police.

Police Chief Melvin Diggs said Wednesday that 10 automobiles had their tires punctured overnight on Taney Drive and Skyline Drive. Chief Diggs said the vandal ism appears to be the work of juveniles and apparently was done with an ice pick.

NB No estimate of the total damage was available, the chief said.

4 injured in accident closing Route 30

Four people were injured, two seriously, in a bizarre four-vehicle accident that closed Route 30 south of Hampstead for three hours early Wednesday.

Baltimore County police Officer George E. Neumeister Jr. said John Gist, 18, of Emory Road, Reisterstown, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of a Ford Bronco as he drove north on Route 30, Hanover Pike, near Lees Mill Road.

The Bronco drifted across the center line and struck the rear of a roofing truck, knocked it into a utility pole, then spun into the path of a southbound pickup, police said.

Mr. Gist, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the spinning vehicle.

Meanwhile, the driverless Bronco collided with another southbound car operated by Georgina Sachs, 50, of Hanover, Pa., then returned to the northbound lane. The pickup's driver, Edward G. Weldon, 37, of Hanover, Pa., was listed in serious but stable condition Friday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Mr. Gist was released from the center late Wednesday.

Ms. Sachs and George Costella, 26, of New Oxford, Pa., the driver of the roofing truck, were treated at Carroll County General Hospital and later were released.

AH Westminster woman is injured in crash

A 71-year-old Pleasant Valley woman was seriously injured when the car she was driving on Taneytown Pike ran off the road, down into a drainage ditch, up an embankment and completely overturned Monday.

The victim, Claire N. Edwards, 1400 block of Warehime Road, was transported by the Maryland State Police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment. She was later transferred to University of Maryland Medical Center, where her condition was classified as good and stable.

The cause of the crash was not immediately determined.

Spray painting leads to arrest

A 19-year-old Westminster area man was arrested and charged with eight counts of malicious destruction, 16 counts of conspiracy and two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle following a six-month spree of spray painting buildings and vehicles between December and June.

Jeffrey Brian Hammel of Cindy Lane is one of three men accused of spraying Kelly's Stationery store Dec. 21 and May 26. Inside and outside walls of a garage at 54 East Main Street were painted on Feb. 14, May 14 and June 7, according to charging documents filed Aug. 26.


* East Main Street: A stereo valued at $600 was stolen from a car at Wheeler Chrysler Plymouth after a door was broken on Aug. 26, according to employee Mike Dotson.

* Pennsylvania Avenue: A tool box was removed from the car of David Edward Stonesifer while it was parked in the rear of his house. The loss is estimated at $250. The theft was reported on August 27.

* Distillery Drive: Darin Lee Tawney, of North Colonial Avenue, told police someone stole his bicycle Aug. 25. The loss was $80.

* Webster Street: Gilbert E. Brown, Jr. told police that someone extensively scratched his car while it was parked in front of his house Aug. 30. The damage is estimated at $500. A neighbor, Richard A. Humbert, said his car was similarly damaged at the same time. He estimated his loss at $500.

Another neighbor, Leanne Gilland reported two of her vehicles were damaged Aug. 30. The loss was $215.

* North Center Street: An employee of Cranberry Square Liquors reported that a window of the shop was broken when a rock was thrown through it Aug. 30. Replacement cost is $200.

* 140 Village: An impatient snowball enthusiast broke into the snowball stand of Louis Schott and stole materials valued at $45 last Sunday.

* East Green Street: Property valued at $2,040 was stolen after the window of High's store was broken on Monday. Police were called by an employee, Mary Pollard.

* West Green Street: Dean Ditman called local authorities to report that someone damaged his car in an attempt to remove the radio on Monday. The loss was about $50.

* Cranberry Mall: A GT Performer 20-inch BMX bicycle valued at $150 was stolen from the Sear's parking lot on Monday, owner Kenneth L. Long, of Old Manchester Road, told police.

* Johahn Drive: The side panel window of a van belonging to Patricia A. Arbogast, of Benson Road, was broken on Monday. Damaged was estimated at $400.

* Sullivan Avenue: While Sandra Van Doran, of Venice Court, was inside the Twin Kiss restaurant someone removed personal property valued at $363 from her car, she reported last Tuesday.

* West Main Street: Doris Bowie told police that property valued at $250 was taken from her car while it was parked near her house on Wednesday.



* 4:13 a.m.: Sykesville and Gamber responded to an early morning fire on Bartholow Road. They were our for 47 minutes.

* 7:57 a.m.: Union Bridge, New Windsor and Westminster were dispatched to battle a crane fire on Main Street in Union Bridge. The companies were out of service for one hour and ten minutes.

*1:46 p.m.: Taneytown, Union Bridge and New Windsor from Carroll County and New Midway, Rocky Ridge, Haarney, Woodsboro, Libertytown and Walkersville responded to a three-alarm ban fire in the 1000 block of Francis Scott Key Highway in Keymar.

;/ Units were still on the scene Friday night.

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