Man held in theft at Comfort InnA 19-year-old Westminster...

POLICE/FIRE SCAN

September 20, 1992

WESTMINSTER — Man held in theft at Comfort Inn

A 19-year-old Westminster man is being held on $5,000 bail on charges of breaking into a room at the Comfort Inn and stealing articles valued at almost $1,000.

Ernest Lee Robertson Jr., of Sycamore Street, allegedly stole a Nintendo game, clothing, a radio and tape player, 20 tapes and a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap from two occupants of one of the motel's rooms on Aug. 23, according to charging documents.

Police said Mr. Robertson took the articles into an adjoining room before leaving the motel. He was later questioned by police and charged with two counts each of burglary, theft, and breaking and entering.

An additional charge of malicious destruction of property was filed against Mr. Robertson for breaking a window to enter the motel room.

Three women injured in Route 27 collision

Three women were injured in a two-car collision on Route 27 at Route 140 at about 8:20 a.m. Thursday morning, police reported.

The head-on crash occurred when the driver of a white van

headed south on Route 27 attempted to make a left turn on the ramp to westbound Route 140 and collided with a northbound car containing two women.

The van's driver escaped serious injury when the vehicle's air bag activated, said Westminster Fire Department Lt. Michael Rehfeld. Both women were wearing seat belts.

PD All of the injured were taken to Carroll County General Hospital.

Motorcycle crash kills passenger

MILLERS -- An North Carroll woman was killed Wednesday night when she was thrown from a motorcycle on which she was a passenger, state police said.

Vicki Lynn Wolfe, 26, of the 16000 block of Hanover Pike, was pronounced dead on arrival at Carroll County General Hospital shortly after the accident that sent the bike's driver, Richard Lawrence Karl, also 26, of the same address, to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Mr. Karl and Ms. Wolfe were riding north on Warehime Road just south of Millers Station Road at about 7:12 p.m. when the motorcycle rolled over loose gravel on a curve, police said. Mr. Karl lost control of the motorcycle, which veered off the road and struck a tree, police said.

The motorcycle flipped end over end and threw both riders off, police said.

Mr. Karl was released from the Baltimore hospital Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

K? Police said an investigation of the accident is continuing.

* Railroad Avenue: A vandal poured a liquid solution into a change machine at Duke's Car Wash, causing damage estimated at $180, Paul Dukehart told police.

FIRE

Kitchen fire damages chicken restaurant

MOUNT AIRY -- A fast-food restaurant suffered about $15,000 worth of smoke and heat damage Wednesday morning after a fire ignited in the kitchen, the office of the state fire marshal reported.

No one was injured in the fire at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the 1600 block of Ridgeside Drive. The blaze apparently was caused by an electrical short in an outlet and was reported around 2:06 a.m., said Allen Ward, a restaurant spokesman.

Mr. Ward said the fire was mostly confined to the kitchen.

About 40 firefighters from Carroll, Montgomery, Frederick and Howard counties arrived at the one-story, wood-frame building and brought the blaze under control in 10 minutes. The engines stayed on the scene for more than 2 1/2 hours while officials investigated the cause.

The fire was discovered by a heat-detection system, which alerted an alarm-monitoring station to call the Fire Department, Mr. Ward said.

Companies responding were Mount Airy, Winfield, and Westminster; New Market from Frederick County; Lisbon from Howard County; and Germantown and Damascus from Montgomery County.

SEPT. 10

* 11:39 p.m.: Winfield and Mount Airy responded to an alarm sounding on West Old Liberty Road. They were out for 20 minutes.

SEPT. 11

* 7:42 a.m.: Reese and Gamber companies spent 40 minutes putting out an auto fire on East Lawndale Road.

* 9:06 a.m.: Taneytown responded to an alarm on Starboard Court. The company was out for 10 minutes.

* 9:10 a.m.: Lineboro, Manchester and Hampstead responded to a garage fire on Rupp Road. They were out for 90 minutes.

* 10:39 a.m.: Reese and Hampstead spent 45 minutes dealing with an oven fire on Shamrock Road.

* 7:30 p.m.: Sykesville went out for an alarm sounding on Liberty Road. The company was out for 22 minutes.

* 8:59 p.m.: Hampstead responded to a trash container fire on Gill Avenue. The company was out for 21 minutes.

SEPT. 12

* 9:51 p.m.: Hampstead, Manchester, Arcadia, Boring, Glyndon and Lineboro responded to a building fire on Hanover Pike. They were out for an hour.

* 11:02 p.m.: Mount Airy assisted Frederick County with a truck fire on Interstate 70. The engine was back at the station in 20 minutes.

SEPT. 13

* 1:46 p.m.: Lineboro was called out for a building fire on Tolna Road in York County. The engine was out for an hour and 20 minutes.

SEPT. 14

* 2:27 a.m.: Westminster responded to an alarm sounding on Tall Pines Drive. Members were out for 20 minutes.

SEPT. 15

* 1:13 p.m.: Sykesville responded to a wash detail on state Route 27. Members were out for 47 minutes.

SEPT. 16

* 11:55 a.m.: Westminster and Reese were on call for a minute to investigate a fire alarm on North Center Street.

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