Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


January 12, 1993

Man, woman injured in separate traffic accidents

A man and a woman were injured yesterday afternoon in separate accidents on routes 27 and 97.

The man was driving south on Route 27, when his car careened out of control at Hahn Road, crossed the center line and crashed into an embankment about 2:30 p.m. The vehicle flipped in a ditch and came to rest facing north along the highway.

The driver, whose name was unavailable last night, was trapped in the automobile and had to be removed from the vehicle by the Westminster Fire Department.

He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to the neck, head and back.

State police Cpl. David A. Warner said he saw the car approach the red light and brake suddenly just before the car went out of control.

About two hours later, a woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Route 97 at Old Baltimore Road, which snarled rush-hour traffic.

The woman, a passenger in a pickup truck that collided with a small foreign car at the entrance to the 140 Village Shopping Center, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital with possible neck injuries.

The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured.

Names of the injured woman and the drivers were not immediately available from Westminster City Police, who investigated the accident.

Naval apprentice heads to Persian Gulf

Navy Fireman Apprentice Brian J. Carns of Westminster recently left Somalia for the Persian Gulf aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Leahy, based in San Diego as part of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group.

The ship is supporting the enforcement of the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq in response to recent incursions by Iraqi aircraft.

Before returning to the Persian Gulf, Fireman Apprentice Carns and his shipmates were part of a three ship task force that was ordered to Somalia in support of the Operation Restore Hope relief effort. The ship spent nine days in the relief effort, playing a significant role in the ability of multinational forces to secure all eight key relief centers in the famine-stricken country.

Fireman Apprentice Carns is a 1991 graduate of Westminster High School and the son of Robert J. and Deborah J. Carns. He joined the Navy in July 1991.


* Westminster: Scuba gear valued at $2,070 was stolen from the rear of a pickup truck while it was parked on a lot at the rear of East Main Street Friday. Thomas Bethune of Mount Airy reported to Westminster police he parked the vehicle at 7:30 p.m. and returned at midnight to find the items missing. He told local authorities that an air tank, breathing apparatus and regulator and two wet suits were in two large plastic boxes taken from the open truck.

The hood ornament was stolen from the car of Flora J. Abel, of Hampstead, while it was parked on North Center Street Friday. The loss is estimated at $38.

Property valued at $400 was taken Thursday from the apartment of Kenneth Deardoff of East Main Street.

Three trash containers were damaged when they set on fire Saturday. Two were located on North Court Street and one on East Main Street. Cost of the damage is unknown.

The automobile of Jimmy Butcher of Hampstead was damaged while parked at Western Maryland College on Saturday.


* Westminster: A 2:25 a.m. call yesterday sent firefighters from Westminster to investigate an alarm of fire on Baltimore Boulevard. They were out for 20 minutes.

* Reese: Firefighters from Reese were out for 25 minutes Friday for an automobile on fire on Lassister Circle at 5:49 p.m. Friday.

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