Ellicott City/elkridge

April 06, 1993

Girl is hurt when jeep flips over

A 15-year-old girl was seriously injured when a jeep full of teen-agers sped out of control and flipped over in Ellicott City Saturday night, Howard County police said.

Alicia Wilhelm, 15, of the 9200 block of W. Stayman Drive, was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she is listed in fair and stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver, Kerri Gemmell, 16, of the 1200 block of Cornelius Court in Marriottsville, and a passenger, Amber Fanta, 15, of the 3100 block of Hearthstone Road, were taken to Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, where they were treated and released.

Two other passengers, Nicola Gantea, 16, of the 3600 block of Rusty Rim, and Jennifer Langmead, 15, of the 9500 block of Valleymeade Court, were taken to Howard County General Hospital for treatment and released.

The teen-agers were in a Jeep Cherokee about 11 p.m. Saturday when the driver lost control on a slight curve on southbound College Avenue, north of Bonnie Branch Road, police said. The jeep crossed the double yellow lines and flipped over.

The Wilhelm youth was a passenger in the front seat, police said.

Speed and driver error apparently contributed to the accident, police said.

No charges have been filed, but an investigation continues.

Two people treated for smoke inhalation

Two people were treated for minor smoke inhalation Sunday after a child with matches ignited the contents of a waste basket at an Elkridge home, fire officials said. Patricia Ide, 42, and Jessica Ide, 8, of the 7800 block of Butterfield Drive, were taken to Howard County General Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The fire caused about $3,000 in damage.

The one-alarm fire occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. in a second-floor bathroom, officials said.

Stephen Mathers, a neighbor and former Montgomery County firefighter, extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived, fire officials said.

Children blamed for apartment fire

Children playing with a cigarette lighter apparently caused a one-alarm fire in an Ellicott City apartment Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.

A smoke detector alerted a 26-year-old resident. The adult and the children, ages 6 and 2, escaped uninjured, officials said.

The fire caused about $22,500 in damage.

It was reported shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday in a basement apartment in the 3600 block of Mount Ida Drive, fire officials said. The fire started on a mattress while children played with the lighter.

About 30 fire personnel from Ellicott City, Bethany, Long Reach and Banneker responded to the fire, containing it to the apartment, fire officials said.


* Elkridge: 6400 block of Michael Elizabeth Way: Someone stole various amounts of lumber, including 64 pieces of plywood, from a construction site between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

6300 block of Howard Lane: Someone smashed a window on a 1983 Chevrolet van between 7:30 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Sunday, and stole several items including assorted tools and a $200 air compressor.

7000 block of Brookdale Drive: Someone entered a door between Thursday and Friday and ransacked the interior.

Ellicott City: Routes 144 and 40: Someone forced entry into a concession stand between Friday and Saturday, and stole a microwave and food.

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