Emergency personnel get workout in stormAt the peak of...


September 12, 1993

Emergency personnel get workout in storm

At the peak of Thursday night's thunderstorm, county emergency personnel -- police, fire and medical services -- were handling an average of two calls a minute on the 911 line.

Eight dispatchers kept pace at the Emergency Operations Center in Hickory, taking 112 calls during the evening.

As the storm raced across the county between 9:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., 22 fire and Emergency Medical Service responses were dispatched as severe lightning set transformers afire and strong winds blew down trees and electrical wires.

A routine evening at the Emergency Operations Center, says Lt. Jarrett N. Anderson, involves handling about eight 911 calls an hour.

The heavy rains produced no reports of injuries or flooding, authorities said.

Lightning apparently struck and disrupted the Emergency Operations Center's Automatic Location Information system, causing a temporary loss of that service, but officials said the ability to receive incoming emergency calls and the radio dispatch service was never lost.

Between 9:15 p.m. and 2 a.m., the sheriff's office responded to 31 calls for burglar alarms sounding and calls for 10 fallen trees, Deputy Chief Larry Mabe reported.

One of the trees struck a car, but deputies handled only two automobile accident calls in that span.

Burger King break-in in Havre de Grace

Havre de Grace police are investigating a break-in at the Burger King in the 900 block of Pulaski Highway last Sunday.

Nothing was stolen, police said, but a window was damaged, phone lines cut and someone apparently had tampered with a security safe.

A damage estimate was not available.

$1,000 reward offered in vehicle break-in

Harford County Crime Solvers are offering up to $1,000 in reward for the arrest and indictment of someone responsible for breaking into a commercial vehicle in the 600 block of Harpack Court in Edgewood on Aug. 31 or Sept. 1.

Various electrical supplies and tools worth an estimated $2,700 were stolen during the night from the Dodge Ram parked in the firm's lot.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Crime Solvers hot line (410) 877-STOP. Callers need not give their name or appear in court.


* 3600 block of Woodsdale Road: Theft of jewelry from a residence on Aug. 31. The loss was valued at $1,895.

Bel Air

* 1100 block of Vanguard Way: Motor vehicle tampering, damage and theft on Aug. 27. The loss of radio, speakers and equalizer was valued at $400.

* 3000 block of Creswell Road: Malicious destruction to windows of a Board of Education school bus on Sept. 2. The damage was estimated at $350.


* 500 block of Riviera Drive: Theft of fishing equipment from a boat on Sept. 1. The loss was valued at $425.

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