Infant suffers fractures father charged with abuse

December 10, 1993

A five-month-old Westminster girl remained in satisfactory condition at Carroll County General Hospital last night with multiple fractures of the skull, ribs and arm after her her 19-year-old father was charged with child abuse, Westminster police reported.

Ronald E. Ashby of the 100 block of S. Center St. was arrested yesterday and charged with child abuse and battery. He was being held in the Carroll County Detention Center last night on lieu of $10,000 bond.

Police said the infant, who was injured Nov. 15, also was suffering from malnutrition when she arrived at the hospital. The girl was taken to the hospital by her aunt Saturday. Investigators said the infant's mother was at work when the abuse was discovered.

A 16-month-old child also living at that address was placed in the care of the Department of Social Services.

14-year-old arrested in possession of pot

A 14-year-old Westminster High student was arrested Tuesday when marijuana was found in his book bag inside the school building, police said. The boy was held after a school administrator was told of the marijuana and inspected the book bag.

State police said a homemade pipe also was found in the student's locker when it was searched.

The boy was released to his parents and will be tried in juvenile court on drug charges.

The student also faces possible punishment from the school system ranging from a five-day suspension and a mandatory treatment or educational program to expulsion, a school official said.

Man treated, released after Route 97 crash

A 32-year-old Westminster man was released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Wednesday after a 6 a.m. accident involving a tailgater, state police reported.

Jay Sevigny of the 200 block of E. Main St. told state police he was driving south on Route 97 near Nicodemus Road when a red vehicle began tailgating his car.

Mr. Sevigny said the car passed his vehicle, pulled in front of him on the roadway and abruptly braked.

Police said Mr. Sevigny pulled his car off the road to avoid a collision, went down an embankment and overturned. The other vehicle did not stop, police said.

Westminster starts cleaning Union Street

The Westminster street department has started regular street cleaning on Union Street between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. every Monday.

The cleaning covers all areas of Union Street, including parking spaces along the curb lines. Cars parked along Union Street must be moved away between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Mondays so the street sweeper can complete the job.

Streets are usually not cleaned during periods of inclement or extremely cold weather.

Permanent signs will be posted along Union Street noting the time and day of street cleaning, and residents will be notified through fliers.

Information: 848-9077.


* Westminster: Three vehicles parked on Shaeffer Avenue were damaged. A Carroll County Cab Co. official reported that the two-way antennas of two taxis were damaged and estimated the loss at $120. A Shaeffer Avenue resident said someone damaged his antenna and removed the trunk lock cover. The loss was estimated at $175.


* Finksburg: Firefighters from the Reese station responded to electric wires burning at Route 140 and Dede Road at 12:06 a.m. yesterday. They were out for 24 minutes.

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