Traffic charges filed in fatal accident

January 31, 1995

Westminster police have charged a Baltimore man with two traffic violations in an October accident in which a construction worker was killed by a bakery truck on Route 140.

Jimmie Earl Smith Jr., 33, of the 1800 block of Hillenwood Road was charged Friday with negligent driving and unsafe lane changing. Neither offense is punishable by jail.

According to police, Aaron J. Tate, 19, who lived in the 1700 block of Abbotson St., was placing safety cones at the rear of a construction truck parked on the shoulder of Route 140 near Royer Road on Oct. 17 when he was hit.

City police said a bakery step van was westbound on Route 140 when the driver reached for something in the truck and the vehicle drifted onto the shoulder of the road.

The van belonged to Dolly Madison Bakery and was heading toward Taneytown.

Mr. Tate was killed when he was crushed between the two vehicles.

Westminster man held on drug charges

A Westminster man remained in the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday after his arrest Friday on drug charges

Clinton Ewing Linger Jr., 18, of the first block of Wimert Ave. was arrested by city police after they searched his apartment. The officers, who were conducting the search after obtaining a warrant, said they had found drug paraphernalia in the apartment.

No drugs were found in the apartment, said Lt. Dean Brewer. Police had an outstanding arrest warrant charging Mr. Linger with drug possession and distribution when they arrested him Friday.

Mr. Linger was charged with cocaine distribution, cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $25,000 bond Friday, which was reduced yesterday by a judge to $2,500. He had not yet posted bail, jail officials said.

Board allows trucks to be parked on lot

The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has given Michael Hall of the 1700 block of Sullivan Road in Westminster permission to park four equipment trucks and one pickup on a 3-acre lot in the 1400 block of Washington Road.

The equipment trucks will be used for trimming, cutting and removing trees. The board also gave Mr. Hall permission to store logs and firewood on the property, but he may not sell wood from the lot.

The board said in its Jan. 27 decision that Mr. Hall must landscape the sides of his property to screen the parking area.


* Westminster: A resident of East Main Street told city police Friday that the driver's side window of his car was smashed. Damage was estimated at $150.

A Finksburg resident reported to city police Friday that the passenger window in his car was broken while it was parked on Liberty Street, causing damage estimated at $200.

A Hampstead resident told city police Jan. 23 that a screw was driven into a tire on her car while it was parked at the Moose Lodge on Buena Vista Drive. Damage was estimated at $50.

A Taneytown resident told city police Friday that the rear passenger window of his car was smashed while it was parked at Crossroad Square Shopping Center. Damage was estimated at $250.

A Western Maryland College resident reported to city police Saturday that someone entered her car and tried to remove the radio. Damage was estimated at $329.

A resident of North Gorsuch Road told city police Sunday that his windshield was cracked while his car was parked at Cranberry Mall. Damage was estimated at $310.


* Deer Park: Reese responded to a brush fire on Deer Park Road at 8:50 a.m. yesterday. Units were out for 30 minutes.

* Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded to a house fire in the 500 block of Old Manchester Road at 4:29 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 25 minutes.

Westminster responded to a smoke detector sounding in a building on Main Street at 10:54 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 20 minutes.

Pleasant Valley responded to an animal detail in the 2500 block of Littlestown Pike at 10:36 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 46 minutes.

Westminster responded for an auto fire at Adams Mill and Bell roads at 1:32 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for one hour.

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