Taneytown boy hit by car, hospitalized

November 22, 1995

A 15-year-old Taneytown boy was in good condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center yesterday after being hit by a car on East Baltimore Street Monday afternoon.

Robert Summers, 15, of York Street darted out into traffic about 3 p.m. Monday just before he was hit by a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer and thrown about 30 feet down East Baltimore Street, Taneytown Police Chief Melvin Diggs said yesterday.

The driver, Erik William Koppen, 17, of Bullfrog Road near Taneytown, was not charged in the accident, Chief Diggs said.

"It wasn't his fault," the police chief said. "The kid just darted into the road."

Carroll man pleads guilty to child-abuse charges

An 83-year-old northwest Carroll resident pleaded guilty Monday to eight counts of child abuse and battery stemming from 33 years of molesting several relatives and area children.

According to court records, the man, who is not being identified to protect the identity of his victims, molested the first victim from about 1962 to 1971. The most recent victim, a relative now 13 years old, was abused in 1990.

Many of the victims were his granddaughters and great-granddaughters, court records show.

Carroll County State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore said in the cases that occurred before 1974, the man was charged with battery because separate child abuse statutes did not exist at the time.

In most of the cases, the man was charged with fondling, although he did plead guilty to having intercourse with his granddaughter when she was 17 years old, said Ms. Gilmore said.

"One victim came forward and investigators just started to go out and talk to people," she said.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to ask Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold to suspend all but 18 months of the sentences he imposes for each count, Ms. Gilmore said.

Defense attorney Michael Galloway is free to ask Judge Arnold for a shorter sentence, she said.

Ms. Gilmore also said she expects to ask for five years of supervised probation at the man's sentencing on Jan. 22.

Marine corporal returns after overseas deployment

Marine Cpl. Joseph P. Bell has returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., after completing a six-month overseas deployment with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as part of the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group.

While in the Adriatic Sea, the ship's crew helped rescue Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady, who was shot down over Bosnia.

The ship also participated in exercises with forces from Romania, Sardinia, Spain and the Ukraine.

Corporal Bell is the son of Patricia A. Bell of Taneytown. The 1987 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School joined the Marine Corps in December 1990.


Harney: Harney and Taneytown assisted Frederick County on a barn fire in the 12100 block of Harney Road at 6:25 p.m Monday. Units were out for five hours.

New Windsor: New Windsor responded to a transformer fire in the 1200 block of New Windsor Road at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Units were out for 26 minutes.

Taneytown: Taneytown responded to a wash detail in the 200 block of East Baltimore Street at 2:18 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 32 minutes.

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