One killed, two injured in collision on Md. 27

February 21, 1996

One person was killed and two others were injured last night when a passenger car and a pickup truck collided on Md. 27 in the Mexico section of Carroll County.

The accident occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Route 27 at Martin Drive, northeast of Westminster, according to Cpl. Kerry Anders, a state police dispatcher. He said the car was southbound on Route 27 in rainy weather when it crossed the center line and was struck head-on by the northbound truck.

A passenger in the car was killed. The drivers of both vehicles were transported by ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital, Corporal Anders said. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

Man, 74, charged in abuse of then-7-year-old girl

A 74-year-old Westminster man is free on $25,000 bond after being charged with molesting a girl his daughter cared for during the summer of 1988.

The man -- who is not being named to protect his accuser's privacy -- was charged last weekend with third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and child abuse.

According to court records, the child -- then 7 -- was being watched by a friend of her mother's in Manchester from June to August 1988.

The girl, now a student at North Carroll High, told investigators that her caretaker's father came to the home almost every day.

While the woman was hanging laundry, the man would fondle the child or force her to touch him. Similar acts occurred in the man's car when they went shopping, she said.

The girl said she didn't tell anyone because the man told her she would be blamed for the acts, court reports said.

The girl recently told a friend and her mother because she saw the man with a young girl at a grocery store and feared that he was abusing others, court reports said.

20-year-old pleads guilty to selling marijuana

A 20-year-old Westminster man pleaded guilty yesterday to selling $80 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer in July.

Dennis Roland Klass of the 300 block of Logan Drive also admitted yesterday that the conviction violated his probation in a 1993 case, in which he was convicted of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Prosecutors said Klass sold Cpl. Glona Wilson of the now-defunct Carroll County Drug Task Force a half-ounce of marijuana for $80 in the parking lot of the Boston Inn on Route 140 on July 12.

At the time, police said Klass came to the motel after a friend placed a drug order for the officer. The officer had purchased cocaine from the friend earlier that evening.

Klass, who recently completed a drug-treatment program at Shoemaker House in Sykesville, remains free on $10,000 bond until sentencing June 3.

9 candidates seek seats on Middlebrooke board

Nine candidates are running for the nine seats on the Middlebrooke Homeowners Association board of directors.

A meeting to elect new board members for the Westminster subdivision will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the county agricultural center, 700 Agricultural Lane. The meeting is open to all Middlebrooke residents, but only property owners are allowed to vote. Board members serve two years.

Candidates are Philip Bankards, Stacy Fuller, Timothy Gogel, Patricia Hamilton, Neil MacGregor, Margaret Matulonis, Colleen Sartori, Barbara Schultz and Bill Wagner.

Information: Mr. MacGregor, 857-4629.

Herlocker defends master's thesis

Caryn E. Herlocker, a 1989 graduate of Westminster High School and a 1993 graduate of the University of Richmond, successfully defended her master's thesis in social psychology in January.

She will receive her master's degree from the University of Georgia in March.

She will attend the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Norfolk, Va., in March to present some of her research findings.

The daughter of Helen and David Herlocker of Westminster plans to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Georgia.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Alymer Court reported Saturday that someone broke out the rear window of her car. She estimated damage at $250.

Westminster: A resident of Alymer Court reported Friday that someone did $200 worth of damage to her car windows.

Warfieldsburg: A Beren Lane resident reported to state police Sunday that someone entered his unlocked vehicle at about 12:30 a.m. and took $97 in cash and tools.

Fire

Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded to a chimney fire in the 700 block of Old Manchester Road at 8:24 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 46 minutes.

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