Pimlico man arrested as drug probe continues

February 07, 1997

A Pimlico man is the ninth person arrested on drug charges as part of a four-month undercover operation by Westminster police, authorities said.

The investigation was aimed at street dealers to reduce the availability of drugs such as crack cocaine and marijuana on the street, police said.

The arrest Wednesday followed eight others since Jan. 31.

The investigation began in October, and police have said they expect to make six more arrests.

Louis D. Fortune, 34, was charged with possession and distribution of cocaine, conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was being held on $100,000 bail at the county detention center.

Fortune also was served a bench warrant for allegedly failing to appear in court on an unrelated charge of giving a false name to police, court records show.

Westminster Fire Company celebrates campaign

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company celebrated its "Building for the Future" campaign at its annual installation and awards banquet.

Campaign chairman Tom Ferguson and Charles Fisher Sr., a local attorney, were given honorary chief's helmets, and David MacBeth from Ketchum Inc. received a plaque for the organization's efforts in the fund-raiser.

The Rev. Fred Eckhardt was named Fireman of the Year for his dedication as the company's chaplain. Mike Rehfeld received the President's Award.

EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Capt. Charles Simpson was given a plaque for his service to the company. Ladies Auxiliary President Wanda Raver presented $10,000 and the Junior Fire Department gave $200 to the new building fund.

Administrative officers are: James E. Bangerd III, president; Robert Cumberland Jr., first vice president; Terry Haines, second vice president; John Johnson, secretary; David Franklin, treasurer.

Fire suppression officers are: Jeffery Alexander, fire chief; Michael Rehfeld, assistant chief; Robert Schultz, captain; Michael Stoner, Jay Nusbaum, Daniel Plunkert, Fred Plunkert, Michael Bowen, James Wallace, lieutenants.

Emergency Medical Services officers are: Brian Haines, captain; George Thomas Jr., Jeffery Ausherman, John Wilson, Anne Rehfeld, Gilbert Roper, Robert Schoenberger, lieutenants.

Delegates to the Carroll County Firemen's Association are Fred zTC Plunkert and Gary Hooper.


Westminster: A Charles Street resident told police Tuesday that someone broke a window of her vehicle while it was parked outside her home. Damage was estimated at $350.

Westminster: A Western Maryland College student told police that someone stole property from his vehicle between 8 p.m. Sunday and 5 p.m. Wednesday while it was parked on campus. The loss was estimated at $600.

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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