Fumes hospitalize woman, daughter

February 27, 1997

A Westminster mother and daughter were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after they were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes in their sleep early yesterday,fire officials said.

Francisca Clarke, 22, and her daughter, Bethany Wilcox, 3, were in good condition at the Baltimore hospital yesterday, a spokeswoman said.

Firefighters found the victims about 5: 30 a.m. after responding to an alarm at an apartment in the first block of W. Main St., said Lt. Jay Wallace, a spokesman for Westminster Fire Engine & Hose Co. No. 1.

Firefighters detected abnormally high levels of carbon monoxide. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers and county building inspectors were investigating to determine if a faulty gas water heater or a faulty gas furnace caused the problem, Wallace said.

No one else was injured, but minor levels of carbon monoxide were detected in nearby apartments, he said.

6 students injured in school bus accident

Six Westminster High School students were injured yesterday when their bus was rear-ended in an accident involving two other vehicles driven by 17-year-old twin brothers.

The students, boys and girls ages 14 to 17, were taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where they were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

State police said the school bus -- with 14 passengers -- had

slowed for turning traffic on Route 97 at Poole Road, when it was struck from behind at 7: 30 a.m. by an Oldsmobile driven by David Malehorn. A Plymouth, driven by Thomas Malehorn, then struck the Oldsmobile.

The Westminster twins were cited for failing to reduce speed, state police said.

The bus driver, Julia K. Hayes, 45, of Westminster was not charged.

Westminster man given suspended sentence

A Westminster man was given a five-year suspended prison sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to battery in an armed robbery in September.

Shawn A. Jones, 18, of the 100 block of S. Center St. was placed on five years' probation with the first two years supervised. He also must undergo random drug testing.

Court records show that Jones and two juveniles approached Westminster resident Alfred Ward behind the library Sept. 27, demanding money. The victim punched Jones after he was threatened with a knife. The trio overpowered Ward and robbed him of $80.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 6: 46 a.m. Tuesday to a burning utility pole on Englar Road at Route 140.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Lewes, Del., told police Tuesday that someone stole a hearing aid from his vehicle while it was parked on South Colonial Avenue. The loss was estimated at $2,500.

Pub Date: 2/27/97

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