Man found unconscious in running car gets suspended sentence

October 07, 1997

A Westminster man found unconscious in his station wagon with the engine in gear at a left-turn lane on Route 140 was given a suspended one-year jail sentence yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

John L. Wilson, 35, of the 1200 block of Old Westminster Pike had pleaded not guilty to the charges of driving while intoxicated and driving without a license in July, but agreed not to contest the prosecutor's version of what occurred March 9.

Tfc. Douglas W. Reitz of the Westminster state police barracks said in charging documents that he was unable to awaken Wilson, who sat in his locked Toyota at Green Mill Road and Route 140. The trooper had to enter through an unlocked passenger-side window to turn off the ignition and rouse Wilson.

Reitz arrested Wilson after he failed to produce a drivers license and refused to perform sobriety tests.

Judge Francis M. Arnold placed Wilson on three years' probation, fined him $300 and ordered that he complete an alcohol treatment program, abstain from alcohol and attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each week.

Man given suspended term, probation in sexual offense

A Westminster man convicted in July of a third-degree sexual offense with a 15-year-old girl in woods near Winfield received a five-year suspended sentence yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Michael Ferguson, 25, of the 4300 block of Salem Bottom Road was placed on five years of probation and ordered to have no contact with the girl, who is not named to protect her privacy.

Judge Francis M. Arnold accepted the binding plea arrangement to suspend the sentence after prosecutors said the girl initially had lied to police, saying she was abducted at gunpoint $H because she feared getting into trouble with her parents for meeting Ferguson outside her home at 1 a.m. Sept. 8, 1995.

New York Times columnist to speak at Woman's Club

The Woman's Club of Westminster will have a fund-raiser luncheon with New York Times garden columnist Anne Raver at 12: 30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers on Route 140, Westminster.

Raver is the author of "Deep in the Green," an exploration in essay of country pleasures, inside and outside of the garden. Her book will be available for purchase and signing at the luncheon.

Raver grew up in Western Maryland and is a graduate of Franklin High School in Reisterstown. She has a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

Tickets are $20 (half the price is tax deductible), and reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship endowment fund.

Information: 410-848-9014 or 410-848-7924.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown in Baltimore County assisted Westminster at 7: 52 p.m. Sunday for an odor of gas in the 500 block of Old Baltimore Road. Units were out 32 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 2: 59 a.m. Sunday to a trash container fire on Sullivan Avenue. Units were out 22 minutes.

Reese: Firefighters responded at 7: 46 p.m. Saturday for an unknown odor in the 700 block of Deer Park Road. Units were out 28 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese, Manchester, Pleasant Valley, Gamber, Lineboro, Union Bridge and Glyndon in Baltimore County assisted Westminster at 12: 02 a.m. Saturday for a building fire in the 400 block of Englar Road. Units were out three hours.

Reese: Firefighters from Boring in Baltimore County assisted Reese at 12: 37 p.m. Friday, responding to a truck fire on Route 91 at Emory Church Road. Units were out 32 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 3: 50 p.m. Friday to a brush fire in the 400 block of Silver Court. Units were out 26 minutes.

Police

Westminster: An employee of Schmid Pfeltz & McDonald Inc. of East Main Street told police Friday that someone damaged tires on two vehicles parked behind the business. Damage was estimated at $225.

Westminster: A resident of Spruce Avenue told police Saturday that someone punctured two tires on her truck that was parked in the 200 block of E. Main St. Damage was estimated at $150.

Westminster: A resident of East Main Street told police Friday that someone stole her purse from her home. The loss was estimated at $240.

Westminster: A resident of Pennsylvania Avenue told police Saturday that someone stole a bag of tools from the front of his residence. The loss was estimated at $200.

Westminster: A resident of East Main Street told police Friday that someone damaged the tires on her vehicle while it was parked near her home. Damage was estimated at $300.

Westminster: Employees at Westminster Well & Rotary Drill in the first block of W. George St. told police that someone entered through an open window, pried open a safe and file cabinet and stole $3,700 between 7 p.m. Friday and 6: 30 a.m. Saturday.

Westminster: Residents in the 1900 block of Fawn Way told police that some broke trailer windows between 8 p.m. Saturday and 12: 30 p.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $370.

Westminster: A resident of Cindy Lane told police that some stole a ladder from his yard between Sept. 20 and 8 a.m. Saturday. The loss was estimated at $100.

Finksburg: Employees of Carroll Home Builders told police that someone stole vinyl siding from a construction site in the 1900 block of Andrea Court between 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. The loss was estimated at $5,000.

Westminster: A resident of Venice Court told police that someone deliberately scratched the hood and doors of his 1987 red Corvette while it was parked at the Westminster Indoor Sports Center in the 500 block of Old Westminster Pike between 6: 55 p.m. and 8: 15 p.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $4,000.

Westminster: Employees at the High's Store in the 400 block of E. Main St. told police that someone stole lottery tickets from the store at 5 p.m. Sunday. The loss was estimated at $310.

Pub Date: 10/07/97

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