A Westminster man who was convicted in separate trials of...

March 10, 1998

A Westminster man who was convicted in separate trials of breaking into the same New Windsor house in 1994 and 1997 was sentenced by two Carroll County judges yesterday to 20 years in prison.

Michael W. Jones, 26, of the 1000 block of Western Chapel Road received a 12-year term from Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold before Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced him to consecutive 10-year sentences with all but eight years suspended.

Upon his release, Jones will be on five years' probation and must participate in treatment and random testing for a drug addiction.

Jones also must pay restitution of more than $1,400 to the victims, Stephen and Andrea Toop.

According to court records, Jones was arrested last year after a zTC witness provided police with the license plate number of Jones' car. He denied breaking into the Toops' home, but told police he had committed a burglary at their home in October 1994, stealing money and three guns.

A jury convicted him in December of burglary and theft in the 1994 incident, and a separate jury found him guilty, also in December, of burglary in the 1997 incident.

Westminster man killed when his minivan hits tree

A Westminster man was killed, and his wife, 1-year-old son and another passenger were seriously injured Saturday when his minivan ran off the road and struck a tree head-on, state police said.

Timothy L. Carrico, 36, of the 300 block of Robins Way, was flown by state MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died about four hours after the 2 p.m. accident.

His wife, Tammy L. Carrico, 29, and Charles W. Kauffman, 54, of the 2200 block of Kauffman Road are in critical condition at the trauma center, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

Kauffman and Timothy Carrico were wearing seat belts, police said. Tammy Carrico, who was riding in the van's middle seat next to her son, Brock, was not wearing a seat belt and suffered severe head injuries, police said.

The boy, who was traveling in a child safety seat, was taken to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore with a broken leg. He remains in fair condition, a hospital spokesman said yesterday.

Police said the Plymouth van was traveling west on Warfieldsburg Road near Bertie Avenue when it crossed over the eastbound lane and left the roadway.

An investigation is continuing.


Westminster: A resident of West Main Street told police Thursday that someone damaged his vehicle while it was parked near his home. Damage was estimated at $540.

Westminster: A Mount Airy woman told police Friday that someone stole two hubcaps from her vehicle while it was parked at Wal-Mart in the 200 block of Woodward Road. The loss was estimated at $198.

Westminster: Two Western Maryland College students told police Friday that someone damaged their vehicles, which were parked on campus lots. Damage was estimated at $1,100 and $220, respectively.

Westminster: A resident of Old Taneytown Road told police Saturday that someone broke into her vehicle while it was parked in the first block of E. Main St. and stole property. The loss was estimated at $153.


Westminster: Firefighters responded at 9: 14 a.m. Sunday to a mulch fire in the 100 block of John St. Units were out 32 minutes.

Reese: Firefighters responded at 2: 22 p.m. Saturday to an auto fire at Englar and Woodward roads. Units were out 23 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 3: 30 p.m. Saturday to a fire alarm in the 100 block of Charles St. Units were out 25 minutes.

Pub Date: 3/10/98

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