Finksburg man, 23, seriously injured after losing control of his motorcycle

September 18, 1998

A Finksburg man was seriously injured late Tuesday after he lost control of his motorcycle on a curve south of Westminster and struck a mailbox.

Todd A. Hoffman, 23, of the 1600 block of Deer Park Road was traveling south on Route 32 at 9: 10 p.m. when, according to state police, he failed to negotiate a curve at Short Lane Road, crossed the center line and hit a mailbox.

Hoffman was flown by state MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

No charges have been filed, police said.

Bicycle tour dedicated to local asthma victims

Two families who have lost children to asthma are recruiting riders and organizing volunteers for the Maryland Wine Festival Bike Tour tomorrow.

The tour is dedicated to the memory of T. J. Rivera, 14, a South Carroll High student who died in October, and Andrew List, 16, a Baltimore County youth who died in January.

The families will work at the start of the tour, which begins at 7: 30 a.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster, and will accept pledges for the American Lung Association, sponsor of the ride.

Cyclists can choose routes of 10, 30 or 50 miles. Maps will be available.

Information: 800-642-1184.

Westminster High sponsors basket bingo Sept. 26

The Westminster High School Class of 2000 will sponsor a basket bingo Sept. 26 at the high school.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Longaberger baskets will be the featured prizes. The school is at 1225 Washington Road. Information: 410-751-0075 or 410-848-5008.


Westminster: A resident of Wampler Lane told police Tuesday that property was stolen from his company vehicle while it was parked at his home. The loss was estimated at $700.

Westminster: A West Main Street resident told police Wednesday that a bicycle was stolen from his home. The loss was estimated at $583.


Reese: Firefighters responded at 8: 17 p.m. Wednesday to a carbon-monoxide detector sounding in the 3500 block of Sandymount Road. Units were out 46 minutes.

Around town

Free meal: Shepherd's Staff will offer a free meal at noon today at Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St. Information: 410-848-2659 or 410-857-5944.

Dinner, bingo: Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will have supper at 5 p.m. and bingo at 7 p.m. today at the Fire Hall, 66 E. Main St. Information: 410-848- 1800.

Farmers' market: The Downtown Westminster Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Sherwood Parking Lot on Railroad Avenue and Distillery Drive. Information: 410- 848-4363.

Free meal: Westminster Church of the Brethren will offer a free Loaves and Fishes meal to anyone in the community at noon tomorrow at Park Place and Bond Street, Westminster. Information: 410-848-8090.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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