Man seriously injured when bike strikes van stopped on Liberty Road

October 27, 1998

A Westminster man was seriously injured Sunday when he rode his bicycle into a Dodge Caravan stopped along Liberty Road in Winfield, state police said.

James G. Lutz Jr., 48, of the 4200 block of Winding Way was taken by state MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

The van driver, Rodney W. Tompkins, 39, of Alexandria, Va., was not charged. He told police that he and his wife, Elizabeth, 38, stopped on the shoulder to read a map.

18-year-old acquitted of assault in stabbing

A Carroll County jury deliberated two hours late Friday before acquitting a teen of assault in the stabbing of a Westminster man.

The jurors found that Saylen D. Houston, 18, of no fixed address acted in self-defense. Houston was charged with stabbing Harry Moss in Moss' home Feb. 26.

Prosecutors argued that Houston stabbed Moss, 38, while Moss was struggling with his estranged wife, Vonda Moss.

The defense contended that Houston acted in self-defense after Moss found the teen on the sofa with Vonda Moss, then attacked Houston with a shovel.


Westminster: Firefighters responded at 11: 59 p.m. Saturday to a brush fire at Roye Road and Route 140. Units were out 25 minutes.

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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