Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

February 01, 2005

2 from Mount Airy charged with theft of prescription drugs

Carroll County sheriff's deputies arrested a Mount Airy man and woman Sunday on charges related to the alleged theft of OxyContin and other prescription drugs from the pharmacy where one of them was employed.

Authorities said Tiffany Lind Reese, 19, of Woodville Road and Kevin Lee Adkins, 25, of Boyers Mill Road were charged with the theft of OxyContin from the Rite Aid Pharmacy in the 400 block of E. Ridgeville Road in Mount Airy, possession of the drug, and conspiracy. Police said Reese was also charged with stealing other prescription drugs such as Valium, as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

According to police, pharmacists had noticed that certain prescription drugs were disappearing, so they had become vigilant in observing store employees. One pharmacist reported witnessing Reese removing two unopened bottles containing 200 tablets of OxyContin from a storage area that she was restricted from entering, according to police. Then the pharmacist saw her hand the bottles to Adkins, police said they were told.

Deputies arrived shortly after at 5 p.m. and talked to the pharmacist and to Reese, who led them to Adkins.

The pair were being held yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center, with bail set at $5,000.

Hampstead women injured in accident on Main Street

Two Hampstead women were seriously injured Saturday evening when they were struck by a car as they tried to walk Main Street in Hampstead, police said.

Betty Merryman, 60, and Mary Rodgers, 60, both of the 1000 block of Main St., were halfway across the northbound side of the street about 6:30 p.m. when Angela McLain, 30, of the 4300 block of Downhill Trail in Hampstead struck them while driving a silver 2001 Honda Accord.

But McLain told police the glare of oncoming traffic headlights it difficult to see the women and she was unable to avoid hitting them.

"They were not at the crosswalk or at a signal light. They were crossing at the middle of the block, where a motorist wouldn't expect to see them," said Chief Ken Meekins of the Hampstead Police Department.

Merryman and Rodgers were treated at the scene and flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were listed in serious but stable condition yesterday. McLain was not injured, Meekins said.

The impact of the accident left a dent near the passenger-side headlight and cracked the windshield on the passenger's side of McLain's car, police said.

Meekins said no charges are expected to be filed against McLain.

Commissioners disburse Homeland Security funds

Carroll County commissioners awarded $500,000 in State Homeland Security Grant Program money to county agencies and local volunteer fire departments yesterday.

The Office of Public Safety Support Services came away with the largest share at $90,500. The bulk of the money - $65,500 - is going toward a Reverse 911 System, "community call-back systems," designed to distribute emergency information. The remainder of the money - $25,000 - will be split evenly between completing the county's Emergency Operations Plan and designing an operations plan for the county.

The Carroll County Department of Public Works was awarded $87,100 for the purchase of two electronic message signs and other traffic- and crowd-control devices. The department had requested $105,615.

Three fire companies were each awarded $60,000 for the installation of an emergency back-up generator for their stations: Manchester Fire Engine & Hook & Ladder Company No. 1, Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department and Harney Volunteer Fire Company. Each of the companies had requested more money than they were given.

The Haz Mat Core Group was awarded $50,000 for breathing apparatus and additional respiratory equipment. It had requested $51,500.

Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $42,000 for a security and surveillance system at the fire station, but had asked for $205,378. The department had wanted a dry sprinkler system for the firehouse, which was not within the grant's guidelines, said Bill Martin, emergency management coordinator for Carroll County.

Gamber & Community Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $19,400 for a thermal imaging camera, two four-gas meters and two suits for dive team operations. They had requested $22,400.

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company No. 1 was awarded $15,000 for a thermal imaging camera and two four-gas meters. They had requested $27,500.

New Windsor Fire & Hose Company No. 1 was awarded $13,500 for a thermal imaging camera and two 110-volt positive-pressure ventilation fans. The original request was $98,000.

The Advanced Tactical Rescue Team was awarded $2,500 for training simulation supplies. They had requested $17,500.

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