City/county Digest


March 31, 2006

Two Carroll residents killed in collision on Route 140

Two Carroll County residents were killed Wednesday night on Route 140 in Westminster, east of Hughes Shop Road, when one vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and hit a second vehicle head-on, state police said yesterday.

Kimberley H. Schmidt, 31, of the 2200 block of Tyrone Road in Westminster, was eastbound on Route 140 just before 10 p.m. when a westbound Toyota Sienna driven by Mardy Lee Collins, 22, crossed the double-yellow center lines and collided with Schmidt's Mazda pickup truck, police said.

Schmidt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Collins, of the 3200 block of Old Taneytown Road in Taneytown, was taken to Carroll Hospital Center, where he died that night.

Route 140 was closed for two hours while troopers from the Westminster barracks and the Maryland State Police Crash Team investigated.

State police are trying to determine why Collins' car swerved into oncoming traffic. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Westminster barracks at 410-386-3000.

Laura McCandlish

Anne Arundel: Crofton

Woman fatally hurt in 2-vehicle crash

A 41-year-old Gambrills woman was fatally injured in a traffic accident early yesterday after her vehicle ran a red light on Route 3 in Crofton and struck another, Anne Arundel County police said. Two people were injured. Jerri Anne Deavers, 41, of the 900 block of Gunnison Court, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where she was pronounced dead, police said. According to a police account, Deavers was driving her 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe at a high rate of speed on southbound Route 3 about 2 a.m. when she drove through a red light and crashed into a 2003 Nissan Xterra carrying two people. Her vehicle flipped over, police said. The people in the Nissan were also taken to Shock Trauma. The driver, Thomas Aloysius Calmon, 37, of Crofton was in stable condition yesterday and the passenger, Dawn Michelle Seminuk, 33, of Odenton, was in critical condition, police said.

Annie Linskey

Baltimore: Courts

Man, 23, convicted in fatal beating

A Baltimore jury has convicted a 23-year-old man of second-degree murder in the beating death last year of a woman in East Baltimore. Montese L. Thompson of the 4300 block of Shamrock St. is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Alfred Nance in May. He could receive up to 30 years in prison. A Circuit Court jury convicted Thompson on Wednesday of beating Verna Brown, 35, in a house June 28 and then following her outside and beating her in the face with a shovel, prosecutors said. Brown died five days later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Julie Bykowicz

Carroll County: Legislation

House of Delegates OKs 5-district map

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a map that carves Carroll County into five commissioner districts and has sent the measure to the Senate for a final vote. If the bill wins approval there, the campaign for the board of commissioners, which expands from three to five members this year, can begin. The county delegation had pushed the map, known as Option One, despite strenuous objections from mayors of all eight towns, the current board of three commissioners and many residents, who favored an alternative option. Opponents said they will continue to lobby in the Senate for the alternative map.

Mary Gail Hare

Region: `Oprah' tour

Findings awaited in civil case

An administrative court hearing wrapped up yesterday in the case of a tour bus operator accused of failing to refund more than $30,000 that he collected for a canceled trip to see a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago and to visit Detroit casinos. Terrance M. Hawkins, 44, of Temple Hills, faces civil penalties for alleged violations of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act. A judge with the state's Office of Administrative Hearings is expected to issue proposed factual findings and conclusions of law in the case. Then, the chief of the state attorney general's office's Consumer Protection Division could fine Hawkins up to $1,000 for each violation, if any are found by the judge.

Jennifer McMenamin

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