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Child dies after being struck by falling tree during severe storm

Millers, Carroll County, Maryland; July 8, 2014 ------ Just before 7pm on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014, approximately 114 children ages 7 to 12 years old were attending a session at a pavilion on the hill as part of the  River Valley Ranch summer camp when a strong storm came through the area. Upon seeing the impending storm, the camp staff began  to move the children to an enclosed building also located on the hill. While moving to the hall, the storm arrived, knocking a tree over, which struck several of the children. 

Seven children were transported to area hospitals. Tragically, one of the seven died as a result of the injuries. The other six children are not believed to have life threatening injuries at the time of this press release. An additional two children were treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene. 

Parents of children attending the Arrowhead Woods and Fort Roller camps are being notified to pick up their children from the camp. The Frontier Town camp was not damaged by the storm, and the teenagers attending that camp may remain on campus if they choose. 

Carroll County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to the scene and are in the process of conducting the investigation into this incident.




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Sheriff’s Office Administrator graduates from FBI National Academy

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; March 28, 2014 ----- The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the graduation of Lt. Christopher Orwig from Session 256 of the prestigious FBI National Academy. The FBI National Academy is internationally known for academic excellence, consisting of 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness schooling for selected law enforcement executives from around the world. Class 256 consisted of 221 students,   including international students from 23 countries including Peru, Chile and South Africa.

Instruction is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Lt. Orwig is currently assigned as the 1st line administrator for Patrol Squad 1. He began working for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in 2004, and has spent time as a patrol deputy, Union Bridge community deputy, criminal investigator, and patrol supervisor. Prior to employment with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Orwig served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and worked at the Salisbury Police Department from 1999 until 2004. He has a criminal justice degree from Wilmington College, and is currently working on his Masters.



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