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Sheriff's Office investigating fatal collision

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; March 26, 2015 ----- On 3/26/2015 at approximately 8:23am, Carroll County EOC dispatched Deputies and EMS/Fire Rescue personnel from the Westminster, New Windsor, and Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company's responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision with entrapment on Medford Road at Stone Chapel Road, Westminster, MD.  Upon Sheriff Deputies arrival on the scene a short time later they confirmed two vehicle's, a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette and a  Ford Econoline bus were involved.  The passenger of the Corvette was transported by EMS personnel from the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department to Carroll Hospital Center where she was later pronounced deceased.   The deceased has been identified as Kathleen Gail Tyson, 60 years of age, from New Windsor, MD.  The driver of the bus was identified as Ginger Marie Gallagher, 51 years of age, from Westminster, MD.  The driver of the Corvette was identified as Robert Grant Tyson Jr, 62 years of age, from New Windsor, MD.   Preliminary investigation revealed the bus was traveling northbound on Stone Chapel Road and attempted to cross Medford Road after coming to a stop at the stop sign when it was struck by the Corvette which was traveling eastbound on Medford Road.  The driver of the Corvette was transported to Carroll Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the bus was not injured and refused medical care.   

The Sheriff’s Office investigation continues. Charges, if applicable, will be determined pending the outcome of the investigation and upon review with the Carroll County States Attorney's Office. Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact Cpl. Jeffrey Miller at 410-386-5900.




Sheriff’s Office announces promotion

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; March 12th, 2015 -----  Sheriff Jim DeWees is pleased to announce the promotion of Richard Hart to the rank of Major. Major Hart now serves as the Chief of the Field Services Bureau, which encompasses the Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, and Investigative Services Division.

Major Hart has an extensive career in law enforcement, beginning with twenty years with the Prince George’s County Police, where he served as a patrol officer, investigator, and supervisor before retiring.

Since joining the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in May 2005, Major Hart has served as a Patrol Deputy, Detective, Shift Supervisor and most recently as Commander of the Investigative Services Division. In 2011, Major Hart graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s prestigious National Academy for law enforcement leaders in Quantico, Virginia, as part of Session 247. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program consists of ten weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness schooling for selected police executives having proven records as professionals within their agencies.

Major Hart’s extensive law enforcement experience and training make him a valuable resource in all Sheriff’s Services functions.  Asked about the promotion, Sheriff DeWees stated: “I’m proud to promote Major Hart today.  Major Hart is very well respected by the rank and file of the sheriff’s office and will be tasked with leading the largest part of the organization, the Field Services Bureau.  He will play a significant role in the future progress of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.”


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