TWO FACE DRUG CHARGES
WESTMINSTER - The Carroll County Narcotics Task Force arrested two men and placed drug-related charges Friday night.
At 4:45 p.m., the task force and Westminster City Police executed a search and seizure warrant at an apartment in the 200 block of East Main Street in Westminster.
According to the Carroll State's Attorney's Office, the task force officers discovered 3 ounces of marijuana in small plastic packets and $158 in cash.
The resident of the apartment, Steven Daniel Heddens, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
In a separate drug bust later Friday night, the Carroll task force along with the Baltimore County Selective Enforcement Unit, arrested a Baltimore City man on several cocaine charges.
The task force officers arrested Dante Miguel Rowley and charged him with two counts of cocaine distribution, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine.
Officials at the Carroll State's Attorney's Office said Rowley was arrested after the task force officers bought cocaine from him.
The officials said Rowley's arrest came after a two-month narcotics investigation.
Police said an undercover state police officer was injured when Rowley struck him and tried to flee.
Rowley also was charged with resisting arrest and assault and battery on police.
No information was available on where Rowley and Heddens were taken after their arrests.
CITY MAN CHARGED IN RAPE
WESTMINSTER -- A 38-year-old Green Street man was arrested and charged with raping a teen-ager at knifepoint Oct. 20 near Wakefield Valley Golf Course.
Police records show Jose Rodriguez Rosas was charged with eight counts, including first-degree rape.
A 16-year-old girl told city police she was sitting in her parked vehicle near a playground near Charles and South Court streets when she agreed to give Rosas a ride home. Police said the girl knew him as Jose Rodriguez.
The girl told police she was raped at knifepoint after driving down Fenby Farm Road toward the golf course.
Rosas was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bond late Tuesday.
MOUNT AIRY WOMAN HURT
MOUNT AIRY -- A 17-year-old woman was injured Saturday after turning in front of an oncoming car at the intersection of Watersville Road and Route 27.
Tamara Ann Foster was treated for minor injuries at Carroll County General Hospital and released after the accident.
Police said the accident occurred at 8:55 a.m. when Foster attempted to turn left onto Route 27 in front of an oncoming Nissan pickup truck driven by Paul Wade Bell Sr. of Mount Airy.
Neither Bell or his passenger, Rooney Edward Bell, was injured.
Foster was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way, police said.
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CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY
WESTMINSTER -- A 29-year-old Charles Street man pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.
Harold F. Costley Jr. entered the guilty plea in the middle of his trial on four other drug-related charges including narcotics distribution.
Under the plea agreement, Costley will receive a two-year suspended sentence.
The maximum sentence for the drug possession charge was four years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Costley's drug charges stemmed from accusations that he was involved in a scheme to sell crack cocaine at Joby's, a bar in Union Bridge.
Another man charged in connection with the scheme, 23-year-old Dominic Green of New York City, was convicted in September of one count of crack cocaine possession and distribution.
Green could face a maximum 20-year jail sentence and a $25,000 fine.
FIRE DESTROYS BARN
REESE -- A two-alarm fire destroyed a Bethel Road farm Friday and injured a volunteer firefighter, fire officials said.
The blaze caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to the barn, owned by Wilford S. Hoff Sr., fire officials said.
Firefighters from Reese, Gamber, Westminster, Hampstead and Reisterstown of Baltimore County responded to the fire.
The name of the injured volunteer -- who was treated at the scene for minor injuries -- was not released.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
1:05 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic fire alarm at Cranberry Mall.
8:26 a.m., Sykesville responded to an automatic alarm on Placid Road.
9:13 a.m., Hampstead responded to an auto fire on Route 188.
2:30 a.m., Pleasant Valley and Taneytown responded to a barn fire in Adams County.
10:16 a.m., Sykesville responded to a fuel spill on Freedom Avenue.
1:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley responded to fallen wires burning in water on Pleasant Valley Road.