Family Members Shot Accidentally In Struggle

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December 23, 1990

An Aberdeen man accidentally shot his uncle and cousin Wednesday when they tried to take a shotgun away from him, town police said.

The shooting victims have asked that no charges be filed against the man -- Raymond A. McNamara, 21, of East Bel Air Avenue, police said. However, police are investigating the incident. McNamara's uncle, James D. Eller, 35, of Aberdeen, is in fair condition at University Hospital's shock trauma unit in Baltimore with a gunshot wound in his stomach, a hospital spokesman said.

McNamara's cousin, Harold W. Eller, 30, also of Aberdeen, is being treated at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore for a wound to his arm. His condition was unavailable.

The Ellers were attempting to get a shotgun away from McNamara following an argument between McNamara and his girlfriend in his apartment about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

After the argument, the woman left the apartment and McNamara locked himself in his bedroom with a shotgun, police said. The Ellers arrived at the apartment, and then broke into the bedroom in an attempt to get the gun. A struggle for the weapon followed, police said.

During the struggle, the shotgun was discharged twice with one blast striking James Eller and the second striking Harold Eller, police said.


Washington man was killed when his car struck a bus and another car on Interstate 95 last Saturday, state police said.

The victim, Hipolito E. Espinal, 24, was traveling north on the interstate, just north of Aberdeen, when he lost control of his Honda Accord about 1:50 a.m., police said. The car hit a guardrail and then struck a Trailways bus, police said.

Espinal was thrown from the car when the vehicle split in two, police said.

The front half of the car went off the right side of the road and caught fire.

The rear portion of the car went across the median and came to rest in the middle of the southbound lane, where it was hit by a car driven by Frank R.

Gonzales, 31, of Whitestone, N.Y., police said.

Gonzales and his wife, Donna, are in fair condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Their 6-month-old daughter, Angela, was treated at Harford Memorial Hospital and their son Frank, 4, was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Espinal is the 35th person to be killed in traffic accidents in Harford County this year, according to state police statistics.


State police troopers charged 13 motorists with driving while intoxicated at a sobriety checkpoint at the U.S. 40 and Route 152 intersection in Joppa last weekend, state police at Benson said.

A total of 755 vehicles were checked during the 3 -hour operation on Dec.

14 and 15, police said. Of the vehicles checked, 25 motorists were pulled to aside for testing and 13 of those were arrested.

The checkpoint was held as part of Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Week.


Aberdeen town police said they are still seeking information about the vandalism of 20 parked cars in the town earlier this month.

Vandals, armed with a pellet gun, shot out the windows of 20 parked vehicles throughout Aberdeen during the Dec. 7 weekend, town police said last week. Police said the damage totaled nearly $6,000.

The cars were parked in several neighborhoods and streets, including Parke Street, Valley Bottom Road, Graceford Drive and Edmund Street, police said.

Investigators said they believe the incidents are related. Anyone with information on the incidents are asked to call town police at 272-4444.


Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of thieves who stole two Bobcat loaders, worth about $50,000, at a Bel Air construction site on Monday.

The loaders, are owned by Oakridge Builders Inc. of Bel Air and Chenoworth Enterprises Ltd. of Fallston. The loaders were stored at the Tudor Manor development on Thomas Run Road.


A Monkton man was arrested and charged in the knife-point robbery of a Monkton homeowner Wednesday, the county Sheriff's Department said.

Terry E. Trafton, 22, was charged with two counts each of theft and robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary. He is being held at the county Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

Police said the suspect knocked on the front door of a home in the 4000 block of Sutton Drive, Monkton, at 7:50 p.m. Displaying a knife, the man demanded money from the homeowner answering the knock. The suspect fled after the homeowner turned over an undetermined amount of cash, police said. No one was injured.

During the investigation, the department said investigators learned that a house in the 4000 block of Old York Road, Monkton, had been burglarized.

Information from that burglary led investigators to Trafton, who was arrested without incident at his home, police said.


Two men, one from Aberdeen and one from Philadelphia, were arrested on drug charges Tuesday after police seized more than 60 bags of cocaine from them, the Sheriff's Department said.

Bernard W. Reed, 42, of the 200 block of Perrywood Court, Aberdeen, was charged with possession of narcotics after the county Joint Narcotics Task Force raided his home, the department said.

Keeyan O. Brooks, 29, of Philadelphia, was charged with possession of narcotics and resisting arrest after he jumped from a third-floor window and attempted to flee during the raid.

The narcotics unit seized 53 bags of cocaine from Brooks and 11 bags of cocaine from Reed's apartment, the department said. The value of the drugs could not be determined.

Brooks and Reed are being held at the Detention Center on $25,000.

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