Solve Crime Of Week

Police and fire scan

May 08, 1991

HAMPSTEAD — Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the vandalism of a home in Sykesville.

Police said that sometime between the Oct. 1 and March 21, approximately 200 holes were shot into the siding of Sykesville home.

Police believe the shots were fired from a BB gun.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved,please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.



HAMPSTEAD -- A 42-year-old Houcksville Road man charged with shooting his wife's lover has been released from the Carroll County Detention Center after posting $50,000 bail.

The man, Charles A. Rhodes Jr., was released from jail April 30. He had been held since April 6, when police charged him with the first-degree murder of 40-year-old Steven Edgar Rupp.

Police charge that Rhodes shot Rupp during anargument at the Houcksville Road home.

Neighbors and police said Rupp lived at Rhodes' home.

Rhodes apparently came to the aid of his wife, who was arguing with Rupp at the time of the shooting, police said.



WESTMINSTER -- A Poole Road man was being held on $50,000 bail late Tuesday after being charged with attempted murder and robbery of a city woman earlySaturday morning.

State police said Charles Dwayne Morton, 22, ofthe 900 block of Poole Road turned himself in at the Westminster barracks May 5 at 4 p.m.

Police said a woman told them Morton tried to rob her of cash between 3 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Saturday on Poole Road.

A struggle ensued and the woman said her attacker held a knife to her throat and threatened to cut and stab her.

She was able to escape and reported the incident to the state police shortly after.

Police obtained a warrant for Morton's arrest and searched for him until he turned himself in.

He faces a total of nine counts, including attempted murder and attempted armed robbery, police said.


Electricity was returned by noon Tuesday to 7,650 Carroll homes that lost power when violent thunderstorms swept through the county Monday evening.

Downed power lines, uprooted trees and flooded roadways sent emergency crews scrambling for equipment and county residents searching for matches and candles.

Most of the damage was caused by high winds, which gusted up to 65 mph at times, said Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokesman Peggy Mulloy.

"The wind either blew the lines down, or blew tree limbs down that fell on the lines," Mulloy said.

She said crews with electric saws and other equipment worked through the night to restore the power to 27,325 homes and businesses in the Baltimore area.

Mulloy said most of the Carroll homes had their power restored by 10 a.m.

"There were a few stragglers that got their power back by noon," she said.

She said Baltimore and Carroll counties were hardest hit by the storm.

No major injuries or serious accidents were reported as a result of the storm, state police in Westminster said.

The storm blew 108 fuses, damaged nine telephone poles and one transformer and caused 65 problems with trees in the metropolitan area, Mulloy said.

Here is acompilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency OperationsCenter:

May 4

4:43 p.m., Sykesville, Winfield and Gamber responded to smoke in the basement of a home on Grandview Avenue.

May 5

2:34 a.m., Hampstead responded to an auto fire in Baltimore County on Tracy Store Road.

12:11 p.m., Hampstead responded to a chimney fire on Houcksville Road.

12:22 p.m., Mount Airy and Lisbon responded to a kitchen fire on Bennett Branch Road.

5:04 p.m., Manchester responded to a woods fire on Ashley Road.

5:39 p.m., New Windsor responded to a woodpile fire on Springdale Road.

May 6

12:46a.m., New Windsor and Union Bridge responded to a fire alarm on Uniontown Road.

8:12 p.m., Pleasant Valley and Westminster responded to a smoke detector sounding on Pleasant Valley Road.

10:02 a.m., Westminster responded to a moped on fire on East Main Street.

4:38 p.m., Taneytown responded to wires down on Taneytown Pike.

4:42 p.m., Pleasant Valley responded to wires down on Littlestown Pike.

4:47 p.m., Manchester responded to a transformer fire at Vale Road.

4:52 p.m., Mount Airy responded to wires down on Jacobs Road.

4:52 p.m., Westminster responded to wires down on Center Street.

4:56p.m., Sykesville responded to wires down on Sandusky Road.

5:00 p.m., Hampstead responded to wires down in Fairmont Road.

5:02 p.m., Hampstead responded to wires down on Falls Road.

5:10 p.m., Lineboro responded to wires down on Route 216.

5:11 p.m., Lineboro responded to wires down on Grave Run Road.

5:40 p.m., Pleasant Valleyresponded to wires on fire on Littlestown Pike.

5:58 p.m., Taneytown responded to wires on fire on Unger Road.

May 7

4:15 a.m., Hampstead, Gamber and Reese responded to a house fire on Hanover Roadin Baltimore County.

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