Taneytown Man Faces A Murder Charge In Frederick

In Separate Incident, Argument Leads To Knifing

May 29, 1991|By Maria Archangelo | Maria Archangelo,Staff writer

TANEYTOWN — One city man stands charged with first-degree murder and another faces a weapons charge in separate incidents over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Department charged Charles Gordon Wastler, 41, of an unknown address, with first-degree murder Saturday morning in the shooting death of Michael Eugene Brooks, 29, of the 10,000 block of Harney Road in Emmitsburg.

Wastler also was charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim, reckless endangerment, carrying a deadly weapon and assault and battery.

Sheriff's Department Detective Melissa Oland said police were called to Brooks' home around 12:50 a.m. Saturday after a woman reported a shooting.

Oland said the two men were in the Harney Road home when they began fighting and Brooks pulleda kitchen knife and told Wastler to leave.

They went outside, where an unidentified woman who also livesat the home talked Brooks intodropping the knife, Oland said.

The argument between the two men continued outside, where Wastler pulled a .22-caliber rifle from his car and shot Brooks, Oland said.

Brooks was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead at 2:22 a.m., hospital officials said.

Wastler was arrested at Brooks' home, Oland said.

The detective said she is continuing her investigation and is trying to determine what the two men were arguing about at the time of the shooting.

Oland described the two men as friends.

Wastler told Oland that he suffers from debilitating arthritis and does not have a job, she said.

Wastler was being held without bail late yesterday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center in Frederick, said Capt. Greg Eyler of the Sheriff's Department.

In a separate incident, a 22-year-old Red Tulip Court man faces charges that he stabbed hisroommate early Monday morning.

James Tunney Nash was arrested and charged with carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure and batteryafter Taneytown police responded to a reported stabbing at the residence.

Mark Thomas Hainey, 26, of the same address, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital where he was treated for a lacerated wrist, police reports prepared by Chief Melvin Diggs show.

Police said the stabbing occurred after the two men were drinking at Champs Restaurant on Main Street in Westminster.

When they came out of the bar, they discovered the windshield of Hainey's car was shattered, police reports show.

Police said Hainey blamed Nash for the shattered windshield and the two men argued.

Hainey told Nash to walk or hitchhike home, police said.

The argument continued when the men were back at their home,and Nash pulled a 5-inch filet knife, police said.

Hainey suffered lacerations of the left wrist, and a small cuton his right arm, Taneytown police said.

He underwent surgery Monday to repair a cut tendon and later was released from the hospital.

Nash was released yesterday morning from the Carroll County Detention Center after posting $1,000 bail.

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