WICOMICO COUNTY — Piece of bone, shotgun found by Fruitland man
A bone fragment and a rusty shotgun believed to date from the early part of the century have been found by a man working on his house in Wicomico County, police said.
Police said Albert Davis of the 400 block of Sheldon Avenue in Fruitland was digging under his house Friday to install new plumbing and found a double-barreled shotgun and the piece of bone 2 3/4 inches long and an 1 1/4 inch wide.
State and local police returned to the man's home yesterday and excavated under the house but found nothing else. The house was built in the late 1940s.
The state medical examiner's office in Baltimore will study the bone fragment to determine whether it came from a human.
Cyclist hospitalized after Route 22 crash
A 33-year-old Harford County motorcyclist was in critical condition yesterday after he drove into a car Friday night as it turned left from Route 22 in Aberdeen, police said.
Police said Michael B. Landbeck of the 200 block of Rogers Street, Aberdeen, was traveling east on Route 22 about 8:40 p.m. when he hit a Mercury driven by Helen Gillespie, 71, also of Aberdeen, as she turned onto Mount Royal Avenue.
Mr. Landbeck, who was not wearing a helmet, received severe head injuries and a broken right arm. He was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center.
Police said charges are pending.
2nd suspect arrested in Phoenix incident
A second suspect was charged yesterday in last week's incident in which the occupants of a house in Phoenix were terrorized, nearly $3,000 was stolen and a Baltimore County police officer was shot at, police said.
Charles Henry Rippel, 33, of the 3900 block of Juniper Road, Baltimore, was arrested without incident about 1 a.m. at his home after police received an anonymous tip.
He was charged with burglary, armed robbery, a handgun violation and three counts of assault, and was released on $75,000 bail, police said.
Another suspect was arrested six hours after the burglary Wednesday when he went to police headquarters to pick up a car found at the scene.
Police said two masked men entered the house in the 12600 block of Dulaney Valley Road, stole $2,800 and threatened the residents. The commotion roused a man sleeping in the basement and he called police, who arrived as the gunmen were leaving. One man fired a shot at an officer, but missed.