Man Is Charged With Hitting Wife

Police, fire log

August 21, 1991

An Ellicott City man was charged with assault with intent to murder Sunday after allegedly beating his wife's head into the floor of their apartment, county police said.

Curtis Neal Burgess, 27, of the 3000 block Oak Green Circle, was arrested at 4 a.m., shortly after police arrived and found his wife,

Delmae Berry, 28, with a severe head injury, police said.

Police said Burgess arrived home intoxicated and began arguing with Berry, who reportedly was struck with an ashtray and knocked to the ground.

Berry was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Burgess was released Monday on $25,000 bail from the Howard

County Detention Center.


Four county homes were struck by lightning during yesterday morning's brief but fierce thunderstorm, county firefighters said.

No injuries were reported, and fire damage was minimal, said Donald R. Howell,a county fire department spokesman.

At 9:12 a.m., a lightning bolt struck a home in the 1000 block of Ridge Road in Mount Airy, destroying the chimney and fireplace, Howell said. No fire was reported.

Another bolt struck at 9:24 a.m., putting a hole in the roof of a home in the 13000 block of Twelve Trees Court. Fire damage was minor.

Four minutes later, a minor strike was reported at a home in the 2900 block of Florence Road in Lisbon, causing electrical wiring damage, Howell said.

At 9:51 a.m., the chimney of a home in the 11600 block of Laurel Oak Court was destroyed by lightning, Howell said. Damage was "significant," Howell said, but no estimate was available.

Police report that no serious traffic accidents were reported during the storm. No downed trees were reported, police said.


A fire caused $15,000 in damage Friday night to a Jessup apartment complex, which was spared further damage by a sprinkler system, county firefighters said.

The fire began 6:35 the Orchard Landing Apartments, in the 9900 block of Guilford Road, firefighters said. No one was injured in the incident.

Fire officials believe the blaze started when a pan of grease left on a stoveoverheated. Two women and a small child in the apartment were able to escape, a fire report said.

The sprinkler system activated

several seconds after a wall caught fire. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire was out.


The stateFire Marshal's office is investigating a Fulton house fire Saturday that caused $135,000 in damage and forced a couple from their home.

Firefighters said the blaze began shortly before 1 a.m. in the kitchen of the home, located in the 8400 block of Reservoir Road.

The occupants of the home, Elmer and Jean Williams, both 57, were not home at the time. Both are staying with relatives while the house is repaired, firefighters said.

About 50 firefighters fought the fire. No injuries were reported.

The fire caused serious smoke damage to most of the rooms in the home, firefighters said.


A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:


6700 block Old Columbia Pike: Aug. 13, cash reported stolen at 5 a.m. from business that was broken into.

10800 block Little PatuxentParkway: Aug. 13, a 37-year-old Baltimore man charged with exposing himself shortly before 5 a.m. outside a day-care facility.


3300 block Rosemary Lane: Aug. 8, someone climbed a ladder to second floor of a home but nothing appeared missing.

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