Woman Charged With Arson

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December 22, 1991

FINKSBURG -- A 26-year-old Baltimore Boulevard woman was arrested Monday and charged with arson in connection with a November 1990 fire in a trailer.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said Carol Elizabeth May was charged with arson of a dwelling, attempted arson and arson for the purpose of defrauding an insurer.

Thomas said the November 1990 fire caused about $1,000 damage to May's mother's trailer.

He said May had been living in her mother's trailer, but moved out just before the fire broke out.

Thomas said the fire started on the living room couch.

There were no injuries.

May was arrested by Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg. She was released from the Carroll County Detention Center after posting $10,000 bond.

No trial date has been set in the case.

Fire cause probed

ELDERSBURG -- State fire officials were still searching late Friday for the cause of an early-morning fire Dec. 11 that caused $30,000 damage to a restaurant on Sykesville Road.

On Thursday afternoon, firefighters again were called to Morty's Restaurant after a propane tank on the property began leaking.

The tank, outside the restaurant at the intersection of Route 26 and 32, was being moved by construction workers repairing fire damage, state police said.

The workers moved the tank over on its side, causing the leak.

Firefighters from Sykesville, Winfield, Gamber and West Friendship responded to the scene and sprayed water on the tank.

The state police closed Route 32 to traffic for about 30minutes, officials said.

The leak was contained in about an hour and there were no injuries.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the investigation into the Dec. 11 fire at the restaurant was continuing.

Thomas said the 12:05 a.m. fire broke out in an employee break room in the building's basement.

The fire caused extensive damage to the kitchen, the break room and a hallway.

Thomas said some employees and patrons were in the building when the fire broke out.

There were no injuries in the fire.

Man dies in crash

NEW WINDSOR -- A 76-year-old town resident died Thursday morning after an apparent heart attack that led to a single-car accident.

State police said William Buckingham was driving his1982 Mercury eastbound on Main Street around 9:30 a.m. when the car ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.

Police said they believed Buckingham died before the hitting the pole.

3 charged in mail theft

WESTMINSTER -- A 20-year-old Carroll County man and two juveniles have been arrestedand charged with stealing mail, much of which was Christmas cards containing cash, postal officials said.

Guy Raymond Mettle Jr. of Westminster and the two juveniles, who were not identified, were charged with taking mail from the curbside mailboxes of 25 to 30 homes in the Westminster and Hampstead areas between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday, said postal inspector M. W. Vision. Another adult also is being sought.

Residents told the police that a group had opened letters andthrown away their contents, keeping only cash. More than 140 pieces of mail, all of which had been placed in the mailboxes for pickup, were recovered, he said.

Mettle was arrested Tuesday and charged in Carroll County District Court with theft and opening letters without permission. The two juveniles were charged in Carroll County JuvenileCourt and released to their parents' custody.

Postal inspectors said they are notifying residents whose names are on the recovered envelopes.

The Postal Service recommends people send checks or money orders instead of cash and that they put mail in curbside mailboxes just prior to the arrival of the mail carrier or in the blue collection boxes.

Brothers get jail terms

WESTMINSTER -- One city man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday and his brother received a 10-year prison term for an armed robbery that left a former Main Street resident blind in one eye.

Ted Anderson, 53, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his conviction on a charge of robbery with a deadly weapon.

Tom Anderson, 39, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for his conviction on the same charge.

Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold gave the men 319 days credit toward their sentence for the time they have already served in jail.

The charges against the two men stemmed from an attack on 60-year-old Eda Baker Stewart at her former home on East Main Street.

According to testimony at the brothers' September trial, the attack on Stewart beganaround 11:30 a.m., when Tom Anderson assaulted Stewart. He was living in Stewart's apartment at the time and was dating Stewart's daughter.

Moments later, Tom Anderson put his arm around Stewart and pressed a serrated knife to her neck, court testimony showed. Stewart's hand was cut in several places when she tried to push the knife away.

The men then stole Stewart's rings, worth about $37,000, and forced her to write a check for $1,000.

The Andersons told the woman they were going to go to Florida,and they were taking her with them.

When the men dragged Stewart outside, she began screaming and attracted the attention of neighbors, who tackled Tom Anderson and held himuntil police arrived.

During the assault, Stewart's eye was injured and she suffered a detached retina.

A hearing will be held in March to determine if the Andersons will be forced to pay for Stewart's medical bills.


Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Dec. 18

9:11 a.m., Reese responded to a brush fire on Baltimore Boulevard.

11:24 a.m., Sykesville and Gamber responded to smoke in a house on Snowden Run Road.

3:01 p.m., Sykesville responded to an automobile fire on Sykesville Road.

Dec. 19

7:11 a.m., Reese andHampstead responded to a house fire on Ridge Road.

1:27 p.m., Hampstead assisted Baltimore County on a brush fire on Falls Road.

1:30 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield, Baltimore County and Howard County responded to a propane tank leaking at Morty's Restaurant.

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