Assault chargesWESTMINSTER -- A man faces 12 charges...

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June 21, 1992

WESTMINSTER — Assault charges

WESTMINSTER -- A man faces 12 charges, including burglary and assault with intent to murder, after allegedly harassing an acquaintance and her guest Tuesday night, city police said.

Anthony T. Hughes, 26, of the 100 block of S. Center St., was arrested and charged with threatening the lives of Judy Conaway and Chandler Hanley at Conaway's Bishop Garth apartment.

According to the report of arresting officer Michael A. Gromley, Hughes had bothered Conaway at her apartment on many occasions, causing the apartment complex owner to bar him from the property through a no-trespass order from the police.

Hughes returned to the apartment on June 16 and, around 11:25 p.m., knocked on the patio door asking Conaway to come out and talk, the report said.

When the door was opened, Hughes pushed Conaway aside, telling her she would "regret opening the door," and went into the kitchen to get a steak knife, police said. Hughes told Conaway and Hanley that he would kill them and Conaway's 7-year-old son, the report said.

After Conaway told Hughes he would not touch her son, he grabbed her, pointed the knife to her face and asked her if she thought he was serious, the report said. When he released her, he allegedly cut the middle finger of her right hand.

According to the report, Hughes then told Hanley that although he had nothing against him, it would not "bother" him to kill Hanley. Hughes did say, however, he regretted having to kill the child, Gromley wrote. Hughes allegedly attacked Hanley, putting the knife about an inch from Hanley's throat and saying, "One of you has to die first. Guess who it is?"

He released Hanley and began arguing with Conaway, the report said. The two went into a bedroom, where they stayed 10 or 15 minutes before an unidentified person came looking for Hughes. When Hughes left with that person, Conaway and Hanley went to the hospital.

After taking the report from the couple at the hospital, Gromley arrested Hughes at his home without incident.

Hughes is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center, where he will stay until his July 14 hearing unless the entire $50,000 bail set during his bail review is paid.

Tombstones overturned

SYKESVILLE

SYKESVILLE -- City police reported 50 tombstones were overturned Tuesday night in the older section of the Springfield Presbyterian Church cemetery on Spouts Hill Road.

While most were just pushed over, a few markers were slightly damaged on the corners and tops, police said.

Anyone who has knowledge about the crime should contact Sykesville police at 795-0757.

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Youths arrested

WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Police arrested three boys and a girl -- all 14 or younger -- in separate incidents ranging from shoplifting to malicious destruction of property within three days.

Two arrests were made on June 16. In one, a youth of 13 was arrested and charged with shoplifting a cassette tape from Caldor at Cranberry Mall.

Police were called to the home of the second boy, 12, who had apparently got into a dispute with his mother over money and had punched a hole in the wall. He was arrested for malicious destruction of property.

Another 12-year-old was arrested on June 17 and charged with trying to steal $13 worth of "G.I. Joe" merchandise from K mart in the Englar Street Shopping Center.

The girl, 14, allegedly attempted to steal makeup worth $6 from Caldor on June 18, police said. She was arrested shortly afterward.

Cpl. Rick May of the Westminster Police said juvenile crimes increase when school ends.

"You'll find a higher incidence of juvenile crime in the summer than any time of the year," May said.

All four youths were released to the custody of relatives.

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Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (state police). All calls are confidential, and you do not have to give your name.

Here is a compilation of some of the crimes reported to local and state police:

Taneytown

Winters Alley: Margaret E. Robertson of Frederick Street said someone put a dent in the passenger side fender of her car June 18, causing $150 worth of damage.

Westminster

Center Street: Charles Bennett, of Reliable Liquor on Winchester Street in Baltimore, reported on June 11 that someone removed three cases of liquor worth $470.12 from a delivery truck.

Railroad Avenue: Paul Dukehart of Duke's Car Wash reported that someone damaged a bill changer by spraying a chemical into it. Estimated loss is $180.

East Main Street: Michael Johnson reported that someone broke into his apartment on June 17 and stole property worth a total of $328.

Sycamore Street: Elizabeth Horn reported that someone stole a picnic table worth $165 from her back yard on June 17.

Washington Road: Hank Powers said someone broke into his residence on June 17, damaging the latch and wooden frame of a window. Estimated cost is $150.

Schoolhouse Avenue: Anna L. Switzer of Coon Club Road said someone took her purse from where she had placed it next to her parked vehicle on June 17. Estimated loss is $320.

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