Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

CENTRAL --

April 07, 1993

Three flee fire in home when bags are ignited

Three people were forced to evacuate a home yesterday when an oven, possibly turned on by a 2-year-old boy, ignited several bags of potato chips that filled the house with smoke.

Malia Fisher of the 100 block of Alymer Court in Carroll Meadows, who operates a licensed day care center there, said her 2-year-old son Joshua and a neighbor youth were in the house when she discovered the fire.

Ms. Fisher grabbed the two boys and ran outside while a neighbor called 911.

Firefighters from Reese, Westminster and Pleasant Valley stations were dispatched to the fire and quickly extinguished it. The fire was confined to one area of the kitchen, officials said.

Man charged in rape of his stepdaughter

A 46-year-old Baltimore man charged with the rape of his stepdaughter in Carroll County in 1985 was released on his own recognizance after his arrest by Westminster police Monday.

Cpl. Rick May, a police spokesman, said the man allegedly began fondling the girl when she was 7 years old and raped her when she was 10. The rape allegedly occurred when the girl was visiting the man on weekends at his home after he and the victim's mother separated.

The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim's privacy, was charged with rape, second-degree rape of a minor and child abuse.

Corporal May said the victim did not report the alleged assaults until she sought therapy at age 16.

Fire prompts Pa. man to give up old Nissan

Mark P. Ryscavage of Chambersburg, Pa., was startled when the engine of his Nissan 200SX backfired

as he drove from Route 140 onto the Route 27 ramp in Westminster about 3 p.m. yesterday.

Then the car's engine died, and Mr. Ryscavage lost the power-assist brakes as smoke and flames poured from under the hood of the car.

Now Mr. Ryscavage is in the market for another vehicle to replace the Nissan, which had 203,000 miles on the odometer.

Westminster firefighters tried to force open the hood of the car and extinguish the fire, which they contained to the engine compartment.

State police blocked the ramp to Route 27 and detoured traffic around the fire scene. No one was injured.

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