CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

June 25, 1993

Boy, 13, faces sexual offense allegations

A 13-year-old Westminster boy, reported to police as a runaway last Friday, is being held on home monitoring for 30 days pending a hearing on three counts of fourth-degree sexual offense and battery.

The boy, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, is accused of fondling on three occasions a 13-year-old girl who was performing community service for her graduation requirement.

Police have statements from the alleged victim and a 14-year-old girl who said she witnessed each incident, said Cpl. Rick May of the Westminster Police Department.

Police said the first incident allegedly occurred May 27 when the boy stuck his hand through the girl's sleeve and tried to pull on her bra as she waited for the other girl to finish a call at a public phone near the public library on Main Street.

He approached the girl again June 15 as the two were outside their service site on a break, police said. The boy asked her to go into a nearby parked van to have sex and then grabbed at her, Corporal May said. When the girl went back inside, the boy allegedly followed her, forced his hand inside her clothing and grabbed her again, he said.

The third alleged incident occurred the next day, while the two girls were going into a restroom, police said. The youth blocked the doorway and tried to fondle the girl, who managed to get away, police said.

The girl and her mother reported the alleged incidents Monday, Corporal May said.

Two stabbing victims won't identify suspect

Westminster police are stymied in their investigation of Monday's double stabbing in front of a local bar.

Neither Roy Spivey, 48, nor Edward Scott Hanson, 23, will discuss the identify the person who cut Mr. Spivey across his chest and sliced Mr. Hanson's left hand while they were in front of Ernie's Bar on Main Street, police said.

"We have information that they know who it is but won't say," said Lt. Dean A. Brewer. "They're just not talking."

Police reports said Pfc. Barbara Litchfield responded to the call and found Mr. Spivey, of the first block of Bond Street, sitting on the steps of Stems Printing near the bar.

Mr. Spivey had a large laceration across his chest but refused to discuss what happened to him.

Some bar patrons told the officer that Mr. Hanson, of the 14000 block of Old Hanover Road in Reisterstown, had been involved in the incident.

Mr. Hanson, whose hand was cut, wouldn't discuss the incident either.

4 Both men refused medical treatment, police said.

Cleaning fluid starts small fire at Wal-Mart

Cleaning fluid spilled into an electrical outlet at the Westminster Wal-Mart early yesterday started a small fire that sent four people to Carroll County General Hospital and tied up four fire companies for 1 1/2 hours.

"It was just a little, bitty thing that caused a lot of smoke," Wal-Mart manager L.J. Thomas said of the electrical fire that started near the store's cash registers about 4 a.m.

The four employees, part of Wal-Mart's overnight cleaning and stocking crew, were treated for smoke inhalation and released, he said.

Firefighters from the Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester volunteer fire departments responded to the call.

Wal-Mart did not suffer any smoke damage and opened on time yesterday morning, Mr. Thomas said.

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