Winfield man charged in equipment fireState police have...


July 19, 1993

Winfield man charged in equipment fire

State police have charged a 39-year-old Winfield resident with setting a fire that destroyed construction equipment owned by his employer.

Thomas Riddle was being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on $5,000 bond. A bail review hearing was set for today.

Mr. Riddle, an employee of F. E. Harrison & Sons, lived on the grounds of the construction business at 5035 Old Washington Road, Winfield.

Faron Taylor of the state fire marshal's office said investigators believe someone "deliberately set fire" to a $15,000 John Deere backhoe owned by the business at 7:47 p.m. Saturday.

An altercation between the owner and the suspect occurred after the fire was brought under control and led to Mr. Riddle's arrest, Mr. Taylor said.

Twelve firefighters from Winfield Volunteer Fire Company extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes, said Mr. Taylor, and there was no damage to surrounding buildings.

Countians helped build two homes in Kent

Fifteen young people and five adults from Silver Run, Taneytown, Westminster and Union Bridge spent July 9 and 10 in Chestertown, Kent County, helping to build two houses for Habitat for Humanity.

The county group was part of 200 people from the Frederick Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who went to the Eastern Shore to work on the service project.

Habitat for Humanity provides housing for the needy.

The youths were divided into teams and worked under the direction of experienced carpenters, electricians, plumbers, siders and roofers. Two Chestertown women who helped with the project will live in the houses when they are completed.

Carroll countians who went to Chestertown included Joyce and Shana Christensen, Jackie Hull, Melissa and Monica Weidel, Melinda and Mike Denham, Kikka Rose and Josh Heckathorn, of Westminster; Jeannie and Bobby Henderson and Lindsay Myers of Union Bridge; and Dan, Kyle and Gabe Stephenson of Taneytown.

The adult leaders who accompanied them were Mary Garrison of Silver Run, Tom Grim and Bishop Brian Cook of Union Bridge, and Bill and Susan Weidel of Westminster.

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