Shots fired, goat killed during dispute Three are charged in Street incident

August 05, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

Three Eastern Baltimore County men were being held yesterday at the Harford Detention Center after a Street couple's pet goat was gunned down and shots were fired at the couple's red Corvette, authorities said yesterday.

Police said the men apparently were owed money for work they had done for Ronald and Valerie Frank, owners of Franks Landscaping and Tree Service in the 3500 block of Prospect Road near Ady Road.

After the men were told they wouldn't be paid until later this week, an argument ensued, police said.

At some point, one of the men picked up the Franks' pet goat and threatened to harm it if he didn't get paid immediately.

Police said that as the argument intensified one of the men fired a shot from a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun into the goat's head, killing it instantly.

The men then jumped into their car and fired at least four shots at the Franks' Corvette.

"Two tires were shot out and two rounds struck the bumper of the Corvette," said Tfc. Ray Domico.

The Franks were not injured.

State police broadcast a description of the suspects about 5:30 p.m. Minutes later, sheriff's deputies arrested three men on U.S. 1 in Fallston.

Charges of assault with intent to murder, destruction of property and reckless endangerment were filed against Kenneth R. Crouse, 43, of the 2900 block of Cornwall Road, Dundalk; Roger M. Smith, 18, of the 7100 block of Old North Point Road, Dundalk; and Donald Anthony Tawney, 44, of the 7200 block of River Drive Road, Edgemere. Bond of $50,000 was set for each.

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