Westminster man charged with abuse

March 08, 1994

A 43-year-old Westminster man charged with sexually abusing his ex-girlfriend's daughter was in custody at the Carroll County jail last night on $50,000 bond.

The man was arrested by Westminster police Friday night on a 17-count indictment handed up by a Carroll grand jury in December.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. set bond during a brief hearing yesterday. During the hearing, the man said he and the girl's mother had broken up in November.

According to court records, the man -- who is not being identified to protect his accuser -- forced the girl to perform sex acts from 1988 until November 1993 at three Westminster apartments.

The man is charged with six counts of third-degree sex offense; three counts each of child abuse, second-degree sex offense and perverted practice; and one count each of fourth-degree sex offense and battery. A conviction on the charges would carry a fine of $4,000 and a prison sentence of more than 196 years.

Equipment stolen at Furnace Hill

Construction tools and equipment, valued at more than $8,600, were stolen from two trucks and a van parked in the Furnace Hill development Friday, according to Westminster police.

Craig Shepard of Silver Court reported his vehicle was parked near his house and his loss is estimated at $2,000.

Jerry L. Null of Crossbridge Drive said his loss was about $3,920 and the vehicle was parked at his house.

John Cavanaugh of South Hills Court reported his van was parked near his house and his loss was about $2,748.

A police spokesman said the equipment included generators, power and hand tools.

Anyone with information about the thefts should contact city police at 857-TIPS.

POLICE

* Westminster: A resident of Webster Street reported someone threw a concrete block through the windshield of his automobile Saturday. The damage is estimated at $500.

A Pinehurst Circle resident told police someone broke into his vehicle Saturday while it was parked at Cranberry Mall and stole several items. He estimated the loss at $2,820.

A vehicle, parked at the 140 Village Shopping Center, was broken into and several items were stolen Thursday. The owner, a resident of Westmoreland Street, valued the loss at $140.

FIRE

* Westminster: Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded for a report of a house fire in the 1200 block of Chadwick Road at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. The first firefighters on the scene discovered a pile of trash burning outside the building and extinguished the fire in 37 minutes.

Westminster responded to an automobile fire at Routes 27 and 482 at 12:55 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 45 minutes.

Westminster investigated a report of a fire alarm in a building in the first block of Pennsylvania Ave. at 5:28 p.m. Friday. Units were out for 36 minutes.

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