Westminster man accused of raping ex-girlfriend

May 03, 1994

A Westminster man was being held on $25,000 bond, accused of rape and related offenses, after a hearing before a District Court commissioner.

In documents filed in District Court, a former girlfriend said that William Lester Merling, 23, of the 300 block of E. Main St., called her to his apartment about 5:15 a.m. April 26.

She accused Mr. Merling in court documents of trying to kiss her as she started to leave, throwing her to the floor and raping her. The woman also charged that she was thrown against a wall of the apartment and was choked.

Mr. Merling was arrested Friday and charged with assault with intent to rape, second-degree rape, battery and fourth-degree

sex offense.

POLICE

* Westminster: A resident of Ward Avenue reported someone stole his $200 bicycle from the area of Cranberry Mall on Sunday.

An official of Treasure Chest Antiques on West Main Street told police someone shattered an 8-foot-by-4-foot show window Sunday. The replacement cost was undetermined.

A resident of Baldwin Park Drive reported someone broke into his vehicle and stole stereo equipment and damaged the car. He estimated the loss at $1,704.

A burglar broke into the home of a West Main Street resident Friday and stole items valued at $960.

A resident of Janice Way told police someone stole property valued at $495 from his vehicle, which was parked near his house, on Wednesday.

An employee of Carroll County Bank reported someone broke into a company truck between April 18 and April 20 and stole items valued at $850.

A resident of Stone Road told state police someone broke into his home, after cutting a screen, and stole a Nintendo game and cartridges, a chain saw and a money jar. He estimated the loss at $640.

* Union Mills: A resident of the 4100 block of Turkeyfoot Road told state police someone broke into her house after cutting a screen and stole a handgun, ammunition, binoculars and several additional items Friday. She estimated the loss at $1,025.

FIRE

* Reese: Firefighters from Reese responded to a brush fire on Sherwood Road at 8:23 p.m. Saturday. They were out for 13 minutes.

* Finksburg: Engines from Reese and Gamber responded to a fire alarm in a building in the 2900 block of Industrial Park Drive at 5:44 a.m. yesterday. They were out for 20 minutes.

* Westminster: Engines from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester were dispatched to a building in the 140 Village Shopping Center for the odor of gas inside at 10:52 a.m. yesterday. The first unit to arrive canceled most of the additional equipment. Two units remained on the scene for 34 minutes.

Firefighters from the Westminster station responded for cleanup the site of an accident at Route 27 and Hahn Road at 8:42 a.m. Saturday. They were out for 15 minutes.

Volunteers from Westminster responded to a brush fire on Hook Road at 9:57 p.m. Friday. They were out for 20 minutes.

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