Police arrest Pa. man, 32, in firecracker blast injury

June 09, 1994

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of throwing an explosive that resulted in a Westminster woman losing four fingers, state police said yesterday.

Robert Lee Potter of Littlestown, Pa., was charged with causing or risking a catastrophe and recklessly endangering another person Sunday at the Jefferson Hill Climb, a motorcycle race near York, Pa.

The arrest was made after police received leads and videotapes from some of the 4,000 people who attended the event, police said.

Mr. Potter is believed to have thrown an M-80, a powerful firecracker, in the direction of security guards as they tried to calm a rowdy crowd, police said.

Teresa Keene, 34, of Westminster lost four fingers on her right hand when she picked up the explosive. She was in satisfactory condition yesterday at York Hospital, receptionist Pearl Mumma said.

Joan Glover, 22, also of Westminster, was treated for burns from the incident and released from Hanover General Hospital.

Mr. Potter was in York County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 22 years in prison.

POLICE

* Westminster: A resident of Pennsylvania Avenue reported to city police someone broke a window and entered her house Tuesday. She estimated the damage at $20.

A resident of Oak Hill Court told city police someone stole her $14,000 1992 Honda Accord from in front of her home Tuesday.

An employee of an attorney's office in the 100 block of E. Main St. reported to city police someone broke a light cover in the building Monday. The damage is estimated at $200.

FIRE

* Finksburg: Firefighters from the Gamber station responded to a brush fire on Talbert Road at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday. They were out for 35 minutes.

* Westminster: Westminster responded for a trash container on fire in the 300 block of Baltimore Blvd. at 4:29 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 20 minutes.

Westminster investigated an odor of natural gas around a building on Fair Avenue at 11:19 p.m. Tuesday. Nothing was found by the firefighters and they returned to their station in 55 minutes.

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