Man charged in attack on 3-year-old nephew

August 10, 1994

A 37-year-old Westminster man who is accused of threatening to kill his 3-year-old nephew after breaking into the child's home was held on $75,000 bail after his arrest yesterday.

Douglas Miller Jones of the first block of Liberty St. was charged with assault with intent to kill burglary of his sister's home, breaking and entering and child abuse. Additional charges include malicious destruction of property and battery.

District Court charging papers filed by the child's father, Francis Fiore, said Mr. Jones came to the Fiore house in the 400 block of Barnes Ave. about 8:45 a.m. July 26, broke in and struck Ryan Mathew Fiore, 3, five times on the back of his head.

The documents say he kicked the child while he was on the floor and said, "I will kill your son before this evening is over."

Mr. Fiore said he grabbed his son and fled to a neighbor's garage to escape his brother-in-law.

Mr. Jones also destroyed a ceiling fan, two outside light fixtures and a mailbox, according to court papers. The damage totaled about $600, Mr. Fiore said.

Young Ryan was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was examined, treated and released, his father said.

No explanation was given for the alleged attack.

7th member named to environment panel

The seventh and final member of Westminster's Environmental Advisory Board is Susan B. Panek, a legislative and policy analyst for the Health Resources Planning Commission.

The City Council confirmed Ms. Panek's appointment Monday after changing a city ordinance to allow the board to have one member who lives outside the city limits. Ms. Panek lives in the Westminster area.

The council confirmed appointments of the other six board members at its July 25 meeting.

Board members eventually will serve three-year terms. Initial terms are staggered from one to three years. Ms. Panek's term is two years.

POLICE

* Westminster: A resident of South Ralph Street reported that someone attempted to break into the house by removing an air conditioner from a window Monday. Nothing was taken, investigators said.

FIRE

* Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster investigated a report of a fire alarm in a building in the 1000 block of Long Valley Road at 8:48 p.m. Monday. They were out for eight minutes.

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