Man injured, 2 arrested in Annapolis carnival fight

August 23, 1994

A 33-year-old Laurel man was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after getting hit in the head with a hammer Friday during a fight at a carnival in Annapolis.

Melvin W. Buckmaster of 9206 Cherry Lane was flown to the center about 11 p.m. and released Saturday.

Harry James, 42, of the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. was jailed without bond on charges of assault with intent to murder in connection with the case, police said. John "Buster" Estep, 41, of the 200 block of Croll Drive was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and held on $550 bond.

Police said the incident started when Mr. Buckmaster and Mr. Estep got into an argument at a game booth at the Bates Carnival at Smithville and Russell streets. Witnesses said Mr. Buckmaster pulled a knife on Mr. Estep and threatened his children, police said.

Mr. Estep retaliated by hitting Mr. Buckmaster with a bar stool, witnesses told police. Then another man, identified by witnesses as Mr. James, walked up and hit Mr. Buckmaster in the head with a hammer, police said.

Mr. Buckmaster demanded to know who hit him, then collapsed, police said. Officers arrived to find him bleeding and going into convulsions, police said.

Riva man arrested in fonding of child

A 37-year-old Riva man was arrested Friday on charges that he fondled an 8-year-old girl at an Annapolis gas station last month.

The victim told her mother that sometime between July 15 and July 30, she took her bicycle to a gas station in the 3000 block of Forest Drive to have a flat tire repaired.

She said an attendant at the station asked her to look at the clock inside his truck.

When she got in the vehicle, the man allegedly got in behind her and fondled her, police said.

The girl told her mother about the incident several days later.

James M. Terry, of the 300 block Center Road was arrested and charged with sexual assault. He was being held in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

According to the statement of charges, Mr. Terry said he remembered the girl coming to the station, but denied fondling her.

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