A 24-year-old Columbia man was charged with first-degree arson and two counts of attempted murder yesterday, after an early morning blaze drove his parents from their Oakland Mills home, police said.
Police and fire investigators said that the fire was set shortly after 3 a.m. yesterday in the first-floor playroom of the single-family split-level home where the man lived with his parents. His parents, who were sleeping upstairs, were awakened by smoke and a smoke detector at about 3:30 a.m. and fled. They were not injured.
Police said the man was not home when firefighters arrived at the scene of the blaze minutes later. They said he and his parents had quarreled earlier in the week.
least 45 firefighters from the Long Reach, Banneker, Rivers Park, Scaggsville, Ellicott City and Elkridge stations battled the blaze, containing it at 4:58 a.m.
The fire caused $150,000 in damage.
Joseph Michael Lindenberg of the 5200 block of Farm Pond Lane was charged and was in custody at police headquarters in Ellicott City last night, awaiting a hearing before a District Court Commissioner.
His parents, Norman Lindenberg, 69, and Edna Lindenberg, 63, were staying with relatives.
* Owen Brown: 6100 block of Campfire: A gray 1986 Oldsmobile with Maryland tags 300 ADZ was stolen Saturday, police said.
* Oakland Mills: 9600 block of Basket Ring Road: A white 1991 Dodge Spirit with Maryland tags 268 AXD was stolen Sunday. Sometime Monday, police said, someone tried to steal a 1992 Geo Tracker from the same block.
9400 block of Indian Camp Road: A gray 1988 Oldsmobile with Maryland tags VSB 137 was stolen Sunday, police said.
* Long Reach: 8200 block of Lark Brown Road: A maroon and silver 1986 Chevrolet Nova with Maryland tags 09107HD was stolen from the lot of the Royal Farm Store Sunday, police said.