Westminster man held in assault on witness

September 06, 1995

A 21-year-old Westminster man was held on $50,000 bond on charges of intimidating a witness in a recent shooting, city police said. Carlton Demone Johnson, of the first block of Charles Street, also was charged with two counts of maiming and malicious injury after he allegedly burned the victim with a cigarette. Additional charges of assault and battery were filed against the man.

Police said the victim is a possible witness in the shooting of a Woodlawn man on Aug. 22. She told police that she and her infant daughter were assaulted outside her apartment on Aug. 30 by a man and a woman.

Michael Corprew, 20, was shot in the chest about 10:30 p.m. after an argument with a 15-year-old youth. Umar Abdul-Basir was charged as an adult in the shooting that followed an argument with Mr. Corprew.

Witnesses to the shooting took Mr. Corprew to Carroll County General Hospital and he was transferred to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in the state police MedEvac helicopter. He was released from that hospital on Aug. 27.

The gun, a .38-caliber Colt Cobra revolver used in the shooting, was recovered after an attorney, representing a 17-year-old Mount Airy youth, turned it in to police. Investigators said the weapon was given to the juvenile after the shooting and that the 17-year-old will be a prosecuting witness at the trial of Umar Abdul-Basir.

POLICE

* Westminster: A resident of Reisterstown reported to city police that someone broke the rear window of his car and stole $137 while the vehicle was parked on the Shoney's Restaurant lot on Route 140 on Sunday.

A resident of Robin Way told city police that someone stole a backpack from her auto while it was parked on Kemper Avenue on Sunday. She estimated the theft at $50.

A resident of Pennsylvania Avenue reported to city police that someone stole his 1989 Mazda pickup truck from the 140 Village Shopping Center on Friday. He estimated the theft at $1,000.

A Manchester resident told city police that someone stole her purse while she was inside Cranberry Mall on Friday. She estimated the theft at $105.

A resident of East Main Street reported to city police that someone broke into her house and stole a bi

cycle on Thursday. She estimated the theft at $400.

FIRE

* Westminster: Westminster and New Windsor were dispatched to a house fire on Stone Chapel Road at 10:17 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 23 minutes.

Westminster responded to a brush fire at Route 140 and Gorsuch Road at 6:40 p.m. Monday. Units were out for nine minutes.

Westminster responded to an auto fire at the 140 Village Shopping Center at 9:24 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 22 minutes.

Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester were dispatched to an apartment fire on Charles Street at 12:04 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 30 minutes.

Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Union Bridge were dispatched to an apartment fire on Bond Street at 5:48 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 17 minutes.

Westminster responded to an auto fire in the first block of Aileron Court at 9:18 a.m. Saturday. Units were out 17 minutes.

Westminster and Reese were dispatched to investigate a fire alarm sounding from a building on Monroe Street at 8:15 p.m. Friday. Units were out for 28 minutes.

* Finksburg: Reese responded to a brush fire on River Downs Drive at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for one hour.

Reese responded to a brush fire in the 1500 block of Tank Road at 12:32 p.m. Saturday. They were out for 30 minutes.

* Fowblesburg: Reese responded to a call of wires down in the 1500 block of Emory Church Road at 5:44 p.m. Sunday. A large tree had fallen on a utility pole knocking the top of the pole off and dropping the wire across the road. Reese was out for one hour and 20 minutes and the electricity in the area was off for four hours and 20 minutes.

* Reese: Reese responded to investigate the report of a fire in the 2100 block of Bethel Road at 8:23 p.m. Friday. They were out for 20 minutes.

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