Pa. man is charged in store robbery

January 17, 1996

A 20-year-old Littlestown, Pa., man was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bail after being charged with armed robbery, assault, battery and false imprisonment.

Dennis Lee Walls Sr. of King Street in Littlestown is also charged with theft of more than $300 and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Police said yesterday that a man robbed the Union Mills General Store around 9 p.m. Saturday.

The man pulled out what looked like a small handgun, forced two employees into a rear bathroom and sprayed them with Mace, police said, then fled with two bank bags and a change box containing more than $300.

Police later found the weapon, a pellet gun resembling a 9-mm pistol. Witnesses told police that the man left with a woman and an infant in a late 1980s Pontiac with Pennsylvania license plates.

Monday, Mr. Walls was arrested at Swan's Hotel on Sulfur Spring Road in Arbutus after Baltimore County police determined that the car he was driving had been stolen from a Kmart store in the North Point Shopping Center in eastern Baltimore County. Police said the Pontiac was abandoned at the Kmart.

Two-alarm fire damages Ridge Road home

A Warfieldsburg family of four was displaced from a Ridge Road home Monday night after a two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to the wood-frame structure.

Fifty firefighters from Westminster, Reese, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Winfield and Gamber battled the blaze at the home of Robert and Catherine Ludwig for nearly two hours before bringing it under control.

Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said yesterday that the blaze -- which started at about 6 p.m. Monday -- caused about $50,000 in damage.

Firefighters said Mr. Ludwig, 30, was home alone when he smelled smoke and discovered the fire in the basement of his one-story home. He immediately left the house and reported the fire from a neighbor's phone.

Mr. Thomas said yesterday that Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank M. Rauschenberg was unsure what caused the fire.

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