Westminster man charged in rape of woman, 18

April 24, 1996

A Westminster man was arrested late Monday on charges of raping an 18-year-old woman, city police said yesterday.

Joseph Arvil Hamm, 48, of the 100 block of S. Court St. was charged with battery and second-degree rape. He was being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center, police said.

Police said the woman reported that a man who lived on South Court Street had raped her that evening at his residence.

Police also reported that a Westminster woman who allegedly helped four inmates escape from a Gettysburg, Pa., prison this month was being held on $15,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Beverly Ann Hoffman, 24, of the first block of Pennsylvania Ave. was arrested April 14 in Dallas along with two of the escapees, Patrick Berlan and Scott Dyer, her fiance. Police stopped the three, who were in a 1986 Pontiac Trans Am that was reported stolen in southern Pennsylvania April 7.

Ms. Hoffman was charged with auto theft and was served with a warrant from Baltimore County charging her with six counts of uttering and felony theft, police said. Westminster detectives brought Ms. Hoffman back to Maryland Monday.


Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 9 a.m. Monday, responding for a greenhouse fire on North Tannery Road. Units were out 40 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 12: 59 p.m. Monday for a mulch fire on Mall Ring Road. Units were out 20 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese, Gamber and Union Bridge assisted Westminster at 2: 14 p.m. Monday, responding for a building fire on Washington Road. Units were out 15 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from New Windsor assisted Westminster at 3: 13 p.m. Monday, responding for a ruptured gas line on Quarrier Court. Units were out 30 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 9: 42 p.m. Monday for a fire in the 200 block of East Main Street. Units were out 50 minutes.

Westminster Rotary honors Smelser as at top citizen

Former state Sen. Charles H. Smelser recently was honored by the Westminster Rotary Club as its Outstanding Citizen for 1996.

The award has been presented annually since 1959 to those who have contributed to the community through their profession and service to citizens.

Several community and business leaders spoke of Mr. Smelser's qualities and his nearly 40 years of service in the state legislature.

He served in the House of Delegates from 1955 to 1963. He was a member of the Senate from 1967 until his retirement in 1994 and was active in the community, especially in banking circles.

He does volunteer work in the community and is a board member of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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