Gaither man is charged with rape in Westminster

November 15, 1996

Westminster police arrested a Gaither painter yesterday on charges of rape, burglary and related offenses stemming from an incident Saturday in Westminster.

Reese M. Baker, 40, of Gaither Road, southwest of Sykesville, was being held at Carroll County Detention Center without bail, pending a bail review hearing in District Court today, court records showed.

Police said a rape was reported about 6 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of E. Green St. and a woman was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released.

A description of the suspect -- given by the woman and neighbors -- matched that of a painter who had been working near the woman's apartment, police said.

A co-worker of the painter provided police with the man's name. Baker was arrested at Shoemaker House in Sykesville at 11 a.m. yesterday.

Baker faces charges of first- and second-degree rape, first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses, second-degree assault, and first-, second- and fourth-degree burglary.

Fire Department closer to construction-fund goal

Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will raise its symbolic ladder a few notches closer to its $1.5 million fund-raising goal today.

Spokeswoman Anne E. Rehfeld said the volunteers hope to start construction next spring on a 3-acre site at 28 John St., formerly occupied by Smith & Reifsnider Lumber and Home Center. The cost of the site is about $1.5 million.

"We're right about on schedule," Rehfeld said, "thanks to our community." Contributions from businesses and citizens total about $1.45 million.

"What we want to do eventually is raise a total of about $4 million for equipment and building, but Friday will be just for the building fund. We hope to raise the $1.5 million by Jan. 1," she said.

The volunteer company has been in the fire hall at 66 E. Main St. for 100 years.

But the building, with a distinctive clock tower that's a symbol of Main Street, is too small to house modern firefighting equipment.

With 10 pieces of equipment and no room to expand, the company last year began planning to move.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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