14-year-old boy accused of calling in bomb scare

September 17, 1997

A 14-year-old boy was arrested yesterday after a telephoned bomb threat was traced to his Glen Burnie residence, county police said.

Police said the call was received at the 911 center in Millersville shortly before 9 a.m. from a boy who said bombs in three schools would go off in two hours. The caller did not specify which schools, police said.

The boy, who was arrested at his home, confessed to making the call, police said. He was charged as a juvenile with making a false report of a bomb.

Judge reduces bail, orders counseling for arson suspect

A Glen Burnie woman tearfully pleaded for help for her husband yesterday during his District Court hearing on charges he set fire to their home while she and their 8-year-old son were inside Monday afternoon.

"We'd been going to marriage counseling every week for six months and having no problems at all," Laura G. Dehn told Judge Robert C. Wilcox in Annapolis District Court. She told the judge that her husband, Ronald John Dehn, 35, drank heavily Monday and "things got really out of hand."

According to police, the couple got into an argument shortly before 4 p.m. when Mrs. Dehn wouldn't let her husband enter their home in the 7800 block of Leymar Road.

Mr. Dehn allegedly got a can of gasoline from a shed, poured it on the ground in front of the house, set it on fire and left the scene, police said.

According to fire officials, the blaze caused $600 in damage to a garage door. The flames had been doused with a garden hose by Mrs. Dehn by the time firefighters arrived, a fire department spokesman said.

A short time later, police arrested Mr. Dehn about a mile from his home. He was charged with arson, malicious burning, reckless endangerment and destruction of property.

At yesterday's hearing, Wilcox lowered Mr. Dehn's bail from $1 million to $100,000 and ordered him to seek counseling for alcohol abuse.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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