Suspect waives bail hearing in shooting case

November 04, 1997

A Manchester man waived a bail review hearing in District Court yesterday on charges of shooting his roommate when a fight erupted during a card game Saturday, court records show.

Javier Francisco Ruelas Pliego, 32, of the 4200 block of Hanover Pike was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The shooting victim, Benitez Ramirez, 30, of the 4200 block of Hanover Pike was taken by ambulance after the 2: 30 a.m. incident to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

Police said a group of men were drinking and playing cards for money when an argument began.

Ramirez was shot in the neck with a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, police said.

Pliego was treated and released at Carroll County General General Hospital for minor lacerations, then taken into custody.

Fire destroys house, displacing Lineboro family

A Lineboro family was displaced early yesterday after a fire destroyed its two-story wooden home, fire officials said.

The three-alarm blaze, which broke out in the 4800 block of Kern Road about 2: 45 a.m., was caused by a malfunctioning electrical outlet in the kitchen, state fire marshals said.

Donald and Valerie Shade and their two young sons were asleep at the time but were able to escape without injury, fire marshals said.

The blaze was brought under control within an hour by 60 volunteers from Lineboro, Manchester, Hampstead, Westminster and Arcadia in Baltimore County, and York County, Pa.


Manchester: Firefighters responded at 4: 54 a.m. Monday to a fire in the 2000 block of Manchester Road. Units were out 20 minutes.

Hampstead: Firefighters responded at 2: 51 p.m. Saturday to a fire alarm in the 1400 block of E. Boerner Road. Units were out five minutes.


Hampstead: A Fairmount Road resident told police that a lamppost and lantern were damaged between 3 a.m. and 9: 30 a.m. Saturday. Damage was estimated at $400.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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