Union Bridge man charged with assault after fight

March 11, 1998

A Union Bridge man was charged with assault yesterday after a late-night fight in the parking lot of a Finksburg restaurant sent another man to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Robert Leroy Cook, of unknown age and address, was in critical but stable condition last night, according to a hospital spokeswoman. He was transferred to the trauma center from Carroll County General Hospital after being found unconscious in the parking lot of the Encore restaurant at 2876 Baltimore Blvd. (Route 140).

Robert Martin Beall, 42, of the 9200 block of Bessie Clemson Road was charged with second-degree assault and released at 3: 30 a.m. without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court May 28. A conviction is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

According to the charging documents, a Maryland State Police trooper found Cook lying unconscious in the parking lot, bleeding from the face, and several people holding Beall, who also had blood on his face.

Beall allegedly told the trooper that the incident began when a telephone caller hung up on him at about 6 p.m., and that by using return-call service, he reached a man he knew and got into an argument, during which the other man threatened him.

Beall said he knew where the man hung out and "drove there to find him," according to the trooper's account in the court documents. The two men argued in the bar, then went to the parking lot, where Beall said he was again threatened and "enticed to fight." Beall said the other man swung first, then Beall hit him in the face and knocked him to the ground.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Madison Street reported Monday that the mirror on her vehicle was damaged while parked at her residence. Damage was estimated at $300.

Westminster: An employee of East Middle School reported Monday that someone damaged a light fixture at the school. Damage was estimated at $180.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded to a building fire on Sullivan Avenue at 6: 43 p.m. Monday.

Pub Date: 3/11/98

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