Man, 32, held on bail in shooting case

March 17, 1998

A 32-year-old man was being held on $150,000 bail yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center, charged in the shooting of another man Sunday evening after an argument outside Westminster.

The victim, Eric George Webb, 31, of Manchester sought help at the Westminster police station about 7: 20 p.m. Sunday, saying he had been shot in the hip while in his car.

According to city police, Webb was shot after an argument that began at a home in the 1700 block of Old Westminster Road

about six miles from town -- and may have been drug-related.

After an argument and minor physical altercation in the front yard of the house, Webb left in his car and was followed to Westminster by two men in another vehicle, he told police. One of the men fired a Winchester rifle at Webb's car, police said.

Charles Anthony Frock, a resident of the house in the 1700 block of Old Westminster Road, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

Webb was taken by ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital, then flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was treated and released.

Spilled ashes cause fire at Westminster home

Wind-whipped hot ashes from a bucket placed outside a Westminster home started a fire that caused an estimated $2,000 damage Saturday.

A passer-by saw smoke coming from the rear of 544 Morelock Schoolhouse Road and had the fire under control by the time firefighters arrived.

The homeowner, Allan Derr, told firefighters he had placed the bucket of hot ashes outside near a wood pile. Firefighters determined that winds picked up the ashes and blew them onto the woodpile, igniting the fire.

Damage was limited to an exterior wall and a garage door. Firefighters from Westminster and New Windsor responded to the fire.

Boy, 14, slightly burned in fireworks accident

A 14-year-old boy was slightly burned Sunday when he tried to extinguish a fire touched off by illegal fireworks near Union Mills.

The youth was igniting the fireworks in a wooded area near Green Meadow Lane when dry grass and brush caught fire. He was burned on an ankle while attempting to stomp out the fire.

When he failed to put out the fire, he ran home and told his parents, who called the fire department. Firefighters from Pleasant Valley responded and treated the youth at the scene.

State fire marshals said the case was referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Police

Westminster: A representative of Rug Doctor reported on Friday that someone removed a steam-vacuum machine valued at $500 from the Giant Food store in Westminster.

Westminster: A resident of South Center Street reported on Friday that someone removed the stereo from her car. The loss was estimated at $200.

Westminster: A resident of East Main Street reported on Friday that someone entered her residence and removed a cable box. The loss was estimated at $300.

Westminster: An employee of Friedman's Jewelry Store reported Friday that someone stole a ring from the business at Cranberry Mall. The ring was valued at $3,395.

Fires

Westminster: Firefighters responded to a fire alarm in the 400 block of Malcolm Drive at 7: 47 a.m. Friday. Units were out 12 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster and Reese responded to a truck fire on South Cranberry Road at 7: 57 a.m. Friday. Units were out 13 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded to a brush fire at Magna Way and Old Bachman Valley Road at 9: 45 p.m. Friday. Units were out 20 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster and Reese responded to smoke in a house in the 1300 block of Maple Crest Drive at 11: 19 p.m. Friday.

Pub Date: 3/17/98

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