Youth hurt as aerial hits power line Boy was helping remove TV antenna from his roof

June 16, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Severn boy was burned yesterday when a television antenna he was trying to remove from the roof of his home struck a power line, police said.

Robert Wayne Stankiewicz, of the 7800 block of Old Quarterfield Road, was listed in guarded condition late yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Police spokeswoman Officer Carol Frye said Stankiewicz was helping James Phillips Jr., 37, of the first block of Cedar Drive in Glen Burnie, take the antenna down from the roof of the house on Quarterfield Road about 11: 25 a.m.

Frye said the two had climbed off the roof and were standing on the ground when the antenna toppled and struck a high-tension wire. Witnesses told police that electricity seemed to "arc out" from the antenna and strike Stankiewicz.

Frye said Stankiewicz suffered burns on his face and legs.

Loomis Fargo driver charged in false report of shots

A driver for Loomis Fargo Security company was charged with making a false report to police Friday after he told officers a man shot at him while he was picking up money at Bingo World in Brooklyn Park, but later recanted, county police said.

Rudy Glean Powell, 28, of the 6000 block of Spring Mill Circle in Baltimore, had left the bingo hall in the 4900 block of Belle Grove Road just before 2 p.m. Friday, then ran back inside and said a man shot at him three times as he was heading to his van, police said.

Heath Anshel, a Bingo World manager, said Friday that he and other employees were in the lobby when Powell left and then ran back inside, but that they did not hear gunshots.

"It seemed kind of odd," he said. "I even came out and looked around a bit, but I didn't see anything."

Police said Powell told them he made the report because he feared for his safety on the job, as he did not have a partner in making money pickups for his company.

Officials at the Baltimore branch office of Loomis Fargo Security declined to comment.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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