Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

February 10, 2004

Westminster man stabbed on Main St.; suspect arrested

A Westminster man was hospitalized, and another was charged with assault early yesterday after an argument on Main Street at Railroad Avenue resulted in a stabbing, Westminster police said.

Officer David Reifsnider was on patrol about 1 a.m. when he was flagged down by a group of people in the first block of E. Main St., police said. The group had just left a nearby restaurant, and after a comment was made about a woman, one of the men was stabbed in the left side with a serrated folding knife.

Joe Randall Palmer, 31, of the 300 block of E. Main St. was taken by ambulance to Carroll Hospital Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Timothy Lascuola, 23, of the 300 block of Parisian Way near Westminster was charged with first- and second-degree assault and carrying a deadly weapon, police said. A District Court commissioner set bail yesterday afternoon at $15,000. Lascuola was being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Habitat for Humanity to dedicate its first home

The Carroll County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its first completed home from 10:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow at 113 Lippy Ave. in Westminster.

The owners of the newly built home will be Rosalind Blakey and her son Justin, 10, and daughter Jakani, 12. The family helped the Habitat volunteers build the house, with donations and construction help from local businesses.

Westminster teen guilty of explosives violations

A Westminster teen-ager was found guilty yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court of attempting to manufacture a destructive device after a plea agreement in which the prosecutor detailed a list of explosive ingredients found in the youth's car last year.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered for Lee Edward Hensley, 18, of the 500 block of Old Baltimore Road by Judge Michael M. Galloway. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Under the plea agreement, the prosecution can recommend six months in the Carroll County Detention Center, while the defense can argue for less time, said Senior Assistant State's Attorney David P. Daggett. The charge carries a 25-year maximum penalty.

There was no indication of malicious intent by Hensley, who apparently liked to detonate explosives in rural areas, Daggett said.

Hensley was arrested June 4 after a tip prompted a state police stakeout of his home, police said at the time.

Empty airgun cartridges, sparklers, gunpowder and toilet bowl cleaner were found in his car, authorities said.

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