City / County Digest


December 13, 2006

Fast-moving fire in Mount Airy destroys 1 townhouse, damages 2

A two-alarm fire destroyed one townhouse and seriously damaged two others in Mount Airy yesterday afternoon, authorities said.

The fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Tender Court in a row of five townhouses, said Doug Alexander, spokesman for the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company. There were no injuries, Alexander said.

About 75 firefighters from four counties -- Carroll, Howard, Frederick and Montgomery -- responded to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown, said K. Arthur McGhee, deputy state fire marshal, who is investigating.

The three middle units suffered the most damage. One townhouse collapsed, a neighboring home lost its roof, and the third was heavily damaged with its siding scorched.

Ellie Baublitz

Howard County: Columbia

Information sought in home invasions

Howard County police are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in two Columbia robberies, one of which involved a sexual assault, said department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. Police said that when a 24-year-old woman arrived home about 6 p.m. Monday, an unknown person, who was already inside the apartment in the 5200 block of Brook Way, struck her repeatedly. She was bound and gagged, police said. The intruder then stole electronics and cash, and sexually assaulted her. In the other case, a robber bound and gagged a 60-year-old woman and then ransacked her apartment, stealing money, jewelry, credit cards and her car. The robbery occurred about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 in an apartment in the 5300 block of Smooth Meadow Way. Police believe the same person committed both crimes, but the victims were not able to provide a detailed description of their assailants.

Melissa Harris

Prince George's: Laurel

Mother and infant fatally shot in home

A woman and her 9-month-old daughter were found shot to death yesterday afternoon in their Laurel home, Prince George's County police reported. People outside the house in the 13700 block of Engleman Drive reported hearing shots about 12:15 p.m., and officers arrived to find Lisa Laverne Brown, 22, and her baby dead of gunshot wounds, said Cpl. Debbi Carlson, a county police spokeswoman. There was no sign of forced entry, police said.

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