December 28, 2007

Montgomery Co. : Rockville

Teen denied bail on murder charge

A judge has ruled that an 18-year-old man charged with murdering his father will remain held without bail. David Winters of North Potomac appeared in Montgomery County District Court yesterday via closed-circuit television.

The state argued that Winters is a danger to the community, while Winters' defense attorney said the evidence against his client is flimsy.

The teen's father, Andrew Winters, 55, was found dead with several stab wounds Tuesday near Muddy Branch Park.

Police say that before the body was found, David Winters arrived at a hospital seeking treatment for cuts on his fingers. He told police that he and his father were attacked while walking near their home.

David Winters was arrested Wednesday after police called the story suspicious.

Associated Press

Caroline County

: Denton

Extension cord blamed in fire

Fire investigators say a faulty electric extension cord caused a Christmas fire that damaged a building and destroyed a 1972 Buick Skylark.

The Maryland Fire Marshal's office says the fire broke out Tuesday evening in a two-story residential outbuilding on Pearson Road.

The fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage.

Investigators say the property owner's son, accused of hindering firefighters, was arrested.

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Allegany County

: Cumberland

1 arrested, 3 sought in home invasion

City police say one man is in custody and three people are being sought in a Monday shooting in which a Cumberland man was wounded in the arm.

The shooting happened during an attempted home invasion at an apartment in the 200 block of Virginia Ave., police said.

A suspect, Tavon Staten, 20, also was wounded and drove himself to a hospital, police said. He turned himself in to police Tuesday. Police have issued arrest warrants for three other suspects: Angelo Carlton, 19; Leon Britton, 20; and Jermail Young, 21. All four suspects are from Cumberland, police said.

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Frederick County

: Monrovia

5-year-old boy accidentally shot

A 5-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the leg by a gun he found under a sofa cushion in his home, authorities said.

Charles Donato's wound was not life-threatening, said Capt. Tim Clarke of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. The boy was being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

The boy reached under the cushion Wednesday evening and touched the pistol, causing it to fire a 9mm bullet into his upper right thigh, Clarke said.

Parents Gail and Richard Donato called 911. Investigators seized several weapons from the home and are working to determine why the loaded handgun was hidden beneath a sofa cushion, Clarke said.

Associated Press

Carroll County

Local businesses foil scam attempts

Several local businesses have been contacted in the past few days by a man claiming to be a sheriff's deputy in need of credit card account information for some customers.

The county sheriff's office says the calls were made to Pizza Hut restaurants in South Carroll and Finksburg. Officials say the employees did not supply the customer information.

The sheriff's office says a caller posing as a Westminster police officer tried the same scam at a Westminster restaurant, but the employees also refused to give out the information.

Similar calls were made in August to at least four businesses in Aberdeen.

Associated Press

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