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January 25, 1996
Two boys were arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts each of fourth-degree burglary after a 37-year-old woman living in the 200 block of Main St. in New Windsor reported that someone had entered her unlocked enclosed porch about noon Monday and Tuesday.State police said nothing was taken.The juveniles, who are related, were not identified because of their age..They were released to the custody of their mother.10-month-old boy burned in fall onto kerosene heaterA 10-month old New Windsor boy who suffered second-degree burns to both hands after falling into a kerosene heater at home Tuesday was in stable condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.
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By Gadi Dechter and Chris Guy and Gadi Dechter and Chris Guy,sun reporters | January 13, 2007
SHOWELL -- With prayers and pledges of support, this rural Eastern Shore community rallied yesterday to aid a devastated family that lost two children, ages 3 and 12, in an early-morning house fire that officials said was likely caused by a portable kerosene heater. Five other children and their parents, Jeffrey and Denine DuPont, managed to escape without serious injury the blaze that destroyed their two-story wood-frame house in Showell, about 15 miles from Ocean City. Preliminary tests indicated that a kerosene heater in a first-floor bedroom was filled with the wrong fuel -- gasoline -- which might have increased the danger of the fire-prone heating device, said Worcester County's fire marshal, Jeffrey McMahon.
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November 26, 1998
FireWestminster: Westminster and Pleasant Valley firefighters responded at 11: 10 a.m. Tuesday to a fire in the 700 block of Lyth Hill Court. Units were out 30 minutes.PoliceWestminster: An employee of WWK Ltd. of Eldersburg told police Monday that someone pried open the sliding door of a house under construction on Farm Creek Road and took a kerosene heater. Loss was estimated at $200.Westminster: A Westminster city employee told police Monday that someone damaged an outside light at Jaycee Park.
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By ELLIE BAUBLITZ and ELLIE BAUBLITZ,SUN REPORTER | December 11, 2005
The Office of the State Fire Marshal and local volunteer firefighters are urging Carroll County residents to take precautions this holiday and winter season to prevent fires at their home. "A lot of things occur in the winter because we're home more and doing things there more," said Doug Alexander, the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association's public information officer. "During the holidays, we get wired into gifts and decorations and don't pay attention to everyday safety things."
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March 1, 1994
Kerosene spilled on an operating unvented space heater ignited and destroyed a two-story house in Sykesville Sunday night.Bob Thomas, Maryland deputy chief fire marshal, said the two-alarm blaze caused about $100,000 damage to the wood frame dwelling in the 700 block of Church St.Mr. Thomas said Michael Smith, 33, son of the owner, Nancy Smith, was alone in the house about 10:40 p.m. when he tried to refuel the kerosene heater.Mr. Thomas said that Mr. Smith accidentally spilled fuel over the heater and on the floor.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | February 14, 1995
Authorities searched the ruins of an Elkridge house yesterday for clues to whether a fire that killed a still unidentified man Friday was arson or a fatal accident.Neighbors told investigators that the fire began after a kerosene heater was thrown during an argument in the house in the 5800 block of Race Road, although the State Fire Marshal's Office and Howard County Police still are investigating."We don't really know what happened yet," said Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Allen L. Ward. "From the information we had early on, there is a kerosene heater that is alleged to have been thrown, but we're not sure that is correct."
NEWS
April 29, 1997
A Westminster woman was convicted yesterday of beating her two children with a coat hanger last year because they would not go to bed.The woman, 28, is not being identified to protect the privacy of the children. They were 7 and 6 years old at the time of the June 2 incident, court records show.The children were removed from her care the next day, court records show. One child suffered an eye injury and the other had welts. The mother told investigators that she became angry when the children refused to go to bed.The woman pleaded not guilty but did not contest the statement of facts.
NEWS
February 19, 1998
A 17-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday on charges of obstructing police by hiding a suspect wanted in connection with the drug-related death of a Westminster youth, police said.The girl was charged with harboring a fugitive, obstructing and hindering a police investigation, conspiracy to obstruct and hinder, and accessory after the fact, police said.The teen-ager, a girlfriend of a juvenile apprehended on alleged heroin distribution charges, was released to her mother, police said.The boy, who is being held in custody pending action by juvenile authorities, was found hiding in the basement of the girl's home on Feb. 6. He was the third teen-ager arrested in connection with the overdose death of Liam A. O'Hara, 15, a Westminster High student who was found dead at home in bed on Jan. 9 by his father.
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By Ronnie Greene and Ronnie Greene,SUN STAFF | January 13, 1997
Nine Carroll County residents were hospitalized yesterday after a faulty -- and apparently illegal -- kerosene space heater sent carbon monoxide wafting through their apartment building, leaving some gasping for breath, authorities said.One of the nine was a woman with a history of asthma, who was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.Operating a kerosene heater in commercial structures or buildings with three or more apartments is illegal. Fire officials said they found a soot-splattered heater in the Union Bridge apartment yesterday, apparently installed to keep pipes from freezing.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
A February fire that killed a 45-year-old man in Elkridge has been classified as a homicide, Howard County police said yesterday.The decision came after an autopsy by the state medical examiner in June, but the Police Department did not announce it formally until crime statistics were released Wednesday. It is the only death classified as a homicide this year in Howard County.John Henry Jacobs was killed in the Feb. 10 fire that severely damaged his house in the 5800 block of Race Road, police said.
NEWS
November 26, 1998
FireWestminster: Westminster and Pleasant Valley firefighters responded at 11: 10 a.m. Tuesday to a fire in the 700 block of Lyth Hill Court. Units were out 30 minutes.PoliceWestminster: An employee of WWK Ltd. of Eldersburg told police Monday that someone pried open the sliding door of a house under construction on Farm Creek Road and took a kerosene heater. Loss was estimated at $200.Westminster: A Westminster city employee told police Monday that someone damaged an outside light at Jaycee Park.
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February 19, 1998
A 17-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday on charges of obstructing police by hiding a suspect wanted in connection with the drug-related death of a Westminster youth, police said.The girl was charged with harboring a fugitive, obstructing and hindering a police investigation, conspiracy to obstruct and hinder, and accessory after the fact, police said.The teen-ager, a girlfriend of a juvenile apprehended on alleged heroin distribution charges, was released to her mother, police said.The boy, who is being held in custody pending action by juvenile authorities, was found hiding in the basement of the girl's home on Feb. 6. He was the third teen-ager arrested in connection with the overdose death of Liam A. O'Hara, 15, a Westminster High student who was found dead at home in bed on Jan. 9 by his father.
NEWS
April 29, 1997
A Westminster woman was convicted yesterday of beating her two children with a coat hanger last year because they would not go to bed.The woman, 28, is not being identified to protect the privacy of the children. They were 7 and 6 years old at the time of the June 2 incident, court records show.The children were removed from her care the next day, court records show. One child suffered an eye injury and the other had welts. The mother told investigators that she became angry when the children refused to go to bed.The woman pleaded not guilty but did not contest the statement of facts.
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By Ronnie Greene and Ronnie Greene,SUN STAFF | January 13, 1997
Nine Carroll County residents were hospitalized yesterday after a faulty -- and apparently illegal -- kerosene space heater sent carbon monoxide wafting through their apartment building, leaving some gasping for breath, authorities said.One of the nine was a woman with a history of asthma, who was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.Operating a kerosene heater in commercial structures or buildings with three or more apartments is illegal. Fire officials said they found a soot-splattered heater in the Union Bridge apartment yesterday, apparently installed to keep pipes from freezing.
NEWS
January 25, 1996
Two boys were arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts each of fourth-degree burglary after a 37-year-old woman living in the 200 block of Main St. in New Windsor reported that someone had entered her unlocked enclosed porch about noon Monday and Tuesday.State police said nothing was taken.The juveniles, who are related, were not identified because of their age..They were released to the custody of their mother.10-month-old boy burned in fall onto kerosene heaterA 10-month old New Windsor boy who suffered second-degree burns to both hands after falling into a kerosene heater at home Tuesday was in stable condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
A February fire that killed a 45-year-old man in Elkridge has been classified as a homicide, Howard County police said yesterday.The decision came after an autopsy by the state medical examiner in June, but the Police Department did not announce it formally until crime statistics were released Wednesday. It is the only death classified as a homicide this year in Howard County.John Henry Jacobs was killed in the Feb. 10 fire that severely damaged his house in the 5800 block of Race Road, police said.
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By Thom Loverro and Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | October 10, 1991
CUMBERLAND -- With windows shattering and flames shooting out of the front of their two-story home early yesterday morning, 11-year-old Clara Miller and her 9-year-old stepbrother, Richard Sluss, stood on the roof of their front porch.Clara jumped. Richard -- a good athlete -- did not. He went back inside. No one knows for sure why, but it is likely he was trying to save his two stepsisters, 4-year-old Britany Vanetta and 14-year-old Brandi Miller, who had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair.
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By Nancy Menefee Jackson and Nancy Menefee Jackson,Contributing Writer | November 14, 1993
Elizella Hall has lived in the brick home on Sugar Hill Road -- where Dembytown Road ends in a dirt lane -- for 40 years.She reared two children and four foster children there. But for the last three years, she has been living in a fire-ravaged home without heat or hot water, with windows broken by firefighters' axes. A kerosene heater keeps the chill out of the house; a hot plate warms the food.Thanks to help from a conscientious builder and 60 volunteers, the 70-year-old Dembytown resident's house got a thorough renovation last week.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | February 14, 1995
Authorities searched the ruins of an Elkridge house yesterday for clues to whether a fire that killed a still unidentified man Friday was arson or a fatal accident.Neighbors told investigators that the fire began after a kerosene heater was thrown during an argument in the house in the 5800 block of Race Road, although the State Fire Marshal's Office and Howard County Police still are investigating."We don't really know what happened yet," said Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Allen L. Ward. "From the information we had early on, there is a kerosene heater that is alleged to have been thrown, but we're not sure that is correct."
NEWS
March 1, 1994
Kerosene spilled on an operating unvented space heater ignited and destroyed a two-story house in Sykesville Sunday night.Bob Thomas, Maryland deputy chief fire marshal, said the two-alarm blaze caused about $100,000 damage to the wood frame dwelling in the 700 block of Church St.Mr. Thomas said Michael Smith, 33, son of the owner, Nancy Smith, was alone in the house about 10:40 p.m. when he tried to refuel the kerosene heater.Mr. Thomas said that Mr. Smith accidentally spilled fuel over the heater and on the floor.
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