A Mount Airy man was arrested yesterday on charges of assault and reckless endangerment after a three-hour standoff with police, in whichhe reportedly fired five gunshots from his house, county police said.

Ronald G. Hoover, 33, of the 16300 block of Newport Road, fired the shots during a domestic argument with his estranged wife, who hadwent to his home to collect her belongings, police said.

Hoover's wife arrived at approximately 12:30 a.m., accompanied byher father and a police officer.

After collecting her possessionsfrom the house, she began walking out to her car when Hoover allegedly fired several shots from a semiautomatic shotgun, police said.

No one was injured by the gunfire. Approximately 12 police officers arrived at the scene and sealed off the area, police said.

Hoover surrendered at about 3:45 a.m. He was to have a bond hearing before a District Court commissioner late yesterday.


A fisherman suffered cuts and bruises Sunday when he was attacked and knocked unconscious by three robbers at Wilde Lake Park, county police said.

The fisherman, a 28-year-old Columbia man, was at the edge of the shore when the three men approached at 8 p.m. and stood around him, police said.

One of the men asked him how he was doing and another man struck him on the back of the head, police said. The victim then dropped to the ground unconscious, police said.

The robbers took approximately $26 from the man's wallet. He was treated at Howard County General Hospital for a cut to his lip anda swollen eye, and released, police said.


A fire Saturday at an asphalt paving company in Savagecaused an estimated $20,000 in damage and a 500-gallon oil spill that closed down part of U.S. 1 for about 90 minutes, county firefighters said.

The fire began at about 6 p.m. in a 20,000 gallon asphalt storage tank at Ratrie, Robbins and Schweizer paving company in the 8600 block of U.S. 1, police said.

Two other smaller tanks also caught fire, a county fire report said. Firefighters from Howard and Prince George's counties extinguished the blazes at about 7:40 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Oil leaked from the burning tanks and spilled on to U.S. 1, prompting police to block part of the road, firefighters said.

State environmental health officials were called to thescene to assist in the cleaning up of the spill, said Robert B. Thomas Jr., a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office.

Thomas said the fires appeared to have been set off when oil that was being used to heat the brewing asphalt overheated. The fire has been ruled accidental, Thomas said.

A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:


8900 block Tamar Drive: April 28, electronic equipment was stolen sometime before 3:30 p.m. froma home entered through a rear window.

10300 block Lancelot Lane: April 26, someone forced their way into the garage of a residence sometime before 10 p.m. and stole a purse containing credit cards and other personal items.


7700 block Sharewood Drive: April 28, a container of coins was stolen sometime before 3:30 p.m. from a home entered by a thief who pried open the front door.

8300 block Rappahannock Avenue: April 25, a Chevrolet Blazer was reported stolen at 11 p.m. from a business parking lot.

Ellicott City

4600 blockMorning Ride Court: April 27, someone forced their way into a garageand stole a phone and a skateboard from a truck parked inside. The theft occurred sometime between midnight and 3 a.m.

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