Baltimore CityASSAULT: Central District -- Police arrested...


Baltimore City

ASSAULT: Central District -- Police arrested a 21-year-old man yesterday and were holding him at the station pending assault charges. The man allegedly injured a woman when he threw a lighted firecracker at her. Police said Katrina Lucas, of the 2000 block of Guilford Ave., was arguing with the man near her home around 5 p.m. yesterday when he lighted the fuse of a firecracker and threw it at her. Police said the firecracker exploded in the woman's face, causing second-degree burns to an ear. Police said the man was arrested a short distance away. Lucas was treated at a hospital and released.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Anne Mar, 26, an employee of Market Salads in the Light Street pavilion at Harborplace, reported that she was about to make a night deposit at a bank on the second floor of the pavilion around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when she was pushed aside by a man who stole the bank bag. Police said Mar was struck in the face during the robbery but refused treatment for a minor lip injury. Police said the man escaped with nearly $600.

ROBBERY: Central District -- April Powell, of the 1600 block of E. 32nd St., reported she was in the 200 block of W. Baltimore St. shortly before 11 p.m. yesterday when she was attacked by several females, one of whom ripped off the gold earrings she was wearing. Powell told police the earrings were valued at nearly $100. Police said the group was responsible for other attacks on women that resulted in jewelry and other items being stolen.

BURGLARY: Central District -- A resident of the 1700 block of McCulloh St. reported that someone broke into her apartment and stole a 25-inch TV valued at more than $500.

THEFT: Central District -- Curtis Lewis, of the first block of Brubar Court, western Baltimore County, told police that while his car was parked in the 300 block of W. Redwood St. someone broke into it and stole property valued at $300.

THEFT: Central District -- Eugene Owens, of the 1100 block of Stoddard Court, reported that someone entered his home and stole his 10-speed bike, which was valued at nearly $240.

THEFT: Central District -- An employee of Arrow Parking in the 300 block of N. Howard St. reported that someone entered the parking lot booth while it was unattended and stole a window air conditioner valued at $300.

BURGLARY: Central District -- Officials of the Theatre Project in the first block of W. Preston St. reported that someone broke into the building and stole stereo equipment of undetermined value.

THEFT: Central District -- Kimberly Emminizer, an out-of-town resident, reported that her car was parked in the first block of E. Lanvale St. when someone broke into it and stole property valued at more than $150.

THEFT: Central District -- Police reported that someone broke into a truck parked in the first block of W. Lafayette Ave. and stole property that the owner, Todd Bukantas, of the 5800 block of Windsor Mill Road, said was valued at $400.

BURGLARY: Central District -- A resident of the 1300 block of Argyle Ave. reported that someone broke into her home and stole property valued at $700.

THEFT: Central District -- Melvin Royal, a resident of Virginia, said that while his car was parked in the 100 block of S. Eutaw Place Wednesday and yesterday, someone forced open a door and stole a bike and other items, all valued at $400.

THEFT: Central District -- John Steinberg, a resident of New York, told police someone broke into his car while it was parked in the 100 block of S. Eutaw St. and stole a plastic carrying case containing nearly three dozen cassette tapes, valued at more than $300.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Royal Witherspoon, of the first block of E. 21st St., reported he was walking in the 2100 block of Lovegrove St. around 8 a.m. yesterday when he was stopped by a man with a handgun, who reached into his pockets and removed more than $200 in cash and a money order.

ROBBERY: Western District -- Police today continued their search for two men who robbed Central Discount Furniture in the 800 block of W. Baltimore St. Police said the men, both of whom had handguns, forced an employee to give up $50 from the cash register and stole an AM-FM radio valued at less than $100.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Dionne Faulks, of the 4400 block of Franconia Drive, reported she was in the 1000 block of Madison Ave. shortly after 10 p.m. yesterday when she was attacked by a man who struck her in the face and robbed her of the denim jacket she was wearing, a $20 bill, her purse and a check for nearly $140.

ROBBERY: Western District -- Police reported that Rodney Brown, of the 1300 block of N. Calvert St., was in the 1800 block of Harlem Ave. when two men, one armed with a knife, threatened him and robbed him of $50.

Baltimore County

SHOOTING: White Marsh District -- Police reported that two people attending a Fourth of July outing in the 6100 block of Radecke Ave. yesterday evening were hit by a ricocheting bullet when one of several white youths fired a gun after taunting three black youths near where the party was being held. Police said neither person hit by the bullet required medical treatment. Police said three black youths were walking in the 6000 block of Radecke Ave. shortly before 7 p.m. when four white teen-agers walked out of a nearby woods and began yelling racial epithets at them. Police said one of the white youths pulled out a gun, causing the black teens to flee. Police said the armed youth fired once and that the bullet went nearly a block before striking the rear wall of a house. They said the bullet bounced off the wall, passed through the shirt of Carmelo Charles Prescimoni, 63, of the 200 block of S. Robinson St., and then grazed the forehead of Lou Ann Zakrowski, 32, of the 5000 block of Daybreak Terrace, both of whom were visiting friends. Police said no arrests have been made.

CEMETERY VANDALISM: Woodlawn District -- Police reported that someone entered the Woodlawn Cemetery in the 2100 block of Woodlawn Drive and broke or turned over nearly 90 headstones and at least one ornate monument. Sgt. Daniel jTC Chesney said the incident occurred between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:20 p.m. yesterday, when a Woodlawn resident visiting the grave of a relative noticed several headstones lying on the ground. Chesney said nearly all the headstones were in two long rows near a lake. He said damage to many of the headstones was extensive and that the monument broke when it fell to the ground. Chesney said there was no evidence that the graves had been disturbed. He said an estimate of the damage was not known. Police urged anyone having information about the vandalism in the cemetery to call the station at 887-1340.

Anne Arundel County

ASSAULT/ARREST: Pioneer City -- Police arrested a 34-year-old Severn man and charged him with assaulting a woman with intent to maim after she refused to have sex with him in the apartment they share. The woman, whose name was not available, told police that during an argument with the man, he choked her and began ripping off her clothes. The woman told police the man also burned her with an iron before she broke the window of their apartment in the 8400 block of Pioneer Drive in an effort to alert neighbors. Shortly after police arrived, they arrested Lee A. Henry after a brief struggle. Police said the woman sustained bruises, a bloody lip and burn marks.

ANIMAL CRUELTY/ARREST: Fort Meade -- A woman who left her two dogs unattended in a car when the outside temperature reached more than 90 degrees was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. Police said Patricia Pearl Smith-Russell, of the 7700 block of Ray St., Fort Meade, was shopping at the Valu Food Market at Md. 175 when several passers-by noticed that two dogs inside the car appeared to be suffering from the heat. An officer was dispatched and had forced his way into the 1986 Chrysler LeBaron and had removed one of the dogs when Smith-Russell returned. Police said the woman had been away from the car for at least an hour. They said she objected to the officer entering her car and removing the dog. The officer arrested her and charged her with cruelty to animals. The dogs, police said, were turned over to the county's animal control bureau. Police said state law prohibits pet owners from leaving animals in cars on hot days.

DRUG ARREST: Millersville -- Narcotics officers on duty at the Amtrak station at Baltimore-Washington International Airport arrested a Bronx, N.Y., man and charged him with possession of cocaine. Police said that when the officers approached the man shortly after he got off a train from New York, he ran out of the station and headed toward a woods. During the ensuing chase, police said the man was seen ditching a large white package. The man was arrested moments later and the package recovered. Police said the package contained nearly 10 ounces of cocaine worth more than $25,000 on the street. Police identified the man as Ameen F. Orr, 23, of the 3000 block of Wallace Ave., the Bronx. They said the arrest was made by members of a drug interdiction unit that routinely approaches travelers who fit the profile of people transporting drugs.

Carroll County

THEFT: Westminster -- Police reported that someone broke into three cars while they were parked on Johahn Drive and stole property valued at more than $1,000.

Howard County

ARSON: Columbia -- Police and state fire investigators said a fire that damaged the interior of a Chinese restaurant in the 7000 block of Deepage Drive early Monday was arson. Police said that when the owner of the Hunan Manor restaurant arrived for work Tuesday, he found the front window had been broken. Entering the restaurant, the owner found several pieces of furniture had been destroyed or damaged by fire. Police said someone entered the restaurant by breaking the front window with a piece of pipe that was found at the scene. They said whoever set fire to the interior poured gasoline on the floor and furniture. Police said they had no suspects and that a motive for the break-in and arson was not known.

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