THEFT ARREST: Joppatowne -- Deputies arrested two...


THEFT ARREST: Joppatowne -- Deputies arrested two 16-year-old boys on charges of theft and malicious destruction stemming from an attempt to steal the wheels off a Jeep in the 300 block of Ellsworth Place at 4 a.m. Friday. The boys fled when deputies arrived, but were quickly apprehended. They also were charged with breaking into vehicles on Haverhill Drive and Rumsey Place. A sheriff's spokesman said more than $2,000 in )) stolen property has been recovered from five separate incidents as a result of the arrests and that the juveniles, who were released to their parents, are suspects in other recent theft cases.

* INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: Aberdeen -- A 68-year-old construction worker seated atop a piece of heavy construction equipment that was being moved on a flat-bed trailer from one job site to another was thrown to the ground as the load shifted along the eastbound exit ramp from U.S. 40 to Route 715, police said.

Donald Feif, an employee of Murphy Brothers Inc., an Aberdeen construction firm, was involved in the accident about 11:15 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

* STANDOFF: Bel Air -- After 22 hours negotiating with an armed 33-year-old woman, the Special Response Team of the Harford County Sheriff's Office rushed into an upstairs bedroom of the woman's townhouse in the 1900 block of Thomas Run Circle and safely seized her loaded pistol at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The woman's parents had called deputies Tuesday about 6 p.m. after not having had contact with her for about 10 days. After deputies arrived and the woman refused to surrender, her parents signed an emergency court petition to have her medically evaluated, a sheriff's spokesman said. No one was injured and the woman was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital for an emergency evaluation. The woman was not charged because her gun was registered and she did not threaten anyone, the spokesman said.

* DRUG ARREST: Edgewood-Aberdeen -- Seven suspects, including four juveniles, were arrested on charges of possession and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine at various locations after undercover officers of the Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force seized six grams of crack cocaine in several "buy and bust" operations June 14 and June 16, a sheriff's spokesman said. The adults charged were Mark Anthony Aaron, 24, of the 200 block of Mayberry Court in Aberdeen, Kevin Eugene Burry, 30, of the 800 block of Gilway Court in Edgewood and Yolanda Rincon, 19, of the 100 block of Hanover St. in Aberdeen. The juveniles -- a 17-year-old Aberdeen boy; two Edgewood boys, ages 16 and 14; and another boy of no fixed address -- are being held at the Charles Hickey School in Baltimore County. The adult woman was released on her own recognizance. The adult men are being held at the county jail in lieu of bond.

* THEFT: Havre de Grace -- An employee of Grace Harbor Homes told police that seven windows worth an estimated $1,400 were stolen from a home under construction in the 200 block of Cider Court sometime last weekend.

* DRUG ARREST: Churchville -- The Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force raided a residence in the 3100 block of Aldino Road at 9 p.m. June 23 and seized 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana and 300 doses of LSD, authorities said. Arrested on charges of possession and possession with intent to distribute the drugs were Donald Kevin Sexton, 22, Matthew Joseph Gorsuch, 20, Sean Freeman Anderson, 19, and Matthew Lawrence Wagman, 23, all of the Aldino Road address, and Sara Suzanne Cornelson, 22, of the 1200 block of St. Francis Road in Bel Air. Estimated value of the drugs was $5,800. Detectives said they also seized four shotguns and one rifle in the raid.

Cash reward offered for tips on break-in

The Harford County Crime Solvers, a group of concerned citizens, is offering up to $1,000 in reward for the arrest and indictment of someone who broke into A & A Enterprises at 103 Edgewood Road in Edgewood sometime overnight June 18 and 19 and stole money, sports trading cards, comic books, a camera and jewelry, worth $1,461. Police said entry was made through a small lower window, leading them to believe the suspects are small or are juveniles.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Crime Solvers' hot line at (410) 877-STOP. Callers need not give their names.

Fryer fire damages Edgewood restaurant

Five customers and five employees escaped without injury after a deep fat fryer used to cook french fries at the Wendy's Restaurant in the 1900 block of Pulaski Highway in Edgewood malfunctioned and set fire to the kitchen area about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, state fire officials said Friday.

The automatic sprinkler system above the fryer failed to activate, the fire marshal's office said.

About 20 firefighters from Abingdon and Aberdeen Proving Ground brought the blaze under control within 10 minutes.

But the restaurant had to be closed because of smoke, heat and

fire damage.

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