Couple charged with breaking, entering


When Elizabeth Trexler saw a pickup truck parked Sunday afternoon in the driveway of a vacant home she owns on Mink Hollow Road in western Howard County, she became suspicious.

Ms. Trexler, 41, blocked the truck with her car and went to a neighbor's house to call police.

When police arrived seven minutes later at 5:52 p.m., they entered the house and arrested a couple inside.

Police said the man told them he and the woman had previously done some renovation work at the house, but were present this time without permission.

Police accused the couple of taking cutting boards, an antique white tin box, a box of ball point pens, some light bulbs and a straw bag from the house. The items were recovered at an Anne Arundel residence, police said.

Donald Craig Cornwell, 42, of Glen Burnie, and Patrician Ann Coffey, 44, of Baltimore were charged with breaking and entering. Mr. Cornwell was released yesterday after posting a $3,000 property bond. Ms. Coffey was released Sunday on an unsecured bond.

Fire causes $100,000 damage to house

A fire of unknown origin did $100,000 damage to a home in West Friendship home yesterday morning, but no one was injured, fire officials said.

Mrs. Larry G. Drummond to returned her home in the 3800 block of Ivory Road at 9:28 a.m. yesterday and saw flames coming out of a basement window. She called the fire department from a neighbor's house.

Eight units and 29 firefighters responded to the fire, including units from a Sykesville station in Carroll County and units from West Friendship, Lisbon, Clarksville and Banneker Road.

They put out the fire at 10:18 a.m., said a fire service spokesman.

The cause of the fire, which started in a basement room, is still being investigated.

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