Man being held in arson case is charged in second fire


A Westminster man being held in connection with a suspected arson fire that burned Cockey's Tavern in Westminster March 8 was charged yesterday in a fire set in a garage about two blocks from the restaurant on the same night.

Clarence E. Mullinix, 29, of the 200 block of E. Main St. was taken before a District Court commissioner in Westminster, where an additional bail of $50,000 was set. He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster in lieu of $100,000 bail. The garage, at the corner of Winters Alley and Ralph Street, is owned by Michael Maholchik, of J & M. Development and was used to store building materials, said K. Arthur McGhee, deputy state fire marshal.

The damage was estimated at $10,000.


Westminster: A resident of Winged Foot Drive told police Wednesday that a cell phone and calling card were stolen from his vehicle. Loss was estimated at $130.

Westminster: A resident of Madison Street told police Wednesday that someone damaged the lock, entered her vehicle and took property. Loss was estimated at $790.

Westminster: An employee of Uniontown Associates told police Friday that someone damaged a house under construction on Lodestone Court. Damage was estimated at $150.

Westminster: A resident of Kays Mill Road in Finksburg told police Saturday that someone damaged the driver's side door handle of her vehicle. Damage was estimated at $100.


Westminster: Firefighters responded at 7: 51 p.m. Sunday to a brush fire in the 2400 block of Salem Bottom Road. Units were out 20 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Union Bridge responded at 1: 28 p.m. Sunday to a building fire in the 300 block of W. Main St. Units were out 22 minutes.

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