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May 02, 2003

Three charged in soda bomb explosion

Three men were charged Thursday with exploding a "soda bottle bomb" at the front door of Heritage Academy near Hagerstown, the Maryland Fire Marshal's Office said.

Andrew Lawrence Calmon, 18, and Benjamin Weston Jones, 18, of Hagerstown, and Brian Michael Lantz, 18, of Boonsboro were each charged with manufacturing and using a destructive device, malicious destruction of property and reckless endangerment, the fire marshal's office said.

"Soda bottle bomb" is the street name for a chemical reaction bomb because it's often created using a plastic soft drink container.

The device was placed at the school's main entrance at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. Damage to the school was minor, officials said.


Neighbors witnessed the men leaving the school at the time of the explosion and immediately called Maryland State Police, the fire marshal's office said.

Man charged with burglary, assault

A man accused of breaking into a Hagerstown woman's house and threatening her with a knife was taken into custody there Thursday morning, Hagerstown City Police said.

Mark Narvell Taylor, 33, of no fixed address, was charged with first- third- and fourth-degree burglary, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property, police said.

The woman was home with her 16-year-old daughter when she heard someone trying to climb through her kitchen window at 219 N. Mulberry St., police said.

While she was on the phone with 911 dispatchers, the man broke down her front door, police said.

Once he was inside, she alleged, the man waved a knife at her and told her he was going to kill her. He grabbed the phone and hit her in the head with the receiver, police said.

When officers arrived at 7:53 a.m. the two were yelling at each other in front of the house and he was holding a knife, police said.

Police said Taylor was not the woman's boyfriend. She told police she met him about three weeks ago and allowed him to store some personal property at her house.

The woman had a minor abrasion on her wrist and a small knot on her head. She refused medical treatment, police said.

Damage to the house, owned by Charles Foltz, was estimated at more than $500, police said.

Taylor was being held Thursday night on $750,000 bond, police said.

Student injured crossing the street

FREDERICK, Md. - A Maryland School for the Deaf student was injured when she was hit by a pickup truck while crossing South Market Street Thursday evening, Frederick City Police said.

The 17-year-old girl, whose name was not released because of her age, was treated and released at Washington County Hospital after the 6:34 p.m. accident, police said.

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident Thursday night and no charges had been filed.

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