Window Damage

Paul Berkowitz, owner of Great Stuff by Paul Antiques, examines the hole in one of the three windows that were damaged over the weekend by some form of projectile. He was in the shop at East Sixth and East streets Saturday evening when he heard a loud noise and discovered the damage. Two other windows there were damaged as well as a number in the downtown area.

A string of incidents leaving downtown Frederick business windows damaged has city police looking for witnesses.

Between the early morning of Dec. 15 through Dec. 20, police have taken about a dozen reports of damage to windows caused by projectiles that are not bullets from firearms, according to a release Monday from the Frederick Police Department.

Joan Berkowitz, who with her husband owns Great Stuff by Paul on 6th Street and a vacant location on North Carroll Street, said the Carroll Street store was damaged on Dec.15 and the 6th Street store was damaged Saturday evening. On Sunday, they found two more holes in a window at the Carroll Street location, Berkowitz said.

Berkowitz said she's also heard about several other businesses, including a laundromat on North Market Street, that also had damage.

Mike Tauraso, the owner of Black Hog BBQ on South Market Street, said he'll have to replace one of the store's windows. While he hadn't gotten an estimate Monday, he expected the repairs to cost about $1,500.

With Christmas on Friday, the damage comes at a critical shopping time for downtown businesses, Berkowitz said.

Kara Norman, executive director of the Downtown Frederick Partnership, said it's an important time of year for downtown businesses, but there's never a good time to have vandalism.

“We don't want vandalism any time. And certainly not now,” Norman said.

Frederick police are asking anyone who may have witnessed any of the damage or have further information about the people responsible to contact Officer Douglas Kemp at 240-549-4782 or dkemp@frederickmdpolice.org.

Tips can also be left anonymously on the department's tips line at 301-600-8477, emailed to fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org, or sent via text to 240-674-8477.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(44) comments

KellyAlzan

A couple people on this forum with no one to do Christmas with so sad.

But that’s no justification for the FNP to allow them to troll us and harass us.

FNP - please ban CD Reid. And please stop deleting my requests. And thanks!

C.D.Reid

Ummm, Plumbum, ever wonder why the FNP pays you no attention other than to delete your repetitive requests? C'mon hon, think about it...

bosco

Come on, man. Lead is just another "one horse pony" like Quid Pro Joe called a reporter yesterday who was trying to get the Big Guy to answer a question about Hunter and the Beijing money laundering operation.

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gabrielshorn2013

OK plumbum, you violated these rules this time:

Keep it clean. No vulgar, racist, sexist or sexually-oriented language.

Engage ideas. This forum is for the exchange of ideas, not personal attacks or ad hominem criticisms.

Be civil. Don't threaten. Don't lie. Don't bait. Don't degrade others.

No trolling. Stay on topic.

What a hypocrite! Please FNP staff, Ban the Plumbum!

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C.D.Reid

"It’s obvious cd doesn’t get any you know what anymore from anyone" Plumbun?????

TomWheatley

On a more constructive note, how about working out what caused the damage? Is the hole symmetrical (impact from a spherical object like a BB from a slingshot) or jagged (rock in a snowball)? What is the relative depth of the hole as one can work backwards to the speed of impact and potential hardness of the object? Is the angle of the impact crater such that the point of release is the sidewalk or a passing car? Any footprints in the snowbanks?

And if you were wondering, we had a lab on impact craters back in my High School Physics class. We shot BBs into sand at different speeds and angles and had to predict the size, minor and major axis of the resultant crater.

Blueline

It's like crop circles. No ones knows how or why they got there.

LJF0929

We were told it's kids in cars driving by shooting marbles with slingshots.

TomWheatley

Ah, my junior year High School physics lab comes thru. Low velocity, spherical objects.

TomWheatley

So, no to cameras downtown and yes to cameras checking for masks. Got it.

As for the FNP, it would be instructive to describe the type of damage. Holes, cracks, scrapes? A pellet from a slingshot would create a hole, but without the high impact of a bullet. And random stores up and down Market or more specific ones?

gabrielshorn2013

No problem with downtown cameras monitoring public spaces Tom. We have no expectation of privacy while out in public, so no civil liberties violated. In this instance, a camera lens is the same as an eyeball. It also helps with the "I didn't see nuthin'" syndrome. If people won't see what happened, cameras sure will, and remember it. The video is looped over after a given time if there is nothing to report.

BTW, I remember that physics lab well, even the follow up question of "a lead projectile (of a given mass) is fired at a concrete wall and melts. What was the initial velocity?"

TomWheatley

We used sand or wax. If we fired the BB at something solid, it would rebound and shoot your eye out, kid.

gabrielshorn2013

Same here. They didn't trust us (a bunch of high school seniors) with the real deal. A group of Sheldon Coopers we were not. These were paper follow-up questions after the sand/wax or pendulum exercises that, if you knew the mass of the projectile, and its melting point, you could calculate the amount of energy necessary to melt it, and from there, its velocity (which went from X m/s to zero instantaneously).

TomWheatley

The movie Minority Report had those public cameras doing face recognition and retinal scans. Both to send you ads as you walked thru the public space and to keep track of every citizen.

But at the least, we are nominally on topic as opposed to the slugfest going on elsewhere. I am thinking snowballs that had some rock or other solid item in them. Really need to see the holes to determine what projectile was used.

pdl603

No problem just some misguided citizens out venting off some steam, right? Whats the big deal? We were told these businesses have insurance by the mob when months after Floyd’s death they were still protesting and doing this same stuff.

bosco

As long as it was peaceful projectile throwing, it can be excused. It'll be interesting to see the mug shots of the perp(s) when they are caught.

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jloo

Another liberal spouting off at the mouth (as is your right) judging others without any proof of anything. We all know liberal mobs never cause any damage with their "peaceful" protests!! Minneapolis anyone?? Nice work Matty!! Just when I thought my expectations of liberals couldn't go lower.

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] jloo

bosco

Here's a new low, jloo. BLM protestors marched through Candy Cane Lane, a neighborhood display that raises money to fight childhood cancer. Way to endear the cause to America.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2020/12/19/black-lives-matter-supporters-marched-candy-cane-lane-friday-night/3972673001/

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Greg F

How about the conservatives killing people by running them over at protests. Forgetful or ignorant. You’re one or both.

bosco

The usual what about from Doctor Fed Up GregF the miserable Troll King who has yet to find anything that he likes - other than to sling hate at every opportunity.

[ninja]

The shootings were in protest? Of what?... BBQ 🤷‍♂️?

Thewheelone

What an inane comment, Pdl

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Thewheelone

my my, cd; are we especially angry today?

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bosco

That's precious coming from the Troll King on FNP who never has anything nice to say about anyone.

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C.D.Reid

As a matter of fact, wheelone, No, I am not in the least bit angry. I'm merely giving back to Greg F what he gives to others, in this case, pdl. Question; why don't you ever ask Greg why he's always so angry, wouldn't you say it's obvious from his constant attacks?

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bosco

You must watch a lot of Fox News to be so knowledgeable about their programmt Doctor Fed Up GregF. They must appreciate the ratings boost you give them.

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gardenwhimsey

Street cameras would be useful downtown. If you aren't doing anything illegal, you shouldn't mind having your picture taken.

pdl603

Sure, why not erode our civil liberties even further. Your comment is timed well because the illegitimate crew soon to be taking over power will trample all over our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Greg F

Um....this isn’t China or Soviet Union or UK. Cameras are a serious threat. Go read Fahrenheit 451. Big brother is not our friend and once there, all manner of abuses of them will occur.

TomWheatley

1984 as well as a host of other novels and movies. Minority Report is rather chilling in its' depiction of total invasion of privacy and the citizens acceptance of it 'for the greater good'

bosco

Like the Big Brother proposal Andrew Yang put forth? Bar code tattoos for everyone so the government can track who has and who has not had the vaccine.

Where do the lefty liberal Socialist Democrats find these people?

Got your tattoo yet, Doctor Fed Up GregF? I'm sure you won't mind.

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bosco

Doctor Fed Up GregF sez "You want everything free without income to pay for it...."

Geeze, now you sound like you are accusing CD of being a Socialist Democrat. That's a low blow.

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bosco

Doctor Fed Up GregF sez to CD......"You want everything free without income to pay for it"

Doctor Fed Up GregF,, you just accused CD of being a socialist. Are you self prescribing your meds again? You may want to dial it back a bit since you are more delusional than ever.

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C.D.Reid

I AM NOT A SOCIALIST!!! ([lol][lol][lol])

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Greg F

That’s what Fox wants you to think. You want everything free without income to pay for it or anyone to oversee things. Except the corrupt CEOs.

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