FOUR MEN CHARGED
SYKESVILLE - Four young men were arrested early Monday morning and charged with attempting to break into the American Legion Post on Slacks Road.
According to state police in Westminster, officers responded to an alarm at the American Legion Post at 12:49 a.m.
Police reports state that when the officers arrived, they saw a 1983 Chevrolet Camaro leaving the parking lot.
During a search of the car, the police found pry bars, a screwdriver, pliers and a bolt cutter, police reports said.
When the police checked the American Legion building, they found that entry had been attempted through two rear doors, which had extensive damage.
The driver of the car and three passengers were arrested and charged with attempted breaking and entering and destruction of property.
Arrested were Michael Franklin Griffin, 20, of the 5500 block of Oregon Avenue, Baltimore; Joseph Curtis Stricker, 20, of 1000 block of Elm Ridge Avenue, Baltimore; Gene Ray White, 19, of the 500 block of South Beechfield Avenue, Catonsville; and Daniel Edward Batze, 24, of the 400 block of Pamela Road, Glen Burnie.
MARSTON MAN SENTENCED
WESTMINSTER -- Carroll Schisler, one of two Marston brothers acquitted of animal cruelty last August, was given a 90-day suspended sentence Friday for assaulting a sheriff's deputy who was trying to arrest him last spring.
District Judge Francis M. Arnold also placed Schisler, 44, on two years of supervised probation.
Schisler and his brother, August Schisler, were found not guilty of several animal cruelty counts, but Arnold found Carroll Schisler guilty of assaulting Sgt. David Showalter.
During last summer's trial, Showalter testified that Carroll Schisler -- who was handcuffed -- rammed the deputy into a police cruiser.
Schisler said that he did not push Showalter and that the deputy tripped and fell into the car.
Showalter has been on light duty since the incident and is expected to have shoulder surgery Tuesday.
SIX FACE DRUG CHARGES
WESTMINSTER -- Six city men were arrested Friday night and charged with several drug-related charges as a result of a months-long investigation by the county Narcotics Task Force.
Senior Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III said the men were arrested after the task force used a search-and-seizure warrant to enter a house and trailer in the 2700 block of Birdview Road.
The raid netted about 6 grams of suspected cocaine, estimated to have a street value of $600.
Also seized were 1 ounce of suspected marijuana, a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun, triple-beam balance scales and a 1987 pickup truck.
The task force also seized portable telephones, telephone pagers and police radio scanners. Walker called the items drug-related.
The Birdview Road properties are owned by Daniel Vincent and Patrick Thomas Cook, police said.
Daniel Vincent Cook, whose age was not available, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was being held on $10,000 bond late yesterday.
Patrick Thomas Cook, 28, was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and other drug-related offenses. He was being held late Tuesday on $15,000 bond.
Daniel Richard O'Brien, age not available, of the 1300 block of High Ridge Drive; David Roy Bosley, 21, of the 2300 block of Old Washington Road; Carl Lee Tawney, 30, of the 300 block of North Colonial Avenue; and Michael Lee Bewley, 22, of the 2800 block of Niner Road were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
O'Brien was being held on $7,500 bond late Tuesday. Bosley, Tawney and Bewley were released after posting $10,000 bond.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the group is targeting the vandalism of a home under construction in the 5000 block of Jeffrey Drive in Mount Airy.
Police believe the vandalism at the secluded county home occurred sometime during the weekend of Oct. 6.
The suspects damaged several fixtures in the home, including heating ducts, a fiberglass tub and shower stall, a bathroom exhaust fan and several windows. Twenty rolls of joint tape also were damaged, police said.
Police estimated the cost of the vandalism to be $500.
If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward. Anonymous callers must use the tip line to get credit for their call.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
12:01 a.m., Sykesville responded to a transformer fire on Locust Lane.
7:13 a.m., Hampstead and Manchester assisted Baltimore County on a house fire on Parsonage Oak Court.
9:04 a.m., Manchester and Lineboro assisted York County on an automatic alarm on Musselman Road.
3:12 p.m., Reese and Gamber responded to an automatic fire alarm on Route 140.
8:18 a.m., Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley responded to a chimney fire on Ridge Road.
8:40 a.m. Reese responded to a stand-by at the station.
12:29 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a porch fire on East Main Street.
12:54 p.m., Hampstead, Manchester, Arcadia and Boring responded to a chimney fire on Upper Beckleysville Road.