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November 25, 1990


FINKSBURG - A Baltimore Boulevard resident still was being held at the Carroll County Detention on $200,000 full bond late Friday after being charged with assault with intent to murder in connection with a shooting early Wednesday morning.

State police in Westminster reported that a man walked into Lenny's Body Shop in the 2450 block Baltimore Blvd. at 2:33 a.m. Wednesday and fired one shot with a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

The bullet missed the owner of the shop, Leonard Howard Medicus, who ducked, police said.

In addition to assault, Barry Michael Dentler of the 2400 block of Baltimore Blvd. was charged with possession of the weapon and suspected controlled dangerous substances.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, more details on the incident were unavailable, state police said.


Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group has targeted the attempted break-in into an office trailer at the Carroll County landfill off Kabik Court in Woodbine.

Police said the attempted entry occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Oct. 9 and 7 a.m. Oct. 10.

Someone attempted to pry open the front door of the trailer, which is owned by the Department of Public Works, police said.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

Callers can remain anonymous, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


State police in Westminster will continue their stepped-up road patrols through midnight tonight.

The special patrols, which began at noon Wednesday for the long holiday weekend, will be stationed on Interstate 70 and on routes 26, 27, 97 and 140, 1st Sgt. Stephen Reynolds said.

"The patrols will use radar and Vascar to catch speeders," he said. "And special attention will be paid to drunk-driving patrol and occupant restraints."



A 37-year-old Sykesville man was found not guilty of felony assault charges in connection with a June shooting that injured a county teen-ager, but he was convicted of several misdemeanors.

John Robert Wolbert of the 1100 block of Fannie Dorsey Road was cleared of the three felony assault charges by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

Wolbert was charged after state police in Westminster said Wolbert fired a shotgun in the direction of three teen-agers who were hanging around an abandoned barn near his property.

One of the youths was hit by the gunfire and was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.

Wolbert pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, but Burns found him guilty of one count of reckless endangerment, one count of assault and battery and two counts of assault.

After the shooting, Wolbert told police he fired the shotgun to scare the boys off his neighbor's property, not to injure them.

Wolbert's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Carroll Circuit Court.



A 34-year-old Church Street resident was arrested last week and charged with eight counts of child abuse against a 4-year-old Finksburg boy.

Ronald Keith Miller was charged with abuses that state police believe occurred while he was baby-sitting a Finksburg woman's three young boys in September, court records show.

Miller was released Tuesday from the Carroll County Detention Center on $150,000 bond.

According to court documents, child-abuse investigators with the state police and the Department of Social Services went to the children's Finksburg home Sept. 27 to check out an earlier complaint.

They interviewed the boys, ages 8, 5 and 4. At the time of the interview, the oldest boy had a bruised and swollen lip. When the investigators asked him where he got it, the boy told them Miller slapped him because he was playing around a backyard clothesline, records show.

During the interview, the youngest boy told investigators he had been sexually abused, police said.

Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.

Here is a compilation of some of the crimes reported to local and state police:


600 block of Ridge Road: Damage to door frame and dead bolt during burglary attempt Nov. 19. Estimated loss: $190.

2500 block of Deer Park Road: Theft of three guns from residence between Nov. 18 and 20. Estimated loss: $500.


4500 block of Hanover Pike: Theft of tools from shed between Nov. 17 and 18. Estimated loss: $7,000.

New Windsor

Wakefield Valley Road: Theft of a hunting stand and ladder from wooded lot between Nov. 3 and 13. Estimated loss: $155.10.

1200 block of Woodland Drive: Theft of large wooden spool and railroad ties from properties between Nov. 9 and 15. Estimated loss: $150.


300 block of Stoner Road: Theft of items from parked vehicle Nov. 18.

Estimated loss: $919.

200 block of Janice Way: Theft of items from parked vehicle Nov. 19.

Estimated loss: $220.

Bishop Street: Theft of food stamps from mail box Nov. 15. Estimated loss: $177.

140 Village Shopping Center: Theft of cash from an automatic teller machine between Oct. 21 and Oct. 26. Estimated loss: $240.

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