2 men charged with trespassing on Governor's Mansion grounds

December 21, 1990

Two young men have been charged with trespassing on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis after they allegedly were found carrying some workmen's tools and paint thinner.

The two men "entered the property uninvited" about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 7, according to documents filed in Annapolis District Court.

Brendon C. Smith, 19, of Riva, and Chad J. Godhard, 20, of College Park, were charged with trespassing at a public agency after hours, a misdemeanor, records show.

Godhard also was charged with being drunk at a public place and causing a disturbance, according to documents. The men were released on their own recognizance.

Capt. Johnny Hughes, a State Police spokesman, said he did not know whether the two men got over the mansion fence. He said they were apprehended outside the mansion's front gate.

Smith said he and his friend, who work together as waiters, had been drinking at some bars near City Dock that night, and he did not recall the alleged incident. He denied having any tools or paint thinner, however.

Godhard could not be reached for comment.

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