Solve Crime Of Week

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March 10, 1991

Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the week.

This week, the group is targeting a breaking, entering and theft at a home on NicodemusRoad on Jan. 14.

Police said the home was entered sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. Entry was gained by breaking the glass of a back door.

Several computer items were stolen, including a DTK Keen 2000 computer,a Magnavox 9CM082 monitor, a Suntouch keyboard, and RCI power driver, Kraft 3 button mouse, a Cardinal Interna modem, and an Epson 9 pin printer, police said.

Also taken were several compact discs and computer software.

Police said the home recently has been the targetof multiple crimes.

A neighbor may be involved, 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.

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.


WESTMINSTER -- Crime in Carroll County went down 7 percent in 1990, state police statistics show.

While local crime decreased, overall crime across the state went up 7 percent when compared to 1989 statistics.

The crimes that saw the most significant reduction in Carroll include robbery, which went down 44 percent, and aggravated assault, which decreased 33 percent, state police reported.

Two areas of crime increased last year over 1989. They were forcible rape, up 3 percent, and motor vehicle theft, up 8.7 percent.

The total number of crimes reported to all Carroll police agencies in 1990 was 2,928, 216 less than the year before.

Talbot County saw the sharpest reduction in crime last year -- 10 percent.

The county with the largest increase in crime was Kent County, where overall crime increased 30 percent. There, the number of forcible rapes was more than double the previous year at seven, and larceny thefts increased by 91.


WESTMINSTER -- Carroll Schisler, one of the two Marstonbrothers acquitted of animal cruelty charges, was placed on probation Thursday for hitting a sheriff's deputy during his arrest last April.

Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. placed Schisler on one year of unsupervised probation before judgment. If Schisler successfully completes the probation without incident, the guilty finding willbe wiped from his record.

Schisler, 44, originally was given a 90-day suspended sentence in the case by then-District Judge Francis Arnold. He also was sentenced to two years of supervised probation.

He was convicted of causing Carroll Sheriff's Department Sgt. David Showalter to dislocate his shoulder by ramming him into a police cruiser. Schisler decided to appeal the sentence to the Circuit Court.

In court Thursday, Baltimore attorney Roland Walker told Burns that Schisler's assault on Showalter was an isolated incident.

He said Schisler never before was arrested and that he is a law-abiding citizen.

"On the day the battery occurred, Mr. Schisler came back to hisfamily farm and found the place covered with sheriffs and other authority figures," the attorney said.

He said the scene upset Schisler because he thought the cruelty charges were unfounded.

Burns said he agreed the assault on Showalter was isolated, and then placed Schisler on probation.


HAMPSTEAD -- A North Main Street man was sentenced to serve nine years at the Carroll County Detention Center Thursday for passing bad checks and missing child support payments.

Kenneth E. Kerns, 27, was given the sentence afterhe was found guilty of violating several probations for convictions that went as far back as 1986.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sent Kerns to the detention center so that he can be placed on a work-release program to earn money to pay off $9,300 in debts.

Burns saidhe would consider modifying the sentence after Kerns makes "substantial" payments on his debts.

Kerns had been missing since 1989, when he wrote bad checks at the George's Super Thrift and the Westminster Co-Op Supermarket. Police had been searching for him since that time.

Thursday's sentence marks the second time Kerns has been placedon work-release at the county detention center.

In 1988, he was taken off of work-release after being ticketed by the Department of Natural Resources for fishing without a license. He was supposed to be working at the time.


WESTMINSTER -- A 28-year-old Randallstown man was convicted Thursday of selling cocaine toan undercover police officer in Sykesville last July.

Mark Lee Spealman, of the 4100 block of Tiverton Road, was found guilty of the drug charge by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. following a statement of facts read by Assistant State's Attorney Jill R. Trivas.

After selling 4 grams of cocaine to an undercover police officer, Spealman met another undercover officer on July 26 near the 2800 block of Liberty Road to buy a 1-pound block of marijuana, Trivas told the judge.

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