2 Held On Drug Charges

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March 25, 1992

WESTMINSTER — City Police arrested two men Monday on charges of planning to sell 45 vials of crack here.

Arrested were Christopher G. Braxton, 20, of Baltimore, and Brett M. Friend, 19, of Woodlawn, who were both charged with charged with the possession of cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute.

The two men were arrested on Sullivan Avenue after being observedby police. Police said the two were preparing to sell crack cocaine from their car.

Police said that an informant told them that two men -- "Brett and Lonnie" -- had plans to sell drugs in Westminster.

The informant told Sgt. Stewart Kozak of the Westminster Police Department that Brett would try to sell the drugs in the area of Union Street and Sullivan Avenue on the evening of March 23, the police report said.

The informant told police that Brett used portable radio scanners to keep abreast of police movements.

About 7:30 Monday evening, police followed a Chevrolet Spectrum occupied by two black men. They met up with another man, and police converged on the car.

Police reported finding 45 vials of crack in a black vinyl bag, 35 glassine bags, measuring spoons, a cutting knife and other paraphernalia. Police said they recovered three hand-held radios, a pair of binoculars and a pager.

Bail was set at $75,000. The two men were being held yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center.


The Carroll County government has asked for bids on 16 guns that were confiscated by the Sheriff's Department over the past few years.

Thomas F. Crum, the county's chief purchasing agent, saidthis is the first time the county is selling guns, but that it is following procedures that the Maryland State Police use.

"We are only selling to licensed dealers," Crum said.

Asked why the county doesn't destroy these weapons, Crum said the government "is trying to raise revenue, and selling them is a legal way of disposing of them."

The guns, ranging from a BB gun to handguns, will be sold to the highest bidder.

The deadline for submitting bids is April 10, Crum said.


The Carroll County Local Emergency Planning Committee is planning to conduct a hazardous material training exercise this fall.

The county's Hazardous Materials Steering Material is expected to supervise the exercise.

Members of the committee said they would like to have an outline for the exercise by their May meeting.

The committee also heard that county commissioners have received a survey from the federal government to determine how familiar elected officials are with their emergency planning organizations.

Members of the committee have scheduled their next meeting for1:30 p.m. April 27 in Room 300A of the County Office Building, NorthCenter Street, Westminster.



UNION MILLS -- A 22-year-old woman remains hospitalized after suffering injuries when the car in which she was riding crashed into autility pole on Route 97 Saturday night, state police reported.

Theresa Lentz was riding in the passenger seat of a 1984 Chevy Camaro when the car skidded 260 feet, left the road and struck the pole about 11:10 p.m.

Lentz was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore where she was in stable condition yesterday. Barbara Rill, 24, a passenger in the rear seat, was treated and released.

The driver of the car, an unidentified male, apparently left the scene of the accident, police said.



WESTMINSTER -- During Sunday's snowstormthere were 18 minor accidents in Carroll, state police reported.

There were no fatal accidents during the storm.

The police reported that the snow emergency was lifted at 9 p.m. Sunday.


* State police, 848-3111.

* Hampstead, 239-8954.

* Manchester, 239-6900.

* Sykesville, 795-0757.

* Taneytown, 751-1150.

* Westminster, 848-4646.


Please report crime tips tothese 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 crime reported to local and state police:


Schalk Road: Westminster Police arrested Michele L. Yelton, 27, and charged her with driving while intoxicated on March 20.


Daisy Drive: Westminster Police arrestedPaul C. Koontz, 24, and charged him with with one count of driving while intoxicated on March 23. He was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.


Bishop Court: Westminster Police said that Joseph Rupert reported his house was burglarized and personal property worth $2,870 was taken on March 19.

Sullivan Avenue: Westminster Police arrested Joseph T. Savage Jr., 33, and charged him with one count of failing to pay a fine on March 21. He was released after he paidthe $100 fine.

Route 140: Westminster Police said that the Radio Shack in Cranberry Mall had a scanner, worth about $300, stolen from the store on March 21.

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