GETTYSBURG, PA. — A 34-year-old Pennsylvania man charged in the strangulation death ofwoman in Carroll County was transferred from Adams County Jail to state prison near Harrisburg because he was unable to get along with other inmates, officials said.
James H. VanMetre was indicted by a Carroll grand jury in connection with last year's killing of Holly AnnBlake. Blake's burned body was found in a county field.
VanMetre was transferred last month to the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill at the request of the Adams County warden.
VanMetre is in Pennsylvania awaiting trial on first-degree rape charges. After those charges are heard, he will face trial in Carroll Circuit Court on the murder count.
GRAND JURY INDICTS 2
WESTMINSTER -- A county grand jury on Thursday indicted David Teddy Yoswick, 24, of Overlea and Karen Sue Palido, 32, of Elkridge on charges of attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, assault with intent to murder and robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with the Feb. 26 abduction and stabbing of Frank Allen Storch.
Storch, 34, a Baltimore private detective and real estate management company president, was abducted from a Jessup hotel parking lot. He was foundwounded 14 hours later in a park in Sykesville.
Yoswick and Palido were arrested by state police in Westminster Feb. 28, after police interviewed Storch in his room at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center inBaltimore.
The two have been held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center since their arrest.
SUSPENDED TERM GIVEN
WESTMINSTER -- The 19-year-old city man who in February pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual offense of an under-age victim as part of a plea agreement was given a suspended five-year sentence in state prison.
The man was charged with sexually abusing his 10-year-old half-sister. His name is being withheld by The CarrollCounty Sun to protect the girl's identity.
During the man's sentence hearing in front of Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold, his attorneysought a probation before judgment, which would have erased the felony conviction from his record after successful completion of a periodof probation.
"He's at a fragile state, he's been through a lot,"said Public Defender Judson K. Larrimore. "(Probation before judgment) is the best thing. He's admitted his mistake. Giving him the PBJ would tell everyone that if you do the right thing, it will all work out."
He told Arnold that the man is trying to find a higher-payingjob -- he currently makes $600 a month working at an Ames departmentstore -- and that a conviction would hamper that job search. And without a better-paying job, Larrimore said, the psychological counseling he needs will be difficult to afford.
His father, step-mother and 10-year-old sister were in the courtroom for the hour-long hearing.
"Everybody wants what's best for him," Larrimore said. "Don't ruin his life at this time."
According to court records, a Westminster police officer observed the 10-year-old performing oral sex on the man on July 18. They were visible through a closed screen door, police said.
Here is a compilation of some of the activities in Carroll courts:
Louis Vicarini: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to probation before judgment and one year participation in the Drinking Drivers Monitoring Program on Monday for driving while intoxicated and speeding convictions.