Man guilty of destruction
WESTMINSTER -- A 20-year-old city man was found guilty last week of malicious destruction following a night in which 23 mailboxes were destroyed along Chanter Drive.
Ralph E. Mayne of Pennsylvania Avenue was sentenced to 120 days in the Carroll County Detention Center by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. in connection with the incident.
Mayne pleaded not guilty, but agreed to accept the state's version of the facts in the case. In exchange for that plea, the state dropped 10 of 11 counts of malicious destruction.
According to court records, Mayne was driving a car along Chanter Drive as a passenger whacked mailboxes with a baseball bat. Mayne was given probation before judgment on a charge of driving while intoxicated in the incident.
"Anybody who gets drunk and drives down the road and destroys mailboxes like Mr. Mayne did does not deserve any special treatment," Burns said as he handed down his sentence.
Drug bust conviction
WESTMINSTER -- A 26-year-old city man was found guilty last week of possession of marijuana with the intention to distribute and sentenced to two years in state prison.
Raymond Michael Zager, who was arrested after a December raid of a Main Street pawn shop by the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force, pleaded not guilty, but agreed to accept the state's version of the facts.
Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found him guilty and imposed his sentence, which is to run consecutively with a sentence for driving while intoxicated that Zager currently is serving.
Zager was one of three men arrested during the December raid. An informant's tip led to the investigation, which began when an officer with the task force stopped a car on a traffic violation near East Middle School.
Police said a drug-sniffing dog reacted when it approached the stopped vehicle. The driver was arrested, and marijuana was found in his pockets.
Later in the day, police raided the Economy Pawn and Bargains Shop at 20 W. Main St., where they found 11 ounces of marijuana and paraphernalia, court records show. Zager was arrested after police monitored a controlled buy of marijuana, although court testimony did not link Zager directly to the sale.