Pasadena

December 16, 1992

Upper Magothy residents seek approval for digging

A 57-year-old Pasadena man has withdrawn his plea of not being criminally responsible when he shot and wounded his wife at the Marley Station mall last January.

In exchange, prosecutors withdrew a charge against Arthur D. Copeland of using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, which carries a mandatory five-year sentence.

Yesterday's agreement means the state will avoid retrying Mr. Copeland in the Jan. 17 shooting of his wife, Maxine.

A jury convicted Mr. Copeland of attempted murder and battery after a week-long trial last September, but the jury said it could not decide on whether Mr. Copeland was criminally responsible.

The case was to have been retried to determine whether Mr. Copeland had the mental capacity to be held responsible in the shooting, assistant state's attorney Fred Paone said.

According to testimony, the systems analyst, who hated guns and led a "model life," met his wife in their driveway on her 59th birthday last January. He told her to follow him to the mall with the promise of a special birthday present, then shot her in the head when they arrived.

His wife survived the attack.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set sentencing yesterday Feb. 5. Mr. Paone said he intends to ask for a life sentence.

Baltimore men accused of trying to steal car

Three Baltimore men were charged with attempting to steal a car after a woman saw them tampering with a vehicle parked on Route 100 near Crain Highway in Pasadena, police reported.

Police reported a woman called them at 2 a.m. Saturday to say she saw three men tampering with a vacant car. When officers arrived, they arrested the men.

William D. Lowman, 19, of the 2800 block of Tennessee Ave.; Braxton E. Fish, 20, of the 4000 block of Washington St.; and David S. Trostle, 19, of the 500 block of Smallwood Road, were taken to Eastern District to be charged.

POLICE

*Stoney Beach: A storage shed belonging to L&M Contractors, at a construction site on Hilltop Road, was broken into over the weekend. Stolen were tools valued at $3,320.

*Bayside Beach: Burglars broke into a home in the 2200 block of Lake Drive sometime between Saturday and Monday and stole pictures of baseball players, money and liquor. The property was valued at $395.

*Jamestown on the Magothy: Burglars broke into a home under construction in the 9100 block of Song Road Friday and stole a gas stove valued at $1,527.

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