April 27, 1993

Probation given in manslaughter

A 20-year-old Pasadena man convicted of auto manslaughter in the death of a close friend was placed on five years' probation yesterday after the victim's parents asked that the man not be sentenced to jail.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set the probation term for Michael William Mettle of the 1000 block of Fitz Court and ordered that he also perform 364 hours of community service. Judge Thieme ordered Mettle to spend 14 hours each week for 26 weeks at a hospital emergency room or at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and to undergo drug counseling.

Mettle, who pleaded guilty March 15, was driving a 1985 Nissan 300ZX east on Duvall Highway near Queenspark Road at 1:04 a.m. Sept. 9, 1992, when he lost control of the car. It spun sideways before slamming into a tree.

Michael Francis Hardy, 21, of the 200 block of Meadow Road in Pasadena was thrown from the car, police said. He was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m.

George Lantzas, Mettle's attorney, said Mr. Hardy's parents told the judge in a victim impact statement that they wanted Mettle to perform extensive community service, but not to be incarcerated.

Man gets probation for false police report

A 26-year-old Pasadena man was sentenced to five years' supervised probation yesterday for filing a false report with police called to his community to investigate a cross-burning on a neighbor's lawn.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ordered the sentence for Robert C. Horn of the 300 block of Center St., who pleaded guilty to the false report charge March 8.

According to a statement of facts, Mr. Horn gave the officer who arrived in the first block of Magothy Beach Road Aug. 6 a fake name. He also lied about his whereabouts earlier in the day, said Assistant State's Attorney Steven M. Sindler.

Mr. Sindler said the officer was investigating the report of a cross-burning. The charred remains of a cross were found on the lawn of Benito Miller of the first block of Magothy Beach Road, Mr. Sindler said.

Mr. Horn was initially charged in the cross-burning, but Mr. Sindler said those charges were dropped when none of the neighbors would press charges.

Man, 28, arrested on PCP charge

County police charged a Pasadena man with possession with intent to distribute PCP after police received a tip that he was delivering the drug to the area Saturday.

Douglas Ulrich, 28, of the 100 block of Sharon Drive also was charged with possession of PCP.

Investigators with the Eastern District Tactical Narcotics Team said they received the tip around 11 p.m. and began following Mr. Ulrich and watched him during two alleged drug deals. Police stopped him a short time later and seized $400 worth of PCP-treated parsley flakes, plastic bags and drug paraphernalia.


* Pasadena: Thieves stole an outboard motor, valued at $400, from a boat docked in the 700 block of Powhatan Beach Road sometime between March 20 and Saturday.

* Lake Shore: Shoplifters stole $1,509 worth of jewelry from a display case at Jamesway department store in the 4200 block of Postal St. Thursday, police reported.

* Venice on the Bay: Thieves broke into a shed in the 1900 block of Arundel Road Saturday night, but police say they don't know what was taken.

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