Man gets 30 days for trespassing

June 19, 1994|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer

Edward Lamont Wells cannot stay away from Meadowood Townhouses in Edgewood -- a forbidden attraction that has landed him frequently in Harford District Court and in the county jail.

Mr. Wells was sentenced to 30 days in jail Tuesday for trespassing on the private property. He has two more trespassing charges pending against him and has been convicted several times in the past two years for inhaling harmful substances, court records show.

Mr. Wells, 25, a former Meadowood resident, was barred from the property Sept. 28, after he was convicted of indecent exposure involving two minors. He received a three-month jail sentence and was ordered not to have any contact with the children or to return to the townhouse community.

But, after he was released from the Harford County Detention Center, Mr. Wells kept returning to the 1000 block of Dearwood Court to visit his elderly grandmother.

The visits have been a source of worry for neighbor Rita Hatfield, the mother of four girls and an infant son. "The girls are scared to death of him," she said.

Meadowood's management company, Jessup-based National Housing Partnership (NHP), also has been keeping an eye on Mr. Wells.

"We've pressed charges a minimum of six times," said Jeannie Rhodes, NHP property manager of Meadowood's 574 rental units.

"I don't know what more they can do," said Cpl. Paul Wilkinson of the Sheriff's Office. "They call us, and we continue to arrest him."

Another trip to court Thursday ended with the dismissal of a trespassing charge on a technicality.

But District Judge Lawrence S. Lanahan Jr. gave this warning to Mr. Wells: "If you keep violating the law like this, you'll be detained for a long time."

Mrs. Hatfield and NHP still are concerned about what might happen when Mr. Wells is released from jail again.

"It's a little better," said Mrs. Hatfield about Mr. Wells' incarceration. But she said she has applied to Legal Aid for a pro bono attorney to pursue the eviction of Mr. Wells' grandmother, citing a termination clause in the Meadowood lease about convicts and members of the same household.

She hopes that if the grandmother doesn't live there, Mr. Wells won't keep returning to the area.

"I am taking measures," NHP's Ms. Rhodes said. "I spend half my time dealing with him."

She has contacted the grandmother, she said. "I've let her know how serious it's gotten. She can't harbor him."

Ms. Rhodes said she also has been in touch with other family members.

"She's a little lady who's been left alone," she said of Mr. Wells' grandmother.

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