Frederick billed $7,485 for underfed horses' careFREDERICK...

WESTERN MARYLAND BRIEFS

September 18, 1994

FREDRICK — Frederick billed $7,485 for underfed horses' care

FREDERICK -- The Frederick County Commissioners have received a $7,485 bill for the care of eight horses removed this summer from stables where they allegedly were neglected.

The bill includes $15 a day for boarding plus medical expenses at Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc. in Mount Airy.

"We are billing the owners of the horses," said Steve Smith, director of the Frederick County animal control department. "Hopefully [the county] will be reimbursed."

Assistant County Attorney Paul Zimmermann said the horses might be sold to recover the expenses.

The underfed animals were found July 1, locked in stalls without water. They were standing in about 2 feet of manure, according to sheriff's deputies who responded to the farm in the 13100 block of Old Annapolis Road.

Mr. Smith said some of the horses were 350 to 500 pounds underweight.

The owners of the farm, Michael and Easter Dorsey, have been charged with animal abuse, but they have filed a counter suit. According to court records, the Dorseys want their horses returned and are suing the county for $250,000. The suit claims the deputies were on their property without their consent.

Postal worker helps catch robbery suspect

OAKLAND

OAKLAND -- An alert postal worker helped police catch an Allegany County man accused of robbing the Grantsville branch of the First United National Bank and Trust of Oakland.

Robin Brenneman, who works at the Grantsville post office, saw a man dressed in heavy clothing walking from the rear of the bank. She recorded his license plate number and immediately told authorities after learning the robbery had occurred shortly after noon Thursday.

Police arrested Alexander Denning DeVault Jr., 49, of Midland 50 minutes later. He was stopped at a roadblock on U.S. 40 about 13 miles from the bank. He was being held in lieu $250,000 Friday at the Garrett County jail in Oakland.

"I was setting out the trash around back when I saw this guy who was dressed like it's wintertime," Ms. Brenneman said. "He had a hooded blue sweat shirt up over his face and was slumped over as he walked."

She said the man was carrying a gray bag.

"I thought, 'He looks like a bank robber,' so I watched him pull out and got his tag number," Ms. Brenneman said.

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