Man pleads guilty in shooting of friend

January 31, 1996

A 23-year-old Randallstown man pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and a handgun violation yesterday in the shooting a friend in the Sullivan Apartments last spring.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Francis Arnold gave Jermaine Anthony Monk a five-year sentence for the endangerment conviction, suspending all but the 258 days he has served since the incident last May.

Judge Arnold also gave Mr. Monk a consecutive one-year sentence for the handgun violation, again suspending all but the time served.

In exchange for the two guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed to drop all other charges against Mr. Monk, which included assault with intent to murder, assault and battery.

"The victim's story changed significantly from the time [Mr. Monk] was charged to the time of trial, so we thought we might not be successful with any of the intent crimes," prosecutor Theresa Adams said.

As a condition of Mr. Monk's three-year probation, he had to turn over the .22-caliber pistol he used to shoot the victim to the Carroll County state's attorney's office to be destroyed.

Prosecutors said Mr. Monk entered the bedroom of a Sullivan Avenue apartment -- where Mr. Monk's friend, Geoffrey Horn, was sleeping with Mr. Monk's girlfriend -- about 10:30 p.m. May 17.

Prosecutors said Mr. Horn repeatedly asked Mr. Monk to leave the room and that when he refused, the two began to argue and Mr. Monk shot Mr. Horn in the leg.

Man charged with stealing his mother's credit cards

An 18-year-old Westminster man was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday on $10,000 bail, accused of stealing three credit cards from his mother and using them to purchase food, gasoline and video games.

Matthew Geoffrey Buswell of the 400 block of Baldwin Park Drive was also charged with theft, conspiracy, being part of a theft scheme and impersonating someone else to fraudulently use a credit card.

Police said Nancy J. Buswell of the 400 block of Baldwin Park Drive reported Monday that someone had stolen two of her credit cards and a wedding ring set comprising a half-carat diamond ring and a 14-karat gold band.

Police said that when Cpl. Misty C. Sanders met the teen-ager at his probation agent's office, the agent handed her a receipt from Baltimore's Best Pawn Shop in Finksburg indicating that Mr. Buswell had pawned the rings for $200.

Upon his arrest, the teen-ager signed a statement saying that he and a friend had also taken credit cards from his mother on Jan. 11.

Westminster police said yesterday that they are investigating placing charges against the friend.

Disabled veterans chapter plans pancake breakfast

Disabled American Veterans Old Glory Chapter 22 will have a pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at VFW Post 467, 519 Poole Road, Westminster.

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hominy, gravy, fried potatoes, fruit and beverages.

L Tickets are $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children 6 to 12.

Information: 374-6464.


Westminster: An employee of Frock's Sunnybrook Farm reported to state police Friday that someone broke out a window in the front door and stole $468 worth of food and beer from the restaurant.


Westminster: Westminster, Reese and Gamber responded to a potential hazardous materials incident in the 900 block of Baltimore Blvd. at 3:45 p.m. Monday. Units were out for three hours.

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