Visitor charged with trespassing about 2: 20 a.m. at governor's mansion

July 17, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

State police put out the unwelcome mat for an early-morning visitor to the governor's mansion.

William E. Martin, 31, of the first block of Maryland Ave., Annapolis, was arrested on trespassing charges yesterday after police say he pried open a gate and squeezed onto the grounds.

Trooper 1st Class Anthony Landry, the duty officer inside the mansion, said he saw a man and a woman walking near the fence about 2: 20 a.m. and the man trying to pry open the driveway gate.

Landry identified himself as a state trooper and warned the man to back away from the gate.

The man ignored him and wiggled inside, said Michael McKelvin, a state police spokesman. "It wasn't easy, that's for sure."

His persistance did not pay off. He was ordered to lie on the ground and was arrested. The unidentified woman with him was not charged.

Martin was taken to the Annapolis barracks for fingerprinting and later released on his own recognizance by an Anne Arundel County court commissioner. If found guilty, he could be fined up to $1,000 and get six months in jail.

The incident did not disturb the sleep of Gov. Parris N. Glendening. He was out of town.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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