Man seeks release from jail to get lawyer judge refuses

March 18, 1997

A Westminster man awaiting trial in eight cases -- six of which involve his allegedly selling cocaine to undercover officers -- asked a Circuit Court judge yesterday to release him from jail so he could hire a private attorney.

Anthony D. Oram, 34, of the first block of Liberty St. has been held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster since Dec. 24.

Judge Luke K. Burns refused to release Oram but reduced his bail to $50,000 on the drug charges and $5,000 on a charge of violating parole on a drug conviction.

State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes told the judge that Oram has six pending drug cases as well as two pending trials on felony charges of assault, battery, malicious destruction of property and theft over $300.

Oram was charged with 32 counts, including nine counts of distribution of cocaine, nine counts of possession of cocaine and seven counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, stemming from a four-month undercover drug investigation by Westminster police that ended in January.

Oram also was charged with five counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of solicitation to sell cocaine and one count of theft.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester assisted Westminster at 6: 39 p.m. Sunday, responding to an apartment fire in the first block of W. Green St. Units were out 41 minutes.

Reese: Firefighters from Westminster, Pleasant Valley and Hampstead assisted Reese at 6: 23 a.m. Sunday, responding to a building fire in the 1000 block of Baltimore Blvd. Units were out 1 1/2 hours.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 6: 28 p.m. Saturday, responding to a house fire in the 500 block of Sullivan Road. Units were out 12 minutes.

Reese: Firefighters responded at 8 p.m. Friday to a fire on Industrial Park Drive. Units were out 32 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese and Pleasant Valley assisted Westminster at 11: 02 p.m. Friday, responding to a chimney fire in the 100 block of Sullivan Road. Units were out 44 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown assisted Westminster at 10: 55 p.m. Friday, responding to a building fire at 140 Village shopping center. Units were out an hour and 30 minutes.

Pub Date: 3/18/97

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