Sykesville Couple Get Probation In Marijuana Case

April 22, 1997

A Sykesville couple convicted in January after homegrown marijuana plants were seized from their yard were spared jail sentences yesterday.

Herbert W. Blackwell III, 40, and his wife, Linda Blackwell, 36, were arrested in September after state police from the Westminster barracks raided their home in the 1600 block of Andylin Way and seized about 3 pounds of marijuana and nine 8- to 12-foot marijuana plants.

Mr. Blackwell pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, but agreed not to contest the statement of facts at his trial in January, court records show.

Judge Francis M. Arnold gave Mr. Blackwell a six-month suspended sentence, fined him $500 and placed him on 18 months of probation.

Mrs. Blackwell pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana. She knew about the plants, but did not condone her husband's using the drug, said Ronald Kowitz, a Baltimore attorney representing the couple.

Arnold set aside the guilty finding against Mrs. Blackwell and placed her on 12 months' unsupervised probation.


Sykesville: Firefighters responded at 11: 39 p.m. Sunday to an electrical fire in a house in the 6000 block of Oklahoma Road. Units were out 30 minutes.

Sykesville: Firefighters from Gamber and Winfield assisted Sykesville at 11: 56 a.m. Sunday, responding to a vacant house fire on Route 26 at Emerald Lane. Units were out one hour and 50 minutes.

Pub Date: 4/22/97

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