A Westminster man who fired gunshots because a vacuum cleaner was being taken from his friend's home in New Windsor was placed on four years of probation and given 200 hours of community service yesterday.
Earle C. Hawk, 60, of the 300 block of Williams Ave. was trying to stop his friend's estranged husband and her sister-in-law from leaving with the vacuum when he picked up a pistol at the friend's home in the 2000 block of Brick Church Road on July 31, according to court records.
Hawk fired three shots as Warren Sullender and Laura Serafini ran across the lawn, but he did not strike them, prosecutors said.
Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Hawk to pay nearly $1,400 in restitution to Serafini and to forfeit the .357-caliber pistol to the state. The judge also ordered Hawk to refrain from possessing any firearm during the probation period.
Hawk had pleaded not guilty and was convicted April 1 of reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and battery.
Westminster: An Old Manchester Road resident told police Tuesday that someone stole four lights from his truck while it was parked at Cranberry Mall. The loss was estimated at $310.
Westminster: A Hughes Shop Road resident told police that someone scratched her car's hood May 27 while she was parked on Colonial Avenue. Damage was estimated at $200.
Pub Date: 6/05/97