N.Y. man gets six years in truck sale scheme

September 17, 1997

A New York man who failed to deliver a $20,000 tow truck to two Westminster buyers was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison.

Vincent J. Decicco, 36, of Kensington, N.Y., was convicted of theft by a Carroll County jury on Sept. 9, but acquitted of a separate felony theft count involving another tow truck.

Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced Decicco to 10 years in prison before suspending all but six years and giving him credit for time served since Nov. 5.

Upon his release, Decicco will be on probation for five years and must pay restitution of $1,960 to the Carroll County Commissioners for the cost of extraditing him twice, from Texas and Georgia.

Decicco also was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to David Stewart and Harry Hayes, the Westminster businessmen.

Westminster man placed on probation in drug case

A Westminster man found guilty yesterday of conspiracy to distribute cocaine was granted probation before judgment, placed on five years' probation and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

Bernard L. Jones, 27, of the 1000 block of Western Chapel Road pleaded not guilty but agreed not to contest the statement of facts.

In return, Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. granted probation before judgment, meaning that Jones can clear his criminal record if he completes the community service within one year, contributes $200 to the state's attorney's Substance Abuse Fund within 60 days and stays out of trouble for five years.

According to prosecutors, Jones was a passenger in a car that was stopped Nov. 8 after police received a tip that its occupants were selling cocaine in Westminster. A small quantity of cocaine was found in Jones' pocket, but police said the car's driver told them it belonged to her.

Man's bail is $250,000 on sex abuse charges

A Westminster man is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail after a Carroll County grand jury handed down a 12-count indictment Monday, charging him with child abuse and sexual offenses against a girl, now 16.

The man, 30, is not being named to protect the privacy of the girl, described in court records as a "household member."

The man is charged with four counts of child abuse and eight counts of third- or fourth-degree sexual offenses.

All counts involve the same girl over a six-year period, but at four homes in Sykesville or Westminster.

The alleged incidents occurred between Jan. 1, 1990 -- when she was 8 years old -- and November 1996.

Mall will sell 1998 calendars to benefit riding program

Cranberry Mall will sell 1998 calendars to benefit the Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County starting Friday.

Produced by The Sun, the full-color calendar features Maryland's most beautiful gardens, as well as Chesapeake Bay-friendly gardening practices.

Calendars cost $10.95, and the first 50 people to buy them will get a free packet of flower seeds. Proceeds will be used to purchase, move and rebuild the 4-H Therapeutic Recreation Program arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.

On Saturday, the recreation program will have a display in the mall, and personnel will answer questions. Volunteers can sign up at this time.

The Therapeutic Recreation Program offers horseback riding to disabled individuals and training for Special Olympics athletes.

Information: 410-876-8870.


Westminster: A Sykesville resident told police Sunday that someone scratched his vehicle while it was parked at Cranberry Mall. An estimate of the damage was unavailable.

Westminster: An employee of the Carroll County Health Department told police Monday that someone broke a window to gain entry to a county vehicle while it was parked on South Center Street and stole items. The loss was estimated at $250.

Finksburg: A resident of Lewis Lane told police that someone stole two bicycles from her backyard shed between Aug. 16 and Friday. The loss was estimated at $900.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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