Westminster man accused of knife assault on friend

September 25, 1997

A Westminster man who received a suspended prison sentence in July after assaulting his former girlfriend with a knife is being held on $25,000 bail on charges of assaulting a friend with a knife, court records show.

Juan M. Leyva, 27, of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. was arrested Monday after witnesses told police Leyva and Penarbel Hymberto, 25, argued on South Center Street about 5: 35 p.m. over Leyva's not returning Hymberto's car on time, according to charging documents.

Leyva faces charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, using a deadly weapon with intent to injure and disorderly conduct in public.

Leyva spent five months in jail before receiving a suspended five-year sentence July 2 for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and twice violating a court order to stay away from the woman.

The suspended prison term can be reinstated against Leyva if he is found guilty of violating probation, prosecutors said.

Woman gets 18 months in clothing theft from stores

A Westminster woman was sentenced to 18 months in the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday after pleading not guilty to two counts of theft under $300 and other offenses.

Patricia V. Lewis, 22, of the 900 block of Wampler Lane agreed not to contest the prosecutor's version of what happened. Court records show Lewis stole clothing from Westminster department stores Nov. 19 and Jan. 5. Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed an 18-month sentence for one count of theft and a suspended 18-month sentence for the second offense. After her release, Lewis will be on probation for five years and must cooperate in recommended drug or alcohol therapy.

Burns also imposed a suspended three-year prison sentence on Lewis for resisting arrest after she was stopped last September for driving on a suspended license.

Boy Scout's carwash to raise funds for ministry

Doug Little of Boy Scout Troop 381 will have a carwash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Westminster Citgo station.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Doug is holding the fund-raiser to earn money for Shepherd's Staff. Donations received from the carwash will help buy picnic tables and benches for the ecumenical ministry's office grounds.

Shepherd's Staff helps Westminster-area residents who are in crisis or emergency situations with clothing, medical help and other necessities.

Other members of Scout Troop 381 will assist with the carwash. The Citgo station is on Route 140 at Englar Road.

Information: 410-857-1779.


Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 7: 51 a.m. Tuesday, responding to a fire alarm in the 200 block of E. Main St. Units were out 12 minutes.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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