Westminster man held on drug charges

October 10, 1997

A Westminster man was arrested Wednesday night on charges of selling crack cocaine to undercover state troopers after being released on his own recognizance on other drug charges, state police said.

Michael A. Watson, 37, of East Green Street was ordered held at Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail after he waived a hearing scheduled yesterday, court records show.

In the earlier case, Westminster police said Watson was arrested with two men and a woman after a raid about 3: 14 p.m. Wednesday on an apartment in the first block of Pennsylvania Ave., when suspected cocaine was found.

According to police, detectives had warrants to search the apartment, where they seized $312 and drug paraphernalia.

Arrested in the raid on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia were Watson; Dorothea L. Brown, 32, of the raided apartment; Tony I. Magruder, 40, of Washington Road; and Kevin L. Butler, 42, who gave police no permanent address.

They were each taken before a district court commissioner and released on personal recognizance. Afterward state police served a warrant on Watson, alleging that he sold crack cocaine to a trooper Tuesday and Wednesday at the same Pennsylvania Avenue apartment.

Watson was charged on two counts each of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Westminster official named top new planner

Westminster's Tracey L. Smith has been named the outstanding new planner for 1997 by the Maryland chapter of the American Planning Association.

Smith, 28, a Manchester resident, will be honored at the association banquet Oct. 21 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Recently promoted to assistant town planner, Smith went to work for the city in December 1995 and most recently worked on drafting a Westminster comprehensive plan -- the first since 1985.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 5: 13 p.m. Wednesday to a burning bush in the first block of Carroll Street. Units were out 18 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Pleasant Valley and New Windsor assisted Westminster at 5: 45 p.m. Wednesday, responding to a brush fire on Rockland Road. Units were out one hour and 20 minutes.

Police

Westminster: A Crossbridge Drive resident told police Monday that her vehicle was scratched while it was parked on Malcolm Drive. Damage was estimated at $100.

Westminster: A Hanover, Pa., resident told police that his vehicle was scratched Wednesday while it was parked at Carroll Community College. Damage was estimated at $750.

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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