Baltimore man gets 8-month term for stealing from Wal-Mart, assault

October 23, 1997

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to eight months in the Carroll County Detention Center for walking out of Wal-Mart in Westminster with a $100 calculator and for assault.

Michael E. Rogers, 34, pleaded guilty in August to theft under $300 and assault.

According to court records, Rogers assaulted a security employee who confronted him in the parking lot after he left the store in the 200 block of Woodward Drive about 2: 15 p.m. Nov. 16.

Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold imposed eight months on the theft count and a consecutive six months for the assault.

Westminster man convicted of drunken driving 3rd time

A Westminster man was convicted Tuesday for the third time on drunken-driving charges, a day after he was arrested on a fourth drunken-driving charge.

Robert E. Forsythe Jr., 31, of the 3900 block of Littlestown Pike will be sentenced Jan. 8 on the drunken-driving conviction, which stems from a February incident.

The conviction came after evidence presented to Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold showed Forsythe had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 after he was stopped for speeding on Pennsylvania Avenue near Sullivan Road on Feb. 23.

The legal blood-alcohol limit in Maryland is 0.10.

Earlier, Forsythe received probation before judgment Feb. 27 after he was stopped for speeding on Route 140 near Littlestown Pike, court records show. His blood-alcohol level was 0.23 in that incident.

Forsythe also was convicted of drunken driving in Pennsylvania in 1994, prosecutor David P. Daggett said.

In the most recent incident, Forsythe told police he was "highly intoxicated" at a Westminster bar and restaurant at 11: 35 p.m. Sunday and a friend offered to drive him home, according to charging documents.

Less than an hour later, police say, they saw Forsythe driving north on Bond Street at West Main Street and stopped him. After allegedly failing sobriety tests at the scene, he was taken to the Westminster state police barracks, where his blood-alcohol level tested 0.23, police said.

He is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Fires

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 6 p.m. Tuesday to smoke in the 200 block of Englar Road. Units were out 25 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 7: 53 p.m. Tuesday, responding to a fire alarm in the 400 block of Malcolm Drive. Units were out 30 minutes.

Pleasant Valley: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese and Littlestown, Pa., assisted Pleasant Valley at 11: 10 p.m. Tuesday, responding to a chimney fire in the 1500 block of Chris Lane. Units were out 45 minutes.

Police

Westminster: A Reisterstown resident told police Tuesday that someone damaged his vehicle while it was parked at the Taco Bell on Route 140. Damage was estimated at $410.

Westminster: An employee of Twin Kiss on Baltimore Boulevard told police Tuesday that someone damaged vehicles while they were parked at the business. Damage was estimated at $200.

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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