Arbutus man sentenced in probation breach

December 23, 1997

An Arbutus man sentenced in 1991 for housebreaking and theft during a four-day crime spree near Mount Airy was convicted of violating probation and sentenced yesterday to three years in prison.

Homer P. Shaffer, 31, served two years of his original five-year sentence -- three years were suspended -- and was placed on five years of probation after being released.

Court records show that Shaffer was arrested on kidnapping and assault charges in Baltimore County in 1996, a violation of his probation.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed the balance of Shaffer's term and made it consecutive to any other sentence he is serving.

Court records show that police believed Shaffer was an accomplice of an admitted con man and ex-fugitive, Salvatore P. Spinnato, 54, who had a half-dozen false identification cards with him when he was arrested Aug. 26 in Texas.

Spinnato drew national attention when his case was dramatized on the television show "Unsolved Mysteries" in May.


Winfield: Firefighters responded at 5: 02 p.m. Sunday to a brush fire in the 4500 block of Salem Bottom Road. Units were out five minutes.

Winfield: Firefighters responded at 1: 11 p.m. Sunday to a woods fire in the 4600 block of Arthur Shipley Road. Units were out 10 minutes.

Mount Airy: Firefighters assisted Montgomery County at 11: 31 a.m. Sunday, responding to a house fire in the 9900 block of Moxley Road. Units were out 40 minutes.

Winfield: Firefighters from Mount Airy and Lisbon in Howard County responded at 8: 18 a.m. Sunday to a furnace fire in the 5900 block of Woodbine Road. Units were out 20 minutes.

Pub Date: 12/23/97

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