Prosecutors drop charges against couple arrested during raid at Taneytown home

March 18, 1998

Carroll County prosecutors dropped all charges yesterday against a Taneytown couple arrested last spring in a surprise raid on their home.

Assistant State's Attorney Theresa M. Adams told Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns that a recent ruling by another judge -- granting a defense challenge to the search warrant -- left the prosecution with insufficient evidence.

Rodney A. Rill Sr., 30, and Theresa A. Rill, 26, had been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

The Rills were with their three children on April 30 when the Sheriff's Drug Strike Force and Taneytown police officers arrived at 10: 45 p.m. at the home in the 100 block of O'Hagan Drive.

The police seized a pound of marijuana, partially buried in yard waste in the back yard, according to the charges. They also searched and seized items from the couple's bedroom, medicine cabinet and the family vehicle.

Adams said the defense successfully challenged the officers' "no-knock" execution of the search warrant, based on recent court rulings that said police officers usually should announce themselves, unless this would place them in danger or create other problems such as destruction of evidence.

As a result of the rulings, Adams said, the police will ask specifically for a no-knock warrant if they believe such conditions exist.

Fire

Taneytown: Firefighters from Taneytown, Harney, Union Bridge, Kingsdale and Littlestown, Pa., and Emmitsburg responded to a gas-tank fire in the 200 block of E. Baltimore St. at 6: 50 p.m. Monday. Units were out 54 minutes.

Pub Date: 3/18/98

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