Man charged with threatening teen, a witness in Carroll heroin-death case

May 17, 1998|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

State police have arrested a 39-year-old Prince George's County man on charges of threatening a teen-age girl who provided information to authorities in the drug-overdose death of a fellow Westminster High School student.

James Franklin Boone Jr. of the 3300 block of Chillum Road in Mount Rainier was arrested Friday and held in the Carroll County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.

He was charged with intimidating a witness, obstruction of justice and telephone misuse, police said.

Two death threats were made by telephone to the home of 16-year-old Jennifer Sarsfield, who is expected to testify May 29 in a case related to the overdose death of Liam O'Hara, 15.

Kristopher Olenginski, 16, has been charged as an adult with heroin distribution and reckless endangerment in connection with the death, and a girl and a boy, both 17, have been charged as juveniles in the case.

State police at Westminster barracks were unable to confirm yesterday whether Boone is related to any of the defendants, although Jennifer's mother said he is an uncle of one of them.

Pub Date: 5/17/98

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