Man gets probation for growing marijuana

September 22, 1999

A New Windsor man who was found guilty in June of growing marijuana was granted probation before judgment yesterday and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

George E. Sinnott, 51, of the 1500 block of Old New Windsor Road was arrested in July 1998 after a state trooper flying with a Maryland Air National Guard marijuana eradication detail saw 63 marijuana plants growing in six pots outside Sinnott's home, according to court documents.

Sinnott and his wife, Cynthia, 46, have settled a forfeiture case in federal court, "effectively paying $30,000 ransom" to keep possession of their home, Charles O. Fisher Jr., Sinnott's attorney, told Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. In January, Cynthia Sinnott was granted probation before judgment for possessing marijuana, court records show.

Fire

Taneytown: Taneytown, Harney and Union Bridge responded at 11: 27 a.m. Monday to an odor of smoke in the 500 block of E. Baltimore St. Units were out 20 minutes.

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