Judge orders man to continue treatment until sentencing

September 06, 2000

A Carroll Circuit judge ordered yesterday that a Westminster man continue mental health treatment until his sentencing in November after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and a police officer in unrelated incidents.

Daniel J. Mebust, 30, pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of second-degree assault, violation of a protective order and malicious destruction of property. According to prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III, Mebust violated a protective order in July 1999 by visiting his wife's home and struck a Hampstead officer with a ceiling tile after he was arrested. Beall also said Mebust kicked and bent a metal door at Taneytown police headquarters after his arrest in the choking of his wife in November.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Mebust to abstain from alcohol, take his prescribed medication and have no adverse contact with the victims or witnesses.

Westminster fire company to formally dedicate engine

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company No. 1 will formally dedicate its new fire engine at 7:30 p.m. today at the firehouse at 28 John St.

Assistant Fire Chief Jay Wallace said the 2000 Pierce pumper was put into service last month. The six-man cab engine holds 1,000 gallons of water and has a maximum 1,500 gallons per minute pumping capacity.

The engine will be used to back up Tower 3 and on vehicle accidents, Wallace said. The unit cost $212,000.

Taneytown man charged with vehicle tampering

A Taneytown man was arrested late Monday after officers found him in the area of recent vehicle break-ins in Westminster, police said.

Gary Lee Hatfield, 19, of the 100 block of Grand Drive was charged with vehicle tampering and being a rogue and vagabond, police said.

He was released on his own recognizance, police said. A second suspect eluded police Monday.

Westminster police had received complaints from 10 people about break-ins or thefts within the last week, including eight people Saturday who reported incidents of broken windows and missing hubcaps, electronic items and money.

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