Regional Digest


January 15, 2003

Reisterstown man arrested on charges of identity theft

A Reisterstown man was ordered held on $10,000 bail yesterday on charges that he used the credit card information of a Hampstead woman to make several purchases after she used the card at an electronics store in Owings Mills Mall where he formerly was employed, Hampstead police said.

Castro Oren Skinner Jr., 20, of Brookbury Drive was arrested Monday, police said, after a three-week investigation and the search of an Owings Mills home and computer in cooperation with Baltimore County police. Skinner was charged with one felony count of identity theft by misuse of credit card numbers and two misdemeanor counts of theft of less than $500, in connection with use of a card and theft of a card number.

The woman called town police Dec. 26 after discovering three unfamiliar transactions on her statement, said Capt. Jay Gribbin. The card was canceled, and she did not lose the money, he said. It is the second such case in Hampstead in the past three months.

The stolen credit card information was used the first week of last month to buy about $900 in goods, according to District Court charging documents.

Man gets 3 years in crash that killed girlfriend

A former Westminster man, who is serving time for an unrelated drunken-driving conviction, received a three-year state prison sentence yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court on his guilty plea to a charge stemming from an accident that killed his girlfriend in 2001.

Daniel Edward Wean, 39, denied that he was driving the woman's car Nov. 21, 2001, but pleaded guilty to homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, said Senior Assistant State's Attorney David P. Daggett. Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed the maximum five-year sentence, then suspended two years.

Sharon Linck Weschler, 41, of Mount Airy died of neck injuries after her speeding 1997 Honda CRV hit a car while southbound on Route 27 near Old Manchester Road.

The car skidded down an embankment and struck a tree, and she was partially ejected from the passenger seat when the car overturned.

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