Couple charged with destroying signs

October 06, 2004|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Howard County's spate of political sign destruction led to the arrest late Friday of a Randallstown couple accused of using a bayonet to cut the centers out of two Bush/Cheney campaign signs on U.S. 40 near Ridge Road in Ellicott City, according to court files and county police.

Peter Lizon, 30, and his wife, Stephanie Louise Lizon, 34, of the first block Valdivia Court, were each charged with destruction of private property, and Peter Lizon faces weapons charges. He is free on $3,500 bail and Stephanie Lizon on $3,000 bail.

An undercover detective staking out the sign saw a couple drive into the empty parking lot in front of a vacant grocery store building facing U.S. 40 at 4:45 p.m., court documents said.

He saw a man get out of the car and use a bayonet to cut the middles out of two signs, the court documents said. The woman acted as a lookout.

When the pair returned to their car, they were arrested, police said.

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