Howard police officer defies internal probe

November 20, 2005|By MELISSA HARRIS

A veteran Howard County police officer accused of running an illegal gambling operation is fighting a request from police Internal Affairs investigators to turn over a large amount of personal financial documents, according to court records.

Pfc. Michael "Tykie" Thorn's attorney, Clarke Ahlers, filed documents in Howard County Circuit Court this month arguing that a request for Thorn and his wife to turn over credit card statements, tax returns, loan information, mortgages, business records and bank statements violated the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.

"This law is in place to prevent this very kind of harassment," Ahlers said.

Thorn's trial on eight misdemeanor charges involving the operation of "Tykie's Lodge," a Texas hold 'em poker operation once run out of an Anne Arundel County warehouse, is scheduled for March in Anne Arundel County district court.

Thorn of Ellicott City has been with the Police Department for 18 years. He is performing administrative tasks pending the outcome of the criminal and internal cases.

His police powers remain suspended, according to a police spokeswoman.

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