2 Balto. County officers are honored in Dundalk

June 04, 2008|By a Sun Reporter

Two North Point Precinct police officers were honored yesterday evening at a dinner-awards ceremony sponsored by the Optimist Club of Dundalk as the organization's 2007 Police Officers of the Year. Each was presented a check for $1,000.

Honored were Officer Wesley Warnick, a 23-year member of the force, and Officer 1st Class Andrew Minton, a member of the police force for nearly six years.

In addition to arresting suspects involved in numerous robberies, thefts, assaults and burglaries, Warnick played a major role in the arrests of four young men in the robbery and beating of Zachary Sowers near his home in the 300 block of S. Robinson St. on June 2, 2007. Sowers remained in a coma at a hospital before dying several months later.

Warnick received a videotape of the suspects using the victim's credit card at a Dundalk gas station from city detectives shortly after Sowers was attacked and found the car they used in the 3100 block of Four Seasons Court. Four arrests were made and property taken from Sowers was recovered.

"Without Officer Warnick, this case would have been another unsolved assault," said Sgt. Justin W. Sandridge in a news release.

Minton received the Officer of the Month award in April 2007 for his part in the arrest of a man later charged with committing several burglaries, including 13 church break-ins. His thorough work also resulted in the arrest of a man charged with child sexual abuse, said Sgt. Robert L. Schmidt in a news release.

Twice in 2007, Minton, who also is an emergency medical technician, was credited with helping save the lives of two adults in unrelated incidents who had gone into cardiac arrest.

During the year, Minton cleared 73 criminal cases and made 46 arrests.

Tom Toporovich, a club vice president, said the club normally honors only one police officer, "but we decided to honor Officers Warnick and Minton in view of their outstanding service."

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