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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | January 11, 1994
A Pleasant Valley couple was sentenced yesterday for growing marijuana, but only one of the two will spend time in jail.Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold handed down a three-year jail sentence, then suspended all but seven months of the term he imposed on Robert Leander Wantz, who began yesterday serving that time in the Carroll County Detention Center.Judge Arnold suspended the three-year term he imposed on Patricia Ann Wantz, Robert Wantz's wife, and placed both defendants on supervised probation for five years.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
Judge Francis Miller Arnold, who had a first career as an employee relations director and later became a lawyer and then a judge of the District Court and the Circuit Court, died Wednesday of esophageal cancer at his Westminster home. He was 83. "Judge Arnold was a wonderful human being and a superb jurist. He was the kind of judge that any judge would want to emulate," said Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman. "I'm so sad. It's a great personal loss for me. We were like a father and daughter.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | December 17, 1993
The Carroll County judge considering whether to send a woman convicted twice on cocaine-distribution charges to drug treatment instead of to jail for 10 years has asked her attorney to give him more options.In a letter written Monday, Judge Francis M. Arnold told Diane Lynn Wisner's attorney: "At this point, I am not satisfied with the alternatives presented to the court. . . . I would request that you contact a [treatment] program . . . and make inquiries as to how arrangements could be made."
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1996
A New Windsor man who pleaded guilty in January to assault with intent to murder two state police troopers who critically wounded him in July was sentenced to two concurrent 20-year terms in state prison yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.Complying with a plea arrangement, Judge Francis M. Arnold suspended all but eight years of the sentence against John Meredith Carter, who has been in jail since July 31, 1994.Judge Arnold allowed 20 months and three days of credit for time served in jail and placed Carter on five years of supervised probation after his release.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | April 18, 1994
A New Windsor man convicted last month of killing two people in an auto accident has lost his bid for a new trial.Without comment, Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold rejected James Gregory Martin's motion for a new trial.Martin, 21, of the 2900 block of Sams Creek Road, said in the motion that Judge Arnold acted unfairly when he allowed testimony that he had previously ruled inadmissible."The introduction of evidence which was previously determined to be inadmissible caught the defendant, who was not prepared to deal with this evidence at trial, by surprise and thereby prejudiced the defendant in his defense," Russell J. White, Martin's lawyer, wrote in the new trial motion, which Judge Arnold rejected April 7.A Carroll jury convicted Martin on March 25 on automobile manslaughter charges after 2 1/2 days of testimony.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
Judge Francis Miller Arnold, who had a first career as an employee relations director and later became a lawyer and then a judge of the District Court and the Circuit Court, died Wednesday of esophageal cancer at his Westminster home. He was 83. "Judge Arnold was a wonderful human being and a superb jurist. He was the kind of judge that any judge would want to emulate," said Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman. "I'm so sad. It's a great personal loss for me. We were like a father and daughter.
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By Darren Allen and Darren Allen,Staff Writer | November 19, 1992
State prosecutors have asked the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to overturn a Carroll County judge's decision that threw out a search warrant and severely damaged a drug-dealing case against a Pleasant Valley Road couple.Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold, who had signed the warrant, threw it out during a hearing on pre-trial motions Oct. 28. The warrant authorized a search of the home of Robert and Patricia Wantz June 3.A raid by the county drug task on the home, in the 1300 block of Pleasant Valley Road, turned up six full-grown marijuana plants; several grocery bags filled with small plastic bags of dried marijuana; indoor growth lights; sophisticated indoor irrigation planters; and logs charting growth of the plants, authorities said.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1996
A New Windsor man who pleaded guilty in January to assault with intent to murder two state police troopers who critically wounded him in July was sentenced to two concurrent 20-year terms in state prison yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.Complying with a plea arrangement, Judge Francis M. Arnold suspended all but eight years of the sentence against John Meredith Carter, who has been in jail since July 31, 1994.Judge Arnold allowed 20 months and three days of credit for time served in jail and placed Carter on five years of supervised probation after his release.
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January 20, 1993
Gordon L. Cartnail told Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold yesterday that, all things considered, he'd really rather be out of jail."I'll tell you, jail is not a place for a 20-year-old to be," Cartnail said yesterday in his sentence-modification hearing. "I'm sorry for all I've done. I promise I'll stay out of trouble."Assistant State's Attorney Eileen McInerney called Cartnail's eight-year prison term appropriate.Judge Arnold said he would rule on Cartnail's request later. "You were distributing crack cocaine, Mr. Cartnail," the judge said.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | March 3, 1993
A Pikesville man once on Carroll County's "10 Most Wanted" list of child support evaders was found guilty yesterday of violating probation by not making monthly support payments to his former wife for his three sons.Michael G. Glover, formerly an executive with a salary of $70,000 a year, was convicted of nonsupport in June 1992 by Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold, who set aside the $12,592 Glover owed in back support and ordered him to resume the $726 monthly payments.Court records show Glover has made only one payment since the order was filed.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | May 31, 1995
Rather than a pathetic victim of relentless sexual abuse by a schizophrenic mother, Jason Aaron DeLong is a cunning, manipulative liar who killed only because it was a way for him to be free, prosecutors said yesterday.DeLong, who has admitted to stabbing his mother, Cathryn Brace Farrar, and her boyfriend, George William Wahl, in July 1993, was in Carroll Circuit Court yesterday where he unsuccessfully sought a new trial. He also is asking for a reduction of the life sentence he will have to serve once he is treated at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | March 3, 1995
Judge Donald M. Smith, one of only three jurists to sit on the state's District Court since its inception 24 years ago, is expected to retire May 1 from the Carroll seat he has held since 1971.His retirement will create the county's first judicial opening since 1990, when then-Circuit Judge Donald J. Gilmore retired and District Judge Francis M. Arnold was elevated to fill the vacancy.District Judge Joann Ellinghaus-Jones was appointed to fill Judge Arnold's spot in 1991.Judge Robert F. Sweeney, the chief judge of Maryland's District Court, said Judge Smith notified him of his plans several weeks ago. It was not clear yesterday when Gov. Parris N. Glendening would name a successor.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | December 25, 1994
After serving three months of a six-month sentence for a drunken driving conviction, Mary Ann Lamar-Lang is home today celebrating Christmas with her family.Deborah Hartman -- the pedestrian killed on a Hampstead roadside last year when Ms. Lamar-Lang crashed into her -- will be home only in her parents' memories."I don't think it's fair," William W. Hartman, the 27-year-old victim's father, said Friday morning after Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold granted Ms. Lamar-Lang's request for a shorter sentence.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau of The Sun | May 6, 1994
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton moved toward naming a Supreme Court nominee last night, meeting with advisers to review a list that officials say has been pared to four contenders.Officials said the finalists to replace retiring Justice Harry A. Blackmun are:* Richard S. Arnold of Arkansas, the chief appellate judge of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.* Bruce E. Babbitt, the U.S. interior secretary.* Jose A. Cabranes, U.S. District Court judge in New Haven, Conn.* Amalya L. Kearse, a federal appeals court judge in New York.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | April 18, 1994
A New Windsor man convicted last month of killing two people in an auto accident has lost his bid for a new trial.Without comment, Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold rejected James Gregory Martin's motion for a new trial.Martin, 21, of the 2900 block of Sams Creek Road, said in the motion that Judge Arnold acted unfairly when he allowed testimony that he had previously ruled inadmissible."The introduction of evidence which was previously determined to be inadmissible caught the defendant, who was not prepared to deal with this evidence at trial, by surprise and thereby prejudiced the defendant in his defense," Russell J. White, Martin's lawyer, wrote in the new trial motion, which Judge Arnold rejected April 7.A Carroll jury convicted Martin on March 25 on automobile manslaughter charges after 2 1/2 days of testimony.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | January 11, 1994
A Pleasant Valley couple was sentenced yesterday for growing marijuana, but only one of the two will spend time in jail.Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold handed down a three-year jail sentence, then suspended all but seven months of the term he imposed on Robert Leander Wantz, who began yesterday serving that time in the Carroll County Detention Center.Judge Arnold suspended the three-year term he imposed on Patricia Ann Wantz, Robert Wantz's wife, and placed both defendants on supervised probation for five years.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | June 20, 1993
A former employee of a Carroll computer store, characterized as a con artist by a state prosecutor, had his probation revoked Thursday and will serve 18 months in the county detention center on a previously suspended sentence.Circuit Court Judge Francis M. Arnold revoked the probation of Steven Allen Bryant, 23, of the 200 block of Third St. in Frederick, after Bryant was found guilty of violating its conditions.The probation was imposed after Bryant was convicted in March 1992 of theft over $300 for stealing computer equipment from Westminster Computer Center on 140 Village Road and taking $600 from a customer for computer repair work that was never done.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | April 16, 1993
A defense attorney accused Carroll's top sex-crimes prosecutor of misconduct yesterday, saying Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill threatened an alleged battery victim with jail if she refused to testify.Ms. Hill denied the allegation, made yesterday afternoon by Baltimore County attorney Jeffrey H. Gray during a motion to dismiss battery charges against his client."This is an allegation of prosecutorial misconduct, and it is outrageous," she told Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | December 17, 1993
The Carroll County judge considering whether to send a woman convicted twice on cocaine-distribution charges to drug treatment instead of to jail for 10 years has asked her attorney to give him more options.In a letter written Monday, Judge Francis M. Arnold told Diane Lynn Wisner's attorney: "At this point, I am not satisfied with the alternatives presented to the court. . . . I would request that you contact a [treatment] program . . . and make inquiries as to how arrangements could be made."
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | September 11, 1993
The former FBI agent came to Carroll Circuit Court yesterday morning and described the 22 years of distinguished service he gave to his country.But in the afternoon, Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold ordered the 46-year-old polygraph expert -- and convicted child sexual abuser -- to give the next 20 years of his life to the Division of Correction."
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