Woman found guilty
WESTMINSTER -- A South Center Street woman who says a former boyfriend ran a cocaine distribution service from her apartment was convicted of cocaine possession and sentenced to three years probation.
In exchange for the sentence and for the dropping of three other charges, Joan Bernice Marrow, 37, agreed to surrender more than $730 in cash, a VCR, microwave and an answering machine that were seized by members of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force. She also agreed to have the judge hear only the state's version of the facts.
The task force raided Marrow's apartment on Nov. 8 after an informant made a controlled purchase of cocaine at the residence several days earlier.
In addition to the cash and electronic equipment, police also seized two small bags of crack cocaine, a checkbook, a plastic bag with phone numbers, two boxes of razor blades and personal papers. Less than a gram of drugs was seized.
Marrow pleaded not guilty Monday before Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold. After he found her guilty, she told the judge, "I have paid a real big price, and I just want to go on with my life and live it quietly."
She said the drug activity was conducted by her former boyfriend who, according to court records, made frequent trips from New York to Marrow's apartment to sell drugs.
Her attorney asked that she be given probation before judgment, a move that would have kept the conviction off her record.
Arnold denied the request and sentenced her to six months in the Carroll County Detention Center, but suspended the sentence.
Identity is a mystery
WESTMINSTER -- A man arrested last week and charged with impersonating a Minnesota lawyer remained unidentified after a bail review hearing Monday.
John Doe, as he is called in police reports, was arrested after he allegedly pretended to be Minneapolis attorney Bruce D. Willis and attempted to perform legal work for a Taylorsville business.
Willis flew to Maryland Monday to testify at the bail review hearing, but the hearing was postponed to give Doe time to obtain a lawyer and prosecutors a chance to verify his identity.
Doe was charged with impersonating a lawyer, theft, providing a false statement and practicing law without being a member of the state bar.