Two men charged in 'bad food' scam

Two Glen Burnie men have been charged with six counts of theft after police said they conned several restaurants and grocery stores into believing they had been sold food that made them sick.

Police Tuesday arrested Andrew Conte, 26, of the 100 block of S. Meadow Drive, and William Kovacs, 23, of the 6600 block of Shelly Road.

Detectives posing as lawyers offered the pair money in exchange for signing a pledge not to sue the businesses they represented, police said. The detectives met the men at Mr. Conte's home Tuesday and got the contract signed. After the detectives left, uniformed officers arrived and searched the house.

Police confiscated phone books, letters addressed to the men from restaurants offering them free food and drinks and other property.

Mashed potato assault charged

A 35-year-old Glen Burnie man accused of throwing mashed potatoes into his estranged wife's face Wednesday has been charged with assault and battery.

Officers said they were called to a home in the 1000 block of 4th St. at 2:41 a.m. Karen Cordes, 33, told police she and her estranged husband had been arguing and that he had thrown the food into her face and gone into a bedroom and closed the door. Ms. Cordes' son said he heard a gunshot blast in the room.

Officers told the family to leave the house and ordered Mark Karl Arnold, the woman's estranged husband, out of the bedroom. Mr. Arnold came out with his hands up. An officer found a bullet hole in the ceiling.

G; Mr. Arnold also was charged with reckless endangerment.

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