Man on highway charged with carrying loaded gun


A 36-year-old Westminster man spent much of yesterday in jail, charged with carrying a loaded rifle as he walked along Route 140.

Edward August Kracke Jr., who lives in the 1300 block of Old Westminster Pike, was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Tfc. Francis B. Childress wrote in a charging document that he saw a man carrying a .22-caliber rifle about 12:18 a.m. yesterday as he walked on the shoulder of the highway near Hemlock Lane, east of Westminster.

The trooper reported that as he stopped his patrol car, the man placed the rifle on the ground and continued to walk away until he was ordered at gunpoint to halt and put his hands up.

After the suspect was arrested, officers examined the rifle and found six live cartridges in the magazine and one in the chamber, according to charging documents. Six more .22-caliber cartridges were found in the suspect's right front pocket and four 12-gauge shotgun shells were found in his left front pocket, police said.

A criminal records check showed that Mr. Kracke has a conviction for robbery with a deadly weapon, troopers said.

Mr. Kracke was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment of the public.

Officers said that Mr. Kracke was intoxicated when arrested and that he refused to say where he was headed.

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