Man gets 'last chance' to beat alcohol problem

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A 32-year-old Bel Air man got what a District Court judge said may be his "last chance" to kick an alcohol dependency that has bedeviled him, the police and the court system.

The break for Leonard John Makowski of the 600 block of Camelot Drive came Wednesday when Judge John J. Dunnigan revoked his no-bail status and reset bail at $10,000.

Mr. Makowski, who told the judge that his troubled past included four or five drunken driving arrests, posted bail the same day. He promised the judge that he would immediately check into an alcohol rehabilitation program at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore County.

Privacy laws prevented hospital officials from confirming if he had entered the program.

Mr. Makowski told the court that he suffers from a medical condition that prevents the growth of body or facial hair. He had several recent scars on his bald head.

Two inmates at the Harford County Detention Center allegedly attacked Mr. Makowski Dec. 11. He was taken to Fallston General Hospital and treated for rib, tooth and head injuries and released, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Mr. Makowski was jailed Nov. 25 on charges of assault with intent to murder and related offenses.

Bel Air police said Mr. Makowski became angry after losing an arm-wrestling match among co-workers who were having a few beers. They said Mr. Makowski stabbed one man in the neck with a broken beer bottle and bit the nose of another man.

One victim, Paul E. Miller, 37, of Bel Air, was treated for a minor stab wound in his neck at Franklin Square Hospital and was released, police said.

Robert S. Roche, 44, of Chase refused treatment for the bite wound, police said.

Police records also show that Mr. Makowski was injured Feb. 18 when a Belcamp man attacked him with a knife.

John Andrew Owens, 44, was charged in that incident. He contended that Mr. Makowski had made racial slurs toward him.

Mr. Makowski was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1987 after pleading guilty to a robbery charge, according to court records. He was on five years' probation after his release, but was charged with a parole violation in January 1992. Traffic court records show that Mr. Makowski's most recent drunken driving charge, in December 1991, resulted in a 60-day jail sentence with 30 days suspended.

Mr. Makowski told Judge Dunnigan that he would have enrolled in the Perry Point drug and alcohol treatment program long ago, but discovered that his military service was 17 days short of qualifying him for medical benefits.

Judge Dunnigan told the defendant that the number of violent attacks concerned him, because they "always stem from an alcohol problem that goes out of control." The judge said the court was getting tired of hearing that Mr. Makowski needed help.

"There's only so much we can do," the judge told the defendant. "Now it is up to you. You have to get help . . . or you'll end up killed or killing someone and be in jail for an awful long time."

In reducing the bail, the judge stipulated that Mr. Makowski must remain drug- and alcohol-free.

"I will this time, Your Honor," Mr. Makowski said.

;/ "Don't tell me," the judge said. "Show me."

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