Suspended officer loses salary after being charged

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Paul Nicholas Steimetz, a five-year veteran of the Hampstead police force, was suspended without pay Tuesday after an administrative hearing, town police Chief Kenneth Russell told council members Tuesday night.

The hearing board -- composed of a Maryland State Police officer, a Carroll County sheriff's deputy and a Frederick City police officer -- unanimously determined that Officer Steimetz should be suspended because he was charged with a felony Friday, Chief Russell said.

He will remain on leave until the court case is resolved, the chief said.

Officer Steimetz, 48, has been on leave with pay from the town police force since state police drug enforcement officials found suspected marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia in his home during an Aug. 18 raid.

On Friday, a Carroll County grand jury indicted the officer on six counts, including misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

He also was charged with providing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor, and maintaining a common nuisance, a felony.

FIRE

* Hampstead: Crews from Hampstead and Arcadia investigated a fire alarm sounding in a building on Hanover Pike at 6:28 a.m. Monday. Units were out 15 minutes.

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