Harford man, 50, is charged with firing gun near homes

The Baltimore Sun

A Harford County golf course owner faces charges after being accused of firing shots near homes, state police said.

Samuel C. Smedley, 50, was charged with one count of having a handgun in a vehicle, one count of disorderly conduct and two counts of reckless endangerment in connection with the incident Saturday, according to police.

Smedley was a key figure in an Aberdeen annexation proposal. Last year, the Aberdeen City Council attempted to annex 524 acres to make way for a development of more than 1,000 homes. Smedley's Wetlands Golf Course was the largest part of the proposed annexation area, and he was a partner in the development. But the annexation was rejected in a referendum.

Since then, some in the Locksley Manor subdivision have complained that they have been harassed. At 3 p.m. Saturday, state troopers responded to a call about shots fired in the 600 block of Locksley Manor Drive. A statement of charges said that about three hours later, Smedley came to the area firing shots. The statement of charges said troopers found a revolver, a shotgun, an assault rifle, more than 700 rounds of ammunition and several empty rounds and casings in Smedley's vehicle.


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