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May 6, 2013

Oakland, Frostburg men sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court

OAKLAND — An Oakland man and a Frostburg man received jail sentences when their cases were tried recently in Garrett County Circuit Court.

Daniel Matthew Grimm, 29, Oakland, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Related charges were dismissed.  

Judge Jim Sherbin sentenced Grimm to five years in the Maryland Division of Correction, then suspended 3 1/2 years of the sentence.

Grimm will be on probation upon his release and must pay fines and costs totaling $345.  

Grimm was charged by officers with the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force in February when they executed a search warrant at his residence along Sand Flat Road.

Officers seized a large quantity of marijuana packaged for sale, drug paraphernalia including scales, a ledger of drug information and transactions, and $400.

At sentencing, the court ordered the money to be forfeited.   

Anthony Ashby Racic, 33, Frostburg, was sentenced to three years in the Division of Correction, to run concurrently, for possession with intent to distribute clonazepam and for possession of heroin.

He had pleaded guilty in February and sentencing was postponed.

Racic was the passenger in a vehicle stopped by investigators with the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force in the Oakland area in October for traffic violations.

The truck was searched after a drug-detection dog alerted during a scan. Quantities of heroin, clonazepam, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located in the truck and on Racic.

Charges were also placed against the driver whose case remains pending in circuit court.

Michael George Reed, 23, McHenry, was found guilty by Sherbin of second-degree burglary of the Deep Creek Pharmacy.

Reed entered a not-guilty plea, but agreed to proceed without a trial and with the state’s attorney giving a statement of facts concerning the evidence that would be presented at trial.

After his attorney made a motion for acquittal, the court found there was “overwhelming evidence” of Reed’s guilt and entered the verdict.

Reed was arrested by investigators with the Maryland State Police who responded with other officers to the reported burglary at the pharmacy in November.

Upon arriving in McHenry, a Garrett County sheriff’s deputy saw a man, later determined to be Reed, and gave chase, losing sight of him in a wooded area. This led to a dog tracking the scent to an apartment complex along Pysell Road.

Reed was contacted by officers who made observations of his appearance and questioned his explanation of his activities that night.

Later, witnesses in an apartment were interviewed and they provided information about Reed’s actions and statements concerning the burglary.   

A search warrant at that apartment led to the recovery of clothing worn during the burglary and various prescription bottles stolen from the pharmacy.

The DNA on items left at the pharmacy and on the medication bottles was tested and found to be a match to Reed.

A presentence investigation report was ordered and Reed’s bond was revoked pending the sentencing hearing.  

A 32–year old Ohio man pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree sex offense.

Related charges were dismissed. Sherbin sentenced him to one year and suspended all but eight months.

He was placed on probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

Maryland State Police received a report of a sexual offense in August 2010, involving a teenager who reported the man had raped her while she was incapacitated on a couch after consuming alcohol.

Forensic testing confirmed inappropriate contact and charges were placed in 2011.

In 2012, the man was located in Ohio and returned to Garrett County. His name was withheld by the State’s Attorney’s Office in an attempt to protect the identity of the victim.

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