Baltimore County sheriff's sergeant pays restitution in disputed eviction case.
Co. sheriff's sergeant pays restitution in disputed eviction case
By Pamela Wood / The Baltimore Sun / contact the reporter
March 26, 2015 4:00pm
A Sergeant with the Baltimore County Sheriff's Office agreed Thursday to pay $2,000 in restitution to a woman who claimed the sergeant was part of a botched eviction at her apartment in Dundalk last summer.
Sgt. Walter Weiss also agreed to stay away from the woman. In exchange, prosecutors put a fourth-degree burglary charge against him on the inactive docket.
Weiss remains on active duty and an internal investigation into the matter will now be closed, said Sheriff R. Jay Fisher, who attended Weiss' hearing in District Court in Essex Thursday afternoon. Fisher, who wore civilian clothes and conferred with Weiss before the court hearing, declined to comment further, citing a policy against publicly discussing personnel matters.
A Dundalk woman claimed Weiss and two others, John Vontran and Alexandra Hartsock, improperly attempted to evict her from her apartment at 702 Wise Ave. on July 11. The woman wrote in her application for charges that she had fallen behind on her rent in May and June and was told by a county constable that she was going to be evicted on July 29.
On July 11, however, the woman said she arrived home to find Weiss, Vontran and Hartsock going into her apartment and removing belongings. She claimed her furniture, clothes and dishes were damaged, according to her application for charges.
Vontran and Hartsock, who were charged with fourth-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property, requested jury trials, which are tentatively scheduled for June 5. Vontran is a developer who is seeking county approval to turn the former Seagram's distillery on Sollers Point Road in Dundalk into a townhouse community.