Sheriff's deputy charged with stealing signs
#1 Sep 13, 2006
I know Sheriff Chuck Cave personally, and have talked with Scott Mergenthaler several times. I have a high opinion of both, and certainly hope that there is some misunderstanding here; I just can't imagine what it could be.
Certainly if Mr. Mergenthaler did what is charged, Mr. Cave seems to have little recourse but to dismiss him ... and that would be a true pity, indeed; they are good men.
#2 Sep 20, 2006
The Chief Deputy did not "steal" any signs. He removed signs that were posted illegally on county right-of-way and immediately drove to the county roads office where he turned them in.
#3 Nov 11, 2006
Major R. Scott Mergenthaler certainly did remove signs belonging to his boss Chuck Cave's opponent and isn't it interesting that he only removed Fitzgerald's. He didn't remove any signs belonging to any other candidate. I guess all other campaign signs in Howard County were posted legally. Come on!!! Who makes him the illegal sign remover for Howard County and how did he determine the "right of way." He was also accompanied by Chuck Cave's campaign manager, Mimi Mathews, in the middle of the day. Also, when Jim Fitzgerald's own wife caught Major Mergenthaler taking down the signs, she asked for them back and he wouldn't. I think that is where the "THEFT" occurred. If the owner or representative wants their signs back, he was obligated to give them back at that point. Also the nonsense about him "immediately" taking them to the county roads shop did NOT occur. Jim Fitzgerald's wife followed them from the intersection of MD route 175 and MD route 108 to the intersection of MD route 32 and MD route 144. That's not the quickest way to turn them in. Let the court decide, it will be interesting.
#4 Mar 3, 2008
I agree with Charlie on the intent of Theft in this case. Why is he removing signs in the first place ? The police and county roadways personnel are the only ones authorized to remove signs from the roadway.
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