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Thomas Bolander, 51, of West River was placed on 18 months of unsupervised probation after he appeared Friday in Calvert County District Court for allegedly pointing a shotgun at several people last November.

Bolander pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree assault, and for one of those charges he was placed on 18 months of probation. If Bolander breaks the law within those 18 months, he could potentially serve 18 months in jail. For the second charge, he was found not guilty.

On Nov. 8, 2011, Trooper Barlow and Tfc. C. Evans were on patrol in Prince Frederick and were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. to Jaspers American Grill on Sherry Lane. Gregory N. Krumm, an employee of Commerce First Bank, told troopers that Jaspers, which had closed due to bank foreclosure through the bank, was moving equipment out of the building they were not supposed to take.

Jaspers representative Frederic M. Rosenthal told troopers they had a court order stating they could take specific items from the building but there was a dispute about some of the items on the list, charging documents state. Troopers told them that only items from the list were to be taken and the troopers then left.

At 8:05 p.m. that same night, troopers were dispatched to Jaspers again, but prior to their arrival, the Calvert Control Center broadcasted a call for someone pointing a shotgun at people inside Jaspers. When troopers arrived, they saw several people “rushing out the front door stating there was a male inside with a gun,” according to charging documents.

Troopers went into the building, where several people were pointing at Bolander and saying that he had the gun. Alonza B. Motley, said Bolander pointed a shotgun at him and told him to “get out of the way or else,” troopers said. Motley said he disarmed Bolander and put the gun in a shed behind Jaspers. Motley said he checked the gun to see if it was loaded, and it was not. Troopers said they found a Sloan S.G. Co. 20-gauge double barrel shotgun from the shed.

Rosenthal told troopers he was standing in front of Jaspers when a car pulled into the parking lot and he saw that it was Bolander. Rosenthal said Bolander got out of his car, pulled out a case, took a shotgun from the case and told Rosenthal that he was going to kill him, charging documents state. Bolander ran into the building and Rosenthal called police. Inside the building, Bolander allegedly pointed the shotgun at several people and yelled for them to get out several times.

Bolander was taken to the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack for questioning, where he was read his Miranda Rights and he waved them, troopers said. Bolander allegedly admitted to pointing a shotgun at people and telling them to get out of the building. He said he did not load the shotgun and did not intend to shoot anyone, but he wanted to scare the people so they would leave and he could “secure the restaurant to prevent any further damages,” according to charging documents. Troopers said Bolander consented to a search of his car, where no ammunition was found.

kfitzpatrick@somdnews.com