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Calvert man jailed six months for contractor violation

A St. Mary’s judge has sentenced a Calvert County man to six months in custody from his guilty plea to selling home improvement services in Valley Lee without a license.

Christopher David Manion, 39, of Huntingtown also was ordered to pay a $24,954 judgment. At a May 24 court hearing, the judge ruled that the six-month term be served concurrently with Manion’s 35-year prison sentence imposed in April from theft convictions in a Charles County case, one that originally included charges of home-improvement violations.

In the St. Mary’s case, charging papers allege that Manion and 49-year-old Albert Lester Styles Jr. of North Beach, trading as Built-Tite Construction LLC, received $24,954 from a $60,000 contract for construction work at Christopher Burch’s home, and that they left the job in April of last year before it was completed.

Styles has pleaded guilty to acting as a contractor without a license in the St. Mary’s case, and he is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

A prosecutor concurred last month at a hearing in Styles’ case that Manion was the “more serious party” in the St. Mary’s matter, and the prosecutor recommended a penalty for Styles of 90 days in jail. Styles’ lawyer said his client cooperated in the Charles County investigation that put Manion in prison for 35 years, and that Styles has agreed to pay $5,000 in that case.

JOHN WHARTON

The Maryland Home Improvement Commission has obtained charges against a man and woman of acting as contractors in St. Mary’s without a required license, in court papers filed after they built a garage and made other upgrades to a Mechanicsville home.

Charging papers allege that Darrell Grandstaff, 53, and Lisa M. Willoughby, 42, both listed in court documents as La Plata residents, received more than $140,000 for the work done earlier this year at the home of Donna and Michael Degen along Golden Beach Road, without obtaining a home improvement license.

Grandstaff said Monday that the charges, issued through a summons, will be contested in court.

“It’s just a big mistake,” Grandstaff said of the filing of the criminal allegations.

Willoughby could not be reached for comment.

An outgoing voice mail of the telephone number listed in the two suspects’ charging documents identifies the number as belonging to “Metro Area Roofing and Siding,” which an online web directory lists as having the same La Plata address. The state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website currently lists another licensed home improvement business as operating at that street address.

Grandstaff indicated that a family issue was involved in the matter.

The work done at the Mechanicsville home, court papers state, included a $4,925 contract to repair a patio, retaining wall and walkway; a $35,000 contract to build the freestanding garage adjacent to the main house; and a $100,254 contract to reconfigure the home’s interior, raise beams in the structure, replace its floor joists and subflooring and install a new roof and gutters.

Donna and Michael Degen filed a written complaint about the contracts undertaken in December, January and February, for the work that was performed between December and early last month, according to a charges application filed last week in St. Mary’s District Court by Thomas Marr IV, an investigator with the home improvement commission.

jwharton@somdnews.com