Elkton man gets 4 years in molestation case
— An Elkton man accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a girl when he was 19 and she was 12 received a fouryear prison term on Tuesday, according to court records.
Cecil County Circuit Court Judge V. Michael Whelan imposed an eightyear sentence on the defendant, Dustin Charles Blackiston, now 20, and suspended half of it, court re-
ELKTON Low-cost rabies clinics set for May
Blackiston, who had pleaded guilty to second-degree sex offense on Feb. 19 as part of a plea deal, will serve his four-year term in a Maryland Department of Corrections prison. Blackiston received credit for the time that he had spent in the Cecil County Detention Center as a pre-trial inmate since his Jan. 24, 2015 arrest.
Whelan ordered Blackiston to serve five years of supervised probation after his prison release.
— The Cecil County Health Department is offering low-cost rabies vaccines to help pet owners stem the spread of fatal contagious disease.
On May 7, the vaccine will be administered from 9 to 10 a.m. for cats only at Water Witch Fire Company on Jacob Tome Highway near Port Deposit. From 10 a.m.
The judge also ordered Blackiston to register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life, which will allow police to monitor him and residents to keep tabs on him. In addition, Whelan barred Blackiston from having any contact with the victim and children under 16 years old.
Maryland State Police detectives launched their investigation in January 2015 after relatives had expressed concern about the girl, police said. After receiving some information, investigators found the girl and Blackiston at a North East-area residence, as well as two wit-
until noon, dogs, cats and ferrets will be welcomed. Owners must bring $7 in exact change. Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. Cats and ferrets must be brought to the clinic is a carrier.
A second clinic is set for May 14 with the same time scheduled at the Cecil County Health Department on Bow Street in Elkton. For more information, contact the Environmental Health Services division at 410-9965160. nesses, police added.
Investigators interviewed Blackiston and the girl at the MSP North East barrack and, based on information that they supplied about their rela- tionship, detectives filed nine charges against Blackiston, according to court records.