Man, 69, Dies In Plane Crash


September 16, 1990

Raymond S. Chmielewski, 69, of Apopka, Fla., was killed when his single-engine Beech Bonanza airplane crashed as he tried to land at Forest Hill Airpark on Sept. 8, the county Sheriff's Department said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the accident, but the agencies may not know the cause of the accident for several months, an NTSB spokesman said.

Chmielewski's plane was found burning inside a fenced area of an electrical contracting business off East Jarrettsville Road, which is about a half-mile from the airpark, the Sheriff's Department said.

The Sheriff's Department said Chmielewski left Hartford, Conn., in the morning of Sept. 8 to meet his wife, a passenger on a commercial flight landing at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Chmielewski learned his wife's flight was to arrive later than expected and he made arrangements to fly to Forest Hill to visit relatives, police said.

Chmielewski was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff's Department said. An autopsy by the state medical examiner in Baltimore revealed Chmielewski died of multiple injuries received in the accident.


Santo F. Grasso, 19, of Edgewood, was arrested by state police at Benson after an armed robbery at the Magnolia Exxon station on Sept. 5, District Court records say.

Grasso was charged with robbery, robbery while using a deadly weapon, assault with intent to rob and theft, records said.

Police said Grasso pointed a handgun at a clerk working at the station at 1101 Pulaski Highway and demanded that she give him the money in the cash register. The woman complied, giving Grasso $108, court papers said.

Grasso fled on foot, but later was apprehended by police, records said.

He was taken back to the station, where the clerk identified him as the robber.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating another armed robbery at High's Store in the 500 block of Joppa Road, Joppatowne, on Sept. 3.

A man wearing a ski mask pointed a .38-caliber handgun at a store clerk and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store's cash register, the Sheriff's Department said.


Paul G. Johnson Jr., 21, of Edgewood, was arrested by state police at Benson, after he allegedly kidnapped a Joppatowne woman from her apartment, dragged her to a wooded area and struck her with a baseball bat on Sept. 5, District Court records say.

Johnson was charged by police with assault with intent to murder, burglary, kidnapping, assault, battery, false imprisonment and malicious destruction of property, records say.

The records say Johnson entered the woman's apartment by breaking the glass in a back door with the bat. He then abducted the woman, dragging her through the apartment complex and into a nearby wooded area, police said.

Johnson reportedly threatened to kill the woman and struck her in the legs and head with the bat, the records said. Police found Johnson and the woman behind the Joppatowne Plaza shopping center.


Thomas O. Anders, 33, of Darlington, was arrested after the county Joint Narcotics Task Force found 42 marijuana plants growing outside his house in the 1800 block of Poole Road, District Court records say.

Anders was charged with possession with intent to manufacture and distribute a controlled substance, records say. Police also found a quarter pound of processed marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the house, court records say.

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