Crownsville Man Killed In Crash

Police Beat

September 25, 1990

A 27-year-old Crownsville man was killed Saturday morning when he lost control of his car while trying to pass two cars on Route 178.

Robert Paul Wright, of the 400 block Kyle Road, died at Anne Arundel Medical Center following the 12:41 a.m. accident. Police say Wright was driving a 1982 Nissan north on Route 178 at a high rate of speed when he attempted to pass two other cars.

Police say that while he was trying to pass, he saw a car headed toward him in the southbound lane. When he tried to veer back to the right, he lost control and hit a tree in the northbound culvert near the intersection of Belvoir Farms Road, police say.


A person or a group of people broke into 43 storage units in Laurel Sunday, stealing at least $10,000 worth of goods.

The units were located at Public Storage Management Co., in the 3600 block Fort Meade Road. Police say the suspects cut a hole in a back fence of the compound to gain entry. Police say locks were cut off or the storage doors were pried open between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

As of Sunday, police said, 25 owners have been notified; the other 18 were to be contacted yesterday. The $10,000 estimate of missing items came from the first 15 people notified of the theft, a police report says.

Included in items reported stolen are televisions, tables, golf clubs and lamps.

Police also say they questioned people who live in a house near the opening in the fence, who said they heard nothing during the night. The people did say they saw a blue pickup truck pull away in the morning, the report says.


A group of men are suspected of burning a cross on the front lawn of the Marley Middle School in Glen Burnie late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

But county police say they do not believe the incident was racially motivated. A police report says a witness said the men were drinking at Shirley's Pub, across the street from the school, before the incident.

The witness told police she saw the men, who appeared to be drunk, trying to burn the cross in the school yard, located on Route 648. Police recovered the cross, which was 7 feet tall and 7 feet wide and made of wood draped with fiberglass insulation.

A police report says the Marley area of Glen Burnie is a primarily white neighborhood. The report also said witnesses to the incident are reluctant to come forward.

Shortly after the cross-burning took place, police received a call from the home of one of the suspects. The man's girlfriend told police the man hit her in the chest while she was sleeping.

The woman also told police the man had participated in a cross-burning earlier. No charges have been filed in either the alleged assault or the cross-burning.


A 15-year-old girl reported being raped Saturday night by a 16-year-old boy in a wooded area off Fishers Station Road in Lothian.

Police say the suspect and a "heavy-built" boy picked up the victim and her friend at a movie theater in Prince Frederick. Police say the suspect was an ex-boyfriend of the victim's friend.

Police say the suspect drove the victim to the wooded area, where, the girl told police, she was held down by the heavy-set boy and raped by the suspect. No arrests have been made in the case.


A 26-year-old Glen Burnie man was charged Friday with two counts of kidnapping after a woman left a note with a gas station attendant saying she had been abducted.

Michael James Sherman, of the 100 block North Meadow Road, was arrested after police spotted a car matching a description given to police by an employee of a Shell gas station, on West Street in Parole.

Police say the woman, a 26-year-old Glen Burnie resident, traveling with her 2-year-old child, had promised to give a man a ride to Annapolis. Police say the victim knew the man.

Police say the woman told them the man hit her on the back of her head with a hard object and that she believed the man had a gun. "The suspect told the victim not to try anything funny, that he had her son," according to the police report.

Police say the victim was able to leave the note with the gas station attendant, which led to the car being stopped. The note said: "I'm being held against my will, and this man has a weapon. I'm afraid for my son. Call the police."

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