Police, fire log

Police, fire log

September 26, 1990


Thirteen people were arrested on drug charges Saturday in the parking lot of Merriweather Post Pavilion during a performance by the Allman Brothers band, county police said.

The latest undercover operation culminates a concert season in which police made approximately 75 drug arrests, up from 60 during the 1989 season, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.

Police say nine of the 13 people arrested Saturday were out-of-state residents, the people who commonly fall prey to the undercover operations at the pavilion.

"We're sending out a message that if you bring drugs to Merriweather Post Pavilion, you're going to be caught," Gardner said. But for out-of-staters, the stepped-up drug enforcement hasn't become common knowledge, he said.

In Saturday's operation, four people were arrested on felony charges of distributing LSD. The others face misdemeanor charges for possession of cocaine and marijuana. Two trucks were also seized under the state's asset forfeiture law.

One man, Kim Lawson Ricketts, 29, of Fairfax, Va., was arrested on a possession of a deadly weapon charge and three counts of assaulting police officers, police said. A patrol officer arrested Ricketts on U.S. 29 and Route 216, shortly after he left the pavilion parking lot in an intoxicated state, police said.

Ricketts, who also is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, was carrying several knives and a hatchet in the truck, police said.

None of the people arrested Saturday were Howard County residents, police said.


A man robbed a Jessup convenience store of less than $200 in cash Saturday, county police said.

Police say a man entered the High's store in the 7900 block of Washington Boulevard shortly before 9:40 p.m. and demanded money from a clerk. The man then lifted up his shirt to reveal a brown-handled handgun tucked into his pants, police said.

The clerk handed over the money from the register and the man ran from the store. Police say the man was last seen running from the area near the southbound lane of Washington Boulevard.

The gunman is described as a white male, approximately 23 to 25 years old, with a slim build and approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has long brown hair and a mustache.

Police say they have no suspects.


A county police narcotics investigation sparked by tips from residents concerned about drug abuse at a Fulton home resulted in the arrest of three people Saturday, a police spokesman said.

The house, located in the 8300 block of Old Columbia Road, was the site of two drug-related deaths in 1988, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.

Arrested Saturday were Edwin Felix Shanko, 36, and Elizabeth Eileen Alder, 40, both residents at the house, and Stanley Lawrence Bennett, 36, for whom police have no address.

Members of the county police K-9 unit and tactical section raided the home at about 1:15 a.m. and seized approximately one ounce of cocaine with a street value of $2,800, Gardner said. An unspecified amount of liquid PCP, a hallucinogen, also was found in the residence, police said.

Each of the three people was charged with intent to distribute cocaine, intent to distribute PCP, possession of drug-related paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance, police said.

All three suspects remained at the Howard County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. Alder is being held on $50,000 bond, Shanko, $30,000, and Bennett, $10,000.

Two drug-related deaths were reported at the residence within five weeks in 1988. On Nov. 14 of that year, William Hanley, 30, was found hanged to death inside the house. A coroner's report showed traces of PCP in Hanley's blood, Gardner said.

On Dec. 12, Susan Pruitt, 33, died of a drug overdose at the residence.

Both Pruitt and Hanley were residents of the house, Gardner said.

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