ARMED MAN ROBS ELKRIDGE PHARMACY
An armed man wearing a hood held up an Elkridge pharmacy Monday, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash and several bottles of prescription drugs, county police said.
The robber entered the Elkridge Pharmacy, in the 5800 block of Main Street, shortly before 8:30 p.m. and threatened the owner and an employee with a handgun, police said.
Police say the gunman forced both people into a back room of the store, then began going through the drawers containing prescription drug bottles.
At one point, the robber asked the owner whether the store had any morphine, police said.
The gunman, who was wearing a hood over his face with the eye holes cut out, ran out the front door after taking several bottles containing Dilaudid, a methadone substitute, and the painkiller Percodan.
Pharmacy clerks expect to conduct an inventory to determine how many bottles were taken from the store. Dilaudid sells for up to $40 a tablet on the street, police said.
ACCIDENT KILLS JESSUP MAN
County police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred Saturday in Elkridge when a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car driven by an undercover county police detective.
Police said Detective Linda Riemer, a member of the police undercover street drug unit, was on duty patrolling the U.S. 1 area in an unmarked car when Kenneth W. Ernest, 25, of the 7500 block of Montevideo Road in Jessup, ran on to the highway from the Champ's bar parking lot.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Ernest ran into the road in an attempt to retrieve his bicycle. Police say the bicycle had been thrown from the bar's parking lot, located in the 7300 block, by a man who had been arguing with Ernest.
The accident occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m. Police say Riemer, who was heading north on U.S. 1, swerved to the right but could not avoid hitting Ernest, who was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Agnes Hospital.
Riemer was not injured in the accident, police said.
FOUR TEENS INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH
Four 17-year-olds were injured Saturday in a head-on collision between a car and a pickup truck in Ellicott City, county police said.
The accident occurred at 12:05 a.m. on Centennial Lane near Century Drive. A car driven by David Porter, 17, of the 10000 block of Maxine Street in Ellicott City, was traveling south on Centennial Lane when it crossed the center line and collided with the truck, police said.
The driver of the truck, Brian Reid of the 10000 block of King's Bench Court in Ellicott City, was listed in fair and stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, where he was flown by Med-Evac helicopter.
Porter and two passengers were also flown to shock trauma. Kathryn Sellers, of the 3000 block of Oakwood Landing in Dayton, and Elizabeth Faber, of the 11000 block of Frederick Road in Ellicott City, were both treated and released.
Porter was listed in satisfactory and stable condition yesterday. Police say no charges have been filed and the accident is still under investigation.
TWO CHARGED WITH SELLING MINOR BEER
Two employees of county businesses have been criminally charged with selling alcohol to an underage police cadet, who bought a six pack of beer from each of them Monday during an undercover inspection.
Police say the 18-year-old cadet bought the beer from Boulevard Supermarket in the 8200 block of U.S. 1 in Jessup and from the Dorsey Search Wine & Spirits shop in the 4700 block of Dorsey Hall Drive in Ellicott City.
Howard County liquor establishment employees who are found selling to an underage person are subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and a maximum of two years in jail.
In addition to the criminal charges, the businesses in Monday's inspection will receive a warning letter since it is their first violation, police said. A subsequent sale to an underage person in the next 12 months will result in a police petition for the suspension or revocation of the owner's liquor license.
The cadet attempted to buy beer from eight other Howard County businesses Monday, all of which refused the sale after asking for proof of age, police said.