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October 31, 1990

Police say woman slashed boyfriend

A Glen Burnie woman was charged with assault with intent to murder after an argument with her boyfriend Monday, county police reported.

The police said Joan Teresa Beckner, 37, of the 300 block Gatewater Court, was involved in an argument with her boyfriend at about 5:50 p.m.

when she threatened to kill the man if he hit her.

She took a kitchen knife and chased him out of their apartment. As they got outside she slashed him with the knife, the police report said.

The police said Beckner told them she and her boyfriend had been fighting frequently during the past three or four months.

Kurt William Fitchett, 41, of the same address, was treated and released from North Arundel Hospital Center.


A Laurel man was killed last week when he was hit by a car in Laurel, county police reported.

The police said Thomas Joseph Cleason, 47, of the 7200 block Carriage Hill Drive, was pronounced dead Wednesday at Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital after the 9:24 p.m. accident.

The police said Cleason was crossing the street on Route 198 near Red Clay Road when he was hit by a car.

The driver of the car was not charged.


Two children were injured yesterday morning when a school bus collided with a van on Dicus Mill Road in Gambrills.

Jennifer Denton, 10, and Justin Denton, 6, were taken to North Arundel Hospital with minor injuries.

The police said the driver of the bus, Barbara Sue Sneering, 40, of Glen Burnie, was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign.

The police said the driver of the bus was traveling east on Dicus Mill Road when she ran a stop sign and hit a van traveling south on Gambrills Road.

The driver of the van, Logan Starr Sr., 48, of Millersville was taken to North Arundel Hospital Center for minor injuries Two passengers in the van -- David Tyszkiewicz, 27, of Glen Burnie and George McConnell, 19, of Catonsville, were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center were they were in stable condition yesterday.


Three people, including an escapee from Spring Grove Hospital, tried to rob an Annapolis sporting goods store Monday night, county police reported.

The police said an off-duty officer was shopping at the Herman's World of Sporting Goods store when he saw three people run out carrying a large plastic bag.

The officer chased the people and one of them dropped the bag and the three began to run in different directions.

The officer caught Garen Kerry Smith, 26, of the 1300 block Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, and found that he was an escapee from Spring Grove Hospital.

When officers brought him back to the Southern District Station, Smith was complaining that he felt sick. Later, police said he used a belt to try to hang himself in the cell.

The police took him to North Arundel Hospital Center for treatment and then state police took him to Spring Grove.


A Glen Burnie man has been charged with possession of marijuana after police reported finding him with the drug Friday.

James Patrick Connolly, 23, of the 300 block Fernglen Avenue, was charged after police questioned him at about 8:45 p.m. on state aviation property on Dorsey Road.

The police said an officer was on patrol in the area when he saw someone lean over to the passenger side of a parked car.

The officer told the man there was no trespassing allowed on the grounds of Baltimore-Washington International Airport and then asked to search the car.

The officer found a small amount of marijuana and a pipe.


Two men, one armed with a gun, robbed the Econo Lodge in Annapolis Wednesday, county police reported.

The police said the robbers entered the hotel at about 2:31 a.m., one of them first used the pay phone while the other played a video game.

The men left and came back inside. One of them took out a gun and demanded money.

The robber ran behind the counter and stuffed his pockets with money.

The two men ran out of the hotel and the clerk called the police.

The police described the two as black, both in their early 20s. One was wearing a red hat and a red warm-up suit and the other man carried a handgun and was wearing a blue jacket.

A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Anne Arundel County police and state police:


500 block of Birch Drive: Oct. 27, entry gained through the door. Nothing taken.

3200 block Magnolia Ridge Road: Oct. 24, entry gained through the door.

Unknown property taken.


1800 block of Rawlings Place: Oct. 28, entry gained through the front door.

Unknown property taken.

1800 block Regents Park Road: Oct. 25, entry gained through the bedroom window. Unknown property taken.

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