TWO ARRESTED, BAGS OF CRACK CONFISCATED
Two men were arrested on drug distribution charges Friday after two officers said they saw them dipping into a stash of crack cocaine hidden in a drainpipe, county police said.
Paul Andre Freeman, 20, of New Carrollton and Chad Everett Johnson, 18, of Columbia were arrested shortly before 10:30 p.m. in the Rideout Heath neighborhood, where officers were investigating a report of two suspicious men.
The officers recovered 18 individually wrapped bags of crack from the drainpipe, which police say was used as a cache for a small group of neighborhood dealers. Police had no estimate on the value of the drugs.
They also recovered a crack pipe from the drainpipe.
Freeman remained at the Howard County Detention Center yesterday on $25,000 bond; Johnson was released on $5,000 bond over the weekend.
Both men were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, police said.
19-YEAR-OLD REPORTS GUILFORD SCHOOL RAPE
County police are investigating a rape Saturday afternoon near Guilford Elementary School. A 19-year-old woman said she was sexually assaulted by a man armed with a knife.
The attack took place shortly before 2 p.m. while the woman was playing basketball at the Columbia school, police said. She was grabbed from behind, forced to the ground and raped on the athletic court, a police report said.
The woman went home and reported the incident to her parents, who notified police on Monday.
Police say they are awaiting the results of hospital tests on the woman.
They did not have a description of the attacker available.
MAN STILL IN HOSPITAL AFTER 3-CAR ACCIDENT
All but one of the victims of a serious car accident on Route 32 Friday afternoon have been released from area hospitals, as police continue to investigate the cause of the accident.
Still being treated yesterday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore was Roland Richardson of the 9500 block of Sweet Grass Ridge in Columbia, who suffered internal injuries in the three-car accident near Burnt Woods Road.
Richardson is listed in serious but stable condition at the hospital.
The driver of one of the other cars, Linda Carpintieri of the 8800 block of Flowerstock Row, was treated and released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.
Three children in Carpintieri's car, ages 10, 13, and 14, were treated and released from Howard County General Hospital. The driver of the third car, William Douglas Crawford of Woodbine, did not require medical treatment.
Police say the accident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m., when Carpintieri attempted to make a left-hand turn from Burnt Woods Road. Her car collided with Richardson's vehicle, which was traveling southbound on Route 32, police said, and bounced into Crawford's car.