Man Falls Off Pier, Hits Head And Dies

Police beat

February 13, 1991

An Annapolis man died early yesterday after he fell from a pier and hit his head.

City police said William Esterheld, 49, who lived aboard his 47-foot sailboat docked at Bert Jabin's Marina in the 7300 block of Edgewood Road, was carrying laundry from his boat when he slipped, hit his head on the pier, and fell into the water about 5:20 a.m.

Annapolis police and firefighters pulled him out of the water. Hewas pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Police said his wife heard something hit the side of the boat and saw a bag floating in the water. She threw a rope and a poll in the water but could not find him.

Police said Esterheld broke his neck in the fall and was probably unconscious when he hit the water.


Annapolis police are looking for a group of men who vandalized a taxicab Monday night.

Police said a driver for the Crown and Diamond Cab Co. had dropped off a fare on Croll Drive and was leaving the neighborhood when someone threw a rock through hiswindshield.

The driver followed the man onto Bowman Circle and asked him why he did it. The man replied he was lucky he did not hurt him.

A crowd of men, one with a with baseball bat, then came up to the driver and began to smash his taxi.

The driver ran to call police.


Annapolis Crime Solvers are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who snatched a woman's purse in December.

Police said the woman was walking on Cathedral Street about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 30 whena man walked up behind her and pushed her down. He took her purse and ran away.

The robber is described as a black male about 5 feeet 7 inches tall and in his mid-teens. He was wearing blue jeans and a black jacket with a yellow stripe atound the waist and collar.

Anyone with information about the robber should call 267-8888 and give the operator case number 91-006. All information is confidential.


A man who said he had a gun robbed a Dash In convenience store early yesterday.

County police said the man walked into the store in the 7900 block of Crain Highwayin Glen Burnie and demanded money.

The clerk gave the robber the money, and the robber left the store.

Police described the man as white and in his late 20s. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall with blue eyes.

He was wearing a gray, hooded sweat jacket, jeans and white-and-black tennis shoes.

The following break-ins have been reported to county police:


900 block of Bestgate Road: Feb. 7. Tools taken. Total loss: Unknown.


400 block of Venton Drive: Feb.8, entry gained through the door. Bicycle taken. Total loss: unknown.


400 block of Avon Court: Feb. 4, entry gained through the window. Jewelry taken. Total loss: $1,670.

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