Shot At Squirrel Goes Into Neighbor's House

Police beat

March 24, 1991

A man who shot a squirrel from his home in Churchton Thursday told police he didn't realize the bullet traveled into a neighbor's house, passing within inches of a woman's head.

The 18-year-old man told homicide detectives that he was standing inside his house when he saw the squirrel climb a backyard fence at about 4 p.m.

He said he opened his sliding glass door and shot the animal. He then retrieved the carcass, skinned it and put it in his freezer.

But the bullet -- fired from a .22-caliber rifle -- apparently passed through the squirrel and into the home of Irma Yelda Newman, 47, in the 5700 block of Bayview Road.

The slug passed through Newman's double-pane window and dining room wall before flying past her head. She was not injured.

Eric Lawson, of the 5700 block Broadwater Parkway, was charged with reckless endangerment.


Two women were arrested Thursday night on drug distribution charges following an investigation that led police to a Hanover hotel and a house in Severn.

Police say that members of the narcotics interdiction unit began their investigation Thursday, focusing on a room in the hotel they believed was being used as a base for selling crack cocaine.

At 10 p.m., after several hours of surveillance, police obtained a search warrant for the hotel room and confiscated $600 worth of cocaine. Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute was Rosa Cortez, 40, of New York.

The investigation at the hotel -- which police refused to name -- led authorities to a home in the 1700 block of Cedar Drive, Severn, where police confiscated $27,500 worth of crack cocaine and $7,600. They also seized $200 worth of marijuana.

Theresa Williams, 59, of the 1700 block of Cedar Lane, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.


A man carrying a shotgun robbed a High's Store in Brooklyn Park Thursday night, getting away with an undetermined amount of money.

Police say the man came into the store, in the 4100 block of Belle Grove Road, at 9:45 p.m. and threatened the clerk with a short-barrel, pump-action gun.

The clerk gave him money from the register, and the gunman fled.

Police are looking for a black male in his mid 30s, 6 feet tall, thin build and wearing a red ski mask and a green army coat.


Police charged a man with rape Thursday after his girlfriend told police she was attacked and sexually assaulted in an Annapolis motel.

Willey Brown, 32, of no fixed address, was charged with second-degree rape.

The 34-year-old woman called police from the motel and said she had been attacked. Police say members of the sex offense unit went to the Academy Motel, on Revell Highway, and found evidence to support the rape charge.


Two men armed with a shotgun and a handgun held up a Jiffy Lube Thursday night in Annapolis, escaping with an undetermined amount of money.

Police say the men walked into the garage in 1900 block of West Street at about 7 p.m. and ordered the manager to hand over money.

Police spokesman Officer Dermott Hickey said the two men escaped by jumping over a fence in the rear of the garage.

Hickey also said the robbery may be related to recent holdup of pizza restaurants in the city, which were committed three men -- one operating a getaway car and the other two armed with a shotgun and a handgun.


A man who appeared to be carrying a gun robbed a Glen Burnie Dash In Food Store early Friday morning, getting away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police say the man walked into the store, in the 7900 block of Crain Highway, with his hand under his sweat shirt and forced the clerk to open two cash registers. He took money out of the registers and ran out of the store.

Police are looking for a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds. He has a thin mustache and was wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweat shirt.

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