Raid On Adult Bookstore Yields No Leads In Killing

March 31, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

State police troopers arrested nine people during a raid at the U.S.Books adult bookstore in Edgewood on March 23, hoping to generate new leads in a year-old homicide investigation.

Tfc. E. Raymond Domico said, however, that the raid has not produced any immediate leads for the investigation into the April 1, 1990, stabbing death of 17-year-old James O. Blakeley of Havre de Grace.

The state police started a covert investigation at the bookstore,in the 3000 block of Pulaski Highway, last January as part of the Blakeley case, Domico said.

"That was where James Blakeley was last seen alive," said Domico, the chief investigator on the homicide case. "That's what kind of stimulated this investigation."

During the last three months, undercover investigators went to U.S. Books to observe activities at the store, Domico said. The business offers peep shows, pornographic magazines, videotapes and sexual aids.

Blakeleywas stabbed once in the chest by a man investigators believe he met at U.S. Books the night of April 1, police said. His body was found the next day at Otter Point Creek, a short distance from the store.

Blakeley's body was found with his pants down and shirt open, but police said there was no sign of a sexual assault. Blakeley's car was found parked at the store.

In September, the state police posted a flier detailing Blakeley's murder at U.S. Books and other adult bookstores in the county to help the investigation.

Domico said the flier did not produce any strong leads. Despite the dead ends in the case, Domico said he is still working full-time on the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information concerning the Blakeley slaying to call 838-4101 or 879-2101. Information also can be sent to thebarracks at 1401 Bel Air Road, Benson, 21014.

State police charged most of the people arrested during the March 23 raid with lewdness and indecent exposure.

Arrested were:

* Patricia A. McGinnis, 41, of Edgewood, an employee, charged with operating a disorderly house and having control of a place in which "lewdness and assignation (rendezvous)" were occurring.

* David S. May, 51, of Lexington, N.C., charged with lewdness and indecent exposure.

* John L. Lewis, 41, of Pikesville, charged with lewdness, indecent exposure and unnatural perverted sexual practice.

* Nicholas C. Porter, 27, of Perry Hall, charged with lewdness and indecent exposure.

* Stephen L. Taylor, 42, of Joppa, charged with lewdness and indecent exposure.

* Timothy W. Grinage, 24, of Baltimore, charged with lewdness and indecent exposure.

* Earl L. Greene, 33, of Joppa, charged with lewdness and indecent exposure.

* Larry S. Shelton, 30, of Aberdeen, charged with a drug violation. State police said Shelton removed the required label from a prescription bottle containing AZT, Zovirax-Tegretol-Glaxe.

* David M. Conner, 25, of Churchville, charged with carrying a deadly weapon. State police said Conner had a butterfly knife in his pocket.

Fifteen troopers participated in the raid, Domico said.

This investigation marks the second time U.S. Books has been raided. In June 1989, deputies from the county Sheriff's Department and federal agents seized hundreds of pornographic magazines, books andvideos.

The shop's owner, Larry C. Hicks of Edgewood, was chargedwith 100 counts of displaying and advertising sexual materials and one count of selling obscene materials at the bookstore following the 1989 raid. His case is still proceeding through Harford Circuit Court.

Three other bookstores were raided at the same time, including Edgewood Books, which is also owned by Hicks.

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