Man, 24, Arrested, Charged In Holdups

Police beat

April 08, 1991

Annapolis police arrested a man Friday night suspected of robbing two West Street businesses -- one while using a sawed-off shotgun.

George Brown Jr., 24, of the 100 block Old Solomons Island Road, was charged with robbing a Jiffy Lube March 21 and The Woodburner Shop on Wednesday.

Police said officers spotted the man while conducting surveillance in the 1900 block of West Street, where the businesses are located.Police reported seeing the man between Moreland Parkway and Admiral Drive and caught him while he was trying to hide in tall grass just off Admiral Drive.

Following Brown's arrest, police also arrested Billy Watkins, 39, of the 1800 block of Bowman Court. They charged himwith one count of armed robbery in connection with the Jiffy Lube holdup.

Police said Brown is being investigated in at least four other Annapolis robberies. They said they recovered a sawed-off shotgun,which they believe was used in the Jiffy Lube holdup, near where Brown was caught.


A 10-year-old Millersville girl accidentally shot in the head by an11-year-old playmate yesterday was listed in critical condition at a Washington hospital.

"It appears the 11-year-old pulled the trigger and didn't even know it," police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy said.

Molloy said Rachel Koether, of the 300 block Lazywood Court, was playing at her home with her 12-year-old sister and an 11-year-old friend.

Ona shelf in the basement, Molloy said, the children found a .22-caliber revolver and thought it was a toy.

The gun went off while it was in the 11-year-old's hand, Molloy said, hitting Rachel above the ear.

"When officers first arrived, she was not responding," he said."But she came around and began responding when paramedics arrived."

Rachel was taken by state police helicopter to Children's NationalMedical Center in Washington.


County Council Chairman Virginia P. Clagett was charged with drunken driving after a state trooper stopped her on Route 97 in Millersville early Saturday morning.

Clagett, D-West River, agreed to a Breathalyzer test after the trooper stopped her near Benfield Boulevard in Millersville at about 1:15 a.m., said Cpl. Alan Carter.

She was charged after being brought to the Glen Burnie barracks and was then released to a friend, he said.

Police would not reveal Clagett's blood-alcohol content.

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