Police Say Man Exchanged Gunfire

Police beat

April 10, 1991

An Edgewater man exchanged shots with county police Monday night before barricading himself in his home for almost 14 hours.

No one was injured during the shootout outside the home of William Elben, 84, in the 400 block of Plainview Avenue.

County police said officers were called to Elben's home at about 6:30 a.m. by neighbors who reported he was firing gunshots in the air.

Officer Richard Lesniewski walked around to the back of the homeand found Elben armed with a double-barreled shotgun.

He pointed the gun at Lesniewski; both men fired simultaneously, but neither was hit, police said.

Police said Elben moved back into the garage and pointed his shotgun at Lesniewski. Both men fired again.

Elben stopped firing and retreated into the house.

Special Operations Section officers surrounded the house and negotiators tried several times to talk to Elben, police said, but he was uncooperative and appeared "mentally confused."

At 8:15 a.m., Special Operations officers entered the home and arrested Elben. He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for evaluation, police said.

Police said he would be charged with assault with intent to murder, assault and reckless endangerment.


A Laurel man told police someone or something killed 13 of his hogs kept in his backyard Saturday night.

County police said James Willie Perrie, of the3500 block Spring Road, called them at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday and said he found the hogs dead in their pen.

Perrie told officers the only unusual noise he had heard was his dogs barking and some birds screeching at about 1 a.m.

Three of the 16 hogs were still alive.

Animal control officers came and found the wounds were caused by wild dogs in the area. They put the three remaining hogs to sleep.


Two Pasadena residents have been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine after police reported finding them with the drug outside a bar on Mountain Road Monday.

Michael Earl Gray, 33, of the 8100 block Elizabeth Road, and Karen J. Barth, 29, of the first block Nicholson Drive, were arrested in the parking lot of Cheers bar at about 3 a.m.

Police said investigators were told a man was dealing cocaine outside the bar. Officers watched the bar and saw Gray with Barth. Police searched the car and found cocaine, a beeper and $493.30.

Police also seized a 1989 Nissan 240SX.


A Crofton man found passed out in front of an elementary school Thursday has been charged with possession of marijuana.

Officers arriving at the Crofton Meadows Elementary School at 10:30 p.m. and said they founda man lying on the ground and smelling of alcohol.

Officers woke the man up and asked for identification. He pulled out some money anda bag with marijuana it, police said.

Police took Patrick Vincent Kearney, 30, of the 1800 block Aberdeen Drive in Crofton, to the Western District Station to be charged.

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


1100 block of CharringCross Road: April 7, entry gained through the door. Unknown propertytaken.


800 block of Central Avenue: April 7, entry gained through the door. Purse and wallet taken. Total loss: $30.


500 block Londontowne Road: March 7, entry gained through the door. Money and other property taken. Total loss: Unknown.

300 block of Bayview Drive: April 8. Nothing taken.

Glen Burnie:

1200 block of Wilson Road: March 5, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.

First block of St. Agnes Road: April 7, entry gained through the door. Television taken. Total loss: $350.


7600 block of Ridge Chapel Road: March 6, entry gainedthrough the window. Nothing taken.


200 block of Old Magothy Bridge Road: April 8, entry gained through the door. Antique radio taken. Total loss: $100.


8300 block of Pioneer Drive: April 5, entry gained through the window. Video games taken. Total loss: $150.

Severna Park:

500 block of Heavitree Lane: April7, entry gained through garage door. Tools and lawn mower taken. Total loss: $1,114.

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