Ellicott City Driver Strikes Tree With Car

Police, fire log

May 19, 1991

A 27-year-old Ellicott City man was in critical condition Friday atthe University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after his car struck a tree late Wednesday in Columbia.

Police said Charles E. Bekos, of the 8400 block of Cotoneaster Drive, lost control of his car at about11:30 p.m. while he was driving eastbound on Route 108. He crossed the center line of Route 108 and drove into the westbound lanes beforestriking a tree nearly 150 feet off the road, just east of Red Branch Road.

Bekos' passenger in the vehicle, David S. Galst, 31, of Alexandria, Va., was treated at Howard County General Hospital and released.



FBI agents arrested a 24-year-old Columbia man at 11:30 a.m. Friday and charged him with robbingthe First Maryland Bank of Valley Mall in Hagerstown in January, FBIspokesman Jim Dearborn said.

Patrick M. Hutzell, of the 6000 block of Majors Lane in Long Reach, was arrested at a Columbia restaurantwhere he works as a waiter. The former Hagerstown resident moved to Columbia in April, said Dearborn.

Hutzell is accused of robbing the bank Jan. 9. Dearborn said FBI officials suspect Hutzell is the man who handed a bank deposit bag containing a fake bomb and note to a bank teller at an outside walk-up window. The man then walked away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Hutzell, who appeared Friday before a federal magistrate in Baltimore, remained in custody Friday pending further court hearings, Dearborn said.

A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police and state police:


Bentana West Apartments, Tamar Drive, Long Reach: May 9, aman was awakened at midnight by someone trying to break into the front door of his apartment.

10500 block of William Tell Lane, Wilde Lake: May 10, the rear window to residence was found pried open at 9:20 p.m. Nothing was stolen.


9500 block of Old WaterlooRoad: May 14, a cash register and cigarettes were reported stolen from the Gateway Grocery store at about 3 a.m. The store was entered bybreaking the front door lock.

Ellicott City

10200 block of Baltimore National Pike: May 10, the front window of Pine Orchard Liquors was reported smashed and cigarettes were stolen sometime before 5:05 a.m.

3500 block of Sylvan Lane: May 10, cash was stolen between noon and 3 p.m. by someone who entered the residence by cutting a screen window.

8400 block of Baltimore National Pike: May 14, truck tires and auto parts were stolen from a storage trailer at Normandy Ford sometime between May 10 and May 14. The suspect entered the trailer by cutting a lock on its door.

9400 block of Baltimore National Pike: May 14, a dead bolt was found unlocked at the Sports Center store sometime before 9 a.m. Nothing was reported stolen.


13700 block of Triadelphia Road: May 10, cash was reported stolen from a residence.

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