Driver In Fatal Crash To Face Dui Charge

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July 24, 1991

An Annapolis man was charged with drunken driving following a fatal accident Sunday on Interstate 95 near Waterloo, state police said.

The accident occurred just south of Route 100 when a northbound FordRanger driven by Richard John Thiel III, 26, of Annapolis went out of control shortly past midnight and struck two cars, police said.

Both cars had been stopped on the highway for road construction. The driver of the first car, John Watkins, 20, of Hampstead, died at 7:30 p.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.

A passenger in Watkins' car, Dana Marie Telak, 19, of Perry Hall, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the traumacenter.

A third occupant of the car, Julia Swingler, 18, of PerryHall, suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police did not provide names for the occupants of the third car, a 1984 Honda Civic. The occupants sustained minor injuries, police said.

Thiel, who suffered minor injuries, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. More charges are pending, police said.


Four people, including an 8-month-old girl, wereinjured early yesterday morning in a one-car accident on Ritchie Highway, county police reported.

Police said Stephen Edison Samuels, 28, of the 2500 block Garrett Avenue in Baltimore, was northbound on Ritchie Highway near Whites Road at about 4 a.m. when the right fronttire of his 1988 Chevy van blew out.

Samuels lost control of the van and it veered off onto the right shoulder and hit a tree.

Samuels and the passengers in the car, Brian Daughtry, 26, of the 3300 block Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore, and Stephanie Gloria Samuels, 8 months, were treated at North Arundel Hospital and released.

Blanche Renee Taylor, 22, of the 2500 block Garrett Avenue in Baltimore, was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

No one was charged in the accident.


County police were looking last nightfor the man who robbed a Glen Burnie gas station early yesterday morning.

Police said the bandit poked a gun through the cash drawer of the Exxon Station in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway at about 5:15 a.m.

He demanded money, which the clerk shoved through the drawer.

Police described the robber as a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build and dark hair. He was wearing a gray shirt and armed with a small, semiautomatic handgun.


A Glen Burnie liquor store was robbed late Monday night, county police reported.

Police said the robber walked into Sun Valley Liquors at the intersection of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Mountain Road at about 11 p.m. He grabbed the cash drawer thatwas on the counter and ran out of the store.

Police described therobber as a black man, about 6 feet tall and 30 years old.


A Baltimore man was robbed Monday afternoon as he was walking through a Severn neighborhood, county police said.

Police said the 41-year-old victim was in the 1700 block of Circle Road at about 4:30 when the robber walked up behind him and took $40 from his pants pocket.

The robber is described as a black man, about5 feet 11 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was wearing a orange shirt and had two gold teeth.


County police are investigating a spate of vandalism in a Linthicum neighborhood during the weekend.

Police said about 13 cars parked in front of their owners' homes had their windows shot out. A front picture window of one home in the 500 block of Fairmont Road had been shot out with a BB gun.

Police have no suspects.

Brooklyn Park:

400 block of Doris Avenue: July 16, entry gained through the window. Money and jewelry taken. Loss: $1,100.

100 block of 11th Street: July 21, entry gained through the front door. Unknown property taken.

Glen Burnie:

100 block Sloan Drive: July 19, entry gained through the door. Money and appliances taken. Loss: $400.

200 blockof Shane Road: July 19, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.

6500 block of Cedar Furnace Circle: July 18, entry gained through the window. Nothing taken.

1200 block of Montgomery Drive: July 22, entry gained through the window. Purse with money and credit cards taken. Loss: $320.


600 block of Sutton Drive: July 21, entry gained through the door. Fishing equipment taken. Loss: $2,200.

600 block of Sutton Drive: July 16, entry gained through the window. Miscellaneous property taken. Loss: $3,900.

100 block of Maryland Avenue: July 21, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.

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