Laurel Gas Station Robbed By Gunman

Police, fire log

July 24, 1991

A Laurel gas station attendant was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash Sunday by a gunman, county police said.

The attendant was cleaning up the interior of the Crown station at All Saints Road and Route 216 when a man entered at 4:35 a.m. and asked to buy a pack of cigarettes, police said.

When the attendant turned his back to get the cigarettes, the gunman pulled out a small-caliber revolver and announced a robbery, police said.

The attendant handed over some money from the register and the robber fled out the door. He last was seen heading toward the Whiskey Bottom apartments.

Police described the gunman as a black male in his 40s, approximately 5-feet, 7-inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He had a mustache and wore a short-sleeve light-blue shirt and blue shorts.


Two men and a teen-age girl were arrested on drug charges Friday after police found two marijuana plants and a small quantity of LSD in an Ellicott City apartment, county police said.

Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 8600 block of Town and Country Boulevard in the early evening and were greeted at the door by two residents of the apartment. While talking to the residents, police said, the officers saw a pair of two-foot high marijuana plants.

About 25 tabs of LSD also were found in the apartment, police said.

Arrested were Jeremy M. Sharpe, 20, and Stephen Todd Newton, 21, who both live at the apartment, and a 16-year-old girl from Columbia.

Sharpe and Newton were both charged with manufacture of a controlled, dangerous substance. The juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana.

Sharpe was being held on $2,500 bond at the Howard County Detention Center. Newton and the juvenile were both released shortly after their arrests.


Two people were killed Sunday in an alcohol-related three-car accident on Interstate 95 near Waterloo, state police said.

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

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

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

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

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

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