A 21-year-old Calvert County woman was seriously injured Wednesday night when she fell from the back of a pickup truck on Route 2 near Annapolis.
Jamie Bryon Stauffer, of the 100 block of Autumn Court, Huntingtown, was listed in stable condition yesterday at Prince George's County Shock Trauma Center.
Police say the woman left an Annapolis restaurant and climbed into the back of her brother's truck for a ride home. While the truck was going south on Route 2, she apparently stood up, lost her balance and fell to the road.
A passing motorist found the woman moments later near the intersection of Old Birdsville Road and called for help.No charges were filed.
DRUG SQUAD ARRESTS MAN AT RAIL STATION
A New York City man was arrested Wednesday night at the BWI Amtrak station and charged with bringing cocaine to the county from New York.
Preston T. Short, 22, was arrested shortly after getting off a train from New York.
Members of the Narcotics Interdiction Unit were working at the station and attempting to catch drug couriers. At 9:45 p.m., they saw Short get off the train and questioned him.
Police say he would not let detectives search his bag but, instead, asked themwhere he could go to the bathroom since the train station was closed. The officers directed him to nearby woods.
But police say the man only walked in the direction of woods and returned to a pay phone. The officers walked over to where the man had been and found a packetcontaining 7.12 ounces of cocaine, worth more than $20,000 on the street, police say.
Short was charged with bringing cocaine into thestate of Maryland, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine.
4 ACCUSED OF HITTING MAILBOXES WITH BATS
Four men were arrested Wednesday in Prince George's County and charged with destroying mailboxes in Gambrills with baseball bats.
Theyare accused of damaging two boxes, and police say they may be responsible for damaging 12 more.
An owner of one of the mailboxes, Chris Ross, of the 2000 block of Hermitage Hills Drive, told police he heard a noise at 3 a.m., looked out his window and saw a car driving down the street with one or two men hanging out the windows and smashing mailboxes with baseball bats.
He said he got into his car and followed the men down Route 3, onto Route 50 and into Prince George's County, near Bowie. He was in contact with county police on his car phone.
Once in Prince George's County, Prince George's County policestopped the car and arrested the men. They were brought to Anne Arundel's Western District station, where each was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property.
One of the men was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police found a wooden smoking pipe with marijuana residue, police say.
Charged were David McFarland, 19, of the 800 block of Mallard Circle, Arnold; Parnell James Romero, 20, of the 2000 block of Thruesom Court, Gambrills; William Scott Parker, 18, of the 2000 block of Hallmark Drive, Gambrills; and Matthew Peterson, 18, of the 1600 block of Chesapeake Drive,Edgewater.
Police say they found two bats in the car. The destroyed mailboxes were in the 2000 block of Huntwood Drive, the 2000 blockof Huntcliff Drive and on Defense Highway.
DRUG SUSPECT IN JAIL TRIES TO HANG HIMSELF
An 18-year-old Annapolis man charged with cocaine distribution tried to hang himself by his shoelaces in a holding cell at Annapolis police headquarters Wednesday night, police said.
An officer discovered Benjamin D. Kirby, of the 100 block of Rosecrest Drive, hanging from laces tied to a ceiling fixture about 11 p.m.. The officer removed the laces and called paramedics.
Kirby, who was treated for neck bruises at Anne Arundel Medical Center, was being held without bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center yesterday.
Police said an officer acting on an anonymous tip stopped Kirby in the Robinwood public housing complex around 5:30 p.m., searched his pockets and allegedly found two plastic bags containing more than$300 worth of crack cocaine. Police also seized $378 and gold jewelry.
Kirby was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
BOY FROM D.C. HELD ON COCAINE CHARGES
A 16-year-old Washington youth was arrested on cocaine distribution charges in the Robinwood public housing complex in Annapolis, city police reported.
Officers responding to an anonymous report of drug dealing searched theyouth at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday and found three rocks of crack cocaine,a telephone pager and $150 in his pants pockets, police said.
Theyouth was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was released to his grandmother, who lives in Annapolis, police said.
JOGGER TAKES PURSE OFF WOMAN'S ARM
A man jogging along an Annapolis street snatched a 70-year-old woman's purse outside a beauty salon, police said.