Authorities Can't See The Prisoner For The Forest Of Warrants

ROUTE 2 -- A weekly journey through Anne Arundel County

August 14, 1991|By Jay Apperson Candy Thomson Paul Shread

He's one of "Anne Arundel County's Most Wanted," a former roller-skating coach charged with raping two teen-age girls, accused of threatening to kill a potential state's witness.

Where, oh where could hebe?

He's wanted on an Aug. 6 warrant charging him with violating his parole on a breaking-and-entering conviction, failing to report to his parole officer, failing to obtain employment, being arrested on therape charge and, to top it off, allegedly threatening the witness.

Where, oh where could he be?

According to a Maryland State Police "Fugitive Information Form," he's a 37-year-old white male, 5 feet,9 inches tall, 150 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, with a scar over his right eye and tattoos on his right shoulder, upper right arm, left arm and right arm.

Where, oh where could he be?

(This newspaper has chosen not to publish his name so as not to identify his 14-year-old son, who is charged as a juvenile in the rapes, or his allegedvictims. Then again, considering police say he has no less than fouraliases, I'm not sure anyone would recognize his legal name if we printed it.)

Arundel's Most Wanted, in case you haven't heard, is based on "America's Most Wanted," the television show that broadcasts descriptions of various bad guys and gals and their bad deeds. Following the lead of the national show, the local show, which runs on cableTV, asks viewers to call the cops if they've seen the wanted ones.

And both the national and local programs work. A tip from a TV viewer led to the arrest Monday night in Baltimore of an convicted killerwho had escaped from a Texas prison. County sheriff Robert Pepersacksays 10 arrests have been made as result of the local program, whichbegan running on television in May.

And now Arundel's Most Wantedis running in the newspapers. We received our first list last week, and there he was, the tattooed, alleged rapist from Jessup.

I wondered: Is he really on the lam? Or is he just on some list of unservedwarrants?

To find out, I called the state police, where I reachedSgt. Leonard Armstrong, supervisor of the agency's warrant section.

County sheriff's deputies unsuccessfully attempted to serve the warrant, the sergeant said. He added, "He's on the run, as far as we know."

Where, oh where could he be?

But wait a minute. Didn't a judge revoke this man's bond when prosecutors said he threatened to kill that witness? Was his bond reinstated, leading to his release?

One phone call, no more than a minute in duration, to 222-7374, the number that will get you the records section of the county detention center, and the case was cracked.

Where, oh where could this "fugitive" be?

He's in jail.


Bob Neall is less than one year into his term and already he's on shaky ground witha powerful political faction: two pharmacists.

In a letter to hisemployees, Neall has urged county workers to get their prescriptionsfilled in Illinois.

Neall calls the out-of-state pill-filling organization "convenient, time-saving and money-saving."

His letter concludes by calling the mail-order Baxter Healthcare Corp. prescription plan "this exciting new program." Don't send this man to the circus, he might have a heart attack.

After the giddy county executive calmed himself, he mailed his letter to the 2,600 county workers and 400 retirees eligible under Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Keep in mind Neall is not ordering employees to buy pills, nor is he ordering them to use this foreign firm. He's just telling them about a cheaper option. Why?

Maybe the county executive is feeling a bit guilty about freezing county pay raises and jobs.

Maybe it's just a thinly veiled attempt to slam his Democratic opponent of last fall, druggist TedSophocleus. Who knows?

Anyway, you crack open the county's other daily newspaper and the headline hits you: "Neall's OK of Illinois firm upsets druggists."

Holy cow! Hey Bob, don't ask your friendly pharmacist for any of those over-the-counter remedies.

The bottom line is, one angry pharmacist complained in a letter to Neall that thecounty executive is encouraging people to take their business elsewhere, draining cash from the local economy.

The pharmacist cites a speech by a General Motors executive (to a pharmaceutical convention)that mail-order prescription outfits don't solve rising health-care costs. General Motors -- now there's an expert on cost containment and quality.

The peeved druggist -- he signed himself "sincerely upset" -- warns Neall that he will "oppose you in every election in the future" and "will inform everyone I can to oppose you in any furthering of your political expectations."

So one pharmacist is annoyed. And a reporter calls another pharmacist and, yeah, he's annoyed, too.It's a budding coalition!

If they get a third druggist to sign on, Bobby Neall could face a big political headache. Then who will he turn to for some pain killers? Probably some outfit in Illinois.


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