Drowning Victim Id'd As Olney Man, 22

Police beat

September 04, 1991

County police have identified the victim in Sunday's drowning incident in the Nichols Quarry as Dennis Fitzgerald Manley, 22, of the 3400block of Bautry Way in Olney.

Manley and two friends were swimming in the quarry, near the border of Highland and Clarksville, when Manley began struggling to stay afloat, police said.

The victim's companions attempted to help him to shore but were unsuccessful, police said. Manley sank in about 15 feet of water shortly before 6:10 p.m.

Divers from the Gamber Volunteer Fire Department pulled Manley from the water at 7:28 p.m. and rescue workers attempted to resuscitate him, police said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Howard County General Hospital.

The drowning, which occurredin an area marked with a "No Trespassing" sign, has been ruled accidental, police said.


Speed and alcohol were contributing factors to a fatal truck accident Monday on Route 97 in Cooksville, where a Highland man was killed when his truck flipped over, county police said.

The victim, Donald Louis Schuder, 23, of Mink Hollow Road was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Schuder's truck landed on its roof after striking an embankment at 1 a.m.

Schuder was heading north on Route 97, also knownas Hoods Mill Road, just north of Old Frederick Road when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve, police said.

The truck came to rest in the south lane. A passenger, Keith O'Grady, for whom police hadno age or address, was treated and released at Montgomery County General Hospital.

Traffic investigators determined that Schuder was traveling faster than the posted 35-mph speed limit, and evidence found at the scene indicates that alcohol contributed to the crash, police said.


A thief who posed as a customer stole two diamond rings Monday from a jewelry store at The Mall in Columbia, county police said.

The man entered Bailey Banks and Biddle Jewelry store at 11:30 a.m. and asked an employee if he could inspect two diamond rings, police said.

Once the man had both rings in his hand, he ran from the store and disappeared into the mall crowd, police said.

Police have a general description of the man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, although they have no leads on his identity.

The value of the two rings is estimated at $5,000, police said.


Two men robbed an Elkridge gas station Monday after one of the men placeda gun to the back of an employee, county police said.

The employee told police that the two men entered the Elkridge Amoco station, inthe 5800 block of U.S. 1, shortly before 5:45 p.m. and asked for change. When she opened the register, one of the men ran up behind her and put the gun barrel to her back, police said.

The man then reached into the cash drawer and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Bothmen, who were apparently in their early 20s, then fled the store.

Police said the clerk was not injured. Investigators say they have no leads in the case.

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

Ellicott City

4200 block VFW Lane: Aug. 24, cash and candy were reported stolen at 7:20 a.m. from a residence entered through a side door.

3800 block Portman Place: Aug. 23, several windows were stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a home under construction.

8400 block Baltimore National Pike: Aug. 23,an unknown man exposed himself to a woman who had just gotten into her car, which was parked in a business parking lot. The man did not attempt to assault the woman.

5100 block Watchwood Path: Aug. 23, someone entered a house under construction sometime before 11:55 p.m. and cut the electrical wires.


9200 block Trader's Crossing: Aug. 24, a 1989 Chevy S-10 pickup truck was stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a residential area.

Mount Airy

15600 block Camden Masonry Court: Aug. 24, the interior of a home under construction was vandalized sometime overnight.

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