Police beat

Police beat

October 01, 1991


A Navy petty officer faces a drunken driving charge after an accident Sunday night in which a 74-year-old Annapolis woman was killed.

The victim, Dorothy Wells Cronin of Bay Ridge Avenue, was crossingBay Ridge Avenue north of Bank Street at 7:45 when she was struck bya Ford Escort in the southbound lane. She was treated there by a city ambulance crew, then flown by state police helicopter to the Shock Trauma Unit at University Medical Center in Baltimore where she died about two hours later.

FOR THE RECORD - A headline in yesterday's edition of the Anne Arundel County Sun incorrectly identified the man facing drunken driving charges following a fatal accident in Annapolis Sunday.
The man is a U.S. Navy petty officer.

Police said that Cronin was crossing in themiddle of the road where there is no crosswalk or traffic light.

Police said the car was driven by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry M. Davidson, 21, of Graff Court, Annapolis. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said that Davidson registered a .10 blood alcohol level in a breath test -- the legal limit for driving whileintoxicated.

Davidson was released to the Navy on $10,000 bond.


A 19-year-old man was charged with trying to rape a girl Thursday in her home in the Still Meadow community in Severn.

Police say the man and the girl -- whose age was not given -- were talking in front of her home in the 8200 block of Parham Court at 4:30 p.m., when the man suddenly walked inside.

The man refused to leave. He grabbed the girl, forced her onto a couch and started to rip off her clothes.

Police say the girl was able to break free, and the man ran upstairs. Fearing he would steal something, the girl followed him. The man grabbed the girl again, shoved her onto a bed, climbed on top of her and pinned her hands above her head.

The girl was able to break free when one of her friends walked into the room. The man left, but not before hitting the girl in the head, police said.

Christopher Thomas Hammond, 19, of the 1800 block of Sparrow Court, was charged with attempted second-degree rape and breaking and entering.


A 17-year-old Glen Burnie High School student was charged Friday with trying to sell marijuana to another student in a bathroom.

Police say that a teacher on lunch duty Sept. 20 found a student acting as a lookout and two other students in a stall. The teacher entered the stall and found the students attempting to sell marijuana.

The police report says the teacher confiscated four bags of marijuana, but the students ran away. On Friday, police say the teacher recognized the sellerand called police.

The boy was arrested and charged as a juvenilewith possession of drugs with intent to distribute on school property.


Two police officers -- one from Prince George's County -- were injured Sunday evening during a car chase that started near Crofton and ended near Bowie.

The chase started at 5:03 p.m., when two officers saw a 1969 Chevrolet spinningits wheels on Priest Bridge Road. When the car started down the roadsideways, the officers attempted to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop.

Police say the car nearly struck Officer Steven Burrell, who had to jump into his patrol car and drive over a curb to getout of the way. Burrell strained his back during the maneuver and was treated at North Arundel Hospital.

The pursuit continued south on Route 3 and into Prince George's County, where police lost sight ofthe car. A citizen told them the car had just pulled out of a gas station.

Police found a suspect, who had hit a Prince George's County police car. That officer was injured and was treated at Prince George's General Hospital.

Ronald Alan McGraw, 24, of the 3400 block Northshire Lane, Bowie, was charged with fleeing and eluding, operating an unregistered car and driving while intoxicated. McGraw also was injured in the accident. He was treated at Prince George's Hospital and released.


A 31-year-old Annapolis man was arrested after attacking a police officer on West Street Saturday afternoon.

Police reports say that Lydell Bradford of HilltopLane screamed at, then attacked Officer Adam DuFresne with his fistsat a West Street gas station. The police report said Bradford was ranting.

Officer William Pumphrey reported that he hit Bradford several times with a thick leather strap to subdue him, and that it took several officers to handcuff Bradford and get him into a police cruiser.

He was charged with two counts of battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.


Two Baltimore men were arrested Saturday morning after officers said they found the men trying to steal a car from the showroom at Brown's Toyota in the 7100 block Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

Police responded to an alarm at the dealership at 5:30 a.m. and said they found one man in the showroom and another man in a suspected stolen car nearby.

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