4 Columbians Face Cocaine Charges

Police, fire log

October 27, 1991

Four Columbia residents are facing cocaine-related drug charges following their arrest Tuesday night by county police.

Police charged Phillip E. Barrows, 37, of the 5100 block of Brookway and Ronald Tyrone Johnson, 29, of the 6500 block of Fretchie Row with possession of paraphernalia and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute; and Mary Elizabeth Warren, 25, and James Kevin Nelson, 29, both of the 10500 block of Cross Fox Lane, with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute.

The narcotics investigation began after area residents complainedof suspected drug activity at the Fretchie Row residence, in the village of Owen Brown. Undercover officers conducted surveillance and made drug transactions at the residence, police said.

Search warrants were obtained for both homes and two vehicles.

Police seized 1/2 pound of cocaine, cutting materials and packing materials from the Cross Fox Lane residence; paraphernalia, trace cocaine, packing and cutting material from the Fretchie Row residence; 1/4 ounce of cocaine from Nelson, who allegedly was transporting the drug to Fretchie Row from his home; a 1990 Mercedes-Benz; and a 1987 Mazda RX 7.

Police arrested Warren at the Cross Fox Lane residence, Nelson in his carand Barrows and Johnson at the Fretchie Row location at about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The investigation is continuing.


A 25-year-old Waldorf man was killed Wednesday at about 10 a.m. when his truck struck another at the intersection of U.S. 29 and Johns Hopkins Road, police said.

Michael Irving Gray waspronounced dead at the scene.

Gray was headed south on U.S. 29 when his truck hit a vehicletraveling east on Johns Hopkins Road. The driver, Bert Lyons Jr., 51, of the 1200 block of Capital View Drive, Landover, was treated and released from Howard County General Hospital.

Daniel Edward Rector, 22, of Spotsylvania, Va., a passenger in Gray's truck, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and is in serious but stable condition.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Gray ran a red light and that foggy weather conditions may have been a factor. The investigation is continuing, and no charges have been filed.


A male jogger assaulted a 55-year-old Columbia woman just before midnight Thursday near Centennial Park, police said.

The woman told police she was walking home from the Mall at Columbia but got lost. As she walked alongRoute 108, a jogger approached her, and she asked him for directionsto Harper's Choice.

The woman said the jogger pointed toward the park and, when she did not follow his directions, grabbed her, and they fell to the ground. During the struggle, a person in a car stoppedand shined a light on the two. The jogger then got up and ran towardthe park.

He was described as a white male, 6 feet tall, with blond hair and wearing a dark sweat suit.

Other crimes reported to Howard County police:


5700 block of Stevens Forest Road:Oct. 16, electronics equipment and jewelry were reported stolen sometime before 7 p.m. from a ground-level apartment entered when a sliding glass door was forced open.

6200 block of Satan Wood Drive: Oct. 16, a purse was reported stolen at 2:40 a.m. from a home entered when someone smashed a sliding glass door.

6000 block of Jerry Drive: Oct. 17, jewelry and coins were reported stolen sometime before 6 p.m. from a home entered when a sliding glass door was forced open.

11000 block of Slalom Lane: Oct. 17, a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass was reported stolen between Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. from aresidential parking lot.

Ellicott City

4800 block of WoodshireGarth: Oct 17, someone tried to force a garage door open sometime before 7 a.m., but the door stuck.

3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive: Oct. 18, a 1986 Mercury Lynx was reported stolen between Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. and Oct 18 at 9 a.m. from an apartment complex parking lot.


5800 block of Whisper Way: Oct. 16, electronic equipment was reported stolen between 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. from a home entered when the front door was forced open.


14000 block ofBurnt Woods Road: Oct. 18, coins and jewelry were reported stolen sometime before 7 p.m. after a door was pried open.

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