Taxi Seized

Police, fire log

Driver Faces Drug Charge

December 04, 1991

A taxicab was seized after the driver was charged Monday with selling marijuana out of his cab, county police said.

The cab, which thedriver owned, was seized through state drug asset forfeiture laws, police said. The narcotics officers also found about 1 pound of marijuana at the suspect's Clarksville home.

Arrested was Alexander White, 42, of the 13700 block Triadelphia Mill Road, who police said was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

White was arrested about 9 a.m. at the park-and-ride parking lot near the intersection of Route 32 and Snowden River Parkway. Investigators seized a briefcase from the taxicab that contained about 2 ounces of marijuana, police said.

Officers went to White's home later in the afternoon and found numerous marijuana plants in the basement, police said.

Since the taxicab is believed to have been used to transport illegal drugs, the car is subject to asset forfeiture, police said. Police typically auction off confiscated cars or put them into use as undercover vehicles.


A Columbia man was shot in the leg yesterday, apparently by a stranger who fired blindly from the hallway of his apartment building, county police said.

Glenn Hatcher, 25, who lives at the Abbott House in the 5400 block of Cedar Lane, was listed in stable condition yesterday at Howard County General Hospital.

Police arrived at the complex after a shooting was reported about 2:10a.m. and found Hatcher injured in his apartment. They also found six.22-caliber bullet holes in his front door, police said.

Hatcher told police that he had heard an argument between two men in the hallway, and he had begun to watch them through a peephole in the door when one of the men became angry that he was watching.

The man then fired the shots at Hatcher's door, police said, with one of the shotsstriking him in the leg.

Police said the gunman's identity is notknown and they are continuing to question witnesses.


Two men were seriously injured shortly after midnight yesterday when they lost control of their car and crashed into an Ellicott City house, county police said.

The accident occurred at 12:10 a.m., when a car driven by Daniel Jonathan Bageant, 21,of no fixed address, crashed into a house in the 7900 block of Old Montgomery Road, police said.

Bageant had been driving north on Route 103 when he was unable to handle a turn and slid 124 feet off the roadway before striking the house, police said.

Bageant and a passenger in the car, Craig Wilson, 26, of the 6600 block Hunter Road in Elkridge, were transported by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Both were listed in serious but stable conditionlast night.

No citations have been issued, but police say that the accident is still under investigation and that alcohol and speed appear to have contributed.

The house was damaged by the car but none of its occupants were injured.


The bar of a Columbia saloon was heavily damaged by fire Thursday after an electrical appliance apparently malfunctioned, county firefighters said.

Firefighters said the blaze began about 6:20 a.m. in the Sneakers Sports Saloon and Restaurant, in the Long Reach Village Center. A sprinkler system extinguished the fire before it spread throughthe building.

Damage to the saloon is estimated at about $30,000.No one was in the building at the time of the fire.


Other crimes reported to Howard County police:


8300 block Tamar Drive: A 1989 Volkswagen Jetta automobile was reported stolen at 1:45 a.m. Saturday from a residential area.

10300 block Hickory Ridge Road: A 1989 Oldsmobile Ciera automobile was reported stolen at 7:20 a.m. Monday from a residential area.

11900 block Blue February Way:Someone attempted to steal a 1990 Acura Legend automobile from a residential area sometime before 8:30 a.m. Monday, but was unsuccessful.

9700 block Summer Park Court: A 1988 Chrysler LeBaron automobile was reported stolen at 8 a.m. Saturday from a residential area.

9100 block Emersons Reach: A burglar broke into a home by smashing a basement window sometime before 3:20 p.m. Saturday and stole baseball cards, a watch, a computer, a Nintendo game, a radio, and cash.

9100 block Bronze Bell Circle: Several savings bonds and cash were reported stolen at 5:55 p.m. Thursday from a home entered through a rear basement window.

9300 block Somersby Court: A range, dishwasher andheat pump were stolen sometime before 1 p.m. Wednesday from a nearlycompleted home.

10300 block Little Patuxent Parkway: A 1986 Pontiac Trans Am automobile was reported stolen at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday from the parking lot of The Mall in Columbia. A 1990 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from the same lot at 7:45 p.m. Friday.

10200 block Wincopin Circle: A 1987 Buick Grand National automobile was reported stolen at 12:05 a.m. Saturday from a commercial parking lot.


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