Careless smoking is blamed in fire
Careless smoking is being blamed for a one-alarm fire early yesterday morning that damaged a Linthicum house and left one man injured.
The fire broke out about 3:30 at a two-story home in the 500 block of Cleveland Road. It took 23 firefighters 45 minutes to put out the fire, which caused an estimated $75,000 in damage.
Capt. Gary Sheckells, a Fire Department spokesman, said Francis W. Reinhardt fell asleep while smoking in his first-floor bedroom.
Sheckells said the fire quickly spread to the second floor. He said Reinhardt was taken to Harbor Hospital Center for treatment of first- and second-degree burns.
Reinhardt's mother, Patricia, was not injured.
Man faces charges on shoplifting, drugs
A man arrested on a shoplifting charge at the Annapolis Mall Sunday was also charged with drug possession after four bags of marijuana were discovered in his car, police said.
Police say a J. C. Penney employee saw a man leave the store with a T-shirt without paying and stuff it between the two front seats of his 1982 Chevrolet Chevette.
The employee watched the man re-enter the store and take a second T-shirt. This time, mall security followed the man to his car and held him while the police were called.
A mall security guard said he found the drugs while searching the car for more stolen merchandise when the suspect was being interviewed by county police.
Shawn Quick, 19, of the 700 block of Amberwood Drive, Annapolis, faces charges of shoplifting and drug possession with intent to distribute.
Business burglaries under investigation
County police are investigating a string of burglaries of businesses from Glen Burnie to Annapolis that may be related.
In all the break-ins, the suspects smashed a window, entered the business and stole money from cash registers.
Targets include two auto stores in Pasadena, a store in Severna Park and a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. office in Annapolis.
The latest burglary occurred Wednesday morning, when someone broke into the Hunan Chef restaurant in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.
A police report says the suspect smashed a large window with a hunk of concrete, used a knife to pry open the cash register and stole $150.
Couple are charged with drug possession
A husband and wife have been charged with drug possession after police raided their Severn home Wednesday.
Oscar Mora, 33, and Lora Mora, 39, of the 8200 block of WB & A Blvd., were charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Narcotics detectives, armed with a search-and-seizure warrant, said they found 2 grams of cocaine, 1.5 grams of marijuana and $756.
Man blows nose; out flies cocaine
Annapolis police were transporting a 20-year-old to the hospital Wednesday night when he blew his nose and out flew a plastic bag of crack cocaine.
The man, identified as David Nelson of the first block of Pioneer Drive, was being taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment of cuts and bruises from a scuffle on Clay Street.
In the ambulance, he blew his nose, police said, and out came a bag filled with three pieces of crack.
Police charged him with possession.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Anne Arundel County police and state police:
200 block of Rugby Cove Road, Wednesday, May 6; entry gained through car port. Marble fireplace mantles taken. Total loss: $4,000.
6600 block of Ritchie Highway, Wednesday, May 6; entry gained through front door of liquor store. Cigarettes taken. Total loss: $1,655.