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July 01, 1992

Cab driver beaten by city passengers

An Annapolis cab driver was beaten yesterday morning after he apparently refused to drive two passengers to the side of an apartment complex.

Thomas Cullinane, 37, who works for Yellow Checker Cab, was treated and released from Anne Arundel Medical Center for a cut on his head.

Annapolis police said Cullinane picked up two men at a Wendy's restaurant on West Street about 1:15 a.m. and drove them to Bell Drive and Bywater Road. Once there, the men asked to be driven to the side of the apartment complex.

Police said Cullinane refused, and one of the passengers struck him in the head with a glass bottle. The other passenger joined in, beating the man as he jumped from the cab to run for help.

Area residents saw the struggle and called police, who were still looking for suspects yesterday.

108 parking meters robbed of $4,500

Someone broke into 108 parking meters in downtown Annapolis over the weekend and stole an estimated $4,500 in coins.

Police said city workers discovered the theft Monday. They said somebody apparently used a duplicate key or opening device to gain access to the money boxes. The meters were not damaged.

Annapolis police spokesman Tom Hannon said investigators may have a suspect in the case.

"We don't believe it was an inside job because all the keys are accounted for," he said.

The meters are on West Street from Amos Garrett Boulevard to Calvert Street, on South and Cathedral streets around the county courthouse and near City Dock. Police believe the theft occurred Friday night or Saturday morning.

2 men charged in weekend shooting

Two men are in police custody, charged with shooting an Annapolis man over the weekend in a fight in Eastport over money owed for guns.

Annapolis police officers responding to a call Saturday night for shots fired in the 400 block of Washington St. found Bervin Hamilton, 23, on the sidewalk next to his apartment building, with a gunshot wound in his abdomen.

Police spokesman Tom Hannon said Hamilton and Shawn Cook, 18, of the 1300 block of Tyler Ave., were arguing in the apartment over the cost of weapons.

Police said one of the men pulled out a handgun. In the ensuing struggle, Cook was shot in the hand. Hannon said police are unsure who fired the shot.

Police said Ollie Millon, 27, of Harrisburg, Pa., ran up to the house moments later, confronted Hamilton and shot him.

Millon, who was arrested on the scene Saturday night, was charged with assault with intent to murder.

Cook, who turned himself in Sunday, also was charged with assault with intent to murder.

Hamilton was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in serious condition yesterday.

Man under evaluation in shooting attempt

A Glen Burnie man is under psychiatric evaluation, facing charges of trying to shoot a county police officer Sunday evening.

A police report says the 28-year-old man nearly shot Eastern District officer David Griffith during a struggle over a .357-caliber Magnum handgun in the 300 block of Scotts Manor Drive in Glen Burnie.

During the fight, the officer was able to insert his thumb between the hammer and firing pin, preventing the gun from being fired, the report said.

Police said the man had pulled the trigger back and the gun was ready to fire. It was unclear from the report whether the gun was aimed at Griffith.

After a struggle, and with the help of a bystander, the man was arrested. He faces 13 criminal charges, which will be filed when he is released from observation at North Arundel Hospital.

The incident started when Officer James Phillips saw a yellow 1973 Volkswagen fail to stop at Scotts Manor Drive and Oakwood Road.

The driver refused to stop for the officer, who followed the car for several minutes. The driver then pulled into a yard on Scotts Manor Drive, got out and put a gun into his mouth, threatening to commit suicide.

A resident of the home came out and fought with the man. The officer joined in and summoned help.

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