Man electrocuted at work in Annapolis
A 33-year-old construction worker was electrocuted and another man was seriously hurt Wednesday afternoon while rebuilding a house on historic Prince George Street in Annapolis.
The two construction workers were jolted by electricity when an aluminum ladder they were using became tangled in an overhead electric cable, police said. The 7,620-volt power line shorted, killing David Vance and injuring Frank Honeycutt.
Mr. Vance, of Ridge Road in Riva, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Honeycutt, of Meade Drive in Annapolis, was admitted to the hospital and was in stable condition yesterday, according to a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel Medical Center.
When police arrived at 4:24 p.m., they found Mr. Vance on his back on the side of the road. Two neighbors, Liz Price of East Street and Ross Dierdorf of Randall Street, had tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.
The men, both employees of Tracy Alton Construction Co., were working on restoring a three-story apartment building at 179 Prince George St. that was damaged by a fire last summer.
Seven people were injured and 14 left homeless Sept. 14 when a fast-moving fire that started in a three-story wooden home at 181 Prince George St. spread to the adjacent building.
The five-alarm fire, which started when a woman fell asleep with a candle burning on a night stand, destroyed the first home and heavily damaged the other.
Dispute among 5 ends in van shooting
County police were looking for two men who argued with three others and then shot at their van Wednesday night in Freetown Village.
Detectives said the two men, who are known as "Rock" and "Juicey," argued with three men from Howard County at 7:15 p.m. as they stood on Levy Court.
Rock and Juicey left the area and returned with a gun, police said. They shot at the 1992 Isuzu van several times, but no one was injured, detectives said.
Glen Burnie man charged with drugs
County police charged a Glen Burnie man with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after police stopped his car yesterday morning.
Police said they stopped John Robert Chin Jr., 21, of the 7300 block of Green Acre Drive, in Freetown Village for not having bumpers on his car. The officer said he saw Mr. Chin drop a bag of cocaine on the ground.
Police seized the bag, $800 and an electric stun gun from Mr. Chin. He also was charged with a weapons violation.
Girl, 9, reports kidnapping attempt
A 9-year-old girl told police a man with a gun and a knife tried to kidnap her Wednesday in Brooklyn Park.
Police said the girl was walking alone along Church Street at 4:30 p.m. when a man in a white car stopped and walked up to her.
He grabbed her arm and told her to get into his car. When the girl screamed, the man let go of her, police said.
He got back in his car and the girl ran home. She described her attacker as a white man about 30 years old, about 6 feet tall with a heavy build. He was wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt and white shoes.
He had a snake tattoo on his left arm.
Armed trio robs Ritchie Highway shop
A man with a gun robbed the Pier One Imports store Wednesday night, county police said.
Investigators said two women and a man walked into the store in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway at 9 p.m. The man took out a gun and ordered all the employees into the bathroom, where he tied them to a towel bar.
He took all the money out of the cash register and left the store with the two women, police said.
1600 block of Annapolis Road: July 6, entry gained through the door. Appliances taken. Total loss: $379.
8200 block of Lexington Drive: July 6, entry gained through the door. Mountain bike taken. Total loss: $135.