Annapolis officers battle prostitution
An Annapolis police officer posing as a prostitute on West Street arrested four men on solicitation charges Tuesday night, the first following a highly publicized crackdown on prostitution in Maryland's capital earlier this year.
After downtown residents complained that about a half-dozen prostitutes had become increasingly bold in soliciting business on a five-block stretch of West Street, police conducted a series of stings between mid-January and April. Thirty-two men were arrested for soliciting sexual favors and nine women were charged with prostitution.
The effort chased away most of the streetwalkers, who had been hanging out on street corners or flagging down cars by posing as hitchhikers. Several of the women are now in jail. Others have left the area.
Even though police have not received any recent complaints, they plan to continue undercover investigations to keep the activity away, said Officer Dermott Hickey, a police spokesman.
"We were just taking the opportunity to let everyone know that we're still enforcing the laws," he said. "We're not renewing the other program, but we want to keep them guessing."
Within a half hour before midnight, the female officer had arrested four men, including one who had been picked up earlier this year.
Charged with solicitation were: John L. Farrell, 36, who said he had no fixed address; Jonathan J. Jack, 20, of Marcs Court, and two passengers in his car -- David L. McGhee, 39, and Gerald Turnage, 19, both of Eastport Terrace. Mr. Farrell had just been fined $170 last week for a solicitation charge from the previous crackdown, police said.
Toddler hospitalized after pool accident
A Shady Side toddler, who apparently rode his Big Wheel into an in-ground pool, was listed in critical condition Wednesday after being flown by MedEvac helicopter to the D.C. Children's Center.
County police from the Southern District reported that they responded at 10:17 a.m. to a residence on Steamboat Road after receiving a 911 call that a two-year-old had fallen into a pool. The child and Big Wheel were found floating in the pool by the child's grandmother, who had left him unattended momentarily to go into the house.
The grandmother began first aid immediately after pulling him from the pool, police said. Another grandson called police.
Sister assaults her brother
A Glen Burnie woman who said she was sick of her brother beating her, was charged with assault with intent to maim after police said she threw a butcher knife at him.
According to the police report, officers were called to a home in the 300 block of Delaware Ave. at 4:30 p.m. Sunday for a domestic dispute between a 27-year-old man and his sister.
The man told the officers that he and his sister were arguing over who would go to the store when she picked up a 10-inch butcher knife and chased him with it.
She threw the knife, it hit her brother in the hand and cut him, police said.
Carla Oliver Moats, 20, was taken to Northern District to be charged.
Jogger complains of trail 'flasher'
A 31-year-old woman told police she saw a man exposing himself as she jogged on the B&A Bike Trail Monday evening.
County police said the woman was on the path near Kellington Drive and the Horizons office complex at 6:45 p.m., when she saw the man in the woods exposing himself.
She called police, but the man was gone by the time officers arrived.
She described the man as white and in his 20s. He was wearing a royal blue shirt and dark pants.
100 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.: July 27, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.
1300 block of Cape St. Claire St.: July 20, entry gained through the door. Money and other property taken. Total loss: $4,854.