Glen Burnie

October 05, 1992

Cook indicted in August shooting death of Pasadena man in Valley Brook

A Glen Burnie cook has been indicted in the shooting death last month of a Pasadena man in the Valley Brook section of Glen Burnie.

Rodney Lawrence Conyer, 20, of the 100 block of Faywood Court, is being held without bond at the county detention center on charges of first-degree murder and robbery.

State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said Mr. Conyer was indicted Monday. Both charges stem from the Aug. 22 slaying of James William Helphenstine, of the 1100 block of Wharf Drive in Pasadena.

Mr. Helphenstine, 37, was outside an apartment building in the 7800 block of Southampton Drive when he was shot in the chest at about 4 a.m.

Mr. Helphenstine was robbed of at least $100 and a gold diamond ring, according to charging documents filed in District Court.

An unidentified woman, who had met Mr. Helphenstine at a party, drove him to the emergency room at North Arundel Hospital, Mr. Weathersbee said.

The woman told nurses she did not know Mr. Helphenstine's name and left the hospital. Mr. Helphenstine was in cardiac arrest when he arrived at the hospital. He died about 4:45 a.m.

Investigators searching the area after the shooting were told by witnesses that the shooter had left the area in a white Chevrolet and was wearing light blue bib overall shorts.

Mr. Conyer, a cook at the Rumble Fish restaurant in Glen Burnie, turned himself in at the Northern District police station at about 2 p.m. the day after the murder.

Detectives who searched Mr. Conyer's home Sunday said they found a pair of light blue bib overall shorts. While denying he was involved in the shooting, Mr. Conyer told police he had been wearing those shorts at the time it occurred.

Informants in the community told investigators a man identifying himself as "Rodney" told them that he had just shot a man outside, according to the charging documents.

Parking spaces back after Crain restriping

Crain Highway was restriped last month, but only after the business community won back much of its parking along the state road in downtown Glen Burnie.

Plans called for the elimination of all parking on both sides of Crain Highway in the block between Fourth and Fifth avenues, as well as dropping all parking on the east side of Crain north from Fourth to Maryland Avenue. The proposal was made to ease traffic congestion.

But small business operators complained the elimination of convenient on-street parking would hurt business. The parking was eliminated briefly a few weeks ago.

"We do everything we can to stay in business. We can use a little help from the government," said Craig Hudson, manager of Evergreen Gene's Garden Center at the corner of Crain Highway and Fourth Avenue SE. His store has no off-street parking.

An agreement between the business owners and State Highway Administration removed parking on the east side of Crain Highway south to the alley between Third and Fourth avenues. However, two-hour parking from the alley south to halfway between Fourth and Fifth avenues remains on both sides of Crain.

The west side of Crain has a two-hour parking restriction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Single parents to meet Oct. 19

The Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners (PWP) will hold its next orientation meeting for single parents at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Northern District police station meeting room, 939 Hammonds Lane.

All single parents are welcome.

Chartered in 1965, the Glen Burnie Chapter of PWP has approximately 500 registered members. The organization holds a multitude of activities throughout the year, providing support and social outlets for single parents. From softball games to weekly topical discussion groups, activities sponsored by PWP are recreational and educational in nature, for families as well as individuals.

Orientation meetings for people interested in becoming members are held on the first Sunday and third Monday of every month.

General membership meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. Meetings normally feature group discussions, a featured speaker and a dance.

This month's meeting will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall, 7549 Solley Rd. Sharon Hall, a professional drug counselor for Anne Arundel County, will discuss drug education and adolescents. Following the meeting, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a Halloween dance will feature music by Time Machine. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for non-members.

For information on the the organization, call 437-4636 or 761-5945.

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