Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY

October 07, 1992

DARE instructor leaving to manage W.Va. resort

The popular instructor of the Crofton schools' DARE program is leaving the town's police force next week to become the manager of a resort in West Virginia.

Joel Gordon, 33, a member of the Crofton police force since January 1988, has taught the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at Crofton and Crofton Woods elementary schools since the fall of 1990. He is leaving to run the Alpine Lake Resort and Conference Center in Terra Alta, W.Va.

"We're sad and glad at the same time," said Crofton Police Chief Deborah Bogush.

"We're sad we're going to lose a very good officer, but glad for him to get this position."

Mr. Gordon, who was a Baltimore police officer before joining the Crofton department, said his new job is similar to that of a town manager. "It's the next step up," he said.

Crofton will use county police officers to teach the DARE program until a new instructor can be found, Chief Bogush said.

Wanted man charged with concealing weapon

County police charged a Columbia man with carrying a concealed weapon after police found a Rambo-style hunting knife under the seat of his car Sunday.

Officers stopped Rene J. Best Jr., of the 8200 block of Kings Meade Way, on Reece Road for having an expired license plate.

When the officers checked for open arrest warrants, they found that the man was wanted in Howard County. They found the knife while searching his car.

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