CENTRAL COUNTY--Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

November 23, 1992

Optimists collect Christmas toys

The Broadneck Optimists are collecting toys for community children who otherwise would not receive presents at Christmas.

Through the Christmas for Kids program, the club is asking for new and nearly new toys and wrappings, as well as non-perishable food products.

The collection depot is at West Coast Video in the Cape St. Claire Shopping Center. Donations will be accepted through Christmas.

The club also will accept donations made out to the Broadneck Optimist Club with the designation, "Christmas for Kids."

Last year, the club supplied several hundred children with toys, food and clothing during its 11th annual program, said club director Mavis Mueller. Members wrapped hundreds of toys and books and distributed boxes of food donated by community residents.

Explains project chairman Mylin Barr: "We go by referral as much as possible. We try to help people who are out of work and can't get help from social services, or people who don't qualify for public assistance and who might slip through the cracks.

"We have people in this county with great needs, such as out-of-work professionals or mothers with sick children," he said. "We try to meet those needs as best we can."

The club serves youth in the greater Broadneck area throughout the year with community service awards, youth appreciation week, bike safety, oratorical and essay scholarship contests and citizenship programs, Mr. Barr added.

For information, call Mr. Barr at 974-4200 or at home at 757-0198 or 757-6149.

Assailant sought in restaurant incident

County police are searching for a man who struck an employee of the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Millersville on the head with a sawed-off shotgun Saturday during an attempted robbery of the fast-food restaurant.

Police said the suspect entered the restaurant at 8073 Veterans Highway about 8:30 p.m., held a gun on an employee and demanded that the manager open a safe.

When the manager said he could not open the safe, the man ordered two employees standing nearby to lie on the floor, then struck one of them on the head with the gun.

The man fled without taking any money. Police said no one knew in which direction he ran.

They described the assailant as a black male about 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, wearing a blue scarf across his mouth, a long olive green coat, black pants and black shoes.

POLICE LOG

* Severna Park: A woman reported to police that someone smashed the windows of her 1986 Mazda pickup truck parked in the first block of Riverview Road Friday.

* Gambrills: A student at Arundel Senior High School reported to police that someone stole her flute from her locker in the band room Wednesday.

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