WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

November 25, 1992

Search will resume today for man feared drowned

The search for a Laurel man presumed to have drowned Monday afternoon after his canoe capsized while going over a dam at Fort Meade was called off last night at dusk.

Officials found the canoe yesterday morning about one mile downstream in the Little Patuxent River, but were not able to find 26-year-old Charles L. Redman.

Don McClow, a spokesman for Fort Meade, said fire officials thought the man's body may be trapped directly under the 8-foot waterfall, just east of Welch Bridge near Route 198 and Route 32. But a police dive team proved that scenario false, he said.

Mr. McClow said the search will continue today with police dogs.

About 100 people from the Fort Meade and Anne Arundel County fire departments, military police, state police and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center have searched more than 13 hours since Monday afternoon.

Fire officials said Mr. Redman tried to go over the waterfall, near the Fort Meade Pumping Station, about 3:20 p.m. Jessie Redman, 23, of Jessup watched from the bank as his brother disappeared under the strong current.

Capt. Lloyd Shipp, of the Fort Meade Fire Department, said Monday night that it is "unlikely he survived" the accident. He said Mr. Redman was reportedly wearing a life jacket, though in the rain-swollen river, "it wouldn't have made much of a difference."

Captain Shipp said canoeing is not allowed in the part of the Little Patuxent River that runs through Fort Meade.

Bowie man charged with drug possession

A 29-year-old Bowie man was charged with possession of marijuana after police arrested him Sunday at a Laurel bar.

According to the police report, officers on patrol noticed a car parked on the lot of the Starting Gate Lounge on Route 198 at 1 a.m.

The officers asked the driver for his license and registration and when the man opened his wallet, the officers saw a small amount of marijuana inside.

Derrick Anthony Mason, of the 4600 block of Holmhearst Way, was taken to Western District to be charged.

POLICE LOG

* Laurel: A woman reported to police that someone broke into her 1990 Honda Accord Thursday while it was parked in the 3500 block of Fort Meade Road and stole several credit cards.

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