Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY --

December 08, 1992

Millersville seafood dealer, employee plead guilty to theft 0) charges

A Millersville seafood dealer and one of his employees pleaded guilty to theft yesterday for tainting a competitor's crab meat in an effort to hurt his reputation.

Edward L. Goodwin, 51, of Point Field Drive, Millersville, entered an Alford plea, in which he did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of the misdemeanor, in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

Richard J. Borowski Jr. 24, of the 8300 block of Oak Drive, Pasadena, a driver for Mr. Goodwin, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

Both face 18 months in prison when they are sentenced next month by Judge Raymond G. Thieme.

William D. Roessler, deputy state's attorney, said Mr. Goodwin offered last spring to pay two drivers of the Blue Crab Seafood Co. $200 to allow him access to one of the company's seafood trucks.

The drivers told Keith Hresko, the company owner, of the offer. He hired a private detective who photographed the men May 30 behind Jessup Elementary School as they took top-quality back fin crab meat and mixed it with low-grade crab meat.

Mr. Roessler said that the tampered crab meat never got to the Jessup restaurant where it was due, but was tested by a private laboratory and shown to have higher than acceptable levels of bacteria. He said it was unknown whether the tainted meat would have sickened or poisoned any consumers.

He said that Mr. Hresko disposed of all 300 pounds of crab meat in the truck.

BMr. Roessler said he will ask for $750 in restitution for the crab meat, $3,600 for expenses incurred by Mr. Hresko for hiring the private investigator and $600 for the analysis of the crab meat.

Circuit Court judge orders peep show to close

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ordered an Odenton peep show arcade to close temporarily yesterday after a county lawyer argued that its opening violated a year-old county zoning ordinance because it lacks the proper licenses.

Judge H. Chester Goudy ordered the arcade in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road closed for 10 days, allowing the owners, Annapolis Road Ltd., the right to ask for a hearing on two days' notice to contest the order and ask permission to reopen.

William Seekford, the arcade's lawyer, said he would seek the hearing in the next few days.

According to an affidavit filed yesterday, William L. Corbett, county police vice detective, found nine enclosed peep show booths that offered viewers a choice among sexually explicit films during a visit to the arcade Dec. 3.

The affidavit said that when the officer, dressed in plain clothes, tried to enter with Anne M. Hatcher, chief of licensing for the

county government, she was stopped and told that "women are not allowed in there, too many vice cops in this county."

The issue of adult video arcades created a swell of community opposition a year ago, which prompted the County Council to pass an ordinance requiring a special license for arcades that carry sexually oriented materials such as peep shows and adult books.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, such stores proliferated along Odenton's boom-town strip near the Army's Fort Meade installation and in downtown Glen Burnie.

Gambrills man charged with assault

A Gambrills man was charged with assault with intent to maim and assault and battery after a fight outside a Crofton apartment early Sunday morning, county police said.

The charges were filed against Christopher Harvison, 18, of the 900 block of Waugh Chapel Road. Witnesses told police they saw him punch Timothy Shearer, 22, of the 1300 block of Defense Highway in Gambrills in the face while Mr. Shearer was lying on the ground.

Severn man charged with drug possession

County police charged a Severn man with possession of crack cocaine after officers saw him throw a bag on the ground during a chase late Thursday night.

According to the police report, officers on patrol at 11:50 p.m. saw two men standing in the 1800 block of Richfield Drive in Pioneer City. When the officers got out of their car to talk to them, they ran. Police caught one of the men.

Melvin Lee Allen, 20, of the 7600 block of Amos Ave. in Severn, also was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

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