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

January 06, 1993

Council measure would dedicate field to All-Star baseball 0) player

The County Council has introduced a resolution to dedicate a field at the Gambrills-Odenton Recreation Council Park to Ernest Gordon "Babe" Phelps, an All-Star major league baseball player.

Mr. Phelps, a native of Odenton, was a catcher who played from 1930 to 1942 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Washington Senators, the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .367 one year and was named to the All-Star team three times. He was named to the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame, as well as the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame and the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.

After he retired from baseball, Mr. Phelps returned to Odenton and went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad, handling troop movements at Fort Meade. Later, he worked with the National Plastics Co., retiring in the early 1970s after 17 years.

The council will vote on the resolution at its Jan. 18 meeting.

Off-duty Meade MP charged with assault

An off-duty military police officer based at Fort Meade has been charged with assault with intent to murder after police said he tried to run down a motorcyclist Sunday night.

According to the police report, officers were called to Ridge Road near Route 175 at 11:18 p.m. for a man in a car trying to run over two other people on a motorcycle. When they arrived, they found the driver of a 1982 Chevrolet and three other men fighting. Officers handcuffed Nathan Allen Jacobson, 22.

Witnesses told officers that the driver of the car tried to run down the driver of a motorcycle and his passenger several times.

At one point, the witnesses said, the Chevrolet driver drove into the front of the Lingerie and Gift Center on Ridge Road, demolishing the store front.

Mr. Jacobson also was charged with two counts of assault, one count of battery, one count of destruction of property and drunken driving.

Columbia man's truck stolen at gunpoint

A Columbia man had his 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck stolen at gunpoint as he waited at Ridge and Severn roads Monday night.

According to the police report, the 40-year-old man was waiting for the light to change at 8 p.m., when a man staggered in front of his car as if he was hurt. When the victim opened his door to ask the man if he was all right, a second man, armed with an automatic handgun, forced him out of his truck. The two $H carjackers drove down Ridge Road toward Dorsey Road.

POLICE LOG

* Pioneer City: Vandals broke into a vacant home in the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive sometime between Dec. 28 and Dec. 31 and poured concrete on the floor, painted over windows and sealed doors shut with concrete. The damage was estimated at $5,000.

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