ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

January 20, 1993

Annapolis man faces firearms charge

An Annapolis man was charged Monday night with allowing his 6-year-old granddaughter to play with a loaded shotgun, after the weapon went off and tore a hole through the floor, injuring a boy in the downstairs apartment.

Annapolis police arrested William C. Stansbury, 67, of Marcs Court under a new state law designed to protect children from firearms accidents.

Mr. Stansbury acknowledged that he kept his 20-gauge shotgun loaded, with its muzzle pointing to the floor, in the bedroom of his apartment in Bay Ridge Gardens, a low-income housing complex in Eastport.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, his granddaughter wandered into the bedroom and began playing with the gun, which then went off, blowing a hole through the floor, police said.

An 11-year-old boy watching television with his mother in the downstairs apartment was grazed in the arm.

The mother, Patsy B. Carter, told police she was sitting with her son in his bedroom when they heard a loud noise and saw the plaster fall.

Her son, Charles, suffered a minor wound in the left elbow.

He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment.

Mr. Stansbury is the first person in Annapolis to be charged under the law that makes leaving a loaded firearm within easy reach of a child a misdemeanor.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer lobbied heavily for passage of the law during the last General Assembly session.

Davidsonville teen picked for youth forum

Stephen Angelis, a junior at Archbishop Spalding High School, has been selected to participate in the 1993 National Youth Leadership Forum on Security and Defense in Washington, D.C., early next month.

Stephen, who lives in Davidsonville, is the son of Thomas and Kristine Angelis.

The forum invites the most promising high school juniors and seniors to learn the inner workings of the U.S. National Defense and Global Security Systems.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: Thieves took a Mickey Mouse alarm clock and other merchandise from the Music Box store in Annapolis Mall Saturday. Police said the theft occurred between noon and 4 p.m. The property was valued at $925.

* Annapolis: Burglars broke into a 1978 Toyota parked in the lot at Annapolis Mall Monday and took stereo equipment and other property valued at $2,000.

* Beverly Beach: A Davidsonville man reported to police that someone broke into his 1985 Honda Civic parked in the first block of Cadle Drive Saturday and took stereo speakers valued at $1,730.

* Harwood: Burglars broke into a home in the 4500 block of Old Solomons Island Road Thursday and took jewelry and money. The value of the property was not known.

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