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

February 08, 1993

Crofton man arrested on marijuana charge

A 25-year-old Crofton man who refused to give police a urine sample was arrested on drug charges early Thursday.

County police said the officer who stopped the man's car for speeding on state Route 175 in Odenton smelled a strong odor of marijuana as he approached the car and noticed that a spot on the man's jacket was burning from fallen ashes.

The officer found a bag of marijuana under the passenger seat of the car and took the man to the Western District police station, where he refused to give the urine sample.

Steven Avery Cox of the 1800 block of Aberdeen Court was charged with possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs.

Man hit by truck dies of his injuries

A Catonsville man who was hit by a pickup truck in December while directing traffic at the Laurel Race Track died Friday afternoon.

Charles Dixon, 68, of the first block of Arkla Court was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m. at Prince George's Hospital Center of a heart attack apparently tied to brain injuries.

County police said Mr. Dixon was directing traffic about 4:45 p.m., Dec. 13 when he was hit by a 1988 Dodge pickup truck driven by Gary Allen Schmidl, 47, of the 20500 block of Old York Road in Whitehall.

Mr. Schmidl told police that Mr. Dixon motioned for him to drive out of the parking lot, but then suddenly jumped in front of the truck to get him to stop. Mr. Schmidl said he tried to swerve to the left, but Mr. Dixon continued to move in front of the truck.

Mr. Dixon fell backward after being hit and hit his head. He was flown by Maryland State Police MedEvac helicopter to the Prince George's County hospital.

No charges have been placed against Mr. Schmidl.

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