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WEST COUNTY --

February 10, 1993

Crofton creates 2 police ranks for promotions

The Crofton Civic Association has created two new police ranks for its five-member force, giving Town Manager Jordan L. Harding room to make promotions.

At its meeting Monday night, the board voted 10-2 to create the ranks of private first class and sergeant. The positions do not include raises.

Two months ago, the board turned down Mr. Harding's proposal to promote two officers and give them each a $600 raise.

Previously, the department had three ranks: chief, corporal and officer.

"Right now, some officers have been here five or six years and they have no place to go," said Mr. Harding, who wants to promote Cpl. John Wortman to sergeant, a position suitable for the second in command.

But board member Ed Ganning said he was worried that the new rank would require future boards to revamp the pay schedules, because the higher-ranking officers would demand more money.

Odenton men charged in assault on teens

County police charged two Odenton men with assault with intent to rob late Monday. Police allege that the truck in which the two men were riding rammed a Cadillac driven by an 18-year-old girl and one of their companions stole the car.

According to police, three men in a pickup truck began following four teen-agers in a Cadillac south on Route 3 in Crofton at 10:23 p.m.

The truck rammed the Cadillac twice before the car's driver pulled into the parking lot of a doughnut store north of state Route 450, police said. The teen-agers jumped out of the car and the driver went inside to call police, leaving the keys in the ignition.

One of the men in the truck entered in the Cadillac and drove off, police said.

When officers arrived at the doughnut shop, they arrested Edward Dean Higgins, 24, and Daniel Blaine Roberson, 29, both of the 1200 block of Collins Ave.

The suspect who escaped and the Cadillac were still at large yesterday, police said.

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