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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

April 05, 1993

Argument ends with fatal shooting, city's first slaying of 1993

An Annapolis man was fatally shot on a quiet residential street Saturday night, the first slaying in the city this year.

Robert A. Morgan, 31, of the 400 block of Hammond Place was shot apparently after arguing with three men in a car about 6:15 p.m., city police said. He was pronounced dead an hour later at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

City police charged three men in the slaying. Douglas L. Hawkins, 51, of the 1300 block of Walnut Drive in Cape St. Claire; his son, James T. Hawkins, 23, of College Creek Terrace in Annapolis; and Douglas' brother, Gilbert M. Hawkins, 45, of Bens Drive in Annapolis, were being held at the county detention center without bail yesterday on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy and weapons violations.

Mr. Morgan apparently had an argument with the Hawkins family and began running away when someone fired a handgun, police said.

A city police officer witnessed the shooting. Officer Tom Hannon had just driven around the corner at Poplar Avenue and noticed the car. WHen he heard gunfire, he called for a backup officer.

Mr. Morgan collapsed in the street when the second police car pulled up and trapped the Hawkins' car, police said.

14 coats are stolen from plaza store

Two men made off Saturday with about 14 coats from the men's clothing section of the Woodward and Lothrop store in Parole Plaza, county police said yesterday.

According to police, the men entered the store about 3 p.m., grabbed the coats and ran for a waiting silver Oldsmobile with security guards in pursuit. The guards caught up to the men and struggled with them, but the two men and their driver got away.

Guards said they spotted a handgun on the front seat of the car during the struggle. They said the car had Maryland tags, ZEH 529.

Motorcyclist is stabbed near shopping center

An Edgewater man who stopped near Parole Plaza to fix his motorcycle Thursday evening was stabbed by a man, but was not seriously injured, county police said.

Thomas Norman Pyles, 19, drove himself to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was treated and released, police said.

According to police, Mr. Pyles stopped near the intersection of West Street and Somerville Road about 5:30 p.m. to repair a cable on his motorcycle when a man approached him and demanded money.

When Mr. Pyles did not respond, the man stabbed him in the midsection with a long hunting knife and ran toward a nearby Sears store.

Dry cleaning shop is damaged by fire

A one-alarm fire damaged a dry cleaning store in Edgewater Thursday evening, destroying much of the clothing that was ready to be returned to customers, fire officials said.

It took firefighters only 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control, but in that time, the interior of the building in the 100 block of Mayo Road was ruined.

Capt. Gary Sheckells, a Fire Department spokesman, said plastic bags used to cover the clothes burned quickly and caused much of the damage.

No one was injured and a damage estimate was unavailable yesterday. Captain Sheckells said the fire may have been started by lightning.

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