Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale


April 08, 1993

Homeless man is found dead in shallow grave

Annapolis police found the body of a homeless man, who had been reported missing eight months ago, lying in a shallow grave Tuesday night.

The man, identified as Arch Clinton Baldwin, was last seen alive July 26, city police said.

A team of officers and a forensic archaeologist searched the woods and field off Taylor Avenue and discovered his body at about 7 p.m., police said. An examination was scheduled yesterday with the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

Mr. Baldwin was a well-known figure on West Street and at the homeless shelter there. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a witty, urbane man, said Joe Rock, director of the Light House shelter on West Street.

Police would not say what led them to search the area. They had no further information on the death yesterday and would not say whether they suspected foul play. They were waiting for a ruling from the medical examiner.

Mr. Rock, who had known Mr. Baldwin since 1987, described him as "a fine fellow, very much a gentleman."

Mr. Baldwin received a veteran's pension and worked from time to time as a heavy equipment operator.

There have been conflicting stories about the place he was last seen, but those who knew Mr. Baldwin realized he was missing when he did not turn up at his favorite haunts on West Street, Mr. Rock said.

"He was very much a fixture of the neighborhood here," he said.

Department of Aging to mark anniversary

The county Department of Aging will celebrate its 10th anniversary on April 16 at the South County Senior Center in Edgewater.

Department officials will discuss the results of a sweeping survey of the county's elderly called "The Status and Needs Assessment of Older Persons in Anne Arundel County."

County Executive Robert R. Neall and Rosalie Abrams, director of the Maryland Office on Aging, will give welcoming remarks. Dr. Carol R. Baker, director of the county Department of Aging, will speak on "Our Aging Society: Preparing for the Next Decade."

Registration is $8 in advance, $10 at the senior center at 107 Stepneys Lane. The fee includes morning refreshments and the day's activities. Lunch is available for an additional $5.50.

Man hit by gunfire in parking lot

A 22-year-old Annapolis man was shot and wounded in the arm Monday night in a parking lot off Newtowne Drive, police said.

Rodney Corley, of Bens Drive, told police he was standing in front of a home near the parking lot shortly after 9 p.m. when a car full of men drove up and a man opened fire.

Police were searching yesterday for a white or cream Buick Century.

Mr. Corley was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound in his right arm and was in good condition yesterday.

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