Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey


April 28, 1993

Homeless man is charged with assaulting an officer

County police have charged a homeless man with assaulting a police officer after an incident at a telephone booth in the Arundel Village Shopping Center in the 5500 block of Ritchie Highway.

Officer Richard A. Schinzel of the Northern District answered a call about 3 p.m. Monday in the shopping center, where he met a man who had made several calls to police threatening to harm himself and others.

Officer Schinzel said he found Ronald Clarence Welford, 34, standing in a telephone booth. Mr. Welford told the police officer he was going to hurt someone.

The officer told Mr. Welford to turn around and put his left hand behind his back. The man started to turn, but spun back toward the officer and allegedly lunged for his weapon. Officer Schinzel fought the man off, drew his revolver and ordered the man to put his left arm behind his back.

The two struggled again before the officer handcuffed the man and wrestled him into the back seat of the patrol car.

Mr. Welford later told the officer he was hoping he would be shot or put away forever. He was taken to the Northern District station, then to Anne Arundel General for an emergency evaluation after he allegedly continued to say he wanted to get a gun and start shooting people.

Construction mishap won't delay opening

Work on turning old Lindale Junior High School into the new North County High School suffered a slight setback last week, but it is not expected to delay the opening of the school next fall.

Michael Raible, director of Planning and Construction for the school system, said a boom from a crane broke loose and crashed into a section of the building that will house the auditorium, causing some structural damage.

Although the accident should not delay the opening of school, Mr. Raible said the construction company will have to accelerate its work to finish by September.

The new high school will be located on First Avenue in Ferndale. Currently, students in grades 10 through 12 are attending school in the Andover High School facility.

Grade nine students attend classes at the Brooklyn Park/Lindale Jr. High School.


* Linthicum Heights: Sunglasses, golf clubs and stereo equipment, valued at $1,135, were stolen from a 1987 Ford Mustang parked in the 400 block of Camp Meade Road Tuesday.

* Burwood Gardens: Thieves slipped through an unlocked sliding glass door at a home in the 6300 block of Centennial Place Sunday and stole a .357-caliber Magnum, cartridges, a home video game and a pager, all valued at $1,000.

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