Glen Burnie

June 09, 1993

Police seek help identifying body found Sunday

County homicide investigators say they need help identifying the body of a man found dead Sunday on an access road near the Home Depot on Ordnance Road.

The man, white and believed to be between 30 and 35 years old, has a tattoo inscribed with "Richard" on his left shoulder.

The body was found face down at about 5 p.m. after police got a tip from an anonymous caller.

The man was 6 feet 2, 216 pounds and was wearing jeans, a blue polo shirt and size 12 white tennis shoes. He had brown eyes and was missing a left-front tooth, said Officer Terry Crowe, a police spokesman.

Officer Crowe said investigators are awaiting the results of tests on blood and body fluids to determine the cause of death.

He said police believe that the man's body was moved to the spot after he died.

Anyone with information about the man's identity or how he died should call homicide investigators at 222-3458, or 222-8620 after regular business hours.

Five found guilty in gambling ring case

Five people were found guilty in District Court yesterday of operating a Glen Burnie gambling ring that the county state's attorney described as "the largest sports wagering operation in recent memory."

Police broke up the operation after a six-week investigation late last year that had the FBI poring over more than 4,000 documents. State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said the operation was headquartered at Cheryl's Septic Service in the 800 block of Crain Highway.

He said 15 employees worked there, picking up and delivering wagers on football parlay cards. These cards were distributed to at least 30 area businesses such as car dealerships, taverns, restaurants, gyms and car repair centers, Mr. Weathersbee alleged.

On Oct. 31, 1992, police searched the septic business and confiscated $15,000 in cash, 3,500 parlay cards and records showing that more than $117,000 was taken in over a two-month period.

William S. Venizelos Jr. of the 300 block of Magothy Road in Severna Park was found guilty of keeping a place for the purpose of gambling, making a pool on football contests and three counts of conspiracy to violate gambling laws.

He received four consecutive suspended sentences of six months each and one year of supervised probation, and was fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

Paul S. Kummer of the 8400 block of Garden Road, Pasadena; Michael Harry Bell of the 1700 block of Floral Court, Crofton; John G. Christopolus of the 1600 block of Furnace Drive, Glen Burnie; and David Finck, no address available, each were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to violate gambling laws and one count of making a pool on football contests.

Each received a fine of $1,000, one year of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service.

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