Glen Burnie

June 10, 1993

Body found in Glen Burnie is identified

County police homicide investigators have identified the body of a man found along the side of a road near the Home Depot in Glen Burnie Sunday as Richard Lee Bentley, 38, of no fixed address.

Police spokesman Terry Crowe said Mr. Bentley was identified by his fingerprints, which were on file in a statewide computer data bank.

Officer Crowe said Mr. Bentley's family resides in Dundalk but that he apparently did not live with them.

Family members told investigators that they had not seen him since Christmas and that he was living with a girlfriend in Ocean City.

Investigators are awaiting results of tests on blood and body fluids, but they believe some type of heart problem was the cause of death.

"But the biggest question right now is how the body got there," Officer Crowe said.

Salvation Army chief taking new position

Peggy Vick, director of the Salvation Army's Glen Burnie office since 1987, will leave June 21 to become the commander of the Salvation Army in Fairmont, W.Va.

Capt. Diane Johnson, who now heads the Salisbury office, will assume the helm of the Glen Burnie office later that week, Ms. Vick said.

During the six years Ms. Vick has run the office on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near Crain Highway, the annual budget has doubled, to about $240,000, the number of people receiving services has nearly quadrupled, to about 7,000 a year, and the number of volunteers has jumped from 100 a year to 1,000, she said.

"I have helped to produce an awareness of community," she said. She said she and her two sons will miss their friends they have made in the area.

Three years ago, Ms. Vick was among the founders of the North County Emergency Outreach Network, a group of more than two dozen churches that operates a food bank and provides other emergency services. Last year, she was among the founders of a winter shelter for homeless men which operated at about 15 churches.

Before coming to Glen Burnie in 1987, Ms. Vick served with the Salvation Army in several Southern states and ran two shelters in Louisiana. She operated the Salvation Army's services for the homeless in Baltimore for a time.

Glen Burnie man charged in stabbing

A Glen Burnie man was charged with assault with intent to maim after another man was stabbed during a fight at the Maryland Convalescent Center Tuesday.

According to the police report, Christopher Sean Lewis, 21, arrived at the center in the 7500 block of East Howard Road at 6:11 p.m. and began arguing with Richard John Ruffner, 18, of the 200 block of Glen Road in Glen Burnie.

A scuffle broke out during which Mr. Ruffner was stabbed several times in the thigh.

Mr. Ruffner was in stable condition yesterday at North Arundel Hospital Center.

Mr. Lewis also was charged with assault and battery.


* Glen Burnie: Burglars stole a television set valued at $200 from the South Glen Burnie fire station in the 7800 block of Crain Highway Monday between 3:30 p.m. and 10:20 p.m.

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