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June 16, 1993

Man accused of attacking arresting officer in court

A 36-year-old Annapolis man who had just been convicted on drug charges is accused of attacking the officer who arrested him in a courtroom at the Anne Arundel Circuit Courthouse yesterday, allegedly punching the officer in the face and tackling him in a fracas that lasted nearly 10 minutes.

Alvin A. Brown of the 1300 block of Harbor Road was arrested by sheriff's deputies after the struggle, which took place before stunned courtroom personnel on the floor near the rear of Judge Bruce C. Williams' courtroom about 10 a.m.

Assistant State's Attorney John Robinson, who prosecuted the case, said Brown would be charged with assault and battery on the officer. The $5,000 bond he had been granted while he was awaiting sentencing was immediately revoked.

Eyewitnesses said that a jury had just convicted Brown of possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy, and that jurors were being brought back into the courtroom to be polled on their verdict.

After announcing their verdict, the jurors were taken out of the courtroom and were re-entering it from the jury room, when witnesses said they saw Brown step away from the defense table and allegedly swing at county police Detective Dean M. D'Camera, who was seated in the row behind him.

The fight lasted about five minutes, with Brown allegedly wrestling on the floor with the officer as two deputies struggled to handcuff Brown. They succeeded as others arrived to help.

The officer, who would not comment, was later treated for minor injuries at Anne Arundel General Hospital.

Mr. Robinson said that Brown had been verbally taunting the officer throughout the trial.

During the fight, Mr. Robinson turned to Judge Williams and requested Brown's bail be revoked.

The motion was immediately granted.

Brown was being held last night at the county detention center.

Police recruit charged with stealing evidence

An Annapolis police recruit was charged Monday afternoon with pilfering $12,490 from the evidence room in which she worked as a clerk.

Kathleen A. Spalt, 34, who had worked since September 1990 in the police property room, was arrested at city police headquarters, police said.

Ms. Spalt, who lives in Glen Burnie, was a city clerk for 10 years.

City police began their investigation after uncovering problems with the records of money confiscated from drug dealers. The records showed money had been turned over to the Finance Department, but officials there had no receipts for the transactions.

Ms. Spalt had enrolled in the police academy but had not finished her training, police spokesman Officer Scott Collins said.

She resigned the morning of her arrest, he said. She was charged with theft over $300 and released on a $3,000 bond.

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