Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


June 16, 1993

Woman is held without bail in shooting

A woman charged yesterday with shooting her husband, an Army sergeant, at a parking lot at Fort George G. Meade has been ordered held without bail by a U.S. magistrate.

Deborah Ann Callahan, whose age and address were not released, was charged with attempted murder by the FBI. She is scheduled to have another bail hearing today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

She is charged with shooting Sgt. Timothy Callahan, a serviceman stationed at Fort Meade, four times, hitting him in the torso, abdomen and once in each shoulder.

Sergeant Callahan, whose age was not available, was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday evening after more than seven hours of surgery.

Fort Meade officials said the shooting occurred about 7:20 a.m. in a parking lot off 6th Armored Calvary Road, near Simonds Road.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court yesterday, paramedics arrived on the scene and found Sergeant Callahan lying on the pavement with a .38-caliber handgun in his hand.

Military Police officers arrested Mrs. Callahan several minutes after arriving at the shooting scene.

The court documents say the woman had blood on her body and clothes.

The FBI said last night that investigators found nine .38-caliber bullets, an empty holster for a handgun, more than $700 in cash and $3,000 in savings bonds in the woman's car.

Adult bookstore may remain open

An Odenton adult bookstore will be allowed to remain open for another 10 days despite a county law that would have closed it today, a Circuit Court judge has ruled.

Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr. said yesterday Annapolis Road Ltd., which operates the store in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road, will be permitted to remain open until June 26 so the store's attorneys can prepare arguments on why its closing is unconstitutional.

The County Council passed legislation in November 1991 that required licenses for adult bookstores and adult video arcades. The law also requires that they be located in certain types of commercial and industrial areas and that they be at least 1,000 feet from any home, school, library, park, playground or church.

Annapolis Road, which is not in such a zone, applied for a nonconforming use permit that would have allowed it to remain open, but it was denied the permit in March and ordered to close June 16, according to court papers.

But attorneys for Annapolis Road said yesterday that the order to close violates the shop owner's First Amendment rights to freedom of expression.

Robert B. Schulman, an attorney for the adult bookstore, said a hearing has been scheduled in Anne Arundel Circuit Court for June 23 to decide the issue.

Annapolis Road is one of two stores involved in challenges to a law the county adopted in 1991 and later amended after zoning officials failed to enforce the first one.

At least five cases challenging different parts of the law have been appealed to various state and federal courts.

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