Ellicott City/elkridge

June 22, 1993

Arbutus man arrested in connection with robbery at Elkridge liquor store

A 34-year-old Arbutus man, who stopped by an Elkridge liquor store Friday to make a purchase, was arrested and charged with the June 9 robbery of the store after an employee claimed to recognize him as the robber, Howard County police said.

Dennis Edwin O'Donnell Jr. of the 1300 block of Maple Avenue was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, a handgun violation and theft, police said.

He's being held in lieu of $50,000 at the Howard County Detention Center, a correctional officer said.

An employee at Elkridge Liquors called police Friday night and reported that the robber had returned to the store as a customer, but had left.

The employee gave police a description of the man's car and license plates.

Detectives traced the car to Mr. O'Donnell and arrested him at his home Saturday, police said.

Baltimore County police officers assisted with the arrest.

The June 9 robbery occurred at about 11 a.m., after a man entered the store in the 5800 block of Washington Boulevard, walked up to the counter and ordered a six-pack of beer, police said. He then produced a large-caliber handgun and announced a holdup.

After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the gunman fled on foot, police said.

Celebration dinner slated for cancer survivors

People who are fighting cancer, who have fought cancer, their friends and family are invited to a celebration dinner at Glen Mar United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the Fellowship Hall.

The dinner will be catered by Avant's and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Constance Carino.

A cancer survivor herself, Dr. Carino is founder and director of the Wellness Community of Philadelphia.

Also present will be a representative from the Baltimore Wellness Community.

The price of the dinner is $12 per person.

Scholarships are available. To register call the church office at 465-4995.

The church is located at 8430 Glen Mar Road in Ellicott City.

Dusk nature programs planned at parks

Families can learn about insects, mammals, amphibians and reptiles at three dusk nature programs sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks on Saturdays. The fee is $3 per person or $8 per family for each one-hour program.

At Centennial Park West in Ellicott City, all ages can hear a story and learn about Firefly Fireworks with Michele Wright at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

At Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge on July 10 at 8:15 p.m., ages 6 and up can discover habits of bats with Mike Meyerhoff.

Bring a blanket and flashlight.

On July 31, also at Rockburn Branch Park, all ages can view insects, amphibians and reptiles that create the sounds of summer at 8:15 p.m. with Mike Meyerhoff. Bring a flashlight.

Registration is needed in advance.

Adults must accompany children.

Information: 313-2762.


* Elkridge: 6000 block of Rowanberry Drive: Someone removed a $140 Motorola mobile telephone from a 1987 Ford van between 8 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

6700 block of Washington Boulevard: Someone stole a $190 Kenwood AM-FM cassette player from a 1988 Mitsubishi Precis between 5 a.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday.

* Ellicott City: 3400 block of Courthouse Drive: Someone stole a $2,300 back-up storage unit from a storage closet on the second-floor of the Ligon Building between 10:20 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

9300 block of Furrow Avenue: Someone stole a $50 black plastic mailbox between 6 p.m. Thursday and 8:15 a.m. Friday.

2700 block of Thornbrook Road: Someone damaged a mailbox between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Friday.

11000 block of Gaither Farm Road: Someone damaged a mailbox and two light-post fixtures between 8 p.m. June 15 and 8:30 a.m. June 16.

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