North Laurel/savage

August 12, 1993

Bicycle rider badly beaten by men who first shouted racial remarks

A 21-year-old Laurel man was reported in fair and stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after a group of men attacked him Tuesday night near All Saints Road at Route 216.

Fletcher Gardner was flown to the trauma center in Baltimore with injuries to his head and back.

About 9 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Fletcher, who is white, was riding his bike when a dark blue sports car approached and three men inside shouted racial remarks, police said.

The three men, who were black, got out of the car, and two of them repeatedly struck Mr. Fletcher in the back and head with their hands and a beer bottle. Then the three got back into their car and drove off.

One of the attackers was described as in his early 20s, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with closely cut hair, a mustache and a dark complexion. He wore a white shirt and shorts.

Police described the second man as about 16 to 18 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 155 pounds, with closely cut hair. He was reported wearing a black shirt and black shorts.

A description of the third man was not available, police said.

Area woman's rug on magazine cover

The November-December issue of Rug Hooking magazine will feature a cover photo of a rug created by Velma King, a member of a rug-hooking class taught by Laurel artist Roslyn Logsdon at the Phelps Senior Center in Laurel.

Mrs. King is the second artist from the 14-member class to have her work appear on the cover of Rug Hooking. A rug crafted by Bernice Howell was displayed on the national magazine during the summer of 1991.

In addition, class member Eva Gantt was profiled in the magazine last summer.

Works by the rug-hooking class are currently on display at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, where the artists will be honored with a public reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A resident artist at the Montpelier center, Ms. Logsdon has exhibited her rugs throughout the country. Examples of her work have appeared in several books on rug hooking.

The weekly classes will resume at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Phelps Center. Information: (301) 725-7800.

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