Woman found shot to death is identified

December 22, 1993

The woman found shot to death in Tracy's Landing Sunday morning was identified yesterday as Margaret Ruth Courson, 26, who lived in a rooming house in downtown Annapolis, county police said.

Authorities released no new information about the county's 15th homicide of the year. "It's a very active investigation," said Lt. Mike McNally of the criminal investigation bureau. "We have several investigators working at this."

Ms. Courson's body was found about 7 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Leitch Road, about 17 miles south of Annapolis, by a neighborhood resident who first thought the body was a mannequin, police said.

The body was nude from the waist down, and the woman had three self-applied tattoos on her left forearm -- barely visible green letters that appeared to spell the names Jim, John and Paul, police said.

Investigators said yesterday that Ms. Courson lived in the 100 block of Prince George's St., in Annapolis.

She had a previous address at an apartment in the 14700 block of 4th St. in Laurel, in Prince George's County.

Police to be on lookout for impaired drivers

Annapolis police will pay its officers overtime during the Christmas and New Year's weekends to combat drunken and drugged driving, city officials announced yesterday.

"Nobody likes a tragedy, but nobody likes a Christmas tragedy even more," said Cpl. Jim Olienyk, supervisor of the city Traffic Division.

The city's only traffic fatality this year occurred at 2:30 a.m. New Year's Day when a car struck and killed a pedestrian, he said.

Two additional patrols will be on the lookout specifically for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs Thursday and Friday night this week and Thursday, Friday and Saturday of New Year's weekend, Corporal Olienyk said. Christmas night is not as much of a concern, because "its generally pretty much a family night," he said.

The Holiday DWI Patrol will target high-volume, high-accident roads and streets that have produced large numbers of DWI arrests during the year, he said.

Annapolis man charged with assault

A 25-year-old Annapolis man was arrested Monday after another man's left ear was nearly sliced off in an attack with a shovel.

PTC Police said witnesses told them that Darryl Brown, 31, had been arguing with another man at Bowman Drive and Bowman Court about 4 p.m. Friday when the other man walked to a nearby garbage can filled with garden tools, pulled out a shovel and hit Mr. Brown, of the 1800 block of Bowman Drive, in the head.

After Mr. Brown fell to the ground, the other man continued to hit him with the edge of the shovel blade, the charging document said.

Mr. Brown was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he received 17 stitches above his ear and five on the top of his head.

Lawrence Ervin Montague of 239 Admiral Drive has been charged with assault with intent to maim and is being held on a $35,000 bail at the county Detention Center.

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