Couple charged with trying to conceal handgun during traffic stop

February 16, 1994

A man and woman whose pickup truck was stopped in Severna Park for a traffic violation Sunday were arrested after they allegedly tried to conceal a handgun, police said.

Michael Stanley Williams, 36, of the 800 block of Windsong Drive, Arnold, had been driving a Chevrolet pickup south on Ritchie Highway shortly after 2 a.m. when a county police officer reported seeing the truck "swerving in and out of its lane," police said.

The officer signaled for the pickup to pull over, but its driver did not stop until he reached a traffic light at Robinson Road, police said. When the officer got out of his car and approached it, he saw the driver pull a handgun from his jacket and give it to a woman sitting to his right, according to the police report.

The officer said the woman tried unsuccessfully to hide the gun, and both the driver and passenger were placed under arrest. The gun was found to be loaded, and neither person had a permit for it, police said.

Mr. Williams was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license, police said. Both he and Linda Lee Waclawski, 36, of the 7800 block of Outing Ave., Pasadena, were charged with possession of a concealed deadly weapon.

The gun was a "black-powder revolver type" with no make or model number, according to the police report.


* Crownsville: Someone stole nearly $1,200 worth of property from a home on Omar Drive between 1:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Among the items stolen were a Garmin global positioning system (a navigational device), a transceiver, a Magnavox cassette deck and a cable television converter box. Entry to the home was gained by undoing the lock on a basement window with either a knife or a screwdriver.

* Millersville: A TV set and two video cassette recorders were stolen from a home on Brightwood Road early Sunday. The total value of the property stolen was $1,169, police said. Police suspect the entry was gained through a dog door in the back.

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