Man sought in series of assaults

March 02, 1994

Annapolis police are still searching for a man who is believed to have committed a number of assaults, including one rape, last fall in the area of the Fairwinds of Annapolis condominiums.

In one case, the assailant entered an open bedroom window and raped a 21-year-old woman after threatening to shoot her and her child.

In another case, a woman walked out of the shower to find a man standing in her living room. He apparently had walked through an unlocked door. She struggled with him and he fled.

In a third incident, a woman was approached by a man of the same description who made strange comments about her fingernails.

The assailant appears to have attacked at least one man and robbed another of his wallet.

The police are looking for a muscular black man, in his late 20s or early 30s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. He has close-cropped hair and may wear a bandanna or black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 267-8888. A reward of $500 is being offered for information leading to arrest or indictment of the man. All information is confidential.

Callers should refer to Crime Solvers number 94-09.

Bid to halt hearings of midshipmen fails

Two federal judges denied yesterday an emergency injunction to stop disciplinary hearings of U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen implicated in cheating on an electrical engineering exam in December 1992.

The judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said they didn't see the need for an emergency injunction because the midshipmen, who could be expelled, didn't show that they would be irreparably harmed or that they would be successful when their case comes to trial.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Stanley S. Harris dismissed the midshipmen's claim that the investigation of the cheating scandal violated their rights, ruling that because the hearings have yet to be held, it is too early to say whether any rights have been violated. The midshipmen appealed that decision, which led to the ruling yesterday.

The appellate judges agreed to hear the case, but said they didn't see the need for the injunction.

The disciplinary hearings before a panel of five officers began on schedule last Thursday, said Lt. Cate Mueller, a Navy spokeswoman.

RTC The panel, which has the power to recommend expulsion and less severe punishment, will hear five cases a day, six days a week, and is expected to finish in late March or early April, she said.

Expulsions are subject to the approval of the chief of naval operations, Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, and Navy Secretary John Dalton.


* Annapolis: John William Wheeler, 52, of Tyler Avenue was robbed of $50 by two men in Eastport about 4:45 p.m. Monday. He was not harmed.

* Annapolis: Gale McCollugh, 49, of Nellyes Ford, Va., was accosted by a man armed with a shotgun about 6:40 p.m. Monday in the 900 block Van Buren St. When she turned out her pockets to show she had no money, the man fled, police said.

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