Wind blew parachutists off course

March 25, 1994

Strong gusts of wind were to blame when several U.S. Army and Naval Academy parachutists missed a drop zone at the academy's dairy farm in Gambrills Wednesday night, authorities said yesterday.

Authorities at the scene Wednesday night said one parachutist had been reported missing for 90 minutes before he showed up at a command center, but Army officials said yesterday the man was accounted for all along and no official search was undertaken.

Lt. Col. George Brown of the 11th Special Forces Group, an Army Reserve command based at Fort Meade, said at least one Army jumper and several Naval Academy midshipmen became entangled in trees at the edge of the drop zone during one of several daytime and nighttime jumps from a CH-47 airplane.

Colonel Brown said one Army officer, jumping from 10,000 feet, decided to land about a mile from the drop zone because he didn't want to land on a road. He said the officer walked to the dairy farm and was not considered missing.

Severn man arrested on drug charge

A 20-year-old Severn man was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and with carrying a deadly weapon Wednesday after officers found a small amount of what they believed to be cocaine, a pair of brass knuckles and $619 in a car he was driving, county police said.

Quentin Alondo Oliver of the 400 block of Queenstown Road was also charged with resisting arrest, felony theft and battery.

Police said a second man fled the car after it was stopped. They issued an arrest warrant for Andre Darnell Smith, 18, of the 600 block of Queenstown Road in Severn.

The car had been reported stolen earlier in the day, police said.

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