Two charged in beating of raceway worker

April 20, 1994

A Baltimore man and a Severn woman were arrested Sunday night and charged with battery in the beating of an attendant at the Crofton Go-Kart Raceway, police said.

Gerard Dennell Jackson, 20, of the 1100 block of Kevin Road, Baltimore, and Nora Jean Melvin, 18, of the 8200 block of Grainfield Road, Severn, allegedly beat Cory Charles Turner, the 20-year-old raceway attendant, police said.

An off-duty county police officer was working at the raceway as a security guard when the assault occurred around 8 p.m. The officer said Mr. Turner asked some disorderly patrons to leave. When one of the patrons attacked Mr. Turner, Mr. Jackson and Ms. Melvin joined in the assault with several other people, police said.

Mr. Jackson and the man who started the assault got Mr. Turner on the ground and punched him repeatedly with their fists, police said. Ms. Melvin allegedly kicked Mr. Turner and told him "that he would not be alive the next time they returned," police said.

Mr. Turner was cut and bruised, but did not need to be hospitalized.

The man who started the fight escaped in the confusion, police said.

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