Serious crime drops in Annapolis

April 20, 1994

Serious crime in Annapolis fell 9.8 percent in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period last year, according to police.

The figures released this week show 516 serious crimes were reported, compared with 572 in the first quarter of 1993.

Aggravated assaults, which dropped from 78 in the first part of 1993 to 33 in the first part of this year, showed the biggest decline -- 58 percent.

Motor vehicle thefts dropped 27.5 percent, from 40 in 1993 to 29 in 1994. Robberies declined by almost 8 percent, dropping from 52 in 1993 to 48 in 1994.

No murders were reported in the first quarter of this year or last year. The numbers of rapes and burglaries also were the same this year and last year. Four rapes and 103 burglaries were reported.

Arrests fell 12.6 percent. Police arrested 491 adults and 92 juveniles in the first three months of 1994 compared with 598 adults and 69 juveniles in the first quarter of 1993.

Larceny was the only crime to increase. There were 295 in 1993; 299 in 1994.

Edgewater man arrested after crash

A 29-year-old Edgewater man was arrested Monday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a concealed deadly weapon, police said.

Phillip Anthony Smith of the 2100 block of Shore Drive was driving on a suspended and revoked license when his 1987 Dodge station wagon hit the curb on Mayo Road shortly before 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Mr. Smith got out of his car and started to walk away even though an officer told him to stop, police said. The officer arrested Mr. Smith after determining he was intoxicated, police said.

Police said a search of Mr. Smith's car turned up a kitchen knife with an 8-inch blade under the driver's seat.

Drug raid on home nets arrest of 4

Annapolis narcotics detectives and special forces officers arrested four people on drug charges Saturday morning after raiding a home at 107 Conley Drive. During the 2:20 a.m. raid, police found 5.4 grams of cocaine, 8.5 grams of PCP and 7.6 grams of marijuana. They also seized a gun and a car.

The police charged Jennifer Ann Buckmaster, 27, of the 200 block Lawrence Ave. with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. She was being held in the county jail on a $5,000 bond.

Police also charged Robert Barksdale, 35, and Angela Traynor, 31, both of 107 Conley Drive, with possession of PCP, possession of PCP with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. Mr. Barksdale was being held in the county jail on a $7,500 bond. Ms. Traynor was released after posting a $7,500 bond. Also arrested was a 15-year-old youth, who was charged with possession of marijuana and released to his sister.

In an unrelated incident, Annapolis officers raided a house at 403 Harwood Place on Thursday evening and seized 2 ounces of crack cocaine valued at $5,600, almost $3,000 in cash, and a 1984 Cadillac.

The tenant, Demond Deon Brown, 20, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was being held on $7,500 bond.

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