Snowden's house saved from fire by meter reader jTC

May 11, 1994

A Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. meter reader -- the brother of Anne Arundel County Council Chairman C. Edward Middlebrooks -- saved a house owned by Annapolis Alderman Carl O. Snowden from being destroyed by fire yesterday.

When Gary Middlebrooks went to the rear of the house in the 200 block of Garden Gate Lane to read the meter about 7:40 a.m., he smelled smoke and heard the smoke detector sounding. Nobody was home, so he asked a neighbor to call firefighters, who arrived moments later.

"When they broke down the door, smoke came pouring out," Mr. Middlebrooks said.

Fire Capt. Leonard Clark said the tenant had left a pot on the stove with the flame still going. Mr. Snowden estimated the smoke and door damage at less than $1,000.

Mr. Middlebrooks, said saving the house "made my day."

"He saved the house from burning. He was the local hero," Mr. Snowden said.

Burglar takes money from Annapolis florist

A burglar broke into the Quiet Waters Farm and Florist in Annapolis and stole $2,100 from a cash register and a flower vase sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.

According to police, an employee arrived at the business at 128 Hillsmere Drive about 5:30 a.m. Monday and discovered a store window had been smashed and the money taken.

The thief apparently knew the money was kept in a vase in a rear room, the police report said.

Lothian man, 25, charged with battery

A 25-year-old Lothian man was charged with battery Sunday morning after allegedly hitting a 17-year-old neighborhood youth and knocking him out, police said.

Wayne Francis Haley, of the 100 block of A St. in the Lyons Creek Mobile Estates, allegedly punched the youth in the face. Police said the fight occurred around 1:30 a.m., after Mr. Haley went to a house next door and asked the youth to come out and talk, police said.

Mr. Haley told investigating officers the attack was retaliation for an earlier incident, police said. The youth, who was treated at the scene by paramedics, refused to be taken to the hospital, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Riva: Someone stole a citizen's band radio and antenna worth $125 from a truck parked in the 3000 block of Rock Drive Monday morning.

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