Man charged after woman is found slain

June 06, 1994

A 38-year-old Washington man was charged with first-degree murder yesterday in the stabbing death of a woman in her Glen Burnie apartment.

Police said the victim, 34-year-old Mary Gadson, was found stabbed to death after a struggle in the apartment in the 7800 block of Tall Pines Court that she, at one time, had shared with the suspect, Thomas General Jr. of the 1600 block of N. Capital St.

Detective Sgt. Rick Tabor, of the county police, said that the two had a relationship but that it apparently soured and Mr. General had moved out about a month ago.

Mr. General went to the victim's apartment at least twice yesterday and killed her after an argument during the second visit, police alleged.

Sergeant Tabor confirmed accounts that neighors heard sounds of a struggle and the victim screaming for help just before she was killed.

"It looked like there had been quite a struggle," Detective Tabor said.

He said that the murder weapon was recovered but declined to describe it or say where it had been found.

He said that the victim shared the apartment with her brother, but that the brother was not at home at the time of the murder.

Officers responding to a call about a domestic disturbance in the apartment complex shortly after noon saw a man with blood on his shirt, who fled when officers tried to talk to him, according to Cpl. Maxwell Frye, a department spokesman.

As one group of officers chased the suspect into the woods behind the complex, other officers went to the apartment and found the door locked, police said.

The suspect was apprehended in some woods about a half mile from the apartment after a search that involved 30 officers, a county police helicopter and three dogs.

Sergeant Tabor said the defendant was captured after falling out of a tree where he had been hiding.

Glen Burnie nurse receives service award

Joanne Van Dask of Glen Burnie, a registered nurse in North Arundel Hospital's Coronary Care unit, recently received the hospital's Wilfred T. Azar Award at an employee service award banquet. The award is named after the chairman of the board of directors.

Ms. Van Dask was chosen from a group of 12, all of whom had previously received the Hospital's "People Who Care Award".

A North Arundel spokesman said Ms. Van Dask "was nominated and selected for her outstanding delivery of patient care and assisting her co-workers whenever possible."

Ms. Van Dask also was the runner-up as Nurse of the Year.

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