Girl, 14, robbed of Mace after trying to stop fight

August 30, 1994

A 14-year-old Glen Burnie girl was pushed to the ground and robbed of her Mace canister Friday night as she and a 16-year-old male friend tried to stop a man from beating a woman on the B & A Trail, county police said.

The girl, a student at Glen Burnie High School, and her friend were walking along the trail near the Harundale Mall shortly after 11 p.m. when they saw a man beating a woman. The girl's friend told the man to stop, but both adults started shouting at him, police said. When the girl pulled out her Mace canister, the man demanded it, then grabbed her and tried to take it from her, police said.

The man pushed her to the ground and she dropped the canister, police said. The man picked up the canister and ran south on the bike trail.

Poodle reported stolen from balcony of home

A 16-year-old toothless poodle was stolen Saturday night from the balcony of an apartment in the 100 block of Three Coin Way, its owner told police.

George Wicklein, 74, told police that he let the 5-pound poodle, named "Muffy," out on his balcony about 10:30 p.m. When he went to let Muffy back in at 10:45 p.m., the dog was missing, police said. Mr. Wicklein told officers that the balcony is 6 or 7 feet off the ground.

Mr. Wicklein checked the area, but could not find Muffy. Another resident of the apartment apparently had a cat stolen about the same time, police said.

Muffy is an apricot-colored female. She was recently groomed and had a black bow on each ear.

Woman is abducted, raped by man in truck

A Glen Burnie woman told police that she was raped Sunday morning by a man who pulled her into his truck as she was walking along Ritchie Highway near Americana Circle, officials said.

The victim, 31, was treated and released from North Arundel Hospital after the incident, police said.

A man abducted her about 2:30 a.m. and drove her to an unknown location, where he forced her to drink suspected moonshine, police said.

The man then forced the woman into a light-colored pickup truck and drove to another site, then raped her on the front seat, police said. He drove the woman back to her apartment complex and released her, police said.

Glen Burnie youth wins state competition

Amber L. Coffman, 12, of Glen Burnie recently received top honors in the Maryland Pre-Teen America competition.

The scholarship and recognition event, which was held in Hunt Valley the weekend of Aug. 12, involved over 30 youths from the state.

Contestants were judged on academic achievement, personal development, creativity, volunteer service, school honors and involvement, and an interview that tested knowledge of local and state facts.

Amber won $1,000, a plaque and trophies.

A Girl Scout and seventh-grade honor roll student at Old Mill Middle School South, Amber is founder of Happy Helpers for the Homeless, a program that provides free lunches for the needy.

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