Man hurt in brawl 3 others arrested

January 17, 1995

Three people were arrested and a fourth hospitalized early Sunday after a brawl at the Middleton Tavern at Market Space, Annapolis police said yesterday.

Annapolis police were called to the dockside tavern about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

They reported finding Thomas S. Johnston, 26, of the first block of Lawrence Ave., Annapolis, lying on the sidewalk, bleeding.

Witnesses told police Mr. Johnston and two other men had gotten into a fight in front of the tavern near closing time. Police said Mr. Johnston apparently threw the first punch, then the others struck him. After Mr. Johnston fell to the ground unconscious, one man kicked Mr. Johnson in the face several times, police said.

Mr. Johnston's jaw was broken in two places, he suffered a concussion, and his leg was broken, police said. He was listed in stable condition at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Police arrested Mark K. Calloway, 25, of the 1000 block of Cecil Ave. and Michael K. Wheeler, 23, of the 8300 block of Woodland Road, both of Millersville.

Mr. Calloway was charged with aggravated assault and battery and malicious intent to maim and disfigure. He was being held on $7,500 bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Mr. Wheeler was charged with assault and battery and was released on his own recognizance, police said.

A woman who said she was Mr. Calloway's girlfriend stood in the middle of the street screaming while Mr. Johnston lay on the ground. The woman, Michelle L. Simpson, 26, of the 1700 block of Wood Train Circle, was charged with disorderly conduct and released on personal recognizance.

Drugs found in cars, 4 people arrested

Annapolis police arrested four people on drug charges early xTC Saturday after finding marijuana and crack cocaine in two cars parked at a commercial lot in the 1900 block of Moreland Parkway early Saturday morning, authorities said.

An officer on patrol stopped to see why the two cars were in the lot at 3:15 a.m. and detected a strong odor of marijuana as he approached, police said. The officer searched the car, a 1984 Buick Regal, and found a half-smoked marijuana cigarette and a matchbook containing a gram of marijuana, police said.

Police arrested the driver, Damisi J. Price, 20, of the 3400 block of Riva Road in Davidsonville and two passengers, James B. Plattenburg, 22, of the 1800 block of Copeland St. and Michael G. Forrester, 22, of the 900 block of Royal St. All three were charged with illegal drug possession and released on personal recognizance.

While they were searching Mr. Price's car, police saw the driver of the second vehicle, a 1988 Chevrolet Blazer, walk away. The car was unlocked with the windows rolled down, authorities said.

Police said that when they searched the car they found 3.6 grams of suspected marijuana in a plastic bag on the floor. They also seized 4.9 grams of suspected crack cocaine in a green, plastic canister and found $473 on the driver, Dexter A. Turner.

Mr. Turner, 23, of the first block of Heritage Court was charged with illegal drug possession and released on personal recognizance.

Grocer is forced to floor and robbed

Two robbers took an estimated $500 from the cash register at the J. P. Food Market in the first block of Lafayette St. in Annapolis shortly before 2:30 p.m. Friday, city police said yesterday.

The robbers, one of whom appeared to be concealing a weapon, ordered Pak Jae, the owner, to lie on the floor. They emptied the register, then fled on foot, police said.

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luncheon tomorrow


* Annapolis: A burglar smashed the glass front door and an appliance case at the True Value Hardware store in the 900 block of Forest Drive just before 3 a.m. Sunday, taking an undisclosed quantity of cordless telephones and personal portable stereos.

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