Pasadena man rescued from burning apartment

November 23, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A 59-year-old Pasadena man was hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation after county firefighters rescued him early Friday from his burning apartment, authorities reported.

Larry F. Custer of the 8200 block of Fort Smallwood Road was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Battalion Chief John Scholz, a county fire department spokesman, said firefighters went to the second-floor apartment about 12: 30 a.m. and found smoke filling the hallway. Firefighters broke down the door and fought the flames before getting to Custer, who was trapped on the other side of the room.

The blaze, which began in a sofa, caused damage estimated at $25,000.

The arrest of a man on drug charges led police to a Laurel hotel room early Friday, where they arrested two other men and seized crack cocaine.

Undercover officers working on a prostitution sting in Laurel stopped shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday behind a building on Laurel Fort Meade Road, where a man approached, offering to sell them drugs, police said.

zTC An undercover officer bought a small amount of crack cocaine, ** then called for uniformed officers to arrest the man.

Gregory Allen Lassiter, 28, of the 13500 block of Briarcroft Court in Laurel, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and drug distribution.

Police said the man told officers he was staying in Motel 6 with a cousin. Narcotics detectives obtained a search warrant and raided the motel room about 1: 30 a.m.

Sherwin F. May, 33, of Laurel and Kenneth E. Covington, 36, of the 13000 block of Old Stage Coach Road in Laurel were charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

County police reported finding an indoor marijuana garden during a raid on a Glen Burnie home on Thursday, and arrested an occupant.

George B. Boyd, 44, of the 1800 block of Lansing Road was

charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and drug manufacturing.

Police said the raid resulted from their discovery and destruction of two small marijuana gardens in Hanover in August. Authorities alleged that one of the gardens belonged to Boyd.

Inside the house, detectives found 90 marijuana plants, worth $24,000, growing in two rooms, police said. Also found were lights, heaters, fans, timers, and air purifiers.

Police log

Glen Burnie: A man who stood in line to purchase cat food at the Wal-Mart store in the 6700 block of Chesapeake Center Drive pulled out a gun and robbed a cashier about 11: 15 p.m. Thursday.

Pub Date: 11/23/97

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