2 Va. men get year in jail for bringing drugs into...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 08, 2001

2 Va. men get year in jail for bringing drugs into airport

Two Virginia men were sentenced this week to a year in the Anne Arundel County jail for bringing about 17 pounds of marijuana into Baltimore-Washington International Airport last year.

Chatame Sirkeel Ward, 20, of Suffolk, and Marcus Deandre Crawl, 22, of Chesapeake, also were placed on five years probation by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck.

While the men sought probation and counseling, prosecutors depicted them as couriers who were moving drugs for profit, not to support habits.

Shady Side teen charged in grocery store holdup

A Shady Side teen accused of robbing a Galesville grocery store wearing a Halloween mask was charged as an adult in connection with the Feb. 24 holdup, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

John Justin Combs, 17, was charged with robbery and weapons offenses after police searched his home in the 100 block of Cedarhurst Road Tuesday evening. According to charging documents, police found several monster masks and a sweatshirt that matched the description of one worn by the suspect in the robbery of West River Market.

Combs is a former employee of the market who had been fired, according to court papers.

School board votes to help with graduation site costs

Anne Arundel County school board members voted unanimously yesterday to give $3,000 to each of the county's 12 high schools to help with the escalating costs of graduation ceremonies.

Since schools have grown so large - there are hundreds in each graduating class - graduations must be held off campus, and senior classes have been forced to raise thousands of dollars to rent sites such as the Equestrian Center in Prince George's County, board members said.

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