Annapolis teen-ager charged with murder is given house...

Arundel Digest

April 20, 2001

Annapolis teen-ager charged with murder is given house arrest

An Annapolis teen-ager charged with murder in the death of his Eastport neighbor was freed from the county jail in favor of house arrest yesterday, a move that will allow the youth to finish high school.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Clayton Greene Jr. said Justen Jeremiah Johnson would continue to be held without bond - but at his brother's home in Glen Burnie instead of jail.

Prosecutor Daniel Andrews opposed the move, arguing that Johnson posed a danger. But defense attorney Alan H. Legum said the 17-year-old was an honor roll student at Annapolis High School and had been offered a full scholarship to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Johnson was charged in the death of Charles Edward Kirby, who was shot in the chest April 6.

3 arrested on drug charges after raid on Severn house

A drug raid Wednesday night at a house in Severn led to three arrests and the confiscation of more than $71,000 worth of marijuana, county police said yesterday.

Joseph Howard Chase, 54, a resident of the house in the 1200 block of Somerset Road, was charged with drug possession and intent to distribute after the search by officers executing a search-and-seizure warrant at 10 p.m.

Police said they seized 16.06 pounds of marijuana, 19 sugar cubes laced with LSD, a small bottle of LSD, nearly a pound of hallucinogenic mushrooms, two semiautomatic handguns and $1,571 in cash.

Also arrested were another resident, John James Rigney, 21, and William Jay Baumgardner, 19, of the 700 block of Andover Road in Linthicum. Each was charged with possession of marijuana.

Police said the raid concluded an investigation begun in October.

Owens to discuss raves, drugs on MPT program

County Executive Janet S. Owens and Michael M. Gimbel, director of Baltimore County's Bureau of Substance Abuse, will be guests on Maryland Public Television's "Newsnight Maryland" program at 7 p.m. today, in a discussion prompted by drug arrests at a music festival in Crownsville on Saturday.

Anne Arundel County police described the festival, which attracted about 3,000 young people, as a "rave party."

The topic for Owens and Gimbel will be "Raves, and what can be done to stop drug abuse at them," according to a "Newsnight Maryland" announcement.

Also on the program will be Del. Michael E. Busch, a District 30 Democrat, and Kenneth R. Timmerman, president of the Maryland Taxpayers Association, expressing their views on a bill pushed by members of the county's General Assembly delegation to expand the role of the Maryland Economic Development Corp.

The emergency bill enables MEDCO to play a role in developing a Pasadena golf course. The taxpayers group opposes that role.

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