Baltimore police find slain tavern owner's car in...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 31, 2002

Baltimore police find slain tavern owner's car in parking garage

The car of a Glen Burnie tavern owner who was shot to death this month was found yesterday abandoned in a downtown Baltimore parking garage, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police had been searching for the car - a black 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with teddy bear stickers on the back windshield - since Jan. 14 when the bodies of the tavern owner, Laverne May Browning, 70, and her daughter-in-law, Tamie Christine Browning, 36, were discovered.

An employee of the Arrow parking garage in the 200 block of W. Lombard St. who had noticed the sedan hadn't moved since Jan. 13 called Baltimore police yesterday to have the vehicle towed, county police said. City police, who had also been looking for the car, notified county police, who will process the car for evidence of the killings, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

Kenneth E. Abend, 39, of Glen Burnie - who rented a room from Laverne Browning - has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the women, whose bodies were found in the trunk of Tamie Browning's car.

Abend is being held without bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis.

Stabbing victim released from shock trauma center

Deborah Grierson, 42, the Glen Burnie woman stabbed allegedly by her stepson, was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Grierson was treated at the trauma unit after surviving the Jan. 22 attack, in which her husband, Fred Charles Grierson, was killed.

Charles Martin Grierson, 26, is accused of killing his 62-year-old father and assaulting his stepmother. He is being held without bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis.

Man, 35, shot by officer in critical, stable condition

A 35-year-old man shot by a Crofton police officer remained in critical but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

James Timmons was shot once by the officer in the lower abdomen Saturday night when, police say, he refused to drop a sharp metal object that turned out to be a screwdriver.

Anne Arundel County detectives are investigating the shooting. The six-officer Crofton police force does not have an internal affairs or homicide unit, town and county officials said.

The Crofton officer, John Woodall, a six-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

State grants county funds for drug prevention

Anne Arundel County will receive a $904,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the State Advisory Board on Juvenile Justice, county officials said yesterday.

Money from the grant will be distributed among four programs, and will be used to help at-risk youth and prevent children from experimenting with marijuana, tobacco and alcohol, County Executive Janet S. Owens said in a written statement.

County police investigate possible carjacking

Anne Arundel County police are seeking information about a suspected carjacking this week in Glen Burnie.

Two men were seen getting into a white Chevrolet Celebrity on Ordnance Road near Vernon Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, forcing the driver into the middle of the front seat, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

A driver behind the Chevrolet on Ordnance Road called 911 from her cell phone, police said.

Police have not received any reports of a missing person or of a confirmed carjacking.

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