Police recover gun in car of woman found shot to death...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

February 01, 2002

Police recover gun in car of woman found shot to death

Anne Arundel County police said yesterday they have recovered a gun from the car of a Glen Burnie woman who was found shot to death last month. The car had been found Wednesday in a Baltimore parking garage.

Police officials said the gun would be checked to determine whether it was used in the fatal shootings of Laverne Browning, 70, a Glen Burnie tavern owner, and Tamie Browning, 36, her daughter-in-law.

The gun was discovered in Laverne Browning's 2000 black Monte Carlo, which was found in a downtown parking garage. City and county police had been searching for the car since the women's bodies were discovered Jan. 14 in the trunk of the younger woman's car, abandoned in a parking lot of a Glen Burnie apartment complex.

Police would not divulge details about the weapon.

Kenneth E. Abend, 39, a Glen Burnie man who had rented a room from Laverne Browning, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the case.

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

Police charge man, 37, with slashing car tires

A 37-year-old Anne Arundel County man was arrested and charged yesterday with slashing the tires on 30 vehicles in the Glen Burnie area.

The man, identified by police as Roberto Scotto, who gave police no fixed address, was arrested by officers who were called to the 200 block of Crain Court Circle, where a neighbor had reported someone slashing car tires with a knife about 1 a.m. Police said one of the officers, Brian McClellan, said he saw the man slashing two tires as McClellan arrived.

Police said Scotto was responsible for other tire slashings and charged him with 23 counts of malicious destruction of property and one count of planning a malicious destruction scheme.

11 area stores caught selling cigarettes to minors

Eleven of 17 convenience stores and gas stations in the Glen Burnie and Millersville areas sold cigarettes to a 16-year-old working for Anne Arundel County vice detectives, police said yesterday.

The 11 clerks were issued civil citations carrying $300 fines for selling tobacco products to a minor, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

Six gas stations checked the teen-ager's identification and refused to sell him cigarettes Wednesday during the undercover sting operation, part of an operation dubbed CARE (Cigarette Availability Retail Enforcement), police said.

Facing fines, according to police, are clerks at: a Wawa in the 8300 block of Veterans Highway in Millersville; an Amoco station in the 8200 block of Veterans Highway in Millersville; a Royal Farms store in the 8100 block of Veterans Highway in Millersville; a CVS store in the 8100 block of Veterans Highway, Millersville; Exxon in the 8000 block of Crain Highway in Millersville; and Mobil in the 7900 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie.

Also: a Shell station in the 300 block of Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie; Lucky's in the 800 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie; Shell in the 7400 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie; Shell in the 500 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie; and Carroll's Convenience Store in the 7200 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie.

The stations said by police to be in compliance were: an Exxon station in the 8500 block of Veterans Highway in Millersville; a Crown on Veterans Highway near Old Mill; Soda Pop Shop on Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie; Crown in the 1100 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie; Chevron in the 100 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie; and the Amoco in the 7400 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

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