Annapolis man dies as his minivan hits Forest Drive...

Anne Arundel Digest

February 15, 2002

Annapolis man dies as his minivan hits Forest Drive house

A 63-year-old Annapolis man was killed early yesterday when his minivan crashed into a house on Forest Drive, Annapolis police said.

Accident investigators said it appeared that Clarence Vernon Burch III of the 200 block of Harbor Gates Drive died of a medical condition, possibly a heart attack.

There was no evidence that Burch tried to use his brakes as his 2001 Dodge Caravan minivan swerved from the eastbound lanes of Forest Drive about 1:40 a.m. and into a house in the 2000 block of Forest Drive, said Officer Hal Dalton, a city police spokesman.

An autopsy was planned yesterday.

No one in the house was injured, and damage to the structure was minimal, police said.

Mobile home fire leaves couple homeless

A fire that started in a malfunctioning furnace left an Annapolis couple in need of emergency shelter yesterday morning, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

The fire, which began about 7:50 a.m. at the couple's mobile home in the 1600 block of Clayhill Drive, took nearly 30 firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish, said Division Chief John M. Scholz.

The owner, Roland Henson, had tried to put out the fire himself but the flames spread, Scholz said. Neighbors called 911. Henson and his girlfriend escaped unharmed but their dog, a boxer-pit bull mix, died in the fire.

Owens appoints two to Tipton authority

County Executive Janet S. Owens appointed Nicholas Schaus and re-appointed John Ferrone to the Tipton Airport Authority yesterday.

Ferrone, a commercial pilot living in Millersville and former director of security for the National Security Agency, is serving his second term on the authority. Schaus, an aviation consultant from Severna Park and former deputy administrator for the Maryland Aviation Administration, will begin his first term.

Schaus replaces John Pilkins Jr., a small-business owner who decided not to seek another term. The Tipton Airport Authority is responsible for maintaining and operating Tipton Airport, which is on Fort Meade.

Its board includes lawyers, business people and those who work in defense-related industries.

Missing Laurel teen-ager is returned to her family

A 17-year old Laurel girl who was reported missing by her father earlier this week has been found, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Shannon L. King had been reported missing Sunday after she failed to show up for work or return home Saturday night.

Police received a tip on Wednesday that she might be at a local motel, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman. Police found her there unharmed about 2:30 p.m. and returned her to her family, Ravenell said.

Recycled cell phones help seniors dial 911

County police and sheriffs deputies are recycling cellular phones that senior citizens can use to call 911.

Cell phones, in good condition but no longer in use, can be dropped off at county senior centers or at the county police headquarters at 8495 Veterans Highway in Millersville.

Since the program began in January, police officer Joe Hatcher and sheriff deputies have distributed about 300 cell phones, which can only be used to call 911. Seniors age 55 and older can receive phones and instructions on how to use them at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Annapolis Senior Center in Eastport and at 12:30 p.m. March 5 at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center.

For more information, call 410-222-8585 or 410-222-1299.

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