Two are charged in a carjacking in Columbia Howard...

Howard Digest

July 23, 2002|By From staff reports

Two are charged in a carjacking in Columbia

Howard County police have arrested two Baltimore residents and charged them in a carjacking in Columbia this month, police said yesterday.

Clinton Thomas Harmon, 17, of the 4900 block of Laniar Ave. and Michael Jarrod Ferguson, 21, of the 2800 block of Garrison Ave. are accused of taking Peter John Wessels' Jeep Cherokee on Friday, police said.

As Wessels was walking to his home in the 6200 block of Deep River Canyon, he was approached by two men. One was armed with a kitchen knife. The two demanded Wessels' wallet and keys, police said.

Harmon and Ferguson were charged with armed carjacking, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and other crimes, police said.

Both were being held at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond each.

27 people arrested on drug charges at concert Sunday

Howard County police arrested 27 people who attended a concert Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia and charged them with a variety of drug-related offenses, authorities said yesterday.

Police said they also seized 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of $30,000, heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia from fans attending the Phil Lesh and Friends concert. Four motor vehicles and about $8,000 in cash also were seized, police said.

Police also arrested Edward Brandon Bertha, 27, of Coral Springs, Colo., and charged him with two counts of second-degree assault and other offenses in an attack on two bystanders during which pepper spray and a large metal wrench were used, police said.

Both of the injured were treated by emergency personnel for exposure to pepper spray, police said. Bertha was released yesterday on $10,000 bond.

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