Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

February 14, 2003|By From staff reports

Aide to Owens charged with drunken driving

County Executive Janet S. Owens' community relations director for northeast Anne Arundel County was arrested in his county-owned car early yesterday and charged with drunken driving, county police said.

Michael P. Cadogan Sr., 55, of the 7700 black of Moonfall Court in Pasadena was stopped shortly after 2 a.m. for driving 57 mph in a 40-mph zone, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman. Cadogan was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier north on Edwin Raynor Boulevard in Pasadena. He was arrested at Tick Neck Road.

His eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and appeared confused, Ravenell said. Cadogan failed field sobriety tests. After being asked to say the alphabet, Cadogan stopped at the letter "p" and mumbled, "You know the rest," Ravenell said.

Cadogan was arrested and held until about 6 a.m. at the Eastern District. Breathalyzer tests showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.16, twice the state's legal limit for driving.

As a management assistant, Cadogan earns $44,635 a year.

Man injured in crash with police officer's car

A Pasadena man was critically injured in a crash with an Anne Arundel County police officer early yesterday, police said.

At 12:11 a.m., Officer William Todd McNemar was driving north on Arundel Mills Boulevard, responding to a call reporting a suspicious person, when Robert Franklin Frome Jr. pulled into the intersection at Bass Pro Drive, police said.

As Frome attempted to turn left in his 1990 Honda Accord, the cars collided.

Frome, 25, of the 8600 block of Scorton Harbor was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in critical but stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

McNemar, 32, was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The wreck was under investigation yesterday, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman.

Pizza deliveryman attacked, robbed

A Pizza Boli deliveryman told police that he was beaten with a baseball bat and robbed Wednesday night, police said.

The driver told police that he was making a delivery near the 6400 block of Grafton Garth Court, near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, about 9:30 p.m. when two men approached him. One of the men, who was wearing a ski mask, demanded money. When the driver handed money to the man, he said, the man hit him on the head, demanded more money and hit him twice more on the head.

The robbers fled, and police were unable to find them.

30 evacuated in fire at Annapolis apartments

County firefighters and police evacuated 30 people early yesterday morning before battling a three-alarm fire at Westwood Apartments on Hearne Court in Annapolis.

The blaze, attributed to improperly discarded smoking materials on a balcony, began shortly before 4 a.m. and took 66 firefighters about 90 minutes to extinguish, said fire Capt. Lee Cornwell.

All 30 residents were evacuated safely, Cornwell said. Lt. Charles Phillips was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for observation but was quickly released, Cornwell said.

Displaced by the fire were Phillip Blachley, who lives in the unit where the fire began, and Keith Baker, who lives above Blachley. Damage was estimated at $250,000.

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