Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

November 13, 2003

11 establishments cited in underage drinking sting

The Annapolis Police Department cited 11 local bars and restaurants yesterday for serving beer to underage cadets during an investigation of 36 establishments to see whether they were complying with the laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol to underage customers.

Seven establishments served beer to cadets ages 19 and 20 without checking their identification. Four served beer to the cadets after checking their identifications, which were false. The remaining 25 asked for identification and refused to serve the cadets.

The 11 establishments that were found in violation were issued summonses to appear before the Annapolis Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Officer's gun discharges during pursuit of teen

An Anne Arundel County police officer inadvertently fired his weapon into the ground Tuesday while pursuing an Odenton teen-ager wanted on a warrant for first-degree assault, police said.

David O'Toole, an officer assigned to Anne Arundel's Western District, chased the 17-year-old suspect into the front yard of 709 Tolbert Drive, where the boy stopped and put his hands into his waistband. In response, O'Toole pulled out his weapon, police said, and the suspect ran into the woods. O'Toole ran after him but slipped, setting off his gun. After a several-hour manhunt, the suspect turned himself in to police. In addition to assault, he was charged with resisting arrest.

According to police, the department is investigating the incident. Because no one was injured, O'Toole, a three-year veteran of the department, is not being assigned to administrative leave.

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