Arundel Digest


December 18, 2003

Investigators seek help from the public in restaurant killing

Investigators are seeking information on the stabbing death of a Subway sandwich shop worker whose body was found in the shop's freezer early Saturday.

The body of Mary Ella Ginger, 51, of Edgewater was found about 1 a.m. Saturday in the Festival at Riva shopping center near Annapolis. She had been stabbed repeatedly, police said.

Police said the restaurant had surveillance cameras. They know of no suspects, they said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-3456.

Storm victims eligible for federal relief program

Anne Arundel County is eligible to seek federal aid until the end of the year to buy damaged properties and to help elevate homes flooded by Tropical Storm Isabel, county officials announced recently.

The county will buy property only from residents who want to sell their land and move to less-hazardous areas. The county will convert any property it buys into open space, officials said.

The federal funds for elevating houses are aimed at helping households without flood insurance or homeowners whose primary residences were flooded but not declared substantially damaged.

Those interested in the program can call James Weed, the county's director of emergency management, at 410-222-8040.

Police search for woman accused in carjacking

Anne Arundel County police are searching for a second suspect accused in a carjacking near Annapolis Tuesday.

Efrain Castellanos told police he was driving home from work Tuesday with Pablo Soto-Santiago when he stopped at a red light on West Street in Annapolis and a man and a woman asked for a ride.

Castellanos reported that the man got into his Chevrolet Tahoe, pulled out a knife and threatened him, police said. After a fight broke out, the man ordered Castellanos and Soto-Santiago out of the car.

Later, police in Baltimore found the sport utility vehicle and arrested Phillip Morris Pearmon, 39, of the 300 block of Forest Beach Road in Annapolis. He is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and theft, police said. Police are looking for the female suspect.

Castellanos and Soto-Santiago suffered minor injuries, police said. They were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

Four women arrested on prostitution charges

Anne Arundel County police arrested four women Tuesday on prostitution charges. They are accused of illegally operating a massage parlor in Glen Burnie.

TCM Health and Wellness Center in the 300 block of Crain Highway has been closed, police said, after being deemed unsafe because of many zoning and fire code violations.

A sting operation began four months ago after several county residents called police to complain of possible illegal activity at the business.

The operation included an undercover phase in which officers identified four women. Each has been charged with one count of prostitution by any means.

The wellness center's owner, Di Zhang, 33, of Towson, has been charged with operating a prostitution business. Each of the other three women, Ye Wu, 45, of Elmhurst, N.Y., Bin Lin Lin, 40, of Philadelphia and Jingkun Xu, 35, is charged with an additional count of practicing massage without certification.

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