Arundel Digest


December 23, 2003

City officers found blameless in suicide of man in jail cell

An internal investigation by the Annapolis Police Department has determined that officers followed proper procedure the night a Severna Park man hanged himself in a jail cell.

Officer Hal Dalton, a department spokesman, said the report concluded that William Henry Stevens "showed no obvious indications at all of being suicidal." He also said department procedure requires officers to check on inmates at least once every 30 minutes. Police checked on Stevens 21 minutes after putting him in the cell, Dalton said.

Stevens, 38, was taken to jail Nov. 28 after being arrested on drug charges. He used his long-sleeved shirt to hang himself from the bars of his cell, police said.

Three men injured in separate shootings

Three people were shot in separate incidents last weekend in Anne Arundel County, Annapolis and county police said yesterday. None suffered life-threatening wounds.

Early Saturday, a 23-year-old Lusby man was shot in the left foot in the 1100 block of Madison St. in Annapolis, city police said. According to police, the man told them that two men approached him and that one of them shot him for no apparent reason.

Early Sunday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the left shoulder during a private Christmas party at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company, county police said.

On Sunday night, a 50-year- old man told police he had tried to purchase drugs in Robinwood, a public housing community in western Annapolis. The deal went bad and a man shot him in the arm, the victim told police.

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