Arundel Digest


April 15, 2004

Two men killed when their car hits pole in Annapolis

Two men died early yesterday morning when their Honda coupe struck a telephone pole at Bay Ridge Avenue and Bank Street, Annapolis police said.

Ryan James Wiseley, 21, of the 900 block of Monterey Ave. in Annapolis and Jason Patrick Heeney, 22, of the 600 block of Old Stage Road in Glen Burnie were declared dead at the scene, police said.

Wiseley was driving south on Bay Ridge at a high speed when the car left the road and struck the pole, police said.

Bill gives judges leeway on releasing suspects

State lawmakers have approved a bill giving judges leeway on whether to release a defendant during an appeal by prosecutors over trial evidence.

The bill gives judges the ability to release defendants on specific conditions or keep them in jail during such an appeal. Previously, defendants had to be released while prosecutors appealed a decision throwing out evidence they had planned to use in court.

The bill stems from a case in which two suspects charged in the fatal shooting of an Annapolis man were released while prosecutors appealed a judge's refusal to allow their confessions to be used in court.

Two men sought in robbery of theater

Police are searching for two men who robbed the Crown Theatres in the Annapolis Harbour Center on Tuesday.

A man came to the ticket window about 10 p.m. and demanded money, county police said. The employee thought the man was joking, but he displayed a handgun, took the cash and fled with an accomplice, police said.

Officers could not find the robbers.

School custodian charged with trespassing at facility

A school custodian found with a female companion in the basement of Mills-Parole Elementary while the school was on spring break has been charged with trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia, Annapolis police said.

A maintenance supervisor who was checking on the building Friday morning became suspicious and called police after he saw some cardboard boxes out of place, said Officer Hal Dalton, a police spokesman.

Officers found Michael Anthony Offer, 46, and Torka Michelle Ford, 32, lying on a red mat behind the boxes, police said. Police said they also found a homemade drug-smoking device in a jacket.

Offer had worked for the Anne Arundel County school system for more than 26 years, school officials said. He did not have permission to be on school grounds when he was not working. Ford, whom police had been seeking on an unrelated drug warrant, also was charged with trespassing.

Equipment stolen from job site in Eastport

The scoop from a front-end loader was stolen from a job site in Eastport this month, Annapolis police said.

A neighbor saw two suspects tampering with the machine, parked in the 1000 block of Edgewood Road, on Saturday and wrote down the suspects' license plate number, police said. The scoop was valued at $600, and police are attempting to contact the suspects.

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