Regional Digest


December 20, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Anne Arundel

Victims identified in apparent homicide-suicide

GLEN BURNIE -- A couple found fatally shot Saturday night in their Glen Burnie home in an apparent homicide-suicide were identified yesterday by county police as Carolyn C. Dixon, 64, and Robert J. Dixon, 63.

Police said the shootings appeared to result from a dispute and that the wife had met with county police earlier in the day and accused her husband of domestic violence.

Police said they obtained an arrest warrant for Robert Dixon and were attempting to serve it about 7:30 p.m. when officers found the couple and a dog dead in the home in the first block of Phyllis Drive. All had been shot.

Police were awaiting autopsy results.

Mass. man, 59, killed when car skids off road

GAMBRILLS -- A 59-year-old Massachusetts man was killed early yesterday when his car ran off Route 3 in Gambrills, county police reported.

Michael G. Kelly of Springfield was southbound and approaching McKnew Road shortly past midnight when his 2000 Honda Civic drifted off the road, skidded 145 feet into a grass culvert and struck a concrete storm drain.

Witnesses told police they had seen the car passing other vehicles, using the soft shoulder, before the crash. The driver apparently was not wearing a seat belt, police said. Neither alcohol nor drug use is thought to be a factor, they said.

Fire prompts evacuation of prison inmates, staff

JESSUP -- A kitchen fire at the maximum-security Patuxent Institution after breakfast yesterday prompted an evacuation of staff members and inmates. It was extinguished without serious damage, a state prisons spokesman said.

One prison officer was treated for minor smoke inhalation at Howard County General Hospital, said Mark Vernerelli, spokesman for the Division of Correction.

About 8:30 a.m., an officer in a guard tower noticed smoke coming from a vent in the kitchen area of a building and notified staff members, who called the Howard and Anne Arundel county fire departments, Vernerelli said.

As officers escorted the kitchen staff and a few inmates to safety, firefighters extinguished what appeared to be a grease-fed fire that sent heavy smoke into vents, Vernerelli said. There was no evidence that the fire was intentionally set, but its cause is being investigated, he said.

In Carroll County

After crash, woman charged with drunken driving

WESTMINSTER -- A Westminster woman was charged with drunken driving after her car was involved in a collision Saturday afternoon and then slammed into a gas station, state police said.

The accident occurred shortly before 3:45 p.m., police said, when 45-year-old Karen Lynn Bangs left the parking lot of Carroll Plaza shopping center, drove across Englar Road, collided with another vehicle and continued into Westminster Shopping Center and through a Citgo station.

Her car went through the wall behind the station's cashier and into its store. The cashier, a customer and the other driver were uninjured, police said, but the structure was condemned as unsafe by a county building inspector.

Bangs, a resident of the 1500 block of Miller Road, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

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