Week In Review

April 09, 2006

Anne Arundel

Meth threat growing, authorities fear

The first methamphetamine lab discovered by Anne Arundel County police was found last summer in a garage behind a two-story house in a leafy, middle-class Severna Park neighborhood. Soon after, another one was found in a Lothian trailer park. Weeks later, there was another: in a shed near a ring where horseback riding was taught in Millersville.

Labs for making the addictive drug - which has ravaged some Midwestern and Western communities but has been relatively rare in Maryland - have also been discovered in Caroline, Carroll, Cecil and Harford counties. The nine labs uncovered in the state in 2005 represent the most found by authorities in a single year. There were three in 2004.

Although the number of people treated for meth addiction in Maryland is low by national standards - 343 sought treatment last year, less than 1 percent of all admissions to drug treatment programs in the state - authorities are worried that the drug might be gaining a foothold. When it has surfaced in other states, its use has spread rapidly, leading to problems such as erratic behavior by addicts.

Police stress that they haven't seen an increase in meth on the streets. "We're hitting the labs before they get going," said Ryan A. Frashure, an Anne Arundel County narcotics detective.

A section, Friday

Glen Burnie

Delegate acquitted in DUI case

Del. Terry R. Gilleland Jr., who was charged last year with driving under the influence of alcohol after losing control of his car in an accident, was acquitted Wednesday by District Judge Thomas Pryal after prosecutors were unable to locate the police officers who first encountered him after the accident.

Gilleland, 28, an Anne Arundel County Republican who lives in Glen Burnie, was arrested about 4:30 a.m. July 13 after losing control of his black 1999 Mercedes SLK while rounding a curve on Route 100 near the Interstate 97 interchange in Glen Burnie.

His defense attorney, Laura Robinson, said he left the scene of the accident on foot. Two county police officers found him nearby and took him back to the car. They turned the case over to state police because the accident, in which prosecutors said Gilleland's car hit a tree, occurred on a state highway.

After conducting a field sobriety test, a state police trooper arrested Gilleland and charged him with failure to reduce speed, negligent driving, driving while impaired and driving while under the influence of alcohol.

During a 30-minute trial in Glen Burnie, however, the focus was on the police report, which did not identify the Anne Arundel County officers who initially arrested Gilleland.

Because the county officers who initially arrested Gilleland were not identified in the report and could not be found to testify, and the state police did not see Gilleland behind the wheel of his car, Gilleland's lawyer argued that there was no proof he was driving the car when the accident occurred and no cause for police to arrest him.

Maryland section, Thursday

Crofton

Security guard faces additional charges

A 35-year-old Crofton man who was accused last month of impersonating a police officer has been accused of assault in charging documents that say he pointed a gun at a shopper's head in November in Glen Burnie.

An Anne Arundel County sheriff's deputy was preparing Wednesday to serve a criminal summons on Karl Glenn Salenieks. The former armed security guard was scheduled for a hearing Thursday in Annapolis District Court on charges stemming from an incident in February in which Salenieks, according to police, tried to pull over an unmarked Jeep with two county police officers inside.

County police charged Salenieks on March 6 on several counts, including unlawfully carrying a gun.

That case sparked the Maryland State Police to investigate Salenieks' employer, Jessup-based private firm Fallsway Security, which recently paid a $5,000 fine after authorities learned that six of the company's employees did not have the required state licenses to be security guards, according to Cpl. Thornnie Rouse, a spokesman for the state police.

Maryland section, Thursday

Anne Arundel

Memorial service for civil rights couple

Almost 400 people paid tribute to the civil rights struggles of the late Coretta Scott King and her slain husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in a memorial service Sunday at Anne Arundel Community College.

A dozen speakers and performers participated in a two-hour celebration of the lives of the first couple of the civil rights movement.

Organized by Annapolis-area black leaders and clergy, the gathering was called the first public memorial to Coretta Scott King in the state. She died in January while seeking treatment for ovarian cancer at a hospital in Rosarito, Mexico. The event also marked the 38th anniversary of the Rev. King's assassination. He was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.

Maryland section, Monday

Anne Arundel

Council OKs higher salary for executive

The salary of Anne Arundel County's next top elected official would increase by 27 percent under a measure unanimously approved by the County Council.

The pay of the county executive - $102,000 - had not been adjusted since before Janet S. Owens took office in 1998, and council members agreed that a raise was needed to attract desirable candidates.

The executive's salary will jump to $125,000 in 2007 and to $130,000 in 2010. According to county records, 63 county employees make more than Owens. The Democrat oversees nearly 4,000 employees and an annual budget that exceeds $1 billion, but the executive's salary ranks sixth among the state's seven largest jurisdictions.

Maryland section, Tuesday

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