City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 10, 2006

Glen Burnie bank robbed

A man robbed a Wachovia Bank branch in Glen Burnie on Thursday while talking on a cell phone, Anne Arundel County police said.

The robbery occurred about 11 a.m. in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway. The man, in his 20s, approached a teller while talking on a flip cell phone, handed her a yellow envelope and told her fill it with money, police said.

The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash, and the teller saw a man drive away from the bank in a white van while talking on a cell phone, police said.

Officer Sara Schriver, a spokeswoman for county police, said the only witness to the crime was the teller. Police said they have no suspects.

Phillip McGowan

Howard County: Ellicott City

Hate signs burned into 4 more lawns

Four more Ellicott City residents have found hate-related letters or symbols burned into their lawns with a chemical agent, Howard County police said yesterday. The letters "WP" and/or a swastika were burned into the lawns of three houses in the 8900 block of Chapel Ave. and one house in the 8900 block of Old Frederick Road, according to police. These incidents follow four similar vandalism cases that were reported earlier this week on Stonehouse Drive. Police have classified all four incidents as hate crimes. Police said two of the victims in the most recent discovery are not racial minorities.

Laura Cadiz

Baltimore: South side

Two club workers guilty of gambling

A manager and security guard of a South Baltimore club were convicted yesterday of charges stemming from an illegal poker tournament raided by police last November, according to Assistant State's Attorney David Mabrey. Joseph A. Carey, the co-manager of the Owl's Nest, a club in a refurbished warehouse near Camden Yards, was found guilty of six misdemeanor charges and sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,500. The charges related to illegal gaming and selling alcohol without a license. Barry Boone, 48, a retired Howard County police officer who worked as a club security guard, was convicted of four gambling charges, placed on probation and fined $1,500. Police originally had arrested 80 players for gambling, but charges against them were dismissed because officers incorrectly filled out official documents.

Central Booking

Man's death believed a suicide

A 34-year-old man was found hanging in his cell at Central Booking and Intake Center in what authorities say was an apparent suicide. Robert Castle III, who lived on South Gilmore Street, had been taken to the downtown facility Thursday after police arrested him on a warrant relating to a domestic dispute, said his mother, Joyce Scull. She said her son had a substance abuse problem, and she was concerned that he was in the throes of withdrawal when he hanged himself. Karen Poe, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said the inmate was unresponsive when found about 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

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