Crime Watch


November 28, 2006

Police seek man in Glen Burnie killing

Anne Arundel County police yesterday were seeking a 23-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Glen Burnie teenager.

Ronald Francis Dawson II, whose last known address is on the 8000 block of Green Bud Lane in Glen Burnie, has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and several handgun violations in the death of Taveon Jawon Watson.

Watson, 18, was shot outside of his home on the 400 block of Norvelle Court about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

He attended classes at Glen Burnie Evening High School, and was the second Anne Arundel County student involved in a shooting in a week. A current Annapolis High School student and a former one, as well as an off-duty Secret Service agent were injured in a Nov. 18 shootout at Westfield Annapolis mall.

Police described Dawson and Watson as "associates" who were involved in a dispute, but would not elaborate.

Dawson might be driving a gold Infiniti with Maryland registration plate number 8BM-N87, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-8610 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Man guilty of 7th robbery

An Ellicott City man must serve a mandatory 10 years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to robbing a Howard County bank in February, his seventh bank robbery conviction in less than 10 years, prosecutors said.

Michael F. Zemanick, 53, of the 500 block of Oella Ave., was charged with stealing $4,477 from an Ellicott City bank Feb. 15, about 20 minutes after he tried to rob another one in West Friendship, according to court records.

Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney sentenced Zemanick to the mandatory 10 years in prison. His sentence will run concurrent with a five-year violation of probation conviction in Carroll County.

According to court records, Zemanick has convictions, for bank robberies in Carroll and Frederick counties, that date back to 1997.

During yesterday's plea hearing, Zemanick apologized for his actions in February, according to his attorney Craig M. Gendler.

Gendler said Zemanick, who suffers from bipolar disorder and depression, robbed the banks because of his substance abuse.

"It's the insanity of the addiction, and when he looks back on what he did, he is appalled," Gendler said. " ... He's a fine individual when he's not a slave to drugs and alcohol."

Tyrone Richardson

Brothers held in robbery try

Three brothers have been arrested and charged with the attempted murder and attempted armed robbery of an off-duty Baltimore police detective Saturday night as he walked toward his Federal Hill home, according to charging documents.

Sgt. Christopher Nyberg, a 13-year member of the force, was accosted by four people and shot two of them. One suspect remained in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, with charges pending, authorities said.

The brothers were identified as Gary Thomas, 18, and Travis Thomas, 17, both of the 4700 block of York Road, and Glenn J. Thomas, 19, of the 1100 block of Kenwood Ave. Travis Thomas was charged as an adult.

Police said Nyberg was walking home when four males, one armed with a knife, stepped from an alley near Gittings Street and Battery Avenue and grabbed him around the neck.

After the knife was placed at Nyberg's neck, the sergeant pulled away, drew his off-duty gun and shot one of the males, identified by police only as Frankie Lewis Gillus, in the upper body.

Police said Glenn Thomas entered a van parked in the alley and attempted to run down Nyberg, who fired more shots, grazing Thomas' head. Glenn Thomas and Gillus were taken to Shock Trauma, where Thomas was treated, released and arrested. The other suspects took a cab home, police said.

Gary and Travis Thomas were arrested Sunday when they attempted to visit Gillus at the hospital, and the three brothers were being held yesterday at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said. Nyberg remained on administrative duty while the incident is being investigated.

Richard Irwin

Guilty plea in cocaine case

The driver of a car in which state troopers made one of their largest single cocaine seizures along a Maryland roadway pleaded guilty in a closed-door session in federal court yesterday, federal authorities said.

A routine traffic stop by Maryland State Police troopers along Interstate 95 in Cecil County in early March yielded 79 bricks of suspected cocaine, each weighing more than 2 pounds and packed in suitcases and a cooler in a 2000 Buick LeSabre.

The driver, identified as Ramon Pena, 26, of Durham, N.C., was arrested by state troopers and charged by federal authorities with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Because of the amount of cocaine involved in the case, Pena could face life in prison.

But federal prosecutors said the details of yesterday's plea agreement, including the specific charge and any terms for leniency, could not be revealed. The document had been sealed by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett. Pena's attorney declined to comment on the case.

It was unclear from court records yesterday whether Pena has been scheduled yet to return to court for sentencing.

Matthew Dolan

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