3 held, 1 sought after drug raid


October 14, 2007

Three Millersville residents have been charged with multiple drug offenses and a fourth is being sought after police searched their house Wednesday, Anne Arundel County police said.

After a monthlong investigation into drug activity in the 100 block of Obrecht Road, police raided a house and seized a small amount of marijuana, a trace amount of crack cocaine, and numerous pieces of paraphernalia including a digital scale, drug-smoking pipes and numerous sandwich bags used to package drugs.

Thomas Albert Bartley, 57, Steven David Schopfer, 28, and Gloria Lynn Sawyer, 39, were charged with possession of drugs and of drug paraphernalia, the police said. Officers are seeking Lyndie Pauline Kiser, 28.

All four have open criminal warrants in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore, police said.

Group robs 2 men on Severn street

A group of six young men and one woman assaulted and robbed two Hispanic men on a Severn street, Anne Arundel County police said.

Walter Velazquez, 33, and Rodolfo Castro, 22, both of Elkridge said one of the robbers pulled a gun about 11:40 a.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of Richfield, and the group took their wallets and a cell phone before fleeing on foot.

One of the victims was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His injuries were serious but not life-threatening, police said. The other was taken to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center with less serious injuries.

Motorcycle rider injured in crash

An Arnold man was seriously injured when a minivan collided with his motorcycle on a Severna Park highway, Anne Arundel County police said.

Anthony Haines Iliff, 59, was heading north on his Honda on Route 648 about 1:15 p.m. Thursday when a southbound Ford Windstar turned left onto Baldy Avenue in front of him, police said.

Iliff, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from his bike. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition Friday, police said.

The driver of the minivan, Derek James Cousemaker, 19 of Crownsville, was not injured, police said.

Speed did not appear to have been a factor, and there was no indication of drug or alcohol use, police said.

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