Crime Watch

January 01, 2008

Marijuana arrest just a sniff away, police say

An 18-year-old Annapolis man was arrested after police caught a whiff of marijuana from his car when he asked them to move their vehicles so he could leave a parking lot, police said yesterday.

Officers had been called to the 600 block of Genesse St. in Annapolis about 1:50 a.m. Saturday on a report of a man with a gun threatening residents, police said. While officers were investigating the complaint, a man pulled up to one of them and asked them to move his cruiser.

The officer smelled marijuana coming from the car, and the driver, Brady Joseph Keegan, admitted that he had drugs, Annapolis police said. Police subsequently recovered 8.7 grams of marijuana and a BB gun from the car, and Keegan told officers that he had "just been joking around" with the people in the house who reported being threatened, police said.

Keegan and his 17-year-old passenger were arrested and charged with drug possession, said police, who seized Keegan's 1999 Honda Accord.

Justin Fenton

`Nothing to suggest a suicide' in jail death

A 45-year-old inmate found dead in an isolation cell at the Baltimore County Detention Center on Sunday might have died of natural causes, Jim O'Neill, the center's administrator, said yesterday.

"There's nothing to suggest a suicide," O'Neill said, adding that a cause of death remains unknown. An autopsy will be performed, and county police are investigating.

The man's identity was not released yesterday because officials were trying to reach family members, O'Neill said.

"I'm going on the belief it was natural causes," O'Neill said. There were no obvious external wounds or marks, he said. The man was lying on the floor in a single cell by his own choice, O'Neill said, and corrections officers checked on him every 15 minutes during the day.

Medical officials were called when officers saw that the inmate appeared unconscious shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday.

Larry Carson

MdTA officer injured by hit-and-run driver

Area police last night were seeking the driver of a vehicle that failed to stop after striking a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer near the junction of two interstates in South Baltimore.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., the officer, whose name was not released, was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Interstates 95 and 395, near Exit 53. Police said the driver sped away and that an intensive search by police agencies failed to find the vehicle and its driver an hour after the incident.

The officer was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated for unspecified injuries. His condition also was not available.

Richard Irwin

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