Police Blotter


July 16, 2008

Police find operation to grow marijuana

Two people were arrested after police found a marijuana-growing operation in an Annapolis apartment.

After the management of Forest Hills Apartments called police about a foul odor coming from the first block of Melrob Court, officers went door to door on Friday and became suspicious when no one answered the door of an obviously occupied apartment, police said.

Police broke in and found a large amount of marijuana - some of it freshly cultivated - and marijuana paraphernalia in the open. A room for raising, cultivating, and processing marijuana had been set up in a spare bedroom.

Resident Jonathan David Stievert, 25, was charged with possession and manufacturing of illegal drugs and related offenses, and a former tenant who was visiting at the time, Jennifer Lynn Wilkins, 21, of Waterview Drive in Edgewater, was charged with drug possession.

Teen arrested after dog kills poodle

A 14-year-old boy was arrested after the pit bill he was walking attacked and killed an unleashed poodle, Annapolis police said.

The unidentified youth had the pit bull on a leash on the 600 block of Broach Court about 1:30 p.m. Monday when the poodle came up to them "in a menacing manner," police said. He couldn't control the pit bull, which gripped the poodle by the neck, killing it.

The youth and his mother refused to say who owned the dog, then said they knew but declined to name the owner. He was charged with making a false statement to a police officer, and Anne Arundel County Animal Control officers took custody of the pit bull. That agency is investigating.

Essex man accused of assault, robbery try

An Essex man was arrested after Annapolis police say he jumped out of some bushes and attacked a man walking with his girlfriend.

The victim, a 36-year-old Spa Road resident, said he and the woman were on that street about 11:44 p.m. Saturday when the attacker put him in a choke hold from behind. They fell to the ground and struggled until the attacker gave up and fled on foot.

The victim described the man to police, who found Justin Lamar Caldwell, 26, nearby. He was charged with attempted robbery and assault and was being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $500,000 bond.

Armed pair try to rob gas station

Two men tried to rob a Davidsonville gas station at gunpoint, Anne Arundel County police said.

A cashier at the BP station at 551 Central Ave. said that two men, including one armed with a handgun, came in about 4 a.m. Saturday and demanded money. The cashier locked himself in the booth and refused to hand over anything, so the pair fled in a dark-colored sedan.

Gunman, accomplice rob two in Laurel

Two people were robbed at gunpoint as they exited their car in Laurel, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victims said they had pulled into a parking space on the 200 block of Red Clay Road about 11:45 p.m. Friday and were getting out when a man approached and pointed a handgun at them.

They were ordered to get on the ground and empty their pockets, and a second man took their property. The robbers ran to a parked dark sedan and fled.

Police say men stole wire, air conditioner

Two Glen Burnie men were arrested after officers found them with a stolen air conditioner cooling unit and several feet of copper wire and electrical wire, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police pulled over about 11:45 p.m. Friday on Dover Road near Ritchie Highway when they saw a vehicle stopped on the side of the road with two men loading the unit into the trunk, two five-gallon buckets full of tools on the ground and the wire.

Because the vehicle was parked near a vacant car dealership at 6901 Ritchie Highway, officers went there and found that the building had been broken into and damaged in an attempt to remove copper pipe and electrical wiring. Officers also located a damaged air conditioning unit from which the unit had been taken.

James Francis Reese Jr., 44, and Brian Keith Hinkle, 19, both of the 900 block of Andrews Road, were charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property.

Teen arrested in theft of iPod, assault of boy

A Pasadena teenager was arrested after grabbing a 15-year-old boy outside a Pasadena drugstore and stealing his iPod, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victim said he and a friend had just left the CVS Pharmacy at 28 Magothy Beach Road about 9:45 p.m. Saturday when a young man approached and demanded his money. The victim said he didn't have any, so the robber twisted his left arm and pulled the iPod out of his hand and walked away.

Based on the victim's description, officers found Marcus Shaus Goodwin, 18, of the 7800 block of West Riverside Drive, nearby. He was charged with robbery, second-degree assault and theft. The iPod was returned to its owner.

Teens attack man walking in Odenton

Four teenagers attacked an Odenton man as he returned home from a walk, spraying him with a fire extinguisher and beating him up, Anne Arundel County police said.

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