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AROUND THE REGION

November 05, 2008

Two Balto. Co. men killed in separate incidents

Two Baltimore County men were killed Monday night and early yesterday morning in separate, unrelated incidents, county police said. Cletus Ronnie Gittens, 25, of the 1900 block of Greengage Road, was pronounced dead at Northwest Hospital Center, police said. Police were called about 11:10 p.m. to the 7100 block of Security Blvd., behind the Chadwick Manor shopping center in the Woodlawn area, after a report of gunshots fired, police said. There they found Gittens suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. Police were called about 2 a.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Maiden Choice Lane in the Arbutus area, where they found a man lying in the roadway bleeding, police said. Robert Arthur Silver, 48, of the 1100 block of Gloria Ave. in Arbutus was suffering from stab wounds, police said. Silver was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Police said they knew of no suspects. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Arin Gencer

Funeral services set for Naval Academy hero

Funeral services with full military honors will be held Friday at the Naval Academy for retired Marine Col. John W. Ripley, who died suddenly Oct. 28 at his Annapolis home. Ripley, 69, graduated from the academy in 1962 and went on to a 35-year active-duty career. He was decorated for his heroism during the Vietnam War, which is depicted in a diorama on display in the academy's Memorial Hall. "Colonel Ripley was a genuine American hero," said Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, the academy superintendent, in a statement. "Colonel Ripley's selfless and resolute actions in combat at Dong Ha have inspired countless graduates over the years." Funeral services will be held at noon at the academy chapel. Burial will take place immediately afterward at the Naval Academy Cemetery.

Edgewood man charged in drugstore robberies

Harford County sheriff's deputies have arrested an Edgewood man in connection with two recent pharmacy robberies in which $22,000 worth of prescription drugs were stolen, the agency said yesterday. On Sept. 17, Pharmacare Discount Pharmacy in the 2200 block of Emmorton Road of Abingdon was robbed of more than $12,000 worth of narcotics, authorities said. On Oct. 25, Fallston Pharmacy in the 2100 block of Belair Road, was robbed of $10,000 of prescription narcotics. An anonymous tip led deputies to David Patrick Jones, 24, of the 600 block of Box Elder Drive, who is charged with two counts each of armed robbery, robbery, weapons possession, theft and drug possession, authorities said. Jones, who was arrested Saturday, is being held in lieu of $750,000 in each robbery, authorities said.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Retired naval officer indicted on 7 fraud counts

WASHINGTON: A Navy commander from Anne Arundel County has been indicted on charges that he defrauded a fund that provides money to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The U.S. attorney's office in Washington says now-retired Navy Cmdr. Charles Coughlin of Severna Park was arraigned yesterday. A federal grand jury has indicted him on seven counts, including mail fraud. Coughlin is accused of falsely claiming that he suffered "a partial permanent disability" after being injured when a plane crashed into the Pentagon.

Associated Press

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