Crime Watch


March 27, 2009

2 sought in Columbia armed robbery

Howard County police are seeking two men in an armed robbery Thursday at Parcel Plus in the Long Reach Village Center in Columbia. Officers responded to a call at 10:07 a.m. from the owner of the store, at 8775 Cloudleap Court. The owner told police that two men, one of whom had a gun, entered the business and demanded cash from the register. The owner complied, and the pair fled on foot, possibly getting into a car in the rear parking lot, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Howard County police at 410-313-3200.

Baltimore Sun staff report

Jessup man charged in gambling case

A 63-year-old Jessup man has been charged with allowing illegal gambling at his bar in Laurel. John Edward Divver of the 84000 block of Sandalwood Court was charged with four counts of gambling and gaming after undercover detectives found illegal video slot machines at Sam's Bar, in the 9900 block of Washington Blvd., Howard County police said Thursday.

Don Markus

Two union officers indicted in scheme

A federal grand jury indicted two union officers in the embezzlement of more than $300,000 from Baltimore's Waterfront Guard Association Local 1852. In the 18-count indictment unsealed Thursday, union President Paul S. Peters II, 31, and Recording Secretary Brian Armentrout, 32, are accused of running the scheme for nearly four years, through September 2005. The two are accused of transferring pension and welfare funds into the union's operating account, from which they made cash withdrawals and wrote checks payable to themselves. The money was used to pay personal expenses, including horse boarding, vehicles, stock, home improvements and mortgage payments, according to the government.

Tricia Bishop

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