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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | August 17, 1993
Friction between Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell and town council member Dwight Womer erupted into sparks during a discussion of traffic enforcement last night when Chief Russell accused Mr. Womer of running a stop sign and speeding.Their argument began during the council's discussion of a suggestion by the chief to remove the stop sign at the entrance to Gaming Square.Mr. Womer opposed the idea, saying, "You're giving in to people who have a direct disregard for the law."Chief Russell said, "This probably could cost me my job," and then said one of his officers had seen Mr. Womer speeding and running a stop sign before the meeting.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
G. Russell Walters, a veteran state trooper who served as Howard County police chief from 1969 to 1975, died Jan. 13 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Southern Maryland. He was 92 and the oldest living former Maryland state trooper, according to an announcement by county police. A cause of death was not immediately available. During his time as chief, the county force doubled in size and the police budget quadrupled. He helped design new uniforms, started the first county police academy and presided over the start of construction of the police headquarters building in Ellicott City.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | October 6, 1994
Robert P. Russell, chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department since 1991, announced yesterday that he will retire Dec. 1 to become president of Coronet Security Systems Inc., a subsidiary of the Crown Central Petroleum Corp.Chief Russell, 51, described the firm as a "relatively new" company. His office will be in Baltimore, where he was born and lived until he moved to Anne Arundel County 29 years ago.The 28-year veteran of the county police force was out of the office and unavailable for comment yesterday.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1995
Drug charges against a six-year veteran of the Hampstead police force were dropped in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday after he agreed to resign and not to take any law enforcement jobs in the future.In addition, Paul Nicholas Steimetz, 48, agreed not to sue officials connected with the case or seek back pay from the town.Mr. Steimetz, who joined the police force in November 1989, has been suspended without pay since state police drug enforcement officials found marijuana and drug paraphernalia during an Aug. 18 raid in his Downhill Trail home.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | August 20, 1993
Hampstead Police Chief Ken Russell and Town Councilman Dwight Womer have patched things up after their heated exchange at Monday's Town Council meeting.Chief Russell, who said Monday he expected to be fired for his remarks at the meeting, said yesterday that afterward, "I offered [Mayor Clint Becker] my badge, and he said no.""There was no thought ever, on my part at least, of disciplinary action on the chief," Mayor Becker said Wednesday."I don't agree with what he said," Mr. Becker said, but added, "I don't think an exchange of words between him and a councilman is serious enough to cost him his job after 13 years."
NEWS
February 19, 1993
Hampstead Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. says he will meet with Police Chief Kenneth Russell to discuss how to ensure the safety of children who walk to Spring Garden Elementary School.At this week's Town Council meeting, Mr. Keyser recommended several safety improvements near the school, including increased police patrols, three new crosswalks and new school crossing signs warning of a 15-mph speed limit during school hours.Chief Russell said that at the beginning of the school year, about 126 children were walking to Spring Garden Elementary School daily.
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August 22, 1995
A five-year veteran of the Hampstead Police Department was suspended Friday night after a raid revealed marijuana, seeds and narcotic paraphernalia in the basement of his home in the Roberts Field neighborhood, said town Police Chief Ken Russell.Officer Paul Steimetz of the 4300 block Downhill Trail was suspended with pay by the chief after the drugs were discovered in a secret hiding place in the house, the chief said.Chief Russell said he received information from the officer's neighbors in May that a large group of teen-agers brought beer into the house while the officer was working.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | July 23, 1993
Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed the Weis Market in the Roberts Field Shopping Center in Hampstead Wednesday night and escaped with about $4,500 in cash.Nobody was injured in the holdup, which took place about 8:25 p.m., said Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell.Chief Russell said the robbers went to the manager's office at the front of the store and ordered the staff inside to lie down and not look at the robbers' faces."It was done quietly and coolly," the chief said."It was done so quietly that even these customers we had spoken to didn't even know that a holdup was going on," he said.
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November 21, 1995
A North Carroll High School senior is being held on $50,000 bail at the county Detention Center after being charged Friday with selling LSD to another student.Randall Scott Mulhern, 18, of Patapsco Road near Finksburg was charged with possession of LSD, possession with intent to distribute and drug distribution on school property.Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell said a student who allegedly paid $10 for two doses of LSD also was arrested.The student, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, had a five doses of the drug in a lip balm container, Chief Russell said.
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November 23, 1995
Three 14-year-old North Carroll High School students were sent to Carroll County General Hospital Tuesday after they apparently overdosed on LSD.Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell said the girls told him they had taken the drug on a school bus Tuesday morning.He said one of the girls told him she had purchased the drugs, in the form of pictures on paper, from a boy at Cranberry Mall Saturday and shared them with her friends.Police were called when one of the girls became ill and went to the school nurse, he said.
NEWS
November 23, 1995
Three 14-year-old North Carroll High School students were sent to Carroll County General Hospital Tuesday after they apparently overdosed on LSD.Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell said the girls told him they had taken the drug on a school bus Tuesday morning.He said one of the girls told him she had purchased the drugs, in the form of pictures on paper, from a boy at Cranberry Mall Saturday and shared them with her friends.Police were called when one of the girls became ill and went to the school nurse, he said.
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November 21, 1995
A North Carroll High School senior is being held on $50,000 bail at the county Detention Center after being charged Friday with selling LSD to another student.Randall Scott Mulhern, 18, of Patapsco Road near Finksburg was charged with possession of LSD, possession with intent to distribute and drug distribution on school property.Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell said a student who allegedly paid $10 for two doses of LSD also was arrested.The student, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, had a five doses of the drug in a lip balm container, Chief Russell said.
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August 22, 1995
A five-year veteran of the Hampstead Police Department was suspended Friday night after a raid revealed marijuana, seeds and narcotic paraphernalia in the basement of his home in the Roberts Field neighborhood, said town Police Chief Ken Russell.Officer Paul Steimetz of the 4300 block Downhill Trail was suspended with pay by the chief after the drugs were discovered in a secret hiding place in the house, the chief said.Chief Russell said he received information from the officer's neighbors in May that a large group of teen-agers brought beer into the house while the officer was working.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | October 6, 1994
Robert P. Russell, chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department since 1991, announced yesterday that he will retire Dec. 1 to become president of Coronet Security Systems Inc., a subsidiary of the Crown Central Petroleum Corp.Chief Russell, 51, described the firm as a "relatively new" company. His office will be in Baltimore, where he was born and lived until he moved to Anne Arundel County 29 years ago.The 28-year veteran of the county police force was out of the office and unavailable for comment yesterday.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | August 20, 1993
Hampstead Police Chief Ken Russell and Town Councilman Dwight Womer have patched things up after their heated exchange at Monday's Town Council meeting.Chief Russell, who said Monday he expected to be fired for his remarks at the meeting, said yesterday that afterward, "I offered [Mayor Clint Becker] my badge, and he said no.""There was no thought ever, on my part at least, of disciplinary action on the chief," Mayor Becker said Wednesday."I don't agree with what he said," Mr. Becker said, but added, "I don't think an exchange of words between him and a councilman is serious enough to cost him his job after 13 years."
NEWS
By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | August 17, 1993
Friction between Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell and town council member Dwight Womer erupted into sparks during a discussion of traffic enforcement last night when Chief Russell accused Mr. Womer of running a stop sign and speeding.Their argument began during the council's discussion of a suggestion by the chief to remove the stop sign at the entrance to Gaming Square.Mr. Womer opposed the idea, saying, "You're giving in to people who have a direct disregard for the law."Chief Russell said, "This probably could cost me my job," and then said one of his officers had seen Mr. Womer speeding and running a stop sign before the meeting.
NEWS
August 24, 1992
Anne Arundel County Police Chief Robert P. Russell is finally getting tough on sexual harassment in his department. He has imposed a $5,000 fine against the head of the Criminal Investigation Division, who is charged with harassing two female employees. The fine -- the equivalent of a month's pay and one of the largest in department history -- serves notice that lewd comments, intimidation and outright abuse will not be tolerated among police ranks any more.Though events within the department have been slowly forcing Chief Russell toward a more aggressive stance on harassment issues, he used this opportunity to prove he's serious about cracking down on male officers who degrade women.
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April 2, 1993
Boy's abduction report a false alarm, police sayHampstead police who investigated the report of an attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy Monday said there was no bid to kidnap, but more an exchange of words between two groups.Police Chief Kenneth F. Russell said the fifth-grader was walking home from Spring Garden Elementary School with a companion when a white van drove by and one of two teen-agers inside made a remark to the younger boys.Chief Russell said at least one of the 10-year-olds replied and the driver of the van stopped.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | July 23, 1993
Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed the Weis Market in the Roberts Field Shopping Center in Hampstead Wednesday night and escaped with about $4,500 in cash.Nobody was injured in the holdup, which took place about 8:25 p.m., said Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell.Chief Russell said the robbers went to the manager's office at the front of the store and ordered the staff inside to lie down and not look at the robbers' faces."It was done quietly and coolly," the chief said."It was done so quietly that even these customers we had spoken to didn't even know that a holdup was going on," he said.
NEWS
April 2, 1993
Boy's abduction report a false alarm, police sayHampstead police who investigated the report of an attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy Monday said there was no bid to kidnap, but more an exchange of words between two groups.Police Chief Kenneth F. Russell said the fifth-grader was walking home from Spring Garden Elementary School with a companion when a white van drove by and one of two teen-agers inside made a remark to the younger boys.Chief Russell said at least one of the 10-year-olds replied and the driver of the van stopped.
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