Police are investigating two armed robberies of cab drivers yesterday morning in Pioneer City, believed to be committed by the same man.

The first holdup occurred at 1:12 a.m. at the intersection of Deerfield Drive and Flintlock Court. Police say the cab driver, Charles Robert Dorsey, 24, from Associated Cab Co., picked up a man in front of the Super Fresh in Glen Burnie and drove him to Pioneer City.

The passenger then put Dorsey in a choke hold and demanded all his money, claiming to have a knife, police said.

The second robberyoccurred at 4:30 a.m. at Pioneer Drive near Arwell Court. Police sayAC Taxi driver Robert Louis Kelleher III, 22, was flagged down on Pioneer Drive. The man put him in a choke hold, held a handgun to his neck and demanded money.

Police are looking for a black male, about6 feet tall, with a medium build and some facial hair. He was wearing a gray and red shirt.


A baby girl born two months premature after her mother was seriously injuredin a three-car accident two weeks ago died Wednesday afternoon at University Hospital in Baltimore.

A spokesman said the child was delivered by Caesarean section at Maryland Shock Trauma Center April 17,immediately after the crash on Interstate 97. The baby's mother, Linda Cooke Pittelli, 35, of the unit block of Wilelinor Drive in Edgewater, was released from the center April 24.

Police say Pittelli was driving a 1986 Nissan 300 ZX north on I-97 when she crossed a grassmedian and struck a 1991 Chevy Blazer. Her sports car was cut in half.

The Blazer flipped over and hit a 1985 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Margaret Mary Heron, 38, of the 500 block of Devonshire Court in Severna Park. Heron was treated for minor injuries at Anne Arundel County General Hospital.

The occupants of the Blazer, Robert Daniel Swan, 27, and his wife, Donna Weigh Swan, 26, of the 7500 block of Wharfinger Court, Glen Burnie, were flown to the Shock Trauma Center. Robert Swan was released Monday; his wife was released April 19.

Police say they are still investigating the accident, and charges are pending.


County firefightersare puzzled over a series of small fires that has plagued the AvalonShore area of Shady Side in the last two weeks.

On April 27, three cars were seton fire. Yesterday morning, five more fires were set within a one-block area -- two cars, two trash bins and one bag of trash.

Capt. Gary Sheckells, a spokesman, said yesterday's fires werefound just after midnight by a resident who saw a tarp draped over acar on fire. The resident walked around the neighborhood, found other fires and called for help.

Two trash cans and a 1973 Buick Riviera were found to haveburned in the 4900 block of Chestnut Street. Thecar cover on the Buick was lighted and some paint on the car was burned. Total damage was $200.

One block away, in the 4900 block of Dogwood Street, the cover on a 1971 Mercedes was destroyed by fire, causing $2,000 in damage to the car. On the same street, a bag of trashwas set alight under a car, causing no damage.

On April 27, threeother cars

were damaged by fire. In the first, at 2:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Steam Boat Road, damage to a truck was estimated at $5,000. Six hours later, the front passenger seat of a car parked in the 4900 block of Beach Street was burned. At 2 p.m., the passenger seat of another car was set on fire in the 1200 block of Avalon Boulevard.

Sheckells urges anyone with information to call the Fire Investigative Bureau at 787-1610.

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