A 22-year-old Olney woman was found covered with blood and walking along Route 198 Monday, and a Howard County volunteer firefighter has been charged with rape.

James Scott Botchen, 28, of the 8900 blockof Lincoln Street was arrested while showering at the Savage Fire Department by Howard County police after his license plate was taken down and traced to the station by a motorist who had stopped to help the badly beaten victim.

The 22-year-old woman told police she met a man at a Maryland City convenience store. She accepted his invitation to go drink beer, she said. He drove her behind a vacant building on Route 198 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and beat her, kicked her face and raped her, police said.

The woman was able to escape to Route 198 after the attack, where two motorists stopped to aid the bleeding woman. Thealleged attacker was spotted pulling onto the highway. He was followed and his license tags were taken down by the second motorist.

The vehicle was traced to Botchen at the Savage Volunteer fire department. He was arrested shortly afterward.

Botchen was being held yesterday on a $125,000 bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.


A 34-year-old Severn man was arrested and is charged with beating and burning a woman in Pioneer City Saturday after she smashed a window and drew the attention of her neighbors.

Lee A. Henry, who shares a residence with the woman at the 8400 block of Pioneer Drive, was arrested and charged with assault with attempt to maim, after a brief struggle with an officer.

The woman told police Henry had been drinking and demanded sex. She said she refused and he choked her, ripped her clothes and scalded her with an iron before she broke open her bedroom window and alerted her neighbors.

Police responded to a report of a woman being thrown out ofa window.

The woman's legs were burned, her eye bruised and her lip bleeding when she filed the report police said. The arresting officer said Henry's shirt was blood-stained.


A .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver was reported stolen from a 16-year-old at a Severna Park party Saturday night.

Thetheft was first reported by the Arnold teen's father, who didn't realize his son had taken the gun to the party at an unknown address in Severna Park.

But when his son returned from the party after midnight, the boy admitted he had taken the gun. He said he had lost the gun or that it had been stolen.


A Fort Meade woman, who left her two dogs in her car while shopping Sunday evening, has been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.

Patricia Pearl Smith-Russell, of the 7700 block of Ray Street, was charged with violating the state law forbidding pet owners from leaving animals in cars on hot days.

The arresting officer reported that the temperature was 91 with 50 percent humidity when he responded to several complaints from passers-by saying that two dogs were suffering from heat distress inside the woman's 1986 Chrysler LeBaron.

The dogs were left in the car on the lot of the Valu Food on Route 175 and Ridge Road for about an hour before Smith-Russell returned, police said.

The officer was able to break into the car and had removed one of the dogs when Smith-Russell returned and challenged the officer's right to take her dogs. She was arrested and the dogs were taken to a county Animal Control Department shelter.


County narcotics officers say they derailed a Bronx man's plans to bring $26,000 worth of cocaine into thecounty late Monday at the BWI Amtrak station.

Ameen F. Orr, 23, of the 3000 block of Wallace Avenue in Bronx, N.Y., ran when one of the county's four narcotics interdiction officers approached him and identified herself as a police officer.

During the chase, which led into a nearby woods, Orr was seen removing a large white package fromhis pants and throwing it away. After he was captured, the package was discovered to contain 9 ounces of cocaine with a street value of $26,000.

The narcotics interdiction unit routinely approaches travelers "who look like drug dealers" at the BWI station, county police spokesman V. Richard Molloy said.


Approximately 130 marijuana plants, which mature would have been valued at more than $250,000, were seized and destroyed near Lothian Wednesday, police reported yesterday.

The discovery, made initially by county police in a plane, is the largest this year in Anne Arundel, police said. The plants were growing in dense woods off Sands Road in part of the Patuxent River Park. Police don't know who planted theillegal crop.

A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Anne Arundel police and state police:


100 block of Hearne Road, June 28-30: Boiler room broken into. Pressure washer taken. Loss: $1,000.


1000 block of Annapolis Road, Arundel High School, June 16: Eight, 20-foot benches and picnic table stolen from athletic field. Loss unknown.

Glen Burnie:

7500 Block of Old Stage Road, June 29: Window of auto broken. Jewelry and other items stolen. Loss: $1,917.

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