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Two tourists slashed in Light Street Pavilion

BALTIMORE -- Two tourists visiting the Inner Harbor on Saturday night were slashed with a box cutter inside the Light Street Pavilion at Harborplace after confronting six men who had made lewd comments about the wife of one of the tourists, police said.

The two men were released yesterday from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being treated for serious cuts.

Investigators said Lamont Valdez, 25, of Alexandria, Va., suffered a 4-inch wound over his right eye and a 6-inch wound to his back after questioning one of the men about what had been said.

A friend walking ahead turned to help after hearing screams and also was attacked. Police said Eric S. Johnson, 23, of Washington suffered a 5-inch cut to the neck and a cut on his left shoulder.

Speeding stop leads to 1.2-kilo cocaine seizure


CENTREVILLE -- Three Anne Arundel County residents were being held yesterday at the Queen Anne's County Detention Center after a speeding stop led to the seizure of 1.2 kilos of cocaine, state police said.

The three were traveling on Route 301 in Centreville at 4:43 p.m. Saturday when they were pulled over for speeding by Tfc. Charles W. Prince of the Centreville Barracks.

The three were taken to the barracks, where police found an electronically controlled secret pocket in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained, and the cocaine was found.

Rebecca Ellen Boggs, 27, and Russell Jerome Moore, 28, both of Annapolis, are being held on bonds of $15,000 and $50,000, respectively. The driver of the car, Ronnette Balinda Cook, 25, of Arnold, is being held without bond. All three are charged with possession of cocaine and other offenses.

Hitchhiker raped at knifepoint


BERLIN -- A Worcester County woman was raped at knifepoint early Saturday in a driveway on Route 589 after being given a ride from Delmarva Downs, a harness racing track near Berlin, state police said.

The attack occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday. The woman, who was hitchhiking, was picked up outside the track, police said.

Police described the suspect as a light-skinned black male with a mustache, 25 to 30 years old, with a scar on his right wrist. He was driving a light blue, two-door sports car.

Three men charged in grocery store robbery


GERMANTOWN -- Montgomery County police have charged three men in the robbery of a Giant Food store in Germantown Saturday.

Police said two men, one armed with a shotgun and the other with a 9mm automatic handgun, entered the store on Bureau Drive about 10:20 a.m. A third man was a lookout. All three wore ski masks.

The store's alarm was triggered. When police arrived, witnesses provided descriptions of one robber and of the getaway car.

Officers stopped a vehicle on Route 355 at Grosvenor Place and arrested three suspects.

Charged with armed robbery are Eric Hancock, 30, of Germantown; Lonnie Lashney, 24, of Capitol Heights; and Charles Taylor, 40, of Silver Spring.

Police said that they suspect that the three men are responsible for a robbery last week of a Safeway store on Columbia Pike.

Reward posted for help finding hit-and-run driver


COCKEYSVILLE -- Baltimore County police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver of a blue Mercedes-Benz that hit a 15-year-old boy who was trying to help an accident victim on the night of July 24.

Daniel Lally, of the 1400 block of Quinn Lane in Baldwin, was helping an accident victim on Paper Mill Road near Green Branch Drive when he was struck, police said.

Police have been searching for a week for the driver and car. The car's right front fender and hood were extensively damaged, and its right headlight was broken. Anyone with information should call the Cockeysville police station at (410) 887-1820.

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