Paramedic charged with drug possessionA county paramedic...


Paramedic charged with drug possession

A county paramedic has been charged with possession of cocaine after police say he tried to buy the drug from undercover officers Thursday night.

According to the police report, Harry John Beck, 29, of the 400 block of Ruffian Court in Annapolis, asked an "unidentified man" several times where he could buy a large amount of cocaine. Narcotics investigators say they arranged a meeting with Mr. Beck in the Old Severna Park Shopping Center at 8 p.m.

During the meeting, police said, Mr. Beck tried to buy cocaine from the undercover officers and was arrested.

Sgt. Dennis Freeburger refused to comment on the unidentified man, and said Mr. Beck was not on duty and was in his own car the time of his arrest.

Man, 25, charged with cross burning

A 25-year-old man was charged Thursday morning with burning a cross in the yard of a Pasadena home. But police said the suspect, who did not know the address of his intended victim, had the wrong house.

Robert Clinton Scott Horn III, of the 400 block of Center Street, Pasadena, was charged with one count of cross-burning.

Police said they were called to a home in the unit block of Magothy Beach Road shortly after midnight and found a charred foot wooden cross in the yard.

Police learned from neighbors that a man who lived four houses down the street was the intended victim. Warren Scurry, 20, told authorities that he had argued with Mr. Horn.

Although Mr. Scurry is black and Mr. Horn is white, police do not consider the incident a racial one because it stemmed from an argument that did not involve race.

Police said they found Mr. Horn walking through the community. Police said he told them he was "about a half a football field away" when the cross was ignited, but said he saw another person place the cross in the victim's yard.

Armed pair robs Pasadena store

The manager of a Pasadena tire store was robbed by two men Thursday evening, one armed with a handgun, just before he was to close for the night.

Police said Michael Manley was in the garage of the Bridgestone-Firestone Tire Co., in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway, when the two men entered.

One of the suspects threatened Mr. Manley with a blue steel revolver and demanded money. Police said the manager emptied the cash register of all the money.

* Severna Park: 500 block of East Drive, Aug. 5. Entry gained through rear window. Electronic items and jewelry taken. Total loss: $2,000.

Brooklyn Park: 400 Thorn Hill Court, Aug. 3. Entry gained through door of shed. Lawn mower, weed whacker and tractor taken. Total loss: $2,250.

Linthicum: 400 block of Piedmont Court, Aug. 5. Entry gained through rear sliding glass door. Rare coin collection taken. Total loss: unknown.

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