Laurel man charged with drug distributionA 23-year-old...


Laurel man charged with drug distribution

A 23-year-old Laurel man, who escaped from police during a drug raid two weeks ago, was arrested at his home Thursday and charged with drug distribution and fleeing officers.

During the drug raid, an officer whom police refused to identify accidentally shot himself in the right thigh, police said.

Joseph Henry Daniels, of the 9700 block of Covered Wagon Drive, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said. Tactical and narcotics officers arrested him at 3 a.m. Thursday at his home.

Mr. Daniels is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

He had fled from police during a drug raid Aug. 14 in the 7200 block of Oakland Mills Road.

At 10:30 that night, tactical and narcotics officers executed a search warrant at the home following complaints of drug activity by neighbors, police said.

When the officers broke in, one man fled through the back door and another jumped from a two-story window, police said.

One of the two suspects was caught, but Mr. Daniels escaped, police said.

The injured officer was treated at Howard County General Hospital and subsequently released.

During the drug bust, police said they recovered 13 bags of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash. Two women and three men also were charged with possession of crack cocaine, police said.

Shotgun blast wounds man in Columbia

County police are searching for the person who fired a shotgun through a ground floor apartment window in Columbia Wednesday night, slightly injuring an occupant.

A 41-year-old man received a minor graze wound to the arm. He refused medical treatment.

Police said the shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. in the 7200 block of Oakland Mills Road. A single blast was fired into the window while four people were inside, police said.

Police said they have no motive for the shooting and are continuing their investigation.

2 city men accused of restaurant theft

Howard County police have charged two Baltimore men in an armed robbery at a Roy Rogers restaurant on U.S. 40.

Police are also searching for two other men who escaped during the robbery and fled with an undisclosed amount of money from the restaurant, which is in the 8500 block of Baltimore National Pike. Both are sought in connection with 22 similar armed robberies in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, police said.

Police have in custody Michael Christopher Johnson, 20, of the 400 block of Roberts St., and Antonio Jones, 19, of the 2800 block of Suffolk Ave.

Both have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a deadly weapon, a handgun violation and as accessories to robbery.

Each is being held in lieu of $100,000 at the Howard County Detention Center.

At about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, two men entered the restaurant and loitered in the dining room, police said. The manager called police to report what he thought was suspicious behavior.

Before police could arrive, one of the men produced a handgun and vaulted the counter. He demanded money from the safe, police said.

He was given an undisclosed amount of money.

The two robbers fled from the rear door when an accomplice warned them about police, police said.

Officers arrested one man inside the restaurant and another sitting outside in a car after employees shouted they had just robbed the restaurant, police said.

Man hospitalized in U.S. 40 accident

A Rockville man remains in stable condition after an accident on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City Wednesday morning that trapped him in his car for almost an hour.

William A. Miguele, 29, of the 4300 block of Federal St. in Rockville, was driving east on U.S. 40 at about 7 a.m. when he rammed his pickup truck into the rear of a dump truck near Center Drive, police said. He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after Howard County rescue workers used the "jaws of life," a mechanical device, to extricate him. He is listed in stable condition, a Shock Trauma spokeswoman said.

The driver of the truck, 30-year-old John Samuel Milburn of the 6600 block of Dogwood Road in Baltimore County, was taken to Howard County General Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

Mr. Miguele was trapped for almost an hour before 20 Howard County Fire and Rescue Services personnel freed him, authorities said. His car had become wedged in the dump truck's tailgate.

An investigation continues, and no charges have been filed.

Youth in collision in good condition

The 13-year-old Ellicott City bicyclist who collided with a police cruiser last week is in good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Gregory Francis Weber, of the 13000 block of Triadelphia Road, was injured on Tuesday, Aug. 18 near his home. He was flown by state police helicopter to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where he was listed in good condition Friday.

Police said the youth left a private driveway at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, and rode into the path of a police cruiser in the 3500 block of Rosemary Lane near West Friendship.

The Weber youth, a freshman at Glenelg High School, struck the right side of the eastbound cruiser. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.

The officer, Patrolman Robert Jones, a 21-year veteran, was on routine patrol and was not injured, police said.

Police said it appeared the boy was at fault.

Man steals purse from shopper

Howard County police are searching for a man who stole a woman's purse Aug. 21 after she had finished grocery shopping in Columbia.

The 36-year-old shopper had walked from the Giant Food Store in the Owen Brown Village Center on Cradlerock Way at about 11 p.m. and was placing her groceries in her car when the man approached her and grabbed her purse, police said.

The man ran toward Owen Brown Place, police said.

The purse snatcher, who didn't harm the woman, is described as black male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He has short hair and was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, police said.

* Columbia: 10900 Billings Gate Road: A door glass was smashed during last weekend and a VCR was taken.

9000 block of Flame Pool Way: Someone entered a two-story window and stole a VCR.

7600 block of Sweet Hours Way: Someone entered an open garage and stole bicycles.

6900 block of Oakland Mills Road: Someone smashed a door glass.

* Ellicott City: 3800 block of Paul Mill Road: Someone opened a garage and stole golf clubs.

2900 block of Hearthstone Road: Someone entered an unlocked garage last weekend and stole a go-cart.

8500 block of U.S. 40: A red 1992 Nissan Sentra was stolen from Major Motors. The Nissan did not have tags.

3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive: A silver 1990 Subaru was stolen. The Maryland plates are 148-ADG.

8600 block of Old Annapolis Road: Someone entered a window and stole treasury bonds, keys, letters and bills.

* Savage: 9100 block of Stebbing Way: A 1986 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was stolen. The Maryland plates are 3739DR.

* Sykesville: 13700 block of Forsythe Road: A 1991 Kawasaki motorcycle was stolen. The Maryland plates are 3709D5.

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