Fisherman drowns in state park pondA 29-year-old...


Fisherman drowns in state park pond

A 29-year-old Lansdowne man drowned yesterday after falling into a pond while fishing with a friend at Patapsco Valley State Park, authorities said.

Robert Lee Sherrill had been fishing at the edge of the pond, off Halethorpe Farms Road, when he fell into the water yesterday evening, said Carol Anders, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources.

His fishing partner, Richard H. Clifford Jr., 34, of Lansdowne, tried to pull Mr. Sherrill from the water, but the victim slipped back into the pond, Ms. Anders said.

Mr. Clifford contacted police about 5 p.m. Members of the Middle River Rescue Squad and the Baltimore County Diving Team pulled the victim's body from the water at 6:02 p.m., police said. Mr. Sherrill was pronounced dead at St. Agnes Hospital at 6:51 p.m.

High-speed chase results in two arrests

A high-speed chase that took state police over a course of about 25 miles and to speeds of up to 100 mph resulted in two arrests early yesterday after police attempted to stop the car for weaving.

Robert Joseph Coombs, 37, of Charles County and Teresa Richard, 30, of the 12000 block of Clover Knoll Road, Gaithersburg, were arrested when their 1986 Mercury station wagon was stopped at Gloria Avenue and West Nursery Road in the Patapsco area, Trooper Robert Lang said.

Mr. Coombs faces charges of reckless driving, driving without a license, driving while intoxicated, failing to stop at stop signs, assault, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

An open warrant for Ms. Richard from the Charles County Sheriff's Office for failing to pay a court-ordered fine resulted in her arrest.

L Two other passengers were held for questioning and released.

Despite the vehicle's high speed and reckless maneuvers, police said no injuries or accidents resulted from the chase, which began at Ritchie Highway and Arundel Corporation Road in Brooklyn Terrace, and ended about 20 minutes later. The trooper pursued the car into Baltimore, back to Anne Arundel County and onto the beltway before the chase ended.

Mr. Coombs is being held at the state police barracks in Glen Burnie. Ms. Richard was taken to the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Both will have bail hearings tomorrow.

Girl, 12, raped in apartment

A 12-year-old girl was raped in her mother's home at Woodside Terrace Apartments in Anne Arundel County yesterday morning.

According to police, the victim was sleeping on a couch when she was awakened by an intruder at about 8:30 a.m.

The assailant tied a towel around the girl's head so she couldn't see him, police said. The girl was carried to a hallway where she was raped, then put inside a bedroom closet.

The assailant was heard leaving through the front door.

Police are investigating.

Hayden fund-raiser to cost $50 per ticket


TOWSON -- Even as he wrestles with this year's state cuts to the county's budget, Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden is working to fatten the surplus in his campaign coffers.

On Wednesday, Mr. Hayden will be host to a $50-per-ticket fund-raiser at Exhibition Hall on the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, said treasurer James M. Anders.

Mr. Hayden's last major fund-raiser was in October 1991.

Clarksville church damaged in fire


A Howard County church sustained about $150,000 damage after a fire broke out at the altar in the building's sanctuary.

The custodian of the Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church the 12000 block of Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, saw smoke coming out of the building's roof as he was driving past the church early yesterday.

Fifty firefighters from Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties responded to the two-alarm blaze, which was reported at 5:47 a.m., said Al Ward, deputy chief state fire marshal.

Mr. Ward said there were no flames visible when the firefighters arrived, and that the majority of the damage was caused by heat and smoke. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.

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