ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

Musician asks homeless to Thanksgiving dinner

Musician Larry Griffin remembers what it was like to be down and out in Annapolis. Yesterday, he reached out to the men, women and children he knew from the days he was hooked on drugs, homeless and sleeping in a boatyard.


The conga player with the popular band Mama Jama invited several hundred poor, homeless and hungry families to a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner at the American Legion Post on Forest Drive.

It was the second event for We Care, a loose coalition of advocates for the poor who are trying to help the homeless in Maryland's capital. In February, the group organized a clothing drive to assist 300 poor families.


"You've got a lot of people here, where you don't look at them and spot them as homeless individuals," said a 33-year-old homeless woman who was helping to organize the feast.

She said she worked for the state government for 10 years, but lost her job at the age of 28 and became addicted to crack cocaine.

"It's tough to get by in Annapolis if you can't qualify for Section 8 and you don't have an $8-an-hour job," she said.

More than 50 turkeys were donated for yesterday's feast, as well as all the trimmings, from cranberry spread to stuffing.

Families were invited from the city's 10 public housing communities and the Light House homeless shelter on West Street.

4 charged in raid in Hillsmere Shores

County police narcotics detectives raided a Hillsmere Shores home late Thursday night and seized 188 doses of LSD and 1 ounce of marijuana.

Detectives said they served a search warrant at the home in the 400 block of Holly Drive at 10:50 p.m. and arrested four people and seized $142.


Sean B. Chambers, 22, of the 400 block of Holly Drive, was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. One teen-ager there was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and LSD. Two other teen-agers were

charged with possession of marijuana.

They were released to their parents.

Amoco gas station robbed Thursday night

A gunman robbed a Davidsonville gas station Thursday night, county police reported.

Investigators said the bandit walked into the Amoco station in the 500 block of W. Central Ave. at 11:30 p.m. and demanded money. The clerk complied and the robber left.


The gunman was described as a white male, about age 20, 5 feet 6 inches tall and wearing gray sweat pants with black stripes.

Churchton woman faces drug charges

Narcotics detectives charged a Churchton woman with possession with intent to distribute cocaine after they searched her home Friday.

Detectives said they searched the home in the 5300 block of Deale-Churchton Road after a month-long investigation into alleged drug-trafficking from the home.

Ramona Denise Gray, 24, of the 5300 block of Deale-Churchton Road, also was charged with possession of cocaine. Police seized $600 in crack-cocaine and $315.