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Man gets house arrest in tax case

A 41-year-old state employee from Glen Burnie was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail for filing fraudulent tax returns in 1989 and 1990.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr., of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, ordered the term for Melvin J. McMahon Jr., of the 100 block of Dorchester Road.

The judge also said Mr. McMahon could serve the term under house arrest, meaning he would not have to go to jail, but couldn't leave his home.

Michael Zwaig, assistant attorney general, said Mr. McMahon failed to report substantial gambling income in 1989 and 1990 from wagering on professional and collegiate sports.

Mr. McMahon admitted to violating state gambling laws in Glen Burnie District Court April 14 and was given probation before judgment, Mr. Zwaig said.

He said that in 1989, Mr. McMahon reported $20,864 in taxable income when his actual Maryland taxable income was $41,364. In 1990, he reported $19,365 when his taxable income was $52,333, he said.

Mr. McMahon has been suspended without pay since April from his position as a minority business enterprise investigator for the state Department of Transportation, Mr. Zwaig said.

He said Mr. McMahon had worked for the department for 21 years and faces dismissal, pending proceedings before a state hearing officer.

Man robbed by hitchhiker

A Glen Burnie man told county police that a hitchhiker robbed him of $10 and handcuffed him to the steering wheel of his car Wednesday.

The man said he drove off, still cuffed to the steering wheel, when the hitchhiker got out of the car to relieve himself.

According to the police report, the 33-year-old man picked up the hitchhiker on Fort Smallwood Road near Marley Neck Road at 7:30 p.m. The hitchhiker drew a gun and demanded that the man drive him to Howard County.

Just as they crossed the county line on Maryland Route 175, the hitchhiker ordered the man to pull over, handcuffed him to the steering wheel and stepped out of the car.

The victim drove off despite the handcuffs and later pulled over to the side of the road at Route 175 and Columbia Road where Howard County police found him.

Woman robs pizza restaurant

A woman robbed a Glen Burnie pizza restaurant Wednesday night, county police reported.

Officers said a woman walked into Pepperoni Post in the 7100 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. at 9:12 p.m. and ordered a pizza. She left the store and returned a short time later and asked to use the bathroom and the telephone.

The clerk refused, and the woman demanded money. The clerk gave the woman an undetermined amount of cash and she left. Police described the woman as white, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. She was wearing red shorts, a black tank top and had shoulder length hair. She had "Tammy" tattooed on her left forearm.

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