2 men rob Paceway store, menace clerk


Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed a Paceway store south of Annapolis Tuesday night, fleeing with an undetermined amount of money, county police said yesterday.

Police said the men, who were wearing hooded jackets and bandannas, entered the store in the 100 block of Old Solomons Island Road about 8:35 p.m. and threatened the clerk, Michael Zell Jr., 22. Mr. Zell told police that one of the men had what appeared to be a 9-mm handgun.

After the clerk was forced to open the cash register, he was ordered to lie on the floor while the men took money, police said.

2 firms' windows broken, 1 is also burglarized

Someone hurled large rocks through the windows of two Annapolis stores Tuesday evening and early yesterday and stole an appliance from one of the businesses, police said.

A display window of an appliance store in the 2100 block of Forest Drive was smashed around 8:30 Tuesday and an upright vacuum cleaner was stolen from the display. A large rock was found on the shop floor.

A county police officer reported seeing a man dressed in red walking down West Street carrying a vacuum cleaner.

About 4 1/2 hours later, a burglar alarm drew police to an electronics store in the 1900 block of West St. Officers arrived to find the glass in the front door smashed, apparently by a rock found on the floor 7 feet inside the door.

The owner reported that nothing appeared to be missing from the store.

Pa. driver, 84, dies in Annapolis crash

An 84-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed yesterday when a car he was driving was struck broadside on Bestgate Road in Annapolis, county police said.

William Frank Uhlig, of Mount Gretna, Pa., was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center at 1 p.m., about 45 minutes after the crash.

Police said Mr. Uhlig was driving a 1987 Ford Tempo and tried to cross the north bound lanes of Bestgate Road at Lawrence Avenue, when his car was hit by a 1984 Buick Century driven by Melvin Francis Hoffman, 49, of the 1000 block of Bristol Place, Baltimore.

Mr. Uhlig suffered a head injury.

Mr. Hoffman also was taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition last night.

No charges have been filed.

Part-timer is accused of impersonating officer

City police have charged a part-time park ranger employed by the City of Bowie with impersonating a police officer and disorderly conduct.

Norman Gladden, 45, of Upper Marlboro was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday outside a Main Street bar near City Dock.

When police had responded to a complaint about an unpaid bar bill, Mr. Gladden yelled obscenities at the officers, told them that he was a police officer and that he had a gun, according to police reports.

After patting him down, police found no weapon but did find a park ranger's badge pinned inside his wallet. Bowie officials later told police that Mr. Gladden is a part-time employee and not a commissioned police officer or a security guard.

Mr. Gladden was released on his own recognizance.

2 gunmen rob Day's Inn clerk

Two men armed with semi-automatic pistols robbed the clerk of an Annapolis motel Tuesday night, getting away with an undisclosed amount of money, county police said yesterday.

Police said the men walked into the Day's Inn in the 1500 block of Whitehall Road about 8:55 p.m. One of them stuck a gun in the night clerk's side while the other watched the lobby, police said.

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