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Lothian man charged in early morning rape


A 26-year-old Lothian man was arrested yesterday and charged with raping a woman in Annapolis.

Police said a 21-year-old woman from the Parole area had been visiting relatives in Annapolis yesterday when she stopped a vehicle on Carver Street about 4 a.m. and asked for a ride home.

Instead of driving her home, the driver took her to Truxton Park, where he struck her in the head and forced her to have sex, police said. The woman was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released.

Police arrested the suspect on President Street about 4:30 a.m. based on the description the woman gave of her assailant.

William Leroy Downs of the 1300 block of Marlboro Road was being held without bail at the county jail.

Gunman holds up Wendy's drive-in

The Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurant at 1943 West St. was robbed at gunpoint late Saturday.

Tremayne D. Howard, 17, a clerk in the restaurant, told police that a man approached the drive-in window, held out a gun and demanded money from the cash register about 10:30 p.m.

The gunman fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police charge man with drug trafficking

Annapolis police arrested a Lothian man Saturday and charged him with drug trafficking with a weapon.

An officer on patrol about 1 a.m. spotted a suspicious vehicle parked on South Cherry Grove Avenue near Forest Drive. Police said that when the officer approached, a man standing beside the vehicle quickly took a container from the roof of the car.

Police said the officer talked to the man and thought he was under the influence of drugs. A search turned up 19 foil-wrapped packets of PCP and a .22-caliber revolver, police said.

Barry L. Thompson, 29, of the 900 block Bayard Road was being held in the county jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

2 arson attempts are investigated

Annapolis fire officials are looking for the arsonists who tried to set fire to the Maryland Inn and a dry cleaners early Friday.

Guests at the historic inn on Main Street discovered a burning newspaper on the fourth-floor hallway about 1:30 a.m. The hotel was evacuated and guests put out the blaze. No one was injured.

The fire caused about $50 damage, police said.

An hour later, a fire was discovered in front of the Norge Dry Cleaning and Laundry Village, 609 Taylor Ave.

Someone had set 150 newspapers ablaze on the sidewalk. The fire cracked a window of the cleaners, causing $690 damage.

Fire officials are trying to establish whether the two incidents are related or connected with another incident at the Maryland Inn in which someone discharged a portable fire extinguisher about 2 a.m. Thursday.


* Woodland Beach: Someone stole a boat worth $3,500 from the Bentley Pier on Bentley Road and Shore Drive between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Friday.

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