An Annapolis auctioneer will be donating two works by local artists tomorrow to the woman who will represent Maryland this dTC month in the Miss USA contest.
Miss Maryland, Jennifer Wilhoit, will accept the artwork by Allen Board and Martin Barry at Robert H. Campbell and Associates, Auctioneers in Parole Plaza.
The two artists specialize in Maryland landscapes and landmarks. Miss Wilhoit will donate the pieces to a charity auction sponsored by the Miss USA pageant.
"The main thing we want to do is make sure Miss Maryland gets a little more recognition before she goes to Texas," said Jack Muller, a partner at Annapolis Art and Frame. The shop is co-sponsoring the event, which also marks the gallery's opening.
Tomorrow evening's event, which is closed to the public, will be attended by state Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins. They will present Ms. Wilhoit with a watercolor and an illustrated print.
"We've got everything," Mr. Muller said. "Politicians, artists and Miss Maryland."
Ms. Wilhoit, 22, is a graduate of Annapolis Senior High School and a senior at the University of Maryland. She will attend the pageant on South Padre Island for two weeks at the end of January.
Miss Wilhoit also will be at the gallery to meet the public on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clerk's screams thwart armed robbery attempt
Two men -- one armed with a sawed-off shotgun -- fled empty-handed from a Lothian store Friday night when a clerk's screams thwarted their robbery attempt, county police said.
The men walked into a Dash In store in the 5400 block of Southern Maryland Blvd. about 8:30 p.m.
A clerk, Regina Proctor, 31, asked them whether they needed help, police said.
One of the men raised his right arm, revealing the barrel of a shotgun in his sleeve and shouted, "Don't move! I won't hurt you!"
Ms. Proctor screamed, "Don't kill me!" and dropped to the floor. She scrambled to a back office and was joined by another clerk Betty Brown, 33. The two women locked themselves in a restroom, and a third employee, Matthew Strain, 26, hid on the floor, police said.
The would-be robbers left without taking any money from the cash register. They were described as black males 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and 20 to 28 years old. The one with the shotgun was described as dark-skinned, clean-shaven and wearing a black leather hat and a brown, three-quarter-length coat.
The other was described as having a medium complexion and wearing a black silk sweat suit, police said.
Two teen-agers charged with drug possession
County police arrested two juveniles on drug charges Friday night and seized the 1981 Ford Mustang one of them was driving, authorities said.
A 17-year-old boy from the 3900 block of 2nd Ave. in Edgewater and a 16-year-old boy from the 300 block of Brookshire Road in Riva were charged as juveniles with possession of PCP and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Southern District officers found PCP in the car, police said.
Security personnel at the Annapolis Mall noticed the car parked on the lot about 7 p.m. and could see drug pipes in plain view in the passenger compartment, police said.
Mall security and county police kept the car under surveillance until 8 p.m., when both juveniles returned, police said.