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Severn man faces cocaine charge


A Severn man was arrested on drug charges Monday after police stopped his car because it had a burned-out license plate light, county police said.

Officer Rahn Honablue spotted the 1984 Buick Riviera shortly after 10 p.m. and stopped it at Annapolis and Telegraph roads in Odenton. He learned through a computer check that there was an outstanding warrant for the driver in Baltimore, police said.

Officer Honablue arrested the man, searched him and found a black pouch in his front pants pocket that contained six plastic bags with cocaine residue, police said.

Joseph Thomas Brown Jr., 30, of the 1800 block of Falcon Court was charged with possession of cocaine.

Trailer, $187,000 in goods stolen

A Hanover man drove a trailer full of goods worth $187,000 from Ohio last week, left it at the Baltimore Commons business park over the weekend and returned Monday to find it had been stolen, county police said yesterday.

Thomas Scott Wilkinson, 38, of the 6300 block of Winters Lane told police he picked up the 48-foot trailer Friday in Grove City, Ohio. It contained clothing worth $147,000, air conditioning equipment worth $30,000 and synthetic resin, pyrometric cones and fire bricks worth another $10,000.

He left the trailer at Mercedes Drive and Candlewood Road in the Baltimore Commons business park at 9 a.m. Saturday and drove the tractor home. Trailers commonly are left at the business park to be picked up, Mr. Wilkinson told police.

When he returned about 5 p.m. Monday, the trailer was gone. A pin used to lock the trailer to prevent theft had been broken.

Patuxent refuge to allow fishing

The Patuxent Research Refuge will permit public fishing for bass, pickerel, sunfish and catfish at the Cash Lake fishing area beginning Monday.

The lake, on Route 197 south of Laurel, will be open to 25 anglers each day from 6 a.m. to sunset.

To fish at the lake, licensed anglers must obtain a free day permit. The permit covers another licensed angler and two children under age 16. Applications must be by letter, and must include name, address, phone number, and dates for which permits are desired. Applications must be received two weeks before desired fishing dates.

Send applications to Fishing Program, Patuxent Research Refuge, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel 20708-4036.

For more information, call 674-3304.

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