Man found dead in back yard, apparently by choking


An Annapolis man whose body was found Tuesday in the back yard of a house in the 100 block of Market St. apparently choked to death Tuesday when he tried to eat a steak, Annapolis police said yesterday.

The 39-year-old man -- whose name is being withheld pending notification of relatives -- was found about 12:50 p.m. Police found him lying on his side in the grass, dressed in beige shorts and a green polo shirt, officials said.

William Morgan, who lives on the block, arrived home Tuesday and saw the man lying in the yard across from his house. After his attempts to wake the man proved unsuccessful, he contacted Katherine Osterman of the Taylor Funeral Home, which owns the property where the body was found. Mr. Morgan and Ms. Osterman called police. The body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

Maj. Norman Randall, a department spokesman, said the medical examiner ruled that the man had choked to death.

A steak was found near the man's body, and the medical examiner found a piece of the meat lodged in the man's throat, Major Randall said.

Woman arrested in shoplifting

An Annapolis woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with shoplifting $81 worth of clothes from the J.C. Penney store in the Annapolis Mall, county police said.

Patricia Lyons, a security officer at the store, told police she saw the woman come in about 3:30 p.m. and go to the women's department. The suspect took a $29 Worthington vest, an $18 Worthington shirt and a $34 Worthington skirt into a dressing room and hid the items in her purse. Ms. Lyons stopped the woman as she left the store without paying for the merchandise, police said.

Sherry Raveen Smith, 30, of the 1200 block of Graff Court, was charged with misdemeanor theft.

Men in car rob Annapolis cyclist

An Annapolis man was $712 poorer Tuesday morning after being robbed by two men who grabbed him as he rode his bicycle on Riva Road near Aris Allen Boulevard, county police said.

Pelaez-Reyes Guillermo, 19, was on his way home from work about 9:40 a.m. when he approached the Route 665 overpass. A brown Honda Accord pulled in front of him, causing him to lose control of his bicycle and fall, police said.

Two men from the Honda came up to Mr. Guillermo. One of them grabbed him from behind while another rifled his wallet and removed the money. The men got back in the car -- which was occupied by two other men -- and drove away on Riva Road, police said.

Clinic offers care to the homeless

Light House Clinic offers free medical care to the homeless.

The clinic is open from noon to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Light House Shelter, 206 West St., Annapolis. Annapolis Area Ministries operates the shelter and clinic.

The clinic also needs donations of medical equipment, supplies and money.

Information: 263-1835.

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