Man missing 3 weeks found safe in Virginia


A Severn man reported missing from his home three weeks ago was found Friday in Virginia and was in an Ellicott City psychiatric hospital yesterday, his wife said.

Virginia police and Alice Allen, wife of Daniel Allen, 57, said a state trooper saw Mr. Allen about 9:45 a.m. Friday walking along a road in Winchester, Va.

When the trooper learned that Mr. Allen was missing from Anne Arundel County, police contacted Mrs. Allen. Her husband was taken to the emergency room at Winchester Medical Center and later seen by doctors from an outpatient center. He returned to Maryland Friday evening.

Mrs. Allen said doctors at Taylor Manor in Ellicott City told her Mr. Allen had suffered a bad reaction to the anti-depressant Prozac, which he had been prescribed five days before his Aug. 22 disappearance. He seemed back to normal yesterday and was expected to go home today, she said.

"We're just so happy that he's home and that he's OK," Mrs. Allen said. "Everything turned out good, thank God."

Local Denny's official charged in three thefts

County police arrested a district manager for Denny's restaurants Friday on charges that he stole more than $11,600 since July from company restaurants in Severn restaurant and Easton.

Phillip Hess, who owns the Denny's in the 2600 block of Annapolis Road in Severn, told police Friday that a district manager for the chain had stolen three bank deposits -- one from his restaurant and two from a restaurant in Easton.

When police arrived shortly after 9 a.m., Mr. Hess directed them to his office where they spoke with the district manager. The manager told police in a written statement that he used the money to buy cocaine, police said.

Police arrested Jeffrey Meyer Brookshire, 34, of the 700 block of Quiet Pond Court in Odenton and charged him with felony theft.

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