Glen Burnie man charged in argument with officer


County police arrested a Glen Burnie man Saturday on charges stemming from a confrontation with an officer at the scene of a fatal accident in Gambrills.

William Venson, 27, of the 400 block of Secluded Post Circle was charged with disturbing the peace and obstructing and hindering a police officer.

Officer Bryan D. Riddle was directing traffic around the accident scene on Route 3 shortly after 4 p.m. by sending vehicles onto St. Stephens Church Road.

When a man tried to drive a van with a Jones Intercable logo through several safety cones, Riddle stopped the man and told him to turn onto St. Stephens Church Road, police said.

The man told the officer he had to get to his office a little farther north on Route 3, but the officer again told the man he would have to drive around.

As the two were talking, traffic began to back up. Riddle threatened to arrest the man if he did not move the van, and the man insisted he had done nothing wrong.

Riddle arrested the man and had his truck towed.

D.C. man charged in Wal-Mart theft attempt

County police arrested a Washington man Saturday on charges that he tried to steal a dozen rings, valued at a total of $5,388, from a Laurel Wal-Mart.

Joseph Jackson, 33, of the 300 block of 53rd St. N.E. was 'D charged with attempted theft and giving police a false statement.

Wal-Mart security guard Troy Vogt told police he was showing a man and a woman a tray with a dozen rings at the jewelry counter shortly before 2 p.m. He turned his back for a second, and when he turned around, the couple and the tray were gone.

Vogt ran to the front of the store and saw the woman driving away. When he walked back inside, he saw the man and began to question him about the missing rings and the woman, police said. Vogt had another employee call police.

When police arrived, the man, who had no identification, told them his name was Howard Johnson.

Police asked the man for the number of a relative or a friend who would verify the name.

When police called the number he gave them, they found that the man's name was Joseph Jackson, and that he was wanted in Prince George's County on theft and drug possession charges.

Pub Date: 8/28/96

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