Drugs and prostitution sting yields dozen arrests in Laurel


County police arrested a dozen people in a Laurel neighborhood during a double sting operation Thursday in which officers sold phony drugs and posed as prostitutes, county police said.

The sting, which began about 4 p.m., was the result of an investigation into illegal drugs and prostitution at the intersection of Route 198 and Whiskey Bottom Road that began last year.

During the sting, some undercover officers sold fake drugs while others stood on street corners, waiting to be solicited.

Other officers from seven units made the arrests.

The operation netted five vehicles and $1,042.

Charged with solicitation for prostitution were Jerry Lamoore, 58, of the 16500 block of Village Drive in Upper Marlboro; Larry Lee Fitch, 19, of the 13100 block of Larchdale Road in Laurel; William Edward Hall, 47, of the 12900 block of Keverton Drive in Upper Marlboro; Brian Joseph Feifer, 42, of the first block of B St. in Laurel; and Robert Lawrence Grauberger, 53, of the 3400 block of London Leaf Lane in Laurel.

L Fitch also was charged with illegal possession of a handgun.

Frances Elsie Griffin, 44, of the first block of Ruth Ave. in Laurel was charged with solicitation for lewdness.

Charged with possession of phony drugs were Dwight Allen Davis, 36, of the 7900 block of Paddock Court in Severn; Lawrence Wayne Mobley, 31, of the first block of Carol Road in Laurel; William Larry Taylor, 35, of Richmond, Ky.; Scott Leo Gildea, 36, of South Dakota; Richard Edward Hayes, 42, of Brentwood, N.Y.; and Wilbert Hatchett, 34, of the 8200 block of Lower Lane in Laurel.

Police seized a 1984 Subaru from Davis; a 1996 Chevrolet Beretta from Mobley; a 1991 Chevrolet Kodiac work truck from Taylor and Gildea; a 1980 Dodge van from Hayes; and a 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier from Hatchett.

County police have found plastic lens fragments from a burgundy or brown Oldsmobile Delta 88 or a Buick LeSabre in the same ravine where they found the body of a 24-year-old Gambrills man believed to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Either car would have been a model from between 1988 and 1990. Police said they are searching for such a car.

They also found chrome-covered plastic parts, believed to be headlight trim, and said the car likely has damage on the $H passenger side and hood or roof.

They believe the victim, Michael R. Smith, was hit from behind as he walked along northbound Route 3.

Smith, who attended classes at Anne Arundel Community College and Bowie State University, was last seen at a bar in the 1600 block of Route 3 just after 1 a.m. April 27 when he told his friends he was going outside to smoke a cigarette.

Anyone with information should call Cpl. Robert Martin at 410-222-8573 or 410-222-8576.

A Baltimore County man was burned on his legs and buttocks Thursday when the 500-gallon tank of sulfuric acid he was cleaning at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s Brandon Shores plant in Pasadena leaked, county police said.

Joseph North, 31, of the 9600 block of Baron Place was listed in good condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was being treated for burns.

Police said North, a BGE employee, was atop the tank about 8 a.m. when he heard a noise, then felt a gust of air.

North began running to get off the tank when a burst of sulfuric acid struck him, police said.

Police log

Severna Park: Someone broke through a rear door of the Rose of Sharon Church in the first block of Magothy Bridge Road on Wednesday and stole a set of drums, an amplifier and several speakers. Church officials discovered the burglary about 7 p.m. Police did not have a value for the items.

Odenton: Someone stole a security video recorder valued at $500 from the Radio Shack in the 1500 block of Annapolis Road between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Deale: A thief stole a television, computer, telephone and soda from a house in the 5800 block of Deale Beach Road between 8: 30 a.m. and noon Wednesday after breaking through a rear door and ransacking the house.

Pub Date: 5/11/97

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