Linthicum man fatally injured when van flips onto driver's side


A 53-year-old Linthicum man died Friday from injuries suffered when he lost control of his van two blocks from home, ran into two trees and the vehicle flipped onto the driver's side.

County police said John Edward Martin of the 600 block of W. Maple Road was pronounced dead at 6: 15 a.m. Friday at North Arundel Hospital. He had been driving west in the 400 block of West Maple Road just after 4: 45 a.m. in his 1995 Mazda PMV van when the vehicle struck and hopped a curb, hitting a front-yard fence, police said.

Police said Martin's van headed across the yard and struck two trees before flipping. Police are investigating.

Police said they arrested a 19-year-old man and a youth Thursday in connection with the sale of a pound of marijuana to narcotics detectives on the parking lot of a Brooklyn Park Papa John's Pizza store.

William Scott Garrison of the 300 block of Cresswell Road in Brooklyn Park was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of drugs, police said. They said the youth -- a 17-year-old from Brooklyn Park -- was charged with distribution and possession of drugs.

Police said that as part of an investigation detectives had arranged to buy marijuana on the pizza store parking lot in the 4800 block of Ritchie Highway.

After they handed over money and received the marijuana about 7: 45 p.m., police said, the detectives made the arrests and seized a 1997 Eagle Talon.

Two 19-year-old Sykesville men were arrested in Severna Park on Thursday by an officer who stopped them for not wearing seat belts, then discovered a keg of beer and marijuana in their truck, police said.

Ronald Ira LaFever and Brandon Michael Bennett, both of the 7500 block of Main St., were charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol while underage and not wearing a seat belt after Officer Francis Tewey stopped them just after 3 p.m. at Benfield Boulevard and Melrose Lane, police said.

Police arrested a 20-year-old Annapolis man outside a Pasadena bar Friday after he allegedly got into a fight, pushed an officer trying to break it up, then resisted arrest and had to be subdued with a pepper spray, county police said.

Brendon Kyle Belt of the first block of Edelmar Drive was arrested just after 1: 40 a.m. on the parking lot of Rumblefish, 7954 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Police said Officer P. A. Fisher and another officer were near the club as it was closing, and they saw up to 300 people milling about the parking lot. Fisher saw two groups of people pushing and shoving each other and stepped in to ask a man to leave, police said.

When the man pushed Fisher away, police said, the officer told him he was under arrest. The man eventually was subdued with a pepper spray, arrested and charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.

Pub Date: 5/24/98

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