Arundel Digest

1 teenager killed, 2nd injured in crash on Central Avenue

An Edgewater teenager was killed and another injured early yesterday when the car in which they were riding veered off Central Avenue and crashed, Anne Arundel police said.


Police said that about 3 a.m., Michael Anthony Contic, 19, of the 1600 block of Shady Side Drive was driving east on Central Avenue near Riva Road when his car left the roadway, striking several trees and a utility pole before coming to a rest on the shoulder.

Contic was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released yesterday. His passenger, Dustin Thomas Dittes, 18, of the 500 block of Overhill Drive was thrown from the car on impact. Dittes suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead a short time later at North Arundel Hospital, police said.


Police said neither Contic nor Dittes were wearing seat belts, and that alcohol was a factor in the crash. The investigation is continuing.

South Baltimore man charged in county robberies

Anne Arundel police say a South Baltimore man being held at the city's detention center has been charged with two armed robberies in Jessup and Glen Burnie last September.

Glen Alan Greenwood, 35, of the 2500 block of Marbourne Ave. is accused of holding up convenience store clerks on two occasions, stealing cash from the registers in both instances.

Police could not say yesterday what charges he faces in Baltimore.

The first Anne Arundel incident was Sept. 2, when someone robbed the Crown gas station on Annapolis Road in Jessup, holding what appeared to be a knife at the clerk's throat and demanding cash. The next day, a similar armed robbery took place at a Shell gas station on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, police said.

Victims of hypothermia had no heat on in home

Anne Arundel police say the elderly woman and her son who were found dead two weeks ago at their Severn home had been living without functioning heat.


Emma Snyder, 87, and Robert Snyder, 56, of the 600 block of Queenstown Road were found dead Dec. 21, when a utility worker who had come to read a meter at the home saw Emma Snyder lying in the side yard of the house. Her son was found in an upstairs bedroom.

Linda Foy, spokeswoman from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., said yesterday that the company had not turned off service to the home, but authorities reported that the house was cold when officers arrived. Police said yesterday that two nonworking portable kerosene heaters were inside the residence. Authorities on Wednesday ruled hypothermia to be the cause of the deaths.

Reward for information in animal cruelty case

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an animal rights group, announced yesterday a reward of up to $2,500 for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for slashing a dog's throat in Millersville earlier this week.

The dog, nicknamed Clyde by its rescuers, has been recovering at an Anne Arundel veterinary hospital since Tuesday, when animal control officers found it bleeding from a large gash in the neck. Police have said that those responsible face felony animal cruelty charges, which carry a maximum penalty of three years in jail, a $5,000 fine or both.