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City police commander's kin admits 3 robberies

Elmer H. Warfield, the brother of a city police commander, pleaded guilty in Circuit Court yesterday to robbing three banks in Baltimore.

Warfield, 37, was arrested March 19 after a chase through the city's downtown. Police caught him while responding to a 9 a.m. call for a robbery at Carrollton Bank on North Charles street. Police said that $1,308 was stolen, and Elmer Warfield pleaded guilty to robbing that bank yesterday, according to court papers.

He also pleaded guilty to robbing 1st Mariner Bank in Canton on March 16 of $4,449 and taking $2,000 from the Bank of America in Federal Hill on Feb. 16.

In each robbery, he showed the bank teller a note that read: "This is a holdup. Put lose [sic] money in the bag," according to court papers. In two cases, the tellers put dye packs in the sack of cash, and in one case Warfield tossed the pack back at the teller, according to court papers.

Warfield is to be sentenced Aug. 8.

Warfield's brother, Deputy Maj. Nathan A. Warfield, is assigned to the Northwestern District. He was interviewed by detectives after his brother's arrest. The detectives concluded that the deputy major knew nothing of his brother's activities.

Annie Linskey

Anne Arundel

: Severn

Woman, 19, charged in fast-food robbery

Anne Arundel County police have charged a 19-year-old woman with robbing a Severn fast-food restaurant after a woman ran from the restaurant to a library and her mother turned her in, police said yesterday.

About 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a woman entered a Popeye's Restaurant in the 2600 block of Annapolis Road, pushed an employee and implied that she had a gun, police said. Employees gave cash to the woman, who ran away.

Two employees followed her to the Provinces Library, police said. The employees confronted her and told the woman's mother, who was with her, about the robbery. The stolen money was returned to the employees, police said, and the employees returned to Popeye's to meet with police.

A short time later, police said, the mother brought the woman to the restaurant, where she was identified by employees and arrested.

Police said they charged Synika Monte Hodges of Severn with robbery, assault and theft.

Anica Butler


: District court

Clipper City headed for auction block

The Clipper City is set to be auctioned by the bank that owns the mortgage on the ship.

The owner of the Clipper City - Clipper City Tall Ship LLC - had sought bankruptcy protection last month to continue operating amid outstanding debts. But the owner gave up that effort this month, canceling parties and trips on the ship.

An order for sale filed with the U.S. District Court in Baltimore by Regal Bancorp Inc. of Owings Mills says the sale will be at 10 a.m. July 9 at 803 Light St.


: Metro area

Storms, high winds knock out power

Scattered storms with high winds that moved through the region knocked out power to about 2,000 BGE customers last night - about half of them in Anne Arundel County.

Capt. Harry Steiner, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, said the department received numerous reports of wires down on trees or houses. He said the communities hit by high winds included West Annapolis, Arnold, Herald Harbor, Riviera Beach and Severna Park.

In Baltimore, about 400 customers lacked power late yesterday.

Gusts of up to 60 mph were reported at BWI Marshall Airport.

Richard Irwin and John Fritze

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