Student, 16, charged in false bomb threat
A 16-year-old Meade High School student was charged yesterday with falsely reporting a bomb threat that placed three Fort Meade area schools on lockdown for nearly two hours.
A student called Anne Arundel County police about 9:25 a.m. saying that he knew of a male student who intended to blow up the school. The caller said he had seen the bag of explosives that the student planned to use.
Twenty-seven police officers, including two K-9 units, eight detectives and members of the School Resource Unit searched the school area for the alleged suspect. Officials did not order an evacuation, but no one could enter or leave the high school or nearby Meade Middle or MacArthur Middle schools while officers checked out the report.
Within minutes, the authorities determined that the caller, who provided his own name and agreed to meet officers in the lobby to help them find the suspect, was not at the school, said Sgt. John Gilmer Jr., a police spokesman. The lockdown was lifted about 11:30 a.m.
The caller was found at his home, where police arrested him and recovered the cell phone used to make the 911 call. After being charged, the teen was released to his mother's custody. He faces a hearing before a juvenile magistrate.
4 men with knives attack, rob man
Four men attacked and robbed a man outside a Glen Burnie apartment building late Sunday, police said.
The victim told police that he was accosted in the 8000 block of Green Orchard Drive about 10 p.m. by four men wearing masks and armed with knives. The victim was stabbed in the arm and had a cut on his head after being knocked to the ground.
The assailants took the victim's cell phone and an undetermined amount of cash, police said.
Police seek man in Ferndale robbery
Police were searching for a man who robbed a convenience store in Ferndale.
An employee at the Royal Farms store in the 7200 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. reported that a man entered the store shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday, walked behind the counter and demanded money. The employee initially ignored the demand, but the man displayed a knife and the employee then opened the cash register.
The robber took an unknown amount of cash before running toward Wellham Avenue. Officers with dogs searched the area, but the robber was not found.
5 face drug charges after Linthicum raids
Five Anne Arundel County residents have been arrested on multiple drug charges after a six-month investigation into a suspected drug trafficking operation in Linthicum, police said.
County and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officers raided the home of Larry Shields, 36, of the 300 block of Silky Oaks Court twice within a week and seized more than $80,000 worth of suspected cocaine. An April 16 search turned up 571 grams of powder cocaine and 150 grams of crack cocaine, police said. Officers found an additional 88 grams of crack cocaine in a subsequent search on April 21, police said.
Shields and Marcus Anthony Burke, 20, of the same address, were charged in U.S. District Court with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, and other charges. Shields also was charged with distribution of cocaine.
Three other people face state charges in connection with the raids. Duna Turon Bulow, 24, of Briars Knoll Way, Hanover, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and other drug offenses. Tiera Swan, 19, of 2006 Wilkens Ave., Baltimore, and Robert Nicholas Wrede, 21, of the unit block of Linwood Ave., Glen Burnie, were charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and other drug offenses.
County cabdriver robbed in Baltimore
A taxicab driver was robbed at knifepoint by a passenger he had just taken to Baltimore, county police said.
The driver for Southside Sedan Service picked up a man about 3 a.m. Friday at Belle Grove Road near West Meadow Road in Brooklyn Park. When they reached their destination on Nann Avenue in Baltimore, the passenger reached over the seat and placed a knife to the driver's throat.
The robber took an undisclosed amount of money from the cabdriver and fled. Man beaten, robbed outside gas station
Two men beat up and robbed a man outside a Linthicum gas station, county police said.
The victim was in the parking lot of the Xtra Mart at 6971 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. about 6:30 a.m. Friday when two men approached and one asked for a cigarette, police said. When the victim declined, the second man grabbed him from behind, and the first man grabbed the victim's necklace and began punching him in the stomach. The two men took the victim's wallet and ran, police said.