- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2006



Drug suspect drags officer, police say

Two Howard County police officers fired at a drug suspect who dragged one of the officers with his vehicle early yesterday morning, police said.

The suspect — Robert M. Brown, 36, of Frederick — was captured in Ellicott City. He suffered at least one gunshot wound and was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious but stable condition yesterday afternoon.

Police said an officer responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle about 1:30 a.m. in Marriottsville and began talking to the driver. The officer found evidence of drugs inside the sport utility vehicle and tried to arrest Mr. Brown.

Mr. Brown jumped back in his car, and the officer tried to pull him out. The officer was dragged about 50 yards before he was able to free himself. Meanwhile, another officer responded and opened fire as Mr. Brown drove away, police said.

Mr. Brown turned around and sped his car toward the officers, who both opened fire. He then led police on a chase lasting about 20 minutes before he was caught.

The officer who was dragged was treated at Howard County General Hospital and released.


Triple stabbing might be gang-related

Prince George’s County police are trying to determine whether a triple stabbing Saturday night is gang-related.

Authorities said three Hispanic men were seriously wounded after being attacked about 7 p.m. in an apartment on Kanawha Street.

A police spokeswoman said that a party was being held at the apartment, and that the men were stabbed after an altercation.

The stabbings occurred near the sites of several other violent attacks on immigrants or involving Hispanic gang activity.

About a month ago, three men were fatally shot in Adelphi. Saturday’s attack also was about a half-mile from a shopping center where two Hispanic men were killed last summer as they slept.


Sewage discharged at proving ground

More than 180,000 gallons of partially treated sewage was discharged after wastewater bypassed secondary treatment and was discharged into Kings Creek near Bush River on Saturday night at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The Harford County Department of Health and the Maryland Department of the Environment were notified.

People are being advised to avoid water contact and fishing in Kings Creek near the Bush River for 30 days or until the water returns to normal.

The proving ground said it is monitoring the water quality.


N.C. fugitive shot, critically wounded

Cecil County sheriff’s deputies shot and wounded a man wanted on felony warrants in North Carolina yesterday.

Michael Warner, 37, of Washington, N.C., was taken to a Delaware hospital after the shooting. Maryland State Police reported yesterday afternoon that he was in critical condition and under police guard.

The shooting came after a lengthy pursuit by car and on foot. State police said a Maryland Transportation Authority officer stopped Mr. Warner near the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge about 2:30 a.m., and Mr. Warner sped off on Route 40.

Police set up stop sticks to flatten Mr. Warner’s tires, and he fled on foot. A state trooper tracked him to a wooded area, but Mr. Warner shouted that he had a gun and the trooper lost sight of him.

About 5:15 a.m., two Cecil County deputies saw a muzzle flash and heard gunshots, and when they spotted him, they feared for their lives and returned fire. One deputy fired a handgun and the other fired a shotgun.

Mr. Warner was found carrying a .38-caliber revolver that had been fired three times.

Both deputies are on administrative leave.

Mr. Warner is wanted in his hometown on charges of felony burglary, forced entry and safecracking. Charges against him in Maryland are pending.


Father and son killed in house fire

A father and son died in a fire early yesterday morning in their home.

Sykesville fire department spokesman Bill Rehkopf said that firefighters pulled both men from the blaze, but they were pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said the victims are thought to be Richard Stewart, 78, and his son, Richard Stewart II, 51. The state Office of Chief Medical Examiner will confirm their identities.

The elder Stewart’s wife initially was thought to be unaccounted for, but she was found to be living in a long-term care facility.

The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. Mr. Rehkopf said investigators have no reason to suspect anything other than an accident but are not ruling out any possible causes.


Body recovered in Severn River

Authorities think the body they recovered from the Severn River is that of an Arlington man missing since a boating accident Saturday evening.

Daniel Eric Pemsler, 24, fell off an inner tube that was being pulled by a boat about 6 p.m. Saturday. Another boat then crashed into him.

A dive team searched the river Saturday but found only a life vest. They suspended the search Saturday night because of bad weather. They resumed searching yesterday morning.

The body was found at about 6 p.m. yesterday by the Charles County fire depart-ment using side-scan sonar.



Man shoots himself after police chase

A Williamsburg man accused of abducting a couple after a traffic accident on Interstate 64 earlier this month led police on a chase through two counties before shooting himself Saturday, authorities said.

Christopher Ryan Piggott, 30, was in critical condition Saturday evening, a Sentara Norfolk General spokeswoman said.

James City County Police Maj. Steve Rubino said Mr. Piggott shot himself in the head in the courtyard of a dormitory complex at the College of William & Mary after a 10-minute pursuit that began at a gas station in York County.

Warrants had been issued for Mr. Piggott’s arrest in James City County on a maiming charge and by the Virginia State Police for several charges, including abduction and robbery.

The chase began after police responded to a tip that Mr. Piggott was at the gas station.

Maj. Rubino said the pursuit never reached high speeds. Mr. Piggott drove about 55 mph most of the time, he said, and at one point slowed enough to allow a female passenger to jump out. She was not hurt.

Stop sticks flattened Mr. Piggott’s driver-side tires, prompting him to abandon the vehicle and run to the dorm complex, where he shot himself as officers closed in, Maj. Rubino said.

State police had been looking for Mr. Piggott since a July 2 incident on Interstate 64 in which two cars were involved in a minor crash. Sgt. D.S. Carr, a state police spokesman, said a man brandished a gun, fired warning shots and forced a couple out of their vehicle. The man took the couple’s cell phone, marched them down an embankment, then fled, Sgt. Carr said.

The couple used a digital camera to take a picture of the car and its license plate, leading police to Mr. Piggott.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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