Regional Recap, July 19, 2011

| July 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Police Looking For Ties Among Convenience Store Robberies. Authorities in three counties were trying to determine if seven convenience store robberies within a 24-to 36-hour period were related.The robbery spree began in Harford County at the Highs on Bel Air South Parkway at about 11 p.m. Saturday. A gunman tried to hold up the store but fled when the employee pulled an alarm. Ten minutes later, the Exxon Gas station in the 600 block of MacPhail Road was robbed, with the station clerk getting shot in the process.About three hours later, a 7-Eleven on Back River Neck Road was hit, followed by a robbery at a Royal Farms on Baltimore Avenue in Dundalk. Sunday saw violence early on Furnace Branch Road as two 7-Eleven stores were robbed before 7 a.m. Later that afternoon at about 1 p.m., a Royal Farms in the 200 block of Oak Manor Drive was held up.

Drug Suspect Chased Into Mall, Arrested.A drug dealer suspect led police on a high-speed chase Monday that left an officer injured and ended on foot inside an Anne Arundel County mall.Maryland State Police said Baltimore City police officers observed Darin L. Sympton Jr. taking part in a suspected drug deal in the city. Police tried to stop Sympton on a suspicion he was armed with a gun, at which time state police said Sympton led officers on a pursuit.

Bicyclist Dies After Anne Arundel Hit-And-Run.  A bicyclist injured in a hit-and-run last week has died, according to Anne Arundel County police.Authorities are still searching for the driver who hit 25-year-old Alex Hernandez.The incident occurred Thursday morning as Hernandez was trying to cross northbound Ritchie Highway.Police said Hernandez was hit by a black, mid-sized Sedan.Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Henson, Schurick Plead Not-Gulty In Robocall Case. A former aide to Bob Ehrlich and a longtime political operative accused in the Election Day robocall case made their first court appearances Monday.Julius Henson and Paul Schurick were indicted last month on charges of trying to suppress the African-American vote in last November’s election.Schurick, wearing sunglasses Monday, and Henson, wearing a white suit, each entered pleas of not guilty in City Circuit Court.

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