Two brothers from New York City were charged with assault with intent to murder Wednesday night in connection with the recent drug-related shooting of a Columbia man, county police said.
Arrested were Laurice Lafayette Corbett, 21, and Gregory Lamont Corbett, 18, both of whom had been staying at the Copper Stallion Motel in Jessup, police said.
The Corbetts are charged with shooting Glenn Hatcher, 25, who wasshot in the leg Tuesday at his apartment in the Abbott House, in the5400 block of Cedar Lane.
Police arrived at the Abbott House to find that someone had fired six shots from a .22-caliber rifle into the door of Hatcher's apartment. One of the shots struck him in the leg.
Hatcher originally told police that he had been shot by two unknown men, but investigators received information that the men were heard arguing with Hatcher about a debt prior to the shooting, police said.
Detectives learned that the Corbetts were staying at the Jessup motel, and the officers went to the address with a search warrant.
Laurice Corbett, who is also charged with a firearms violation, assault, and reckless endangerment, is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
Jail officials said Gregory Corbettis being held on $100,000 bond.
TWO MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Two county men were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Tuesday night after undercover officers witnessed an alleged drug deal at Stevens Forest Apartments in Columbia, police said.
The arrests are the latest in a police crackdown at the subsidized housing complex, where residents have complained of drug dealing and other criminal activity.
Arrested were Brian Eugene James, 25, of the 500 block of 8thStreet in Laurel, and Astrel Jacques, 21, of Brook Way in Columbia. Both men were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Police said narcotics officers were conducting surveillanceof the parking lot in front of 5800 Stevens Forest Road when they saw the men exchanging money and what appeared to be cocaine.
After a brief chase, both men were arrested, and police seized several dozen rocks of crack cocaine and $1,200 in cash.
James and Jacques areboth being held on $35,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
GAS CANS STOLEN FROM STORAGE SHEDS
County police report that a thief has been working overtime stealing gas cans from storage sheds in Ellicott City.
About 15 sheds have been broken into since Nov. 30, with the thief taking cans containing gasoline, police said. Sometools have also been reported stolen from the sheds, which are located on residential properties.
The majority of the incidents have occurred in the neighborhoods of Valley Mede and Chestnut Hill, policesaid. Some of the streets where the thefts have been reported are Birchmede, Hickorymede and Long View drives, as well as Church Lane, Sunrise Court and Turf Valley Road, police said.
Police believe the thief is targeting neighborhoods along the U.S. 40 corridor. The locks to the sheds have been cut with a tool, police said.
CAR STEREOS STOLEN IN LONG REACH AREA
At least 10 car stereos were stolen last weekend in the Long Reach area, county police said.
The break-ins may have occurred around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, with the thief or thieveshitting several vehicles around Long Reach, police said.
Among the streets where the break-ins occurred were Majors Lane, Tamar Drive and Hayshed Lane, police said.
Other crimes reported to Howard County police:
12200 block Green Meadow Drive: Someone broke into an apartment late Thursday by breaking a window, but nothing was reported missing.
10600 block Millet Seed Hill: A stereo, speakers and television were reported stolen at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 from a home entered through a basement window.
Park and Ride, Route32: A 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier automobile was reported stolen at 5 p.m. Wednesday. A 1989 Oldsmobile Ciera automobile that had previously been reported stolen was recovered in the same lot at 10 p.m. the same day.
10300 block Little Patuxent Parkway: Someone attempted to steal a 1989 Ford Probe automobile sometime before 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, but was unable to get the vehicle started.
7400 block Hickory Log Circle: A 1989 Chrysler LeBaron was reported stolen at 10 p.m. Tuesday from a residential area.
10200 block Wincopin Circle: A 1991 Ford Probe was reported stolen at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday from a commercial parking lot.
9200 block Bellfall Court: Someone entered a vacant house sometime before noon Wednesday and ransacked the building. Several of the sinks were turned on, causing water to overflow throughout the house, and lights were smashed. Burn marks were also found on the carpeting.
4500 block College Avenue: A 1985 Chevrolet Blazer truck was reported stolen at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday from a residential area.
2700 block Deerfield Drive: Several food items were stolen from a home sometime before 7:45 a.m. Tuesday after a burglar entered through an unlocked side door.