DRUG ARREST: Western District -- Police early today arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine after finding nearly 56 grams of the drug in a dresser drawer inside a bathroom in a house in the first block of N. Wheeler Ave. Officer Jerry Parud reported he was in uniform and keeping the first block of N. Wheeler Ave. under surveillance shortly after midnight Tuesday when he saw a man allegedly making cocaine deals on the street. Parud said he radioed two other officers, Darrell Oxyer and Michael Kain, who pursued the man into a nearby house. In a basement bathroom, the officers arrested Darrell Johnson, a resident of the house, and recovered the cocaine in the drawer of a dresser. Parud said the cocaine was in a plastic bag and was enough to fill at least 200 vials, the normal way in which the drug is sold. The street value of the cocaine was not immediately known. Parud said he, Oxyer and Kain observed the alleged drug deal less than two minutes after taking up their positions. Parud said Johnson was held overnight at the station pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner.
ASSAULT/ARREST: Western District -- Police arrested a woman and were holding her at the women's detention center at the Central District pending charges that she cut a man with a knife. Police said Rufus Sturdivant, of the 600 block of N. Fremont Ave., reported that during an incident at his home, he was attacked by a woman he knows who cut him on the back with a knife. Police said Sturdivant was treated at a hospital and released and that the woman was arrested at the scene.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Elizabeth Early, of the 2700 block of W. Fairmount Ave., reported she was walking in the 2400 block of W. Baltimore St. early Tuesday when she was approached from behind by two men who stole the purse she was carrying. Police said the purse contained $5 and a Bible.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Thomas Dorsey, of the 1500 block N. Gilmor St., reported he was robbed of $12 by a man armed with a handgun yesterday morning while walking in the 1400 block of N. Gilmor St. Dorsey told police that during the robbery, the man struck him with the weapon. Police said Dorsey was taken to Liberty Medical Center, where he was treated for a laceration to the head that required several stitches.
CUTTING: Western District -- John Smith, of the 1200 block of Whitelock St., reported that during an argument late Tuesday night at his home with a woman he knows, he was cut on the neck with a knife. Police said Smith was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released. Police said the woman fled and is being sought.
THEFT: Central District -- Theodore Christman, a resident of the 1100 block of Park Ave., told police that after two friends of his left his apartment around 7:30 p.m. yesterday, he discovered that a rifle and a shotgun were missing from a room. Christman told police the weapons were valued at $400. Police said Christman knew the men and was advised to seek a warrant for their arrests. of men.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Albert Lawson, of the 700 block of ** George St., reported he was walking in the 600 block of W. Franklin St. around 9 p.m. yesterday when he was stopped by a man armed with a handgun who demanded his money. Police said the gunman robbed Lawson of his wallet that contained about $20 and escaped.
SHOOTING: Northeastern District -- Police reported a 57-year-old Shadyside Road woman was listed today in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after she was shot in the back early yesterday while she and her husband walked a couple to their car. Police said Doris Hoyer and her husband, Irvin, both of the 1600 block of Shadyside Road, were escorting a couple to their car following a New Year's celebration when Mrs. Hoyer felt a pain in her chest. Police said Hoyer cried out that she thought she was having a heart attack and was helped to the front porch, where her husband and the other man placed her in a chair. It was then, police said, that Hoyer's husband noticed she was bleeding from the back. Police said the woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she was treated for a bullet wound to the back. The bullet exited a shoulder. Police said the bullet may have been fired by someone celebrating the New Year while standing on school property not far from the Hoyers' residence.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Veronica Smith, of the 2700 block of The Alameda, reported she was walking in the 2800 block of Harford Road yesterday morning when she was stopped by a man known to her as "Kevin" who demanded the money she was carrying. Smith told police the man ripped $20 from her hand and fled.