ANNAPOLIS — DRUG WAR
Maryland awarded $7.9 million by U.S.
The U.S. Justice Department has awarded Maryland $7.9 million in federal block grants to fight crime and drugs, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore announced yesterday.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission will administer the money after reviewing applications from law enforcement agencies.
The money is targeted for multijurisdictional task forces, street-level drug enforcement, crackdowns on marijuana distribution, expedition of court cases and financial investigation, according to the Justice Department.
The funds come from the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program, created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.
Maryland has received $25.3 million of the $1.3 billion distributed nationwide from the program.
Police officer accused in thefts
A 24-year-old police officer assigned to the Annapolis division of the state Department of General Services was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing a camera and a videocassette recorder from legislative buildings, according to state police.
Officer Walter A. Hicks, who has been assigned to General Services since June 1990, was arrested in Annapolis at 3:30 p.m. and charged with felony theft over $300 and a misdemeanor theft count under $300, said Capt. Johnny Hughes, a state police spokesman.
Officer Hicks, of Odenton, appeared before a District Court commissioner in Annapolis and was released on his own recognizance.
Captain Hughes said it was discovered Nov. 5 that the videocassette recorder was missing from the Legislative Services Library. The 35mm camera was reported missing April 1from the office of Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, D-Baltimore.
The investigation was conducted by the state police and officers assigned to General Services.
Paramedic faces charge of striking woman, 101
A Baltimore grand jury yesterday indicted a Fire Department paramedic who allegedly struck a 101-year-old woman when he responded to an emergency call at the Seton Hill Nursing Home on Feb. 3, the state attorney general's office reported.
Jeffrey N. Fromm, 35, of the 1000 block of Pine Heights Avenue, has been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult, battery and assault.
Mr. Fromm is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges March 20. A trial date has not been scheduled, according to the attorney general's office.
Mr. Fromm was charged under a 2-year-old statute that makes it a crime for a care-giver to intentionally injure adults who are incapable of caring for themselves. The offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and five years in prison.
Assault and battery are common-law misdemeanors with no set maximum penalties.
24-year-old man found shot to death
A 24-year-old man was found slain yesterday in Cherry Hill, according to Baltimore police.
Homicide Detective Richard L. James said the victim, Raymond McCoy of the 700 block of Reedbird Avenue, was found just after 3 p.m. behind the 900 block of Veronica Avenue with a single gunshot wound in the back. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police had no motive or suspects in the slaying.