BALTIMORE — Nightclub seized in U.S. drug probe
BALTIMORE -- Federal agents seized a West Baltimore nightclub yesterday as part of a continuing investigation into the alleged narcotics activities of Barry Henderson, the brother-in-law of former local drug kingpin Melvin "Little Melvin" Williams.
The Underground nightclub, 2114 Edmondson Ave., was seized by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshal's Office as part of a Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.
Eight people, including Barry Henderson, his brother, William, RTC and two cousins, were indicted by the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office in May on charges of operating a multimillion-dollar heroin ring. The indictment alleges that the ring operated out of the Underground.
The club is owned by Williams, who is serving a 24-year sentence for narcotics trafficking, and has been operated by Barry Henderson.
Election map penalizes women, senator charges
ANNAPOLIS -- A state senator has asked the state's highest court to review Maryland's new election district map, arguing that it discriminates against women "for no stated or apparent reason other than gubernatorial whim."
The action was taken against Gov. William Donald Schaefer by Paula C. Hollinger, a Democrat and the first woman elected to the state Senate from Baltimore County. Her petition was filed yesterday in the Court of Appeals.
Senator Hollinger argues that women were disadvantaged by the plan when two of the county's female senators were drawn into the same district, with the result that the Senate will have at least one fewer female senator. She and Sen. Janice Piccinini, D-Baltimore County, are now located in the new district.
She also said that the plan was not adequately publicized as it made its way toward adoption and that it violates the U.S. and state constitutions.
Body found in car in Owings Mills
OWINGS MILLS -- A Lutherville man was found dead behind the wheel of a car yesterday with a gunshot wound to his head, Baltimore County police said.
The man, identified as Nicholas Dezes, 41, of the 100 block of Gothard Road, was found at 10 a.m. slumped over the wheel of an Oldsmobile parked in front of the All Luxury Limousine Service in the 10900 block of Reisterstown Road.
Police said the shooting is being investigated as a suspicious death. A small-caliber handgun was found under Mr. Dezes' body, police said.
The victim, thought to be an employee of All Luxury, was found by another employee of the limousine service.