BALTIMORE CITY: — Arundel police seize 8 in drug case
Anne Arundel County police last night and early today arrested five adults and three juveniles after undercover narcotics officers purchased marijuana and liquid PCP on the parking lot of the Ridgeview Shopping Center, at Md. 175 and Ridge Road in Hanover.
After two people were arrested at the shopping center shortly before midnight, a search warrant was issued for an apartment in the 600 block of Hallmark Drive in Glen Burnie, where, police said, they arrested several more people and seized a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana.
Police said they learned there that someone was en route to deliver more cocaine. They staked out the parking lot, and when a car occupied by several people arrived, the occupants were questioned.
While searching the car, police recovered a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun, a homemade crack pipe, and a gram of crack cocaine.
Police said a search of the occupants led to the discovery of four more grams of crack cocaine.
Police estimated the street value of the marijuana at $150, and they said the cocaine was worth nearly $800. Also seized was more than $200 in cash and two cars.
All the suspects were charged with multiple drug offenses. Two also were charged with handgun violations. All the adults were held at the Western District station for a bail hearing today.
The juveniles were released into the custody of their parents.
The 285 court-appointed criminal defense lawyers representing clients in U.S. District Court in Baltimore will begin receiving government paychecks again after a one-month delay.
Federal officials said yesterday they will make other cuts to enable the payments to be resumed. A planned $13.5 million renovation of the city's Garmatz federal courthouse may be delayed.
Payments to court-appointed defense lawyers in federal courts were suspended nationally last month after a severe budget shortfall.
City police early today arrested a man wanted in the fatal shooting Tuesday of a man in the courtyard of an apartment building in the 700 block of W. Saratoga St.
Homicide detective Christopher Graul said Kevin Donnell Brown, of the 1100 block of Webb Court, was arrested about 3 a.m. in the 700 block of W. Saratoga St. on a warrant charging him with the first-degree murder of Abdul Jones, 23, of the 500 block of E. 23rd St.
Detective Graul said the victim was found bleeding from bullet wounds to the hand and stomach about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.
Anne Arundel County:
An Edgewater man who fell into a shop window and cut his shoulder during a scuffle with Annapolis police last week has filed a brutality complaint.
Chauncey S. Smith, 31, of Mills Farm Road, has accused two city officers of using excessive force in arresting him, police officials said.
Mr. Smith was arrested the night of July 16 after he and three friends began shouting profanities when they were refused entry to Armadillo's, a downtown pub and restaurant, witnesses and police said.
The men, who are black, angrily accused the doorman of racial discrimination when they were asked to show identification after a group of white people, who had been in the bar earlier, walked inside ahead of them, witnesses said. The doorman told police Mr. Smith's group seemed intoxicated and was asked to leave.
When Officer Brent Weaver again asked the group to calm down, Mr. Smith allegedly challenged him, yelling another obscenity , police said. Officer Daniel Sereboff and two back-up officers went to help him in the parking lot of Fawcett Boat Supplies, while a crowd gathered, and the friends of Mr. Smith shouted at the officers, police said.
In their struggle to handcuff him, Officers Weaver and Sereboff said, Mr. Smith pulled away from a pillar and his left shoulder smashed through the window.
He was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center, then charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and destroying property.
More than 150 volunteers are expected to help monitor the health of Baltimore County's streams tomorrow as part of a three-year study organized by Maryland Save Our Streams.
Volunteers will fan out across the county to survey its streams and sample them for aquatic insects hiding under rocks in the water. Insects such as mayflies and caddis flies, which fish feed upon, are considered good indicators of a healthy stream because they cannot survive where runoff from development has covered a creek bottom with mud.
The stream survey will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers will gather for training in four places: Oregon Ridge Nature Center on Beaver Dam Road; McDonogh School on McDonogh Road; Parkville Recreation Center at 8601 Harford Road; and Oldfields School on Glencoe Road. Volunteers are needed. For more information, call 969-0084.