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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

July 31, 1992

CITY — 15 indicted in city heroin ring

Fifteen alleged members of a ring that sold an estimated $240,000 worth of heroin each month on the streets of Baltimore were indicted by a city grand jury yesterday, prosecutors said.

The ring, which had links to a Nigerian drug-smuggling %o operation, is suspected of supplying dealers in drug-infested West Baltimore neighborhoods and in the Westport and Lexington Terrace public housing projects, prosecutors said.

Among those indicted were Sean Lamont Wilson, 22, of Cockeysville, and Tyrone Clark, 25, of Randallstown, both charged under Maryland drug kingpin statutes. If they are convicted, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Clark face sentences of 20 to 40 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Federal agents broke up the organization last September and arrested the alleged leader, Jerome Okoye "Peter" Onwuazor, 39, a Nigerian living in Queens, N.Y.

Prosecutors said authorities confiscated more than 4 ounces of high-grade heroin and hundreds of vials of cocaine during the investigation, along with $35,000, eight handguns, a shotgun and an Uzi automatic weapon. Also seized were several bulletproof vests and targets for shooting practice.

A 40-year-old man was stabbed in the back during an argument with another man last night in the 1900 block of Boone street, according to city police.

Police said the victim, Bruce Richard Ward of the 1900 block of Boone St., was in critical condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

State

Col. Franklin I. Wood of Deale has been appointed superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer appointed Colonel Wood, who has been with DNR since 1968, to replace Col. Jack Taylor, who retired.

Colonel Wood will command the 269 people responsible for the law enforcement of boating and other state-regulated outdoor activities.

Anne Arundel County

An employee was injured today when a two-alarm fire broke out in a metal plant in northern Anne Arundel County near Curtis Bay.

William Calvert Jr., 30, a mechanic at Chemetals in the 700 block of Pittman Road, was taken to the Francis Scott Key Burn Center with first-degree burns on his upper legs. He was expected to return to work today.

The fire was reported at 10:30 a.m. after metallic dust caught fire, said Richard Fickes, vice president of human resources at the plant which manufactures raw materials used in steel products.

The cause of the blaze was not known. Officials said they are investigating whether proper safety procedures were followed.

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group of Annapolis residents fighting to save the city's crumbling Severn River Bridge lost a federal appeal that would have stopped construction of an 80-foot-high replacement span.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., tossed out the group's lawsuit Wednesday, dealing a critical setback to the yearlong battle to preserve the old drawbridge over the Severn River.

Baltimore County

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the ribs yesterday afternoon when his twin brother accidentally fired a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol, Baltimore County police said.

Christopher Culver, of North Miami Beach, Fla., was visiting his grandparents at their home in the first block of Lower Gate Court in Garrison when he and his brother found the gun in a bedroom drawer shortly before 3 p.m., police said.

The boy's brother removed some of the ammunition from the gun and, thinking it was unloaded, pulled the trigger, police said.

Christopher Culver was in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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The friends and family of 6-year-old Jacob Evans of Carney, who has cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant, have a fund-raising pool party and auction at 8 tonight at Woodcroft Swim Club.

So far, his mother, Kris, 30, is the only compatible donor founfor Jacob. The surgical procedure and the four- to six-week hospitalization will cost at least $150,000, Mrs. Evans said. Anyone wishing to contribute may send donations to the Jacob Evans Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, 9506 Hallhurst Road, Perry Hall 21236.

Carroll County

Charter Board members have decided to keep the proposed number of councilmen at five, each elected from a district, and maintain an appointed county executive.

The board, which is drafting a document to change the county's government if voters approve it in November, had considered changing those aspects of the proposed charter after citizens commented on it at recent public hearings.

After studying questionnaires mailed out to each citizen who attended a hearing, members decided the original proposal was most cost-effective, easiest to implement and matched the opinions of most of the residents who commented.

Harford County

Citing strong administration and financial management, Fitch Investors Services has given the county a high rating of "double-A" on $6.6 million in bonds to be sold to pay off long-term debt.

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