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August 09, 1992

Report shows crimes of violence on rise

The number of violent crimes reported to the Harford County Sheriff's Office increased in the first six months of 1992 compared with the same period last year.

From Jan. 1 to June 30, 1992, the Sheriff's Office investigated four murders, compared with none during the first six months of 1991, a report released last week shows.

The number of robberies rose from 12 in the first six months of 1991 to 26 during the first half of 1992, while the number of assaults increased from 355 to 397, the report shows.

L The number of rapes dropped from 12 to six, the report said.

The number of non-violent crimes also dropped in the first six months of 1992.

Police reported 436 burglaries the first half of 1992, compared with 488 last year; while thefts dropped from 924 to 918, and motor vehicle thefts declined from 114 to 90.

The figures do not include crimes reported to Maryland State Police or municipal police in Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace.

Havre de Grace woman held on drug charge

A 19-year-old Havre de Grace woman was being held at the Harford County Detention Center Friday on $5,000 bond after being charged earlier in the week with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

DeWayne Curry, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said Cheaka Katrina Barnes was arrested Aug. 4 when the Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force interrupted an alleged drug deal at the Aberdeen train station.

A 17-year-old youth, also from Havre de Grace, was released to her parents, he said.

Officers also searched a home in the 1200 block of Battery Drive and seized a quarter ounce of marijuana with a street value of $60, a .22-caliber handgun, drug paraphernalia and $620 cash, Deputy Curry said.

'Most-wanted' father arrested in PG

A 32-year-old man who was among Harford's "10 most-wanted" offenders accused of not paying child support has been arrested in Prince George's County, police said.

The arrest came as a result of the efforts of a special child-support enforcement unit within the Harford County Sheriff's Office, which conducted a sweep in June looking for fathers who had not kept up with child support payments.

DeWayne Curry, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said Friday that Eric Landon Copeland had been arrested by Prince George's County police 5 a.m. July 30 and charged with failure to comply with a court order.

Deputy Curry said Mr. Copeland, who owed $8,379 in child support, was the third person arrested since Harford began its "10 most-wanted" list June 18.

Among the other "10 most-wanted" arrested were Kenneth Kim Keene, who owed $7,422 in back child support, and Eugene George Rossmark, who owed $9,874 in back child support.

$1,000 reward to help find car vandals

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Harford County Crime Solvers for information leading to the arrest of suspects who stole or vandalized vehicles at four auto dealerships in Bel Air and Fallston.

The crimes occurred July 28 and Aug. 5 at Bob Bell Chevrolet, Auto Gallery, Budget Auto Sales and Fallston Auto World, all on U.S. 1. The vandalism caused more than $10,000 damage.

If you have information about this or any other crime, call the Harford County Crime Solvers Hotline at 877-STOP.

* Bel Air: 200 block Montgomery Dr.: Theft of two bikes worth $400 on July 29.

* Edgewood: 700 block Stanford Ct.: Theft of a fish tank July 29.

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