Drug dealer convicted againFor the second time, Assistant...


September 24, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY — Drug dealer convicted again

For the second time, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea L. Smith has gained a guilty verdict against Walter Louis Ingram, described by authorities as a longtime drug dealer and enforcer for other dealers.

A jury in U.S. District Court yesterday convicted Ingram, 41, of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Ms. Smith persuaded a Circuit Court jury to convict Ingram on that charge in 1987 when she was a city prosecutor, but the verdict and a 20-year sentence were overturned on appeal. Ingram, who has other convictions, also had a manslaughter conviction and 40-year sentence overturned. Ingram's lawyer, William B. Purpura, said he will appeal yesterday's verdict.

A 19-year-old West Baltimore man was shot and wounded shortly before midnight last night after he walked inadvertently into the middle of a street robbery of another man, city police said.

Gernard Johnson, of the 1600 block of Edmondson Ave., told officers he was walking in the 1800 block of Edmondson Ave. about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday when he saw a man standing in the 600 block of N. Monroe St. pointing a gun at another man who was running.

The gunman fired at least six shots at the fleeing man and missed. A bullet, however, struck Mr. Johnson in the leg.

He was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center for treatment and released.

City police today were investigating the slaying of a womawhose body was found last night on the sidewalk at North Athol and Old Frederick avenues near the New Cathedral Cemetery in Southwest Baltimore.

Police said the woman, Angela Anderson, 30, of the 4400 block of Old Frederick Road, was shot in the head behind the ear.

Anyone having information about the woman's death should call the city homicide squad at 396-2100 or the Southwestern District at 396-2488.

An 18-year-old mother charged with the beating anstrangulation and beating slaying of her toddler sat passively in District Court yesterday, chewing on the sleeve of her as a judge ordered that she be held without bail.

Katrina Grimes of the 900 block of Brooks Lane was arrested Tuesday, almost one month after she made a televised appeal for the safe return of her baby, whom she reported to police as missing.

Also charged in the murder of Shelby Marie Smith is Ms. Grimes' boyfriend, Arnett Frazier, 24, of the 2500 block of McCulloh St. At his bail review hearing yesterday, Mr. Frazier's bail was set at $250,000. He had been held without bail since Tuesday.

Health officials have given preventive drugs to 33 classmates okindergarten student at Holabird Elementary School after the boy's hospitalization for treatment of bacterial meningitis.

Lionel Rogers, 5, was listed in critical condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was admitted Friday.

Bacterial meningitis, which is sometimes fatal, is an infection of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. The disease is spread through coughing and sneezing, but it is not considered highly contagious, a Health Department spokeswoman said.

Parents are asked to call a doctor immediately if their children showed any of thesesymptoms: high fever, vomiting, severe headache, stiffness and pain in the neck, shoulders and back, and a skin rash of small, bright red spots.

The city police canine unit is looking for donated Germashepherds to train as police dogs.

Information: Lt. Edward Blacken, 396-2476, or the city police dog training division, 789-2024.

Anne Arundel County

The Cedar Knoll youth detention center in Laurel is about to be ordered closed, just as the District of Columbia was making an 11th-hour effort to improve the minimum-security prison.

U.S. House and Senate negotiators agreed yesterday on a spending package for the District of Columbia that includes no money for Cedar Knoll.

The House was expected to vote on the bill today and the Senate was scheduled to take up the matter tomorrow. Sara Broadwater, a spokeswoman for Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-5th, said passage of the the bill is assured.

An Annapolis man was sentenced yesterday to three yearsprobation and ordered to pay $3,700 in restitution for his part in a chase in December that damaged two homes and left an Annapolis woman injured.

Benjamin D. Kirby Jr., 19, of Rosecroft Drive was ordered to pay restitution to John and Ellen Bump and Brian and Jane Carlson of the Annapolis Overlook condominium complex for breaking into their homes as he chased a man whom he suspected of having just shot his friend.

Baltimore County

Schools have about 3,000 more students this year than last, the largest enrollment increase since 1971. There are 92,655 students in the county's 148 schools, the most since 1981.

The enrollment, based on attendance taken on the 10th day of the school year, "is 99.4 percent of our projections," says James Kraft, the school department's planning manager.

Individual school figures are not yet available. Mr. Kraft says he expects to see a lot of overcrowding.

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