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April 06, 1993

Congressman plans tour of troubled neighborhood

U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest will tour Annapolis' troubled Clay Street corridor this morning with city officials.

The Republican congressman, who represents the 1st District, will visit the area with Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins; Alderman Carl O. Snowden; Maxine Saunders, the regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Baltimore; and other officials.

A decorated Annapolis police veteran was shot and wounded in late February while raiding an apartment for drugs at Clay and West Washington streets. Three other officers narrowly escaped injury when a gunman opened fire in the apartment in Town Pines Court.

The shooting came after months of complaints by neighbors about a tougher crowd scuffling in the area. Parents have forbidden their children from visiting the teen center, and government workers say they are afraid to walk the one block from the Arundel Center to the garage at Clay and West Washington after dark.

The Police Department has responded by stepping up patrols in the area and opening a satellite office at Helping Hand, a homeless shelter on Clay Street.

Residents met March 27 to discuss strategies for combating drug dealing, loitering, prostitution and other problems in the area.

The tour with Mr. Gilchrest is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

Mayo man injured critically in accident

A Mayo man was listed in critical condition yesterday following an accident on Sunday in which he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his car, ran off the road and and struck a tree near his home.

Brian Christopher Cook, 24, of the 1100 block of Central Ave., was driving a 1992 Ford Probe east on Central Avenue about 8:50 p.m. when he veered off the right embankment.

Police and witnesses said the car traveled about 170 feet before crashing into a tree 35 feet from the pavement, just east of Wier Road.

Mr. Cook was flown by Maryland State Police MedEvac helicopter to the trauma unit at the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.

Mr. Cook's year-old son, Christopher, was strapped into a child safety seat in the back and was not injured.

12-year-old injured by BB gun

A 12-year-old Chesapeake Beach boy suffered a head injury Saturday evening when he was shot with a BB gun.

Police said Calvin C. Kidd of the 1300 block of Harbor Road was playing with two other boys, each of whom had a pellet gun. They had been shooting at cans and bottles.

About 6 p.m., two of the boys tried to shoot at a bird. One of the pellets came down and hit Calvin on the top right side of his head. The boy's mother called an ambulance when the bleeding would not stop.

The youth was taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Police said they are investigating the incident.

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