Black women's political group to start chapter

November 30, 1994

A national group organized to get more black women elected to political posts is set to open a new chapter in Annapolis.

The National Political Congress of Black Women, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group, has scheduled an organizational meeting tonight at City Hall.

"The main focus of it is so that we can become key participants in the political process," said Dorinda White-Halbert, a membership organizer for the Washington-based group. "We want to increase our presence in the state of Maryland."

Some local activists say there are plenty of qualified black women in the Annapolis area but few are encouraged to run for political office.

"Annapolis never had any African-American women elected to the City Council nor to the House of Delegates from this district," said Carl O. Snowden, an Annapolis alderman and civil rights activist.

The organization has six Maryland chapters -- in Baltimore, Charles County, Montgomery County, Calvert County and two areas of Prince George's County. Aside from Annapolis, the group wants to add new branches in Howard, Queen Anne's and northern Anne Arundel counties.

The group's members include Shirley Chisholm, who was the first black woman to serve in Congress and to make a presidential bid, and Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Guns stolen from bedroom

An Eastport resident who stored a collection of guns in his bedroom closet came home from his Thanksgiving vacation last weekend to find more than $600 worth of the weapons gone, Annapolis police said yesterday.

The man, George McGowan, 36, didn't call police until late Monday afternoon when he found that the guns were missing from the closet, police said.

Mr. McGowan, who works for the Anne Arundel County Department of Corrections, told police the missing weapons included two shotguns, a rifle and several gun cases.

Naked man in street gets medical check

An Annapolis man who stood naked in the middle of a city street and told passers-by he was Jesus was taken by police for an emergency medical evaluation Monday afternoon, police said.

Neighbors on the first block of Dorsey Avenue called police Monday shortly before 1 p.m. complaining that the man, Brian R. Smith, 40, was taking off his clothes in the rain, flailing his arms around in the street and stopping pedestrians and passing cars, police said. Mr. Smith told people he was Jesus and asked them if they knew God, police said.

Mr. Smith was evaluated at Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he told medical staff he had just taken cocaine, police said. Mr. Smith was not booked at the Annapolis Police Department.

2 men arrested in drug raid

County narcotics detectives arrested two men on drug charges Monday night after raiding a house in the first block of Parole St., authorities said.

Police seized 98 grams of a substance that tested positive for crack cocaine and more than $300 in the 10 p.m. raid. The men arrested were in the living room of the house. Two others named in the warrant were not in the house when the raid occurred, police said.

Wayne Henry Brown, 18, who lives in the house, and John Edward Forrester, 21, of no fixed address, were charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, police said.


* Tracy's Landing: Someone stole $500 worth of Christmas presents Monday from a van left on the park-and-ride lot at Solomons Island Road and Bay Front Road while the owner went to work.

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