Two charged with drug, gun offenses

January 13, 1995

Police acting on a tip from an informant arrested two men on drug charges Wednesday night in Brooklyn Park, authorities said.

Melvin Jones, 29, and his brother, Keith Corey Jones, 25, both of the 2400 block of Dorton Court in Cherry Hill, were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun while engaged in drug trafficking, police said.

Officers staked out the Park Plaza Shopping Center on Ritchie Highway and 11th Avenue after receiving the tip, police said. About 9 p.m., the men arrived in a Volkswagen Jetta. About 15 minutes later, police said, they found 28.4 grams of cocaine in Melvin Jones' right shoe.

Officers also searched the car and found a 40-mm Glock semiautomatic pistol loaded with hollow-point bullets, police said. Thirty rounds of ammunition were found in a compartment under the steering wheel.

The Volkswagen Jetta and $735 also were seized, police said.

Man arrested, charged with theft

A Baltimore man was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with attempting to steal $36 worth of candy from a Basics store in the 5600 block of Ritchie Highway, police said.

Officer Richard Colmus went to the store about 4:30 p.m. to take custody of a suspected shoplifter. Store security officers told Officer Colmus that a man had stuffed five Mr. Goodbars, three Snickers bars and 12 packs of Hershey Krackels in the lining of his trench coat and tried to leave the store without paying.

Officer Colmus searched the man and found a syringe in his right shirt pocket, police said.

Garey Wendell Wilson, 43, of the 2900 block of Spelman Road in Baltimore was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor theft, police said.

Students adopt creek for cleanup

Twenty-nine seventh-grade students at the Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School have adopted a section of Sawmill Creek for cleaning and maintaining. The section assigned the students runs from Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard west to the middle of Sawmill Creek.

The students, who call themselves "The Sawmill Creek Savers," started working on the stream at the end of November. They meet every Wednesday.

The outdoor activity is augmented by educational slide shows and guest speakers.

"The students are really excited about doing something positive in an area that is near the school," said Louise Agriesti, a teacher who is coordinating the project. "I'm really surprised that so many kids are willing to give their time so freely."

Other groups or individuals interested in adopting a section of the creek or volunteering to assist in cleanups can contact Maryland Save Our Streams at 969-0085.

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