Police monitor Milford Mill after fights

April 15, 1997|By Marego Athans | Marego Athans,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police have begun monitoring Milford Mill Academy at dismissal time, prompted by a series of fights among rival groups of teen-agers, including a shooting last week in a neighborhood off Liberty Road.

A "handful" of police officers has been posted outside the Washington Avenue school, Sgt. Kevin Novak said. The shooting appears to be part of a continuing dispute among the groups, who recently had been fighting at dismissal time, he said.

"Kids from the different neighborhoods attend the school, and that becomes the common ground, so there's potential friction at the school. That's why we're there," Novak said.

Four county teen-agers were charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two weapons charges after gunfire erupted about 6: 20 p.m. April 7 in the 6600 block of Laurel Drive near the city line, police said.

A group of youths jumped out of a car, and one shot at their rivals with a silver-colored semiautomatic handgun as the targets -- about a half-dozen youths -- ran and ducked into a woodpile for safety. No one was injured.

Two of those charged -- Dwayne A. Wilkins, 18, of the 8200 block of Vosges Road and Rodney L. Preston, 18, of the first block of Betlou James Place -- are students at Milford Mill Academy. Two juveniles also were charged in the incident, police said; one attends Catonsville Alternative School. School information for the other was not available.

On Wednesday, five male students -- not from Milford -- and a 23-year-old were charged with trespassing at Milford Mill about 3: 25 p.m. The teen-age suspects attend Woodlawn and Randallstown high schools in the county, and Walbrook and Northwestern high schools in Baltimore City, police said.

"We think all the problems with the attempted shooting, the fights at the school and the trespassing seem to be interrelated," Novak said. "It's from these neighborhood groups who are disputing each other."

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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