Southeastern District drug enforcement officers posing as...

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July 17, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — Southeastern District drug enforcement officers posing as drug dealers arrested 25 people last night in a sting operation in O'Donnell Heights.

Twenty-one suspects were accused of trying to purchase drugs and four others were charged with hindering when they allegedly warned others that police were in the area, said Lt. George Klein. He said the 1700 block of Nome St. was selected for the operation because of the area's heavy drug traffic.

Klein said 16 suspects are from Essex and Dundalk and the others are from Baltimore. He said a small quantity of crack cocaine and several hundred dollars were seized and 10 vehicles were confiscated. The suspects were being held last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

2 shot to death, 3rd man wounded in Harwood

Two men were shot to death and a third wounded last night in the Harwood section of Baltimore, and police said they had no suspects or a motive.

Detective Scott Serio said the victims, three adults whose identities were not available, were in the 400 block of E. Lorraine Ave., near the 2600 block of Greenmount Ave., when they were each shot several times about 10: 30 p.m. by an unknown number of men.

Serio said one man was pronounced dead at the scene, a second died in a city ambulance and the third man was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in critical condition this morning.

TOWSON -- Six homes on three roads in Rodgers Forge were hit by a burglar early yesterday, Baltimore County police said, and the thief took money and credit cards from each house.

Two burglaries occurred in the 300 block of Dunkirk Road, according to Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, county police spokesman. Three others were reported in the 100 block of Overbrook Road (( and a sixth in the 500 block of Murdock Road.

The burglaries occurred between 2 a.m. and 6: 30 a.m., Novak said. In each case, the burglar entered through an unlocked window at the rear of the house. "We are urging folks to keep their homes secured," Novak said.

Man shot, critically injured as he walked to his house

OWINGS MILLS

OWINGS MILLS -- A man was shot Wednesday night after he got out of his car in his driveway, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Barry Cedric Bland, 35, of the 9000 block of Linden Hill Road was shot twice in the chest, police said. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition after surgery yesterday, according to police and hospital officials.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots about 10: 35 Wednesday night, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, Baltimore County police spokesman. They ran to help Bland, a civilian mechanic for the Coast Guard, who told one neighbor that someone shot him as he walked toward his door. Police were investigating yesterday but had not determined a motive for the shooting.

State's attorney unopposed after Democrat leaves race

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Baltimore County State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor might get a free ride to her seventh term in office now that Democrat Wallace Kleid -- a former assistant state's attorney and the Republican incumbent's only opponent in the election -- has withdrawn.

The Democratic State Central Committee has until Tuesday to name a candidate, if it chooses.

Two County Council candidates also withdrew before yesterday's 5 p.m. deadline: Democrat John H. Davis-El and Republican Robert E. Latshaw Jr. Davis-El's departure leaves County Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Randallstown Democrat, unopposed in the primary. With Latshaw's withdrawal, the Republican primary in Towson's 4th Councilmanic District will be among Kathleen F. Beadell, Walter Boyd and Wayne M. Skinner.

Pub Date: 7/17/98

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