Suspicious device prompts evacuation at booking centerA...

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July 20, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — Suspicious device prompts evacuation at booking center

A section of the Central Booking and Intake Center in the 400 block of E. Madison St. was evacuated for about an hour late yesterday morning while a police bomb squad removed a metal pipe with a fuse that was found in a bag belonging to a suspect, a police spokeswoman said.

The device was rendered safe by the bomb squad and was being examined at the crime laboratory, Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes said.

She said Raymond Church, 24, of the first block of N. Montford Ave. was arrested about 8 a.m. yesterday in the 2400 block of Hudson St. and charged with malicious destruction after allegedly breaking a car's windows. Church was taken to the booking center, where officers said they found the pipe in his bag.

Three charged in shooting of Coast Guard mechanic

TOWSON -- Three men were charged yesterday in the shooting of a Coast Guard mechanic on Linden Hill Road in Owings Mills on Wednesday, police said.

Jagprett Singh Bhalla, 18, and Davon Christopher Harris, 20, both of Woodlawn, and James Alexander Horsey, 24, of West Baltimore were each charged with attempted murder, police said. They were to appear at bail review hearings today in Baltimore County District Court.

Barry Cedric Bland, 35, was shot twice in the chest as he got out of his car in his driveway in the 9800 block of Linden Hill Road, police said, adding that they knew of no motive for the shooting.

Residents to honor police for drug raid

ESSEX

ESSEX -- Police officers who broke up a thriving narcotics business in an east-side neighborhood will be treated to a day of appreciation Saturday when neighbors clean the officers' cars and serve pit beef and corn on the cob to them and their families.

Don Crockett, coordinator of the event, said officers from the Essex Precinct and members of the tactical team will be honored in the 300 block of Nicholson Road from noon to 4 p.m. "to show them we deeply appreciate the job they did cleaning up our community."

On June 11, more than 50 officers raided four houses on Nicholson Road and arrested nine suspects who residents said operated a busy drug market. Police seized heroin, cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia.

Panel on school violence to meet Wednesday

TOWSON

TOWSON -- The next meeting of the county school system's Acts and Threats of Violence Task Force Committee will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Greenwood Administration Building.

The committee, led by former school board President Calvin Disney, was appointed last month by Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione to review the district's policies and procedures on acts and threats of violence in response to the recent wave of shootings in schools across the country.

The task force meetings are open to the public. The committee is expected to report its findings and recommendations to the superintendent by Oct. 15.

Free guided tours offered at Hampton historic site

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Hampton National Historic Site will offer free guided tours of its gardens, cemetery and farm, including the slave quarters, until Sept. 1.

Visitors can see the farm buildings and learn about the lives of Hampton workers at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tours of the gardens are offered at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The cemetery of the Ridgely family, who lived in the 18th-century mansion for generations, will be open at 2 p.m. Fridays and Sundays.

The park, at 535 Hampton Lane off Dulaney Valley Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Mansion tours are available hourly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 410-823-1309.

Pub Date: 7/20/98

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