The Police Department's firearms unit was recognized by...

City/County Digest

October 21, 1998|By From staff reports

RANDALLSTOWN — The Police Department's firearms unit was recognized by the FBI yesterday for its proficiency in using a computer to compare distinguishing marks from shell casings to help identify shooting suspects.

In 1992, the department was one of the first in the nation to get the computer called "Drugfire," enabling investigators to compare shell casings found at shooting scenes to any gun confiscated by police in the Baltimore-Washington region.

Police said the system has helped link shootings that at first seemed unconnected. The department, in particular technician James Wagster, has used the computer to link 700 shell casings to guns, which the FBI says is the most "hits" in the nation.

Shipyard worker accused of distributing drugs

A shipyard worker has been arrested by federal marshals on charges that he participated in a violent drug gang that operated in the O'Donnell Heights section of Southeast Baltimore.

Michael Avon "Little Mike" Scales, 28, of no known address was arrested Monday at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s shipyard in Sparrows Point by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the aid of racketeering and distribution of drugs.

City police charged Scales with being a member of the "Nickel Boys," which federal authorities said they broke up in July when they indicted 13 people. Prosecutors said the gang was responsible for at least four slayings, including the 1997 killing of a Northern High School all-star quarterback.

Glendening to unveil plans for state business loan fund

Gov. Parris N. Glendening was to announce a new state revolving loan fund for minority small businesses at 9 a.m. today at Forum Caterers in the 4200 block of Primrose Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

At 3: 45 p.m. today, the governor is expected to announce a proposed office and residential complex at the former Baltimore Life Insurance building at 901 N. Howard St. The project's developers are William L. Adams and Theo Rogers.

Highlandtown church to hold sour beef luncheon, supper

A perennial fall event is United Evangelical Church's annual sour beef and dumpling luncheon and supper served today and tomorrow at the church's fellowship hall, East Avenue and Dillon Street in Highlandtown.

The meals will be available from 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The cost is $9 for adults and $4.50 for children. Carryout service is available for an additional 50 cents.

RANDALLSTOWN -- An elderly woman's car was stolen yesterday afternoon near Liberty and Rolling roads by a man who ordered her out of the car at gunpoint and drove away, police said.

The woman, whose name was not released by police, was not injured, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime of the county Police Department. Her 1979 Mercury Marquis, which was taken from her about 1: 45, was found two hours later with the engine running at Elderon and Laredo avenues just inside the city line, police said.

UMBC director to receive science teachers award


CATONSVILLE -- Jose Barata, director of the Office of Academic Outreach at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will receive a 1998 Maryland Association of Science Teachers Award for Excellence in Science Education in administration.

Barata, who has been involved in science education since 1974 and is a past president of the association, will receive the award Friday at the group's annual conference in Frederick.

At UMBC, Barata has created and directed a science program for middle school students, was state director for Maryland/Science and Humanities Symposium for gifted high school researchers, and helped put in place a training-of-trainers approach to science education in public schools.

Purple ribbons to signify campaign against abuse


PIKESVILLE -- As part of a statewide campaign against domestic violence, Maryland State Police will put foot-long purple ribbons on state police cars through the end of the month.

The ribbons, which will be tied to antennas or door handles on the cruisers, also will be displayed at area Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's and Sears stores, the state police said.

The campaign is called "Driving the Message Home" and is sponsored by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. Residents who wish to show support can obtain ribbons by calling the network at 301-352-4574.

Pub Date: 10/21/98

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