Members of a law enforcement group that investigates car...

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

November 25, 1998|By From staff reports

PIKESVILLE — Members of a law enforcement group that investigates car thefts and carjackings will be recognized for their work by the police chiefs of Baltimore and Baltimore County at 3 p.m. today at city police headquarters, 601 E. Fayette St.

The Regional Auto Theft Team is made up of about 30 city and county police officers who investigate auto thefts and carjackings. Since 1995, the unit has recovered 1,780 stolen autos valued at $11.7 million and arrested 39 carjacking suspects and 2,214 auto-theft suspects.

Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier and county Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will officiate as RATT members receive citations from the city and county, the governor's office and state police.

Gallery asks for mittens, gloves to give to homeless

Students are being asked to contribute gloves and mittens of all sizes to be distributed to the homeless for the winter.

Donations to the Mitten Tree for the Homeless campaign can be dropped off at Art Gallery Ltd., 5801 Falls Road at the Kelly Avenue Bridge in Mount Washington, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Joanne Winslow, president of gallery, said that students can earn community service appreciation awards for their donations.

Man gets life in killing over $10 worth of cocaine

A man has been sentenced to life without parole in the fatal shooting of another man in a dispute over $10 worth of crack cocaine.

Assistant State's Attorney Sharon R. Holback said Herbert Lee Crawford, 21, of the 500 block of Chateau Ave. was sentenced Monday in Circuit Court. Crawford killed Andrew Geiger, 30, of the 1200 block of Oak Croft Drive in Baltimore County, about 3: 30 a.m. on July 28, 1996.

Holback said Crawford thought Geiger, a regular drug customer, was not going to pay for a $10 purchase of crack and shot Geiger in the chest. Geiger tried to flee and Crawford's gun jammed when he attempted to shoot him again, Holback said. An accomplice is set to tried Feb. 1 on charges he shot Geiger in the back of the head.

PIKESVILLE -- Pikesville High School is holding a clothing drive until Dec. 11 to help victims of Hurricane Mitch.

Clothing and shoes for men, women and children will be collected in the school's lobby during school hours and will be sent to Honduras. Pikesville High is at 7621 Labyrinth Road.

Cross-dressing bandit strikes Belair Road bank

TOWSON

TOWSON -- A man wearing makeup, a long black wig, cream-colored sweat suit, black gloves and carrying a handgun robbed a First National Bank in the 8600 block of Belair Road yesterday, police said.

The man, described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds, entered the bank about 1 p.m., handed the teller a note and showed the dark-colored gun, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money.

The robber's description corresponds with that of a man who robbed a Fashion Bug store in Ellicott City on Saturday night and a Howard County credit union in October. Yesterday's robbery marked the first time the cross-dressing thief has struck in Baltimore County, police said.

Ruppersberger swearing-in is scheduled for Dec. 7

TOWSON

TOWSON -- County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger will be sworn in for a second four-year term Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at Towson University's Towson Center, along with all seven County Council members and court officials.

Past inaugurations were staged outside on the Towson Courthouse Plaza. But Jennifer Macek, Ruppersberger's chief of staff, said using the Towson Center would prevent problems in the event of inclement weather -- which four years ago forced hundreds of people indoors into small, makeshift quarters.

In the new term, the executive's annual salary goes from $90,000 to $105,000, while council members' pay goes from $30,900 to $38,500. The council chairman will get $43,000.

Pub Date: 11/25/98

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