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July 20, 2000|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Police officers raid, break up citywide drug ring

Police broke up what they said was a violent, citywide drug ring yesterday, serving 25 search warrants, arresting 14 people and seizing nine guns and a half-kilogram of cocaine.

Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris said the raid was the first in recent memory in which city police detectives broke up a mid-level drug ring with little help from state or federal authorities. Norris said those arrested had been indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and their bails as high as $5 million had been pre-set. He said they had committed 29 violent crimes in the past three months.

Called Operation Alpha, the project was the first in a series of law enforcement operations aimed at mid- to high-level drug dealers, police said. Of the 25 search warrants, 20 were served in the city, four in Baltimore County and one in Harford County.

Man shot on downtown street dies 2 weeks later

A Northeast Baltimore man who was shot downtown several days ago died yesterday of his wound.

Detective Carol Opher of the homicide unit said Gary M. Billups, 21, of the 5400 block of Greenhill Ave. was walking with friends and relatives on Redwood Street near Charles Street about 1 a.m. July 5 when he and another man exchanged words after an accidental bumping. It was unclear who bumped whom.

The other man pulled out a revolver and shot Billups in the chest and Ryan C. Rice, 21, of the 3600 block of Labyrinth Road in the right ankle and fled, Opher said. Rice was treated and released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Billups was in critical condition before his death about noon yesterday, Opher said.

Council hears complaints about high school athletics

More than 40 high school athletic directors, coaches, parents and administrators appeared last night at an informal City Council hearing on the state of high school athletics.

Councilman Melvin L. Stukes, chairman of the Education and Human Resources Committee, and other council members heard complaints about the lack of locker rooms and playing fields and about worn-out uniforms and equipment.

Many complaints were directed at the citys professional sports teams, the Ravens and Orioles, which receive public funds but provide little or no support for high school athletics. At the end of the hearing, which lasted more than two hours, Stukes vowed that he will die trying to get the complaints addressed.

In Baltimore County

Information about cat infected with rabies sought

PARKTON - A medium-sized, black and white domestic short-haired stray cat, which was being fed by a family in the 17400 block of Masemore Road, died and has tested positive for rabies, the county Department of Health said yesterday.

Officials ask that anyone who may have been scratched or bitten by a cat fitting this description between July 7 and July 14 to contact a physician. They also direct further calls to the Health Department at 410-832-7179.

Anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of the cat during that period is asked contact the Health Department between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Just Say Yes To Reading registration is under way

RANDALLSTOWN - Registration has begun for the seventh annual Just Say Yes To Readingprogram, a joint project of Zeta Phi Beta sorority and the Randallstown branch of the Baltimore County Library.

The program, which provides four weeks of summer reading activities for children ages 3 to 13, start a new season at 6:30 p.m. today. To register, stop by the checkout desk of the Randallstown library, 8604 Liberty Road, or call 410-887-0770.

Medicare workshop at Bykota center today

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Aging will present a free workshop, Understanding Medicare, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave.

Medigap insurance, the Maryland Pharmacy Assistance Program, the rights of Medicare beneficiaries and prospects for prescription drug coverage will be discussed. Information: 410-887-2059.

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