In Baltimore City
Man, 19, sentenced to 25 years for sexual assaults against four
A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday for sexually assaulting four female students.
Davon Hawkins of the 700 block of N. Luzerne Ave. pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree sexual offenses in the armed carjacking and rape of two women, ages 21 and 19, near Morgan State University on Aug. 25, 2000. An hour later, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl were carjacked near Northern High School and sexually assaulted.
Judge Carol E. Smith gave Hawkins two concurrent 50-year sentences, with 25 years suspended from each. A co-defendant is to stand trial in January.
N.Y. man gets 40 years for being a drug kingpin
A New York man convicted of supplying cocaine to a major Baltimore drug ring was sentenced yesterday in Circuit Court to 40 years in prison, the maximum allowed by state law.
Raul Varela, 51, of Valley Stream, N.Y., was convicted of being a drug kingpin. Detectives tracked his movements and drug deals using wiretaps, and arrested him after he brought about 1 1/2 kilograms of cocaine to Baltimore. Police also seized $50,000 from him.
Varela must serve the first 25 years of his sentence without the possibility of parole.
Raid at after-hours club results in 29 arrests
A weekend raid at an after-hours club resulted in 29 arrests -- most of them on drug-possession charges -- and undercover detectives are planning similar operations in coming months, city police said yesterday.
The raid took place about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the 1722 Club, 1722 N. Charles St., after a six-week undercover investigation. Detectives reported seizing 41 bags of cocaine, and 183 doses of Ecstasy and 82 small plastic bags of ketamine -- both known as "club drugs," police said. Police also seized the club's licenses, officials said. The club's management could not be reached for comment yesterday.
"Hopefully, this will send a message to the after-hours clubs in Baltimore that this type of activity will not be tolerated," said Lt. Michael Tabor of the Police Department's drug unit.
Police academy graduates 94 officers
Two classes of probationary police officers graduated yesterday from the city Police Department academy in a ceremony at the War Memorial building.
The graduation formally marked the addition of 94 officers to the force. One class just finished training at the academy, and the other completed it in late August.
In the past, graduations were held when a class finished the 26- week academy program and 10 weeks of training on the street. The department now plans to hold graduations for each class when the academy phase is completed, said Lt. Col. Standford Franklin, who heads the department's Education and Training Division.
Fells Point groups to meet to discuss recent homicide
The Fells Point Homeowners Association and the neighborhood's business group have scheduled a meeting for 7 o'clock this evening at Lista's restaurant to discuss safety concerns after a homicide in the community a week ago.
The killing, which occurred about 2 a.m. Oct. 16 at Aliceanna Street and South Broadway, prompted complaints from neighbors linking it to unruly crowds at a Broadway nightclub.
Area residents, businesses and the public are welcome to the attend the meeting on the second floor of the restaurant at 1637 Thames St.
In Baltimore County
911 network, backup crash for 80 minutes; system fixed
TOWSON -- Baltimore County's emergency 911 system and its backup stopped fully functioning Saturday morning for 80 minutes, county officials said yesterday.
The disruption occurred about 8 a.m. Problems with a system component were repaired within about an hour, officials said. "There were no untended emergencies," said Elise Armacost, a county spokeswoman.
The county is talking with the system's maker to determine the cause of the outage, she said.
Regional Auto Theft Team wins international award
TOWSON -- For the third time since its inception in 1994, the Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Team has won the merit award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The unit, formed by police in Baltimore and Baltimore County in response to a sharp increase in regional automobile thefts, also received the honor in 1996 and last year. This year's award will be presented Oct. 30 at the association's convention in Toronto.
Since it was formed, the team has reduced auto thefts by half. Last year, the unit made more than 1,200 arrests and recovered more than 900 vehicles valued at $7 million.