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January 03, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police officer injured when cruiser collides with vehicle in chase

A city police officer was injured yesterday when his cruiser collided with a stolen car that was being pursued - and was cornered minutes later, with two occupants arrested - in West Baltimore.

The 2001 Dodge Neon, taken in a carjacking Dec. 1 in the 2700 block of Clifton Ave., was spotted by police about 11 a.m. at Edmondson Avenue and Cooks Lane. It was followed to the 1600 block of N. Dukeland St., where it struck a patrol car driven by Officer Peter Nguyen.

The Neon sped off - one witness said it appeared to be going more than 100 mph - before police blocked in the car in the 3100 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway, where its two occupants were arrested. Nguyen was treated for minor back injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The suspects - one age 18 of the 1100 block of Whitelock St., one age 23 of the 1600 block of N. Monroe St. - were in custody. Police did not divulge their names last night.

Three shot on east side during apparent robbery

Three men were shot last night during what police described as an attempted robbery on the front steps of a rowhouse in the East Baltimore neighborhood of Midway. Two of the victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and one to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and all are expected to survive, police said.

Sgt. Kevin Daniels, a police spokesman, said Lanovelle Taylor, 27, of the 1500 block of Carswell St. and two cousins whose names were not released were sitting on the front steps of Taylor's sister's house in the 600 block of Cokesbury Ave. about 7 p.m. when two men, one with a large-caliber handgun, demanded their money and valuables.

Daniels said the victims were attempting to flee into the house when Taylor was shot in the back. A second victim was shot in the right hip and the third in the chest.

Police arrest eight and seize drugs in raids

Central District drug enforcement officers raided three dwellings in separate parts of the city yesterday and arrested eight people on charges of drug possession and distribution.

Police said they seized 5 ounces of heroin valued at $100,000, a pound of marijuana, 500 vials of cocaine, more than $10,000 in cash and a surveillance camera used to scan the outside of one residence.

Sgt. Ronald Kessler said the raids were staged between noon and 4:20 p.m. in the 1200 block of Harlem Ave., the 200 block of N. Spring Court and the 700 block of Lennox St. The arrests followed a monthlong investigation, he said.

Transportation official retires after 18 years

J. Anthony Jeffrey, chief of the safety division in the city Office of Transportation, has retired after 18 years as a municipal employee.

Jeffrey began with the city as superintendent of marine operations, which included supervising removal of hazardous materials from the Inner Harbor. After four years, he was promoted to chief of the safety division .

During his tenure, Jeffrey worked with federal, state and local government officials to develop security and emergency protocols; coordinated logistics for visits by dignitaries; and formulated plans for traffic control during emergency situations such as the CSX train derailment, tunnel fire and water main break last summer, the Franklin Street sinkhole in 1999 and the blizzard of 1996.

In Baltimore County

Whitestone Road to close this week to replace bridge

WOODLAWN - Whitestone Road in Meadows Industrial Park will be closed for three months, starting this week, while a bridge over Dead Run is replaced.

Traffic will be detoured along Whitehead Road, Woodlawn Drive and Dogwood Road.

T.C. Simons Inc. is the contractor for the $600,000 project, which includes work on nearby storm drains.

Towson professor to discuss U.S. policy on Afghanistan

TOWSON - Joseph Rudolph, professor of political science at Towson University, will discuss U.S. foreign policy on Afghanistan in a speech Tuesday to Central Baltimore County Democratic Club.

He will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Carver Community Center, Jefferson Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard.

Information: 410-377-4521 or www.cbcdc.org.

Middle East lecture series scheduled at senior center

PARKVILLE - Baltimore County Department of Aging and the Community College of Baltimore County will sponsor a lecture series offering historical and social perspectives on the Middle East at Parkville Senior Center.

The lectures will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 15 to March 19. The senior center is at 8601 Harford Road. Registration: 410-780-6651 or 410- 887-5338.

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