In Baltimore City Suspected kingpin, 9 others indicted...

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March 20, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Suspected kingpin, 9 others indicted on drug charges

A suspected drug kingpin known as "Pistol," his younger brother and eight others accused of having been part of a West Baltimore drug-trafficking organization have been indicted by a city grand jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, the city state's attorney office announced yesterday.

The indictments returned this month allege that the suspects sold heroin in the areas of Baker and Monroe streets on the west side and Park Heights and Woodland avenues in Northwest Baltimore. A 10-month investigation conducted by the state's attorney's Special Investigations Division, which probes violent drug organizations, led to the indictments, the prosecutor's office said.

Those named in the indictments were arrested yesterday and Monday at various locations in the city, and include Andre "Pistol" Cotton, 31, who is also charged as a drug kingpin, and his brother, John Cotton, 27, both of the 2400 block of Battersea Place, the state's attorney's office said.

Shooting victim identified as Gwynn Oak man, 21

A 21-year-old man killed Sunday in a double shooting in the Walbrook area of West Baltimore was identified yesterday as Quennel Bartlett of the first block of Virunga Court in Gwynn Oak.

Bartlett and Dominic Blow, 17, of West Baltimore were standing in the 2100 block of Garrison Blvd. about 1 p.m. when a gunman approached and fired several shots, police said. Officers found the victims lying on the stairs leading to an apartment building.

Bartlett died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and Blow was released after treatment at Sinai Hospital, police said.

Mayor's aide to discuss construction approval

The city administration's efforts to streamline the construction approval process will be discussed by Kirby Fowler, Mayor Martin O'Malley's special assistant for neighborhood and economic revitalization, during a public forum at noon today at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets.

Fowler is the first speaker in a spring lecture series sponsored by the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. All sessions are free and open to the public.

March Madness event to benefit juvenile diabetes

The Young Professionals group of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will hold its fourth annual March Madness fund-raiser at 5 p.m. March 30 at Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina, 1325 Key Highway.

Proceeds from the event, which coincides with the Final Four weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament, will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The games can be viewed on large-screen televisions at the party.

Tickets, which are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, include an all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks. A silent auction and raffle also will be held. Information: 410-823-0073.

In Baltimore County

Lectures set for parents whose children play sports

OWINGS MILLS -- Psychologist Rick Wolff will present two lectures tomorrow at McDonogh School for parents of children who play competitive sports.

Wolff, chairman of the Web-based Center for Sports Parenting, part of the Institute for International Sport, will lecture at 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The first session will discuss elementary school-age children and the second elder children and teen-agers.

Both sessions are free and open to the public in Ceres M. Horn Theatre at the school, 8600 McDonogh Road. Information: 410-363-0600.

Award-winning gardener to speak at college campus

DUNDALK -- Helen Dillon, an expert on gardening, will discuss "Rethinking the Garden after 30 Years" at 2 p.m. Sunday at College Community Center Theater on the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

Dillon, who lives near Dublin, Ireland, is an author, lecturer and recipient of the Veitch Medal of Honor from the Royal Horticultural Society, the oldest horticultural society in the world. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-771-0534.

Charity, church and state will be discussed Monday

TOWSON -- Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will discuss "Charitable Choice and Church/State Issues" at 6 p.m. Monday at Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St.

The lecture is the fifth in the "Focus on Contemporary Issues" series sponsored by Baltimore County League of Women Voters. Information: 410-464-1902.

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