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November 11, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Dozen defendants charged in drug ring enter guilty pleas

A dozen defendants charged with being involved in an East Baltimore drug ring, including its kingpin, pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

The ring, which was operating in Canton, Highlandtown and Dundalk, was dismantled after a wiretap investigation conducted by Baltimore police and prosecutors. The defendants, who were apprehended in September last year, had been selling cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana since 1996, according to police. Yesterday, they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute the drugs.

Clayton "Lurch" White, 30, of the 5300 block of King Arthur Circle pleaded guilty to being a kingpin of the organization. He and the others are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12.

Man found fatally shot on street in Northwest

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot last night while riding his bicycle on a street in Northwest Baltimore's Callaway-Garrison neighborhood - becoming the city's 226th homicide victim this year, police said.

Officers responding to a reported shooting about 11 p.m. in the 3900 block of Boarman Ave., near Garrison Boulevard, found the victim lying in the street with at least one bullet wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the gunman rode off on the victim's gold-colored bicycle.

The victim's name was not divulged. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Detective Bobby Patton at 410-396-2100.

Retired Carver coach to be honored at benefit

Retired Carver Vocational-Technical High School athletic director and coach Lloyd "Sodie" White will be honored at a pre-90th birthday roast and scholarship benefit from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in the gymnasium of the school at Bentalou and Presstman streets.

White retired in 1977, ending a teaching and coaching career that spanned 36 years - most of it at Carver, where the football field was renamed in his honor.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by contacting James Griffin at 410-233-6229 or Isaiah Foreman at 410-566-9071.

NAACP and bank offer financial planning help

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in partnership with Bank of America, has scheduled a free financial planning workshop for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Baltimore NAACP branch office, 8 W. 26th St.

Investment advisers will participate in the workshop, which will include information on investment for financial security and for college tuition.

The workshop is part of the NAACP's Financial Empowerment Initiative to help increase minority wealth. Information: 410-366-3300.

In Baltimore County

Man killed after losing control of motorcycle

MIDDLETOWN - A 47-year-old motorcyclist died early yesterday after his vehicle became airborne and crashed off Middletown Road near Baker Schoolhouse Road, police said.

Police spokesman Bill Toohey said Matthew Allen Frederick of Hanover, Pa., lost control of his motorcycle about 11 p.m. on a turn on the rural road. Frederick died several hours later at York Hospital, Toohey said.

Hairston to give update on status of public schools

DUNDALK - Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston will offer an update on the status of the county school system tonight at a meeting of the Southeast Area Educational Advisory Council.

The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Dundalk High School, 1901 Delvale Ave. The public is invited.

State senator to discuss proposed sex offender bill

TOWSON - State Sen. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat, will discuss his proposal to prevent convicted sex offenders from living within a certain distance of schools, playgrounds and day care centers tomorrow night at a meeting of the Rodgers Forge Community Association.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the staff cafeteria of Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road.

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