City/county Digest


October 22, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Flu vaccine stolen from agency that treats homeless

Ten vials of flu vaccine - enough doses for 100 people - were stolen last week from HealthCare for the Homeless in Baltimore in what officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe was only the second incident of vaccine theft in the nation this flu season.

The vials were stolen from an unsecured area at the group's headquarters at 111 Park Ave., city Health Commissioner Peter L. Beilenson said last night. The Health Department gave the group several vials of vaccine to make up for some of the loss, he said.

"I doubt very much that they will ever find the person who did this," Beilenson said, adding that there have been reports of flu vaccine selling at black market prices in other parts of the nation but not in Baltimore. He encouraged health care providers to secure their supplies.

More than 600 doses of vaccine were also reported stolen from a pediatrician's office during the Columbus Day weekend.

Call to drug tip line leads to two arrests after raid

A call made Tuesday to the city's new drug tip line was credited yesterday for a raid on a Northeast Baltimore home in which police arrested a couple and seized marijuana, crack cocaine and four handguns.

The anonymous caller to the telephone line (410-666-DRUG) complained of drug dealing at the home in the 4800 block of Wright Ave., said city police spokesman Matt Jablow. The next day, organized crime division officers conducted surveillance of the area, obtained a search warrant and conducted the raid, which turned up the weapons, $500 worth of marijuana, $1,200 in crack and $450 in heroin, he said.

Nathaniel Weaver, 34, and Sandra Weaver, 37, were charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs, police said.

Since the tip line opened in early August, police have received more than 1,000 calls, Jablow said yesterday.

Ravens' Lewis among those to be honored at breakfast

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is among those being honored for their leadership tomorrow at the Associated Black Charities' 19th annual Meeting and Recognition Breakfast.

The Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, founder of the Empowerment Temple of Baltimore, and former Circuit Judge George L. Russell Jr. will also be honored at the event, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Baltimore.

Tickets are $50 and may be bought by calling 410-659-0000.

In Baltimore County

Five shot, two fatally, in separate incidents

PERRY HALL - Two men were shot in the parking lot of a Weis supermarket last night - one of two late multiple shootings reported in an outbreak of violence unusual for Baltimore County.

In the other incident, two people were killed and a third person was seriously wounded in a domestic incident about 11 p.m. at a dwelling in the 800 block of Jaydee Ave. in North Point, county police said.

The parking lot shooting occurred about 10 p.m. outside the supermarket at Honeygo Village Center on Honeygo Boulevard, resulting in a manhunt for two suspects, police said.

The victims were an unlicensed taxi driver and a passenger in his vehicle, and both were flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. Two men being sought were also passengers in the unlicensed cab, a late-model Volkswagen sedan registered, and had been picked up at White Marsh Mall, police said.

Nobel Prize winner Agre speaks Monday in Towson

TOWSON - Dr. Peter Agre, winner of last year's Nobel Prize in chemistry, will speak about the "Civic Duty of Scientists" at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson.

Agre is a professor of biological chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The presentation is the second lecture in the Baltimore County League of Women Voters' Focus on Contemporary Issues series. Admission is $10.

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