City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 29, 2006

Grant to fund study of gangs

The Baltimore City Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will receive a $15,000 grant to assess local gang activity.

Law enforcement officers from across the state met at a summit this month in Columbia to discuss gang activity. Baltimore is seeing increasing numbers of gangs with national ties.

For example, there are 14 Bloods sects in the city; between 1999 and 2005, there was one, a Baltimore Police Department major said at the summit.

The gang assessment award, given by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the state U.S. attorney's office, will be managed by Tammy Brown, director of the coordinating council.

Julie Bykowicz

Baltimore: Boston Street

Closure planned for construction

Baltimore transportation officials are temporarily closing Boston Street from Newkirk to Ponca streets starting at 7 a.m. today to widen an eastbound roadway. The road will reopen from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow to accommodate rush hour traffic. Officials said the road might be closed again after 6 p.m. Friday.

Carroll County: Westminster

Suspect is sought in sex solicitation

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 35- to 45-year-old man who solicited a teenage boy for sex outside the county's public library on East Main Street in Westminster on Monday afternoon, according to David P. Daggett, the county's deputy state's attorney. The man was driving a blue pickup truck with a matching cap that had Maryland agricultural tags beginning with A2, Daggett said. Anyone with information on the incident should contact the sheriff's office at 410-386- 2900.

Laura McCandlish

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