Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

September 12, 2006

Two shooting victims identified; police suspect gang dispute

Two of the three men who were killed in two separate shootings Sunday were identified by police yesterday, and there were indications that their deaths might have been gang-related.

In the earlier shooting, which occurred about 2 a.m. in the city's Barclay neighborhood, police arrived at the scene to find two men hit by gunfire. The men were identified as Adrian Holiday, 19, of the 1700 block of Normal Ave. in Northeast Baltimore and Anthony Taylor Jr., 20, of the 1000 block of Reverdy Ave. in North Baltimore.

The shooting might stem from a dispute over gang territory, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation.

An hour later, two armed men approached a group of people sitting on the front steps of a home in the 3700 block of Eighth St. in the city's Brooklyn neighborhood in South Baltimore. One of the gunmen entered the house and demanded money from people inside, and then shot a man who stood up from a couch, police said.

Police said they were not releasing the name of that 19-year-old victim because his family has not yet been notified.

Gus G. Sentementes

24 arrested along Route 198 in Anne Arundel crackdown

Responding to neighborhood complaints, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday that 24 people were arrested last week for nonviolent offenses in the Route 198 corridor as part of a crime crackdown there.

Officers from the department's Western District midnight shift participated in the program, which ran from Wednesday through Saturday. County police spokeswoman Sara Schriver said officers chose to concentrate resources in the area after receiving complaints from residents.

On Wednesday three people were charged with possession of cocaine at the Ramada Inn in Laurel; one was charged with having a stolen license plate at the same hotel.

The next day, two were charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, and one was charged with having an open container of alcohol at the Motel 6 in Laurel; two were charged with having illegal drugs at the parking lot of a Dunkin Donuts in Laurel; and two were charged with trespassing in the Bacon Town Park on Whiskey Bottom Road.

On Saturday six were charged with possessing a sawed-off shotgun at a Motel 6 in Laurel; and one was charged with having 226 prescription pills that had not been prescribed to him.

Six others were arrested on outstanding warrants during the initiative, police said.

Annie Linskey

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