City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 09, 2006

Baltimore:

Police

11 arrested in giant drug probe

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers fanned out across Baltimore yesterday to arrest 11 people as part of an investigation into a drug distribution network operating in the Edmondson Village area, authorities said. In addition, 135 agents and officers executed 18 search warrants.

Indictments were returned Tuesday and were unsealed yesterday. All of the defendants are from Baltimore.

A federal grand jury charged Antoine Turner, 28, Gregory Williams, 24, Sean Matthews, 24, Robert Lee Daniels, 40, Jacqueline Brandon, 44, Davon Brown, 27, Kennard Whitley, 26 and Kevin Parsons, 41, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin.

Separately, a grand jury in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday indicted Erica Jones, 27, Catherine Stiles, 23, Andre McLaughlin, 43, David McLaughlin, 19, Joshua Whitfield, 30, Ellen Scullen, 43, Jacque Brown, 30, Roy Chandler, 37 and Charles Owens, 19 with conspiracy to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin.

Six of the suspects were being sought yesterday; the others were arrested.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore: federal court

Man, 28, guilty of weapons offense

A 28-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with an attempted armed robbery in which he impersonated a deputy U.S. marshal.

According to the statement of facts presented in court, Baltimore police officers responded to a 911 call for an attempted armed robbery Jan. 12.

At the scene, officers approached Ronald Edward Ector, who identified himself as a deputy U.S. marshal. Court documents did not say where the attempted robbery took place.

Ector had subdued the intended robbery victim with flex cuffs and was wearing body armor and a raid jacket labeled "POLICE."

Police searched Ector and recovered a loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol and several false forms of police identification. An additional pair of handcuffs and another piece of body armor was recovered from Ector's car, according to court papers.

Ector is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 16 by U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore: City Hall

Dixon, O'Malley to hold open house

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley and mayor-designee Sheila Dixon will host a two-hour open house at City Hall tomorrow.

Attractions include the 25-foot blue spruce tree outside of the city's seat of power and a chance to tour all of the mayor's offices on the second floor.

Music and appetizers will be available. Free parking will be available at the garage at 501 E. Lexington St. and at the garage at 501 Guilford Ave. To RSVP, call 410-545-7360 or send an e-mail to openhouse@baltimore city.gov.

Baltimore: Holiday giving

Mitten campaign is under way

The 33rd annual Mitten Tree Giving Campaign began yesterday in the lobby of the Abel Woman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday St. Members of the public and city employees are encouraged to donate mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with music and at 11:30 a.m., officials including Department of Public Works Director George L. Winfield, Franklin Square boys and girls club members and third-graders from Glenmount Elementary School will hang the first mittens on a tree. The campaign goes through Dec. 21. Donations will be distributed by the Salvation Army. For more information: 410-545-6541.

Baltimore: Play

`Laramie Project' being presented

Students at the Baltimore School for the Arts are presenting The Laramie Project, a play exploring the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, through Dec. 16. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and at 2 p.m. today and Dec. 16 in the theater at the school, 712 Cathedral St. General admission tickets cost $6. The cost for students and seniors is $4.

Sara Neufeld

Baltimore County: Education

Board to meet with Smith

The Baltimore County Board of Education will host a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday with County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and members of the County Council.

The dinner will be held in the Administrative Building on the Greenwood Campus, 6901 Charles St., Towson.

Information: Brenda Stiffler, 410-887-4126.

Baltimore: Education

New Directions offers counseling

Maryland New Directions, a nonprofit career counseling and job placement agency, is offering free career counseling, workshops, basic computer training, General Education Development tutoring and job-search assistance. Orientations are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the group's office, 611 Park Ave. in Mount Vernon. An appointment is required. 410-230-0630.

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