October 05, 2007

Baltimore man sentenced to 16 years on heroin charge

A Baltimore man was sentenced this week to more than 16 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Javon Brewer, 26, was part of a drug organization that included Samuel "Mook" Price, Michael "Mike-Mike" Frasier, Steven "Beans" or "Bino" Boyd, Eric "E" Davis, James "E-Bay" Stewart, Lamont "L" Jones and Katie Eggleston, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein's office said in a statement.

According to the statement, the organization sold at least 30 kilograms of heroin in West and Southwest Baltimore, and maintained open-air drug markets in the city, including ones at the intersections of West Baltimore and Gilmor streets, West Baltimore and Carey streets, West Baltimore Street and Carrollton Avenue, Frederick and Fulton avenues, and West Fayette and Gilmor streets. The group used trade names such as "Hypnotic" and "Chocolate City" for the heroin.

From 1997 to 2005, perhaps longer, Brewer, Boyd, Stewart, Jones and Davis acted as "street lieutenants" and supervised the organization's distribution of heroin and collected proceeds at the drug markets, the statement said.

Price, 25; Frasier, 26; Boyd, 24; Davis, 29; Stewart, 28; and Jones, 27, all of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. All but Price, Davis and Stewart, who are awaiting sentencing, have received sentences ranging from nine to 19 years in prison. Eggleston, 27, of Baltimore pleaded guilty to possession of more than 100 grams of heroin and was sentenced to eight years in prison, Rosenstein's office said.


: West side

Woman, 55, dies when car hits her

City traffic police are investigating the death yesterday of a 55-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in West Baltimore.

Police were withholding her name until family members could be notified.

Shortly before 11 a.m., the woman was crossing the 1200 block of W. Pratt St. near South Carey Street in the Hollins Market neighborhood when she was struck by a vehicle heading east on Pratt Street, police said.

The vehicle stopped, and the driver remained at the scene, police said.

Police said the woman suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department medics.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Richard Irwin


Delays expected from road closings

Parts of Calvert Street and St. Paul Street will be closed Sunday for construction work, according to city transportation officials.

Calvert from Saratoga Street to Centre Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Paul Place from Centre to Saratoga also will be closed.

The same stretch of St. Paul Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, as will Guilford Avenue from Centre to Saratoga. Orleans Street from Gay Street to St. Paul will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

In addition to the road closings, the city announced parking restrictions that will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The restricted areas include both sides of Calvert Street from Saratoga to Centre and St. Paul Place from Saratoga to Lexington Street.

Detours will be marked. Transportation officials say motorists should expect delays and congestion.

Fire Department

Annual Thrill Show to be held Saturday

The Baltimore City Fire Department will hold its annual Thrill Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the city's fire academy, 6720 Pulaski Highway. The show will include a staged dwelling fire, a helicopter rescue exercise from a multistory building and a rescue from a mock vehicle fire. Fire apparatus and equipment will be on display, and the mobile safety center will promote fire safety.

Howard County

Woman who hoarded 75 cats is penalized

An 80-year-old woman who hoarded more than 75 cats in her Columbia townhouse must pay Howard County Animal Control more than $10,000 in restitution and is barred from owning pets. In March, Ayten Icgoren entered an Alford plea to animal-cruelty charges, meaning that she acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her. Yesterday, a Howard County judge ordered three years of probation for Icgoren with routine house checks and gave her a suspended 360-day sentence. Neighbors testified that the house still reeks of urine. In her plea, Icgoren said her neighbors were liars who never saw the inside of her home.

Associated Press

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