Digest

January 03, 2008

25-year term for a `career' drug dealer

A 29-year-old Baltimore drug dealer nicknamed "Monster" received a quarter-century prison sentence in federal court yesterday.

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Dwight Alonzo Hickman to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. Quarles ruled that Hickman is a "career offender," increasing his prison sentence because the defendant had two previous drug convictions and two convictions for assault.

According to his plea agreement, Hickman conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine in the Westport section of the city from 2005 until last year. On June 7, 2006, Baltimore police searched Hickman's residence and found marijuana, crack cocaine and drug-packaging paraphernalia, court documents say.

Next week, Hickman is scheduled to go on trial in Baltimore Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Santini Stanfield, who was found shot to death in July 2006 in the 1000 block of Booth St.

Matthew Dolan

Harford County

: Forest Hill

Stricken deputy's car crashes into building

A Harford County sheriff's deputy on routine patrol in Forest Hill yesterday evening suffered a medical problem and crashed his marked cruiser into a building, a Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was being treated at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center but did not suffer any injuries from the crash, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, the spokeswoman. His condition was unavailable, she said. About 8:30 p.m., the Northern Precinct deputy was driving east on East Jarrettsville Road near Commerce Drive when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a building, said Presberry.

Richard Irwin

Edgewood

Victim identified in Sunday homicide

The victim in a homicide Sunday in Edgewood was Tyree Eugene Brown, 23, Harford County sheriff's deputies said yesterday.

Brown died of a single gunshot wound to the upper torso during a home invasion just after midnight in the 1800 block of Grempler Way, police said. Brown lived in a home in the same block.

Deputies on foot patrol arrested Lewis Lee Cochran, 22, of Abingdon about 1 a.m. Sunday after a woman who had been in another part of the home ran to a nearby house and called 911 to report strange noises.

Cochran is being held at the Harford County Detention Center, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, a sheriff's spokeswoman.

Deputies suspect that at least one other person was involved in the shooting.

Mary Gail Hare and Richard Irwin

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