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By Martin Weil, The Washington Post | October 17, 2010
Amid the oaks and hickories of the Green Ridge State Forest, a 46,000-acre tract of wooded slopes and stream valleys in Western Maryland, all may not be as idyllic and remote from the ills of modern civilization as geography might suggest. In a statement, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said it charged 10 people with drug violations on a recent Saturday. In addition the agency said, during the first nine months of this year, it made more than 120 arrests on charges of illegal drug use. In response, Natural Resources Police said, it will begin an enhanced enforcement effort to curtail illegal drug activity in the forest, about a two-hour drive from the Baltimore area.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
A 35-year-old Crofton man is charged with drug possession and distribution and handgun offenses. Michael A. Shepherd was arrested Thursday evening at his home in the 1600 block of Airy Hill Court. After a series of surveillance operations that stemmed from community complaints about illegal drug activities, detectives obtained a search warrant and arrived at the home about 9:30 p.m. Officers recovered two handguns, one of which was stolen, and several rounds of ammunition.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1997
An Anne Arundel County jury handed authorities a victory yesterday in a nine-year war against a squalid Severn compound they said was a drive-through cocaine market, a haven for fencing stolen goods and a setting for cockfights.The circuit Court jury deliberated only 14 minutes before convicting Oscar Mora, 44, of two counts of maintaining a common nuisance for illegal drug activity at his home in the 8200 block of WB&A Road. Each carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
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By Martin Weil, The Washington Post | October 17, 2010
Amid the oaks and hickories of the Green Ridge State Forest, a 46,000-acre tract of wooded slopes and stream valleys in Western Maryland, all may not be as idyllic and remote from the ills of modern civilization as geography might suggest. In a statement, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said it charged 10 people with drug violations on a recent Saturday. In addition the agency said, during the first nine months of this year, it made more than 120 arrests on charges of illegal drug use. In response, Natural Resources Police said, it will begin an enhanced enforcement effort to curtail illegal drug activity in the forest, about a two-hour drive from the Baltimore area.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
A 35-year-old Crofton man is charged with drug possession and distribution and handgun offenses. Michael A. Shepherd was arrested Thursday evening at his home in the 1600 block of Airy Hill Court. After a series of surveillance operations that stemmed from community complaints about illegal drug activities, detectives obtained a search warrant and arrived at the home about 9:30 p.m. Officers recovered two handguns, one of which was stolen, and several rounds of ammunition.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff Writer | August 17, 1993
Sylvia Fulwood marches west on East 20th Street, past the men congregating on the front steps of the boarded-up rowhouses, past the bare-chested teen-ager singing out "Five-O" as a police patrol wagon speeds north on Greenmount.Heading toward two vacant houses on 21st Street, she carries a Top 10 list: top 10 nuisances in the East Baltimore-Midway and Barclay neighborhoods.The list identifies abandoned houses where the junkies squat and rental properties where the tenants deal drugs. Under the newly established Community Anti-Drug Assistance Project, Ms. Fulwood plans to lead area residents into court to do something about "nuisance" properties that provide the setting for drug activity and its associated danger and violence.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2002
Westminster officials plan to tap a decade-old state nuisance law to clean up a troubled neighborhood by cracking down on landlords who allow their properties to foster drug trafficking. The law -- which ultimately would allow the city to "padlock" such structures -- provides Westminster with an immediate tool in the revitalization of the Pennsylvania Avenue neighborhood. Crime, drug trafficking, housing code violations and vandalism have vexed the area in recent years. A group of government officials, social service agencies, residents and a landlord formed in the spring to come up with a plan to rehabilitate the neighborhood, a several-block area of older homes, apartment buildings and few businesses on the city's west side that borders McDaniel College, formerly known as Western Maryland College.
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2004
Standing before an orange billboard in Southwest Baltimore, Mayor Martin O'Malley and police officials unveiled yesterday a new anonymous tip line that they predicted will lead to better investigations of drug dealers. "We've made a lot of progress over the past year in pushing the open-air drug markets off our streets. ... We still have a long way to go," O'Malley said. In addition to changing the phone number to 666-DRUG (410-666-3784), the mayor and police said they are changing how it operates.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | February 1, 2002
Eight months after a deadly gang rivalry erupted in gunfire at a crowded East Baltimore block party, federal authorities said yesterday that 12 men have been charged with running the violent, well-armed drug gang responsible for five city murders, including the Memorial Day shooting that killed one woman. The federal indictment charging members of the East Baltimore gang known as the "Hot Boys" with various narcotics and weapons offenses gave a grim accounting of how members gained respect and intimidated drug trade competitors by gunning down rivals, including the machine-gun killing Nov. 11, 2000, of rival gang member Keith "Bones" Hamlet.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1999
Buoyed for the third year by funds from the state's anti-crime HotSpot program, Columbia's Village of Long Reach has seen tangible results: The once run-down village center is no longer defined by loiterers and poor lighting, and the police satellite station has a full-time staff of four.But just across Tamar Drive, within walking distance of Long Reach High School and the Interfaith Center, is a street residents say continues to be troubled with crime.Howard County police recently began working undercover on Yellowrose Court -- a "hot spot" within the HotSpot -- to stem drug activity and address residents' complaints about everything from breaking and entering to destruction of property.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 23, 2010
Ten people were arrested, and heroin and more than $15,000 in counterfeit money were seized, after officers chased drug suspects to a West Baltimore home Thursday morning, a police spokesman said. The bust netted more than $22,000 in cash, including the counterfeit money, said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He refused to release the names of the suspects, saying that the U.S. Secret Service was involved and that the investigation is continuing. About 6:45 a.m., members of the Central District operations squad saw a gold Pontiac Grand Prix, which they believed to be involved in drug activity, in the 600 block of McCulloh St. When men and women were observed engaging in a suspected drug activity, the officers attempted a traffic stop and the vehicle sped off. Officers followed the car into the Western District, where its occupants ran into a home in the 2300 block of Avalon Ave. in the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | September 26, 2008
A man was shot by city police yesterday morning after he reached for an officer's handgun during a drug stop, police said. Sterling Clifford, a police spokesman, said three officers on dirt bikes were in the 700 block of Lennox St. in the Reservoir Hill area about 10:45 a.m. when they approached an apartment complex and stopped to interview a man who they believed was involved in drug activity. Police said the man began to fight with the officers, and the altercation moved into an apartment stairwell.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,Sun Reporter | August 14, 2008
Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III is expected to decide by Aug. 22 whether a North Avenue liquor store that authorities say is a haven for violence and drug dealing will be closed for a year. Police officials held an administrative hearing yesterday for Linden Bar and Liquors, which was notified last month that it might be closed under the city's new public nuisance law because of criminal activity in and around the store. During the hearing, police submitted into evidence nine incidents of violence and drug activity at the store, highlighting a July killing inside Linden Liquors that was recorded by the store's security camera.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | February 25, 2007
Aberdeen will bulldoze one dilapidated house and burn down two others today in an attempt by city officials to transform the character of a crime-riddled neighborhood. The homes are in the 400 block of Washington St., an area city officials once called the epicenter of crime and drug activity. The razing of the houses is the first phase of an effort to make way for three new residences for working families. "If this doesn't change this street, I don't know what will," said Joann Blewett, director of Harford's Habitat for Humanity, which has purchased the sites and will build the three houses.
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By Nia-Malika Henderson and Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter | January 24, 2007
Stepping up efforts to curb drug activity throughout Annapolis, the city council is backing a House of Delegates bill that would allow the entire city to be designated as a drug-free zone with stiffer penalties for convicted dealers. The council unanimously passed the resolution, which was sponsored by Alderwoman Julie Stankivic, the Ward 6 independent, on Monday night. It expands on a council resolution last year that supported letting the city classify areas around school bus stops, Head Start facilities and public housing properties as drug-free zones.
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By ANNIE LINSKEY and ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER | July 14, 2006
Four people charged with being involved in the drug trade in the Stillmeadows and Pioneer City neighborhoods are scheduled to appear today in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, and 12 additional suspects are to go before county judges for drug-related offenses in those West County neighborhoods in the coming weeks. The cases represent the fruits of a broad police effort that began in March to crack down on illegal drug activity - and associated crimes - in those neighborhoods. "We know there is drug activity over there, which contributes to shootings and assaults," said Lt. David D. Waltemeyer, a spokesman for the county police.
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By Marilyn McCraven and Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1996
Although businesses complain they're being forced to close because of illegal drug activity at Walbrook Junction, police asserted yesterday they're making inroads on crime there.Walbrook is the largest neighborhood in the Southwestern Police District, where the overall crime rate is down 8.1 percent for the first 11 months of this year compared with the same period last year, Maj. Gary G. Lembach, district commander, said yesterday.Police have taken 439 guns off the streets there this year, compared with 280 collected in all of 1995, Lembach said.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer | July 1, 1995
The Baltimore state's attorney office has filed lawsuits against two East Baltimore property owners as part of an effort to target landlords who allow their buildings to be used for drug activity.Notices were posted at 715 E. Preston St. and 812 N. Chapel St. yesterday afternoon. The notices state that the state's attorney will seek court orders requiring the landlords to evict tenants and submit plans to the court that will ensure the properties no longer will be used for drug activity. Officials said they plan to target 200 properties in the Police Department's Eastern District by July 12.The suits were filed under the state's Nuisance Abatement Law, which gives courts broad authority to order landlords to eliminate drug activity on their property.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2005
A man suspected of drug activity was injured yesterday after leaping over a Jones Falls Expressway retaining wall near Cold Spring Lane to avoid arrest and landing in the falls some 60 feet below the highway, authorities said. The suspect - described as conscious and alert - was pulled from the water by firefighters reaching the site from Clipper Mill Road, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a city Fire Department spokesman. The unidentified man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, as was an unnamed police officer who sustained a shoulder injury in the incident, according to preliminary accounts.
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By Phillip McGowan | May 15, 2005
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Anne Arundel County. Northern District Arrests: Anonymous complaints of drug activity near Freetown Elementary School led police to arrest two men about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers recovered 1.96 grams of crack cocaine from one man who was standing on a footpath. Police searched a 1999 white BMW driven by the other man and found 41.92 grams of crack cocaine. The value of the confiscated drugs was $4,190. Assault: Police found a 38-year-old man about 1 a.m. Thursday who had been stabbed several times at the Royal Farm Store in the 200 block of Oak Manor Drive in Glen Burnie.
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