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NEWS
April 17, 1993
Misdirected and Misinformed City Grand JuryIn 1987, I took an oath before God and the citizens of Maryland to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to be faithful to the state of Maryland. The recent report by a grand jury implying that my staff and I have not lived up to that oath represents a blind irresponsibility that exceeds the ills complained of in the report.In recent weeks, The Sun published articles relating to the conclusions of a grand jury report that the state's attorney's office and the Baltimore City police department were not effectively enforcing narcotics laws because of racial bias and .. "special consideration" given to prominent individuals.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2001
Some arrive after spouses and children have gone to bed, to ward off the loneliness and temptation that beckon them back to a world they worked so hard to leave behind. Others stop off when they finish their late shifts at work, or when they're done with dinner, sometimes remaining until it's time for breakfast. A few show up from the streets, straight from the drug corners and crack houses. Dee's Place, the city's only seven-day-a-week, dusk-to-dawn drug recovery center, has logged more than 21,000 visits from former and current addicts since it opened in East Baltimore seven months ago. Named for its matriarch and manager, Delois A. "Dee" Sparks, a longtime community activist and former drug addict, the privately funded center operates in borrowed space on a street where half the houses are boarded and empty.
NEWS
By Robert Benjamin and Robert Benjamin,Beijing Bureau of The Sun | July 29, 1991
BEIJING -- China has promised to step up cooperation with the United States in attempting to stem the increasing flow of heroin from Southeast Asia's "Golden Triangle" to America through southern China, according to an assistant U.S. secretary of state.Melvyn Levitsky, in charge of international narcotics matters for the state department, said that talks last week with Chinese anti-narcotics officials resulted in "strong pledges" from them to exchange more information with U.S. drug enforcement agents.
NEWS
December 18, 1992
The following men are on a list of the county's "10 Most Wanted" fugitives compiled by the county Sheriff's Department. If you have any information on them, please contact the Police Department at 222-8050.Name: Kenneth Israel NelsonAge: 18Charges: Manufacturing cocaine, escaping from police, resisting arrest and violation of probation.Last known address: 8554 Pioneer Drive in Severn.Description: 6 feet 3 inches tall, 175 pounds, brown eyes, black hair.On July 17, Mr. Nelson was arrested on a warrant for narcotics violations.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff writer | February 3, 1991
Howard County State's Attorney William R. Hymes has a sporty new car, and undercover narcotics detectives aren't too happy about it.The car, a maroon 1989 Nissan Maxima with a "blue book" value of $21,000, was seized by police from a drug dealer last June. Detectives typically use such cars for their undercover operations or auction them off to fund other investigations.But how and why the Maxima got into the hands of Hymes has gearedup a lot more than just car trouble."We're dying for cars, and he comes along and takes this one for his own personal use," said E. Lawrence Knutson, the head of the county narcotics unit.
NEWS
April 21, 1994
A county administrative hearing officer has granted Nextel Communications' request for a zoning variance and special exception to build a 102.5-foot cellular communications tower south of Andover Road in Linthicum.Columbia-based Nextel plans to lease 1.33 acres from BWI Partnership to build the tower and a small, unstaffed equipment building. A variance is required because zoning laws prohibit accessory structures higher than 25 feet.In the past few weeks, residents have expressed their opposition to the tower at several neighborhood association meetings.
NEWS
March 11, 1993
Some of the charges of corrupt or mismanaged narcotics enforcement in Baltimore rest on evidence that can be proved or disproved by a competent investigator armed with subpoena powers and access to the secret portion of the grand jury report that made the accusations. Were search warrants or evidence suppressed because they were directed against well-connected people? Was a federal grant to fight the crack cocaine epidemic misused for routine overtime pay? Were black officers transferred from the central drug squad when this largess became available?
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | November 18, 1993
A county police officer was acquited yesterday on charges of having sex with a confidential informant, but a police hearing board found him guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the department.The three-member board also found Sgt. Bret K. Ballam, 35, guilty of having alcohol in a department car. Sergeant Ballam, who attended the hearing with his fiancee and several supporters, would not comment on the decision.The board is scheduled to recommend a punishment to Police Chief Robert Russell today.
NEWS
June 21, 1994
Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed an Exxon station in the first block of Defense Highway of an undisclosed amount of cash Saturday morning, county police said.The men drove to the station in a maroon Dodge at 1:45 a.m., police said. They robbed the attendant and then fled in the vehicle, police said.The attendant gave police a description of one of the men. The man was described a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing about 210 pounds. He had braided hair, a silver tooth and a stocking on his head.
NEWS
By John Rivera | September 19, 1991
An anonymous phone tip to a police drug hot line yesterday led city narcotics detectives to a Northeast Baltimore hotel, where they seized 2 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $1 million and arrested three New York residents.The police received a call to the 685-DRUG number at 8:30 a.m. yesterday reporting that three people were selling drugs out of a hotel room, said Capt. Michael J. Andrew, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division narcotics unit.An hour later, narcotics detectives knocked at the hotel room door and were admitted, even though they did not have a search warrant.
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