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DRUG ARREST: Northwestern District -- Plainclothes narcotic officers arrested 19-year-old Pimlico man yesterday and charged him with possession of cocaine and other drug-related offenses after they came on several people looking inside a bag containing nearly four pounds of cocaine on the street at Woodland and Delaware avenues. Police said the cocaine, worth an estimated $1 million, was being transferred from one stash house to another when the officers happened on the scene. Police said Patrick C. Epps, of the 2900 block of Woodland Ave., was held overnight at the station pending a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner and a warrant was to be issued today for the arrest of a second man. Police said Sgt. James G. Cappuccino, of the district's major crimes unit, and two other officers were looking for a robbery suspect when they noticed several men and youths peering into a large bag. The officers approached the group and went unnoticed before someone yelled, "knocker," street slang for narcotic officers. Police said Epps gave the bag to Cappuccino and attempted to flee but was caught by another officer. When arrested, police said, Epps was carrying a second bag containing an electronic scale and material used to package cocaine.

BURGLARY: Central District -- A resident of the 1700 block of Park Ave. reported that someone broke into her home through an unlocked window and stole a radio, backpack and two telephones. Police said the property was valued at more than $450.

ASSAULT: Central District -- James Jones, of the 1400 block of Myrtle Ave., reported that at his home yesterday morning he was attacked by a man he knows who struck him with a length of wood. Police said the man was being sought and that Jones was not seriously injured.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Michael Epps, of the 900 block of Brooks Lane, reported he was walking in the 400 block of N. Eutaw St. when he was stopped by a man who announced a holdup. Police said Epps was forced to give up his cash and a gold ring. Police said the property was valued at nearly $300.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Police are seeking a suspect in the robbery early yesterday morning of James Willey, of the 7100 block of Eastbrook Ave., while he was in the 400 block of E. Baltimore St. Willey reported he was seated in his car around 4 a.m. when a man forced himself into the vehicle and ordered him to drive off. Police said when Willey arrived on East Biddle Street, the man robbed him of an undisclosed sum of cash and escaped.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Two men, Gregory Miller and Maurice Scott, both of the 2300 block of Linden Ave., reported they were robbed of money by a man armed with a handgun who forcibly entered their home. The victims told police they were home over the weekend when someone knocked at the door. Opening the door, the victims were confronted by an armed man who forced them to give up their money. Police said Miller was robbed of $50 and that Scott was forced to give up $10.

THEFT: Central District -- Police reported that someone entered the Mayor's Office for Youth in the first block of South St. and stole property and equipment valued at more than $1,900. Police said the theft occurred between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. yesterday and there were no signs of forced entry.

ASSAULT: Central District -- Felicia Cox, of the 1200 block of McCulloh St., reported that at her home yesterday morning she was threatened by a man known to her as "Paul." Cox told police the man pointed a handgun at her and threatened to shoot. Police said Cox was not injured and the man was being sought.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Police said a man armed with a handgun entered two stores in the 100 block of W. Read St. shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday and announced a holdup. Police said the gunman forced employees of Sausage Plus to give up more than $150 from their cash register. Moments later, he entered the Yogurt Place and fled with an undisclosed sum of cash. Police said the stores are in the same building.

BURGLARY: Central District -- Employees of the Lane Bryant store in the 100 block of W. Lexington St. reported that someone broke into their business between Tuesday and yesterday and stole eight jogging suits. Police said the clothing was valued at $800 and that entry was gained by using a pry tool to force open a rear door.

BURGLARY: Central District -- Police reported that three cases of hosiery were stolen from Major Hosiery in the 400 block of W. Baltimore St. after someone gained entry into the store by climbing a fire escape and entering through a rear window. Police said the burglary occurred between Friday and yesterday and that the hosiery was valued at $200.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Melissa Zieve, of the 6300 block of Clearspring Road, reported she was walking in the 2300 block of N. Charles St. around noon yesterday when she was approached from the rear by a man who stole her wallet. Police said the man escaped with $10, credit cards and identification.

ROBBERY: Central District -- Sharon Johnson, of the 1300 block of W. Lafayette Ave., reported she was walking in the 1800 block of Pennsylvania Ave. yesterday afternoon when she was stopped by a man who said, "Give it up." Johnson told police she gave up cash and property, all valued at more than $300, and that the man ran west on Robert Street.

THEFT: Central District -- Janet Armstrong, of the 8700 block of Hayshed Lane in Columbia, reported that while her car was parked in the 500 block of Guilford Ave. Tuesday someone broke into the vehicle and stole a radar detector. Police said the property was valued at $200 and that entry into the car was by breaking a left front window.

CUTTING: Western District -- Mary Burris, whose address was not available, told police that Tuesday night in the 1100 block of Riggs Ave. she was attacked by a woman who cut her on the face with a sharp object. Police said the woman fled and Burris was taken to the Liberty Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

CUTTING: Western District -- Harsh Williams, of the 100 block of N. Denison St., told police he was in the 1600 block of W. North Ave. when he was stopped by a man who attempted to rob him. Police said when Williams resisted, the man pulled out a straight razor and cut Williams on the face. Police said Williams was treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center and released.

ASSAULT/ARREST: Western District -- Police arrested a Fort Meade woman and were holding her at the women's detention center pending charges that she cut Jerome Smith, of the 400 block of Schwartz Ave., on the right arm with a knife in the 2600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. Police said Smith was treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center's emergency room and released.

SCHOOL BURGLARY/ARREST: Western District -- Police arrested a man yesterday and were holding him at the station pending charges that he broke into the Calverton Junior High School in the 1100 block of Whitmore Ave. Police said the break-in was discovered yesterday morning and that a tip led to the man's arrest. It was not known what, if any, property was stolen.

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Baltimore County

BURGLARY: Cockeysville District -- Police reported that someone broke into a professional building in the 1200 block of York Road over the weekend and stole a laser printer from a medical office. Police said the property was valued at more than $1,000.

BURGLARY: Cockeysville -- Employees of the Jiffy Lube shop in the 2000 block of York Road reported that someone broke into their building over the weekend and stole $60. Police said entry was gained by forcing a locked side door.

Anne Arundel

ROBBERY: Laurel -- Police were seeking a couple who robbed a convenience store in the 3200 block of Laurel-Fort Meade Road of less than $40. Police said when the couple entered the 7-Eleven store, the woman went to a soft-drink cooler, removed two bottles and walked toward the counter. Police said the woman then returned the bottles to the cooler. The man then walked behind the counter and placed a handgun at the side of the clerk. He demanded money from the cash register and was given $37.50. The couple then escaped.

DRUG ARRESTS: Odenton -- Police arrested two men and charged them with possession of crack cocaine after they were observed smoking the drug in a car outside a tavern. Police said officers working a drug surveillance detail in the parking lot of the Star Inn Lounge on Md. 175 saw the men passing a beer can back and forth and puffing on it as though it were a pipe. After arresting the men, police examined the can and found it contained crack cocaine residue. Charged with possession of the drug and possession of drug paraphernalia were Jerome Edward Paylor, 23, of the 1300 block of Huntover Drive, Odenton, and Glen Wayne LaFlure, 40, of the 8000 block of New Colony Road in Severn.

Carroll County

ARSON: Westminster -- Police were seeking a suspect in connection with several small fires at the Winchester Exchange Mall that damaged a jewelry store and the mall manager's office. Police said the fire that reached the store was mostly extinguished by a sprinkler system and that the office fire was put out by Mark B. Fleming, an editor of The Carroll County Sun, who was working nearby. County firefighters from Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese, and a Baltimore County unit from Reisterstown responded. Police said a man wearing a blue jersey with gold numerals and tan pants was seen running from the building and is being sought.

THEFT: Sykesville -- Police reported that someone broke into a car while it was parked in the 1100 block of French Court and stole property valued at more than $200.

VANDALISM: Westminster -- Officials of St. John's Catholic Church in the first block of Monroe St. reported that someone entered the church bell tower and sprayed paint throughout the tower. Police said an estimated $2,000 worth of damage was done to the tower.

Howard County

ROBBERY/ARREST: Columbia -- Police arrested a man and charged him with the armed robbery of a shoe store manager who was making a night deposit at a bank. Police said the manager of the Buster Brown shoe store was about to deposit the money at the First American Bank when he was accosted by a man armed with a handgun who ordered him to drop the bag and run. Police said the manager complied, running south on Entrance Road, where he stopped a police cadet who was driving by and gave him a description of the gunman. A short time later, police arrested a man at Little Patuxent Parkway near the Rouse Co. building and charged him with armed robbery. Released on unsecured bond from the Detention Center and awaiting trial was Robert John Powell, 47, of the 5100 block of Brook Way.

BURGLARY: Jessup -- Police reported that someone broke into a business office in the 8600 block of Dorsey Run Road and stole several pieces of office equipment. Police said the break-in appeared to have been committed by at least two people who escaped with cash, a TV set, two fax machines and a microwave oven.

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