A total of 16 people were arrested on drug charges this week at Stevens Forest Apartments, 11 of whom were charged Thursday after undercover detectives stood watch outside two suspected "crack-house apartments," a police spokesman said.
Approximately 25 people have been arrested at the subsidized housing complex since late October, when police began stepped-up enforcement efforts in response to residents' complaints about drug dealing, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.
Narcotics officers watched two apartments for several days and noticed heavy traffic in and out, apparently as a result of crack parties held at the homes, Gardner said.
The officers obtained search warrants Thursday and arrested the 11 people, who were either in the apartments or in the nearby area.
Arrested were Darrell Eugene Matthews, 19, of Severn; Nathanial Leon Jones, 19, of the 9000 block of North Laurel Road in Laurel; Gregory L. Routh, 18, of no fixed address; and Bertran L. Hammond, 27, of the 3500 block of Mount Ida Drive inEllicott City.
Also arrested were Karen E. Johnson, 30, Sandra E.Casey, 23, Jill E. Carter, 37, and Jeffery A. Holland, 25, all of the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road. Also charged were three other Columbia residents, William Raymond Carter, 28, of the 6700 block of Quiet Hours, Rechele G. Bowley, 30, of the 9600 block of Basket Ring, and Carita A. Lightfoot, 39, of the 9300 block of Indian Camp Road.
A dozen large rocks of crack were recovered from one of the apartments, police said.
Five other people were arrested Tuesday night at the complex, where police recovered a bag containing 17 vials of crack cocaine and 24 other small bags of crack, a police spokesman said.
Arrested were Joanne Jackson, 33, of the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road, and a 17-year-old Baltimore boy, police said.
Police returned to Jackson's apartment with a search warrant shortly after midnight Wednesday and seized 24 bags of crack, Gardner said. Arrested inthe apartment were Patricia V. Smith, 18, of the 5700 block of Thunderhill Road in Columbia, Glen K. Taylor, 20, of the 4200 block of Eldone Street in Baltimore, and a 15-year-old Columbia girl.
Each wascharged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, police said.
WOMAN CRITICAL AFTER CAR STRIKES POLE, TREE
An Ellicott City woman was critically injured Wednesday when she lost control of her car in Clarksville and struck a utility pole and a tree, breaking the vehicle in half, county police said.
Mary Elizabeth Rettaliata, 26, of the 12800 block of Folly Quarter Road, was listed in critical but stable condition Friday at the MarylandShock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was flown by helicopter after the 5:30 p.m. accident.
Police said Rettaliata was driving north on Sheppard Lane, near Route 108, when the car left the roadway and struck the pole and tree. Excessive speed was apparently a contributing factor to the accident, police said.
RACIST TRACTS LEFT ON COLUMBIA LAWNS
County police say that numerous copies of a white supremacist newspaper were left on the lawns of a Columbia neighborhood Thursday night, the second time in two months that someone has distributed the hate literature.
The 12-page newspaper, Racial Loyalty, was found on an unknown number of lawns in the Green Mountain Circle neighborhood in Wilde Lake village, police said. The same issue of thenewspaper was distributed Nov. 16 to about 50 homes in the West Running Brook Road neighborhood.
Racial Loyalty is published by the Church of the Creator, based in Otto, N.C. The church argues that blacks, Jews, Christians and other "mud races" threaten the survival of whites.
However, police don't suspect that the newspaper was distributed by representatives of the Church of the Creator.
A man described as in his late teens was seen leaving the newspapers at the GreenMountain Circle residences at about 11:30 p.m., police said.
Police say that the person, who has not been identified, is not subject to criminal prosecution since the distribution of the newspaper is protected by freedom of speech.
VICE GRIPS, CUTTERS USED IN BREAK-INS
Four homes in the Maplewood Drive area of Ellicott City were broken into earlier this week by someone who apparently used vice grips and a bolt cutter to gain entrance, county police said.
Two homes in the 10100 block of Maplewood Drive were broken into sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. At one of the homes, a thief pried a rear basement door open with vice grips and stole an engine from a boat, while tools and liquor were reported stolen from the other home, which was entered through an unlocked door.
The other two incidents occurred the same evening or morning, in the 10200 block of Maple Glen Court and the 10200 block of Cabery Road. In both cases, doors were pried by some type of vice grip or cutter.
Nothing was reportedmissing from either of the homes, however, police said.
*Other crimes reported to Howard County police were:
10400 block Fair Oaks: A videocassette recorder was reported stolen at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday from a home entered through a window.
10000 block Majors Lane: A 1986 Chevrolet Camaro automobile was reported stolen 11 a.m. Sunday from a residential area.
6500 block Pressed Gentian: A 1983 Toyota Camry automobile was reported stolen at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday from a residential area.
6900 block Silent Dell Lane: Someone pried open the window of a home at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, but the prowler was apparently frightened off by a burglar alarm.
6000 block Majors Lane: A 1979 Mazda RX-7 automobile was reported stolen at 7 a.m. Sunday from a residential parking lot.
10700 block Cotton Wood Way: Someone stole 38 pieces of plywood sometime before 2:40 p.m. Tuesday from a construction site.
5800 block Stevens Forest Road: A camcorder was stolen sometime before Wednesday from an apartment; no signs of forced entry were found.
6600 block Windsor Court: A television was reported stolen at 8 p.m. Wednesday from a home entered through a rear screen window that was pried open.
10000block U.S. 40: A thief broke into the Forest Motel sometime before 7a.m. Monday and stole two metal boxes containing an undisclosed amount of cash from an office.
7800 block Old Farm Lane: A 1990 Audi 100 automobile was reported stolen at 8 a.m. Wednesday from a residential area.
6400 block Greenfield Drive: Someone attempted to break into a 1989 Suzuki truck at noon Sunday, but was unable to start the vehicle.
8300 block U.S. 1: A bicycle was stolen sometime before noon Jan. 4 from a storage shed after someone broke the lock.
9900 block Guilford Road: Cash was stolen sometime before 3:15 p.m. Wednesday from an apartment; no signs of forced entrywere found.
8500 block Pineway Drive: A portable stereo, jewelry, razor, gym bag, antique record player, and several stuffedanimals were reported stolen at 6 p.m. Monday from a home entered through a rear kitchen window.
10000 block U.S. 1: A 1982 Dodge automobile was reported stolen at 6:40 p.m. Monday from a business area after the engine was left running.
9300 block North Laurel Road: Two chain saws were reported stolen at 9 a.m. Tuesday from an unlocked shed at a residence.