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Man held in shooting of Abingdon man

A 20-year-old drifter was held on $500,000 bond at the Harford County Detention Center on an attempted murder charge, Aberdeen police said Friday.

Jimmy L. McLaughlin was arrested after witnesses told officers that he had fired one blast from a sawed-off shotgun in the first block of E. Bel Air Ave. about 11 p.m. Thursday, wounding Fredrick W. Pipkins, 23, of Abingdon, in the right side and hand.

The victim was treated at the Union Memorial Hospital hand

center in Baltimore and released, police said.

2 arrested in drug raid next door to county jail

Two Bel Air men who live next door to the Harford County Detention Center were arrested Monday night by narcotics task force agents who raided their home, authorities said.

The two men, who live on the 1000 block of Rock Spring Road, were charged with possession and intent to distribute marijuana.

Task force agents said they seized a pound of marijuana, 75 doses of LSD, drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun in the raid.

Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows, who witnessed the raid, said his office will not tolerate any drug activity, "especially in our own back yard."

Jerry Lee Coleman, 23, is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, and Wesley Allison in lieu of $10,000 bond. Both are in the Detention Center.

Judge refuses to lower bonds in drug case

Harford District Judge John S. Landbeck Jr. refused Thursday NTC to lower the $1 million bonds that have kept two interstate drug suspects jailed since Monday.

The two, allegedly involved in a cocaine smuggling operation, were arrested by state police during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 near Havre de Grace.

A kilogram of crack cocaine was found in an electronic compartment hidden in the rear armrest of a southbound 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass that was stopped for speeding by state police Cpl. John Appleby.

Police identified the suspects as Fredrick Jordan, 32, of Patterson, N.J., and Denice L. Martin, 24, of the Bronx, N.Y.

Mr. Jordan was charged with transporting more than a kilogram of crack cocaine. He told the judge he had a 1984 conviction in New Jersey for possession of crack cocaine.

Ms. Martin was charged with interstate transportation of 28 grams of cocaine and related counts.

A prosecutor requested leniency for the two, but Judge Landbeck said he routinely sets bail equal to the street value of the confiscated drugs.

A day after those arrests, police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a third man and seized $25,500 in a rendezvous at a hotel in Greensboro, N.C., where the cocaine was to be delivered, authorities said. That man and Mr. Jordan were charged by federal agents, authorities said.

Wal-Mart gives grant to local government

The Harford County government has received $3,000 of a $6,000 grant from Wal-Mart Corp. for the development of a marketing program for the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center now under construction near Aberdeen.

The money will be used to design a marketing program and print material to promote the project, which lies on 74 acres at Interstate 95 and Route 22.

The first phase of the HEAT center includes the construction of an academic building, which will offer baccalaureate and graduate degree opportunities.

The HEAT center is the result of a partnership between the state of Maryland, Harford County government, the city of Aberdeen and Harford and Cecil community colleges.

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