City police raided six houses, arrested eight...


City police raided six houses, arrested eight people on drug charges, and seized narcotics and weapons early yesterday in the Shipley Hill neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore. The raids occurred in the 2500 and 2800 blocks of W. Baltimore St.; the 2600 and 2700 blocks of W. Fairmount Ave.; and the 2800 block of Kinsey Ave.

In the raids that began about 5 a.m., police seized 810 vials of suspected crack cocaine, 2 1/2 ounces of suspected cocaine, a shotgun, a rifle and a handgun. Lt. Russell N. Shea Jr. said officers also confiscated a police scanner, cellular phones, a device to clone cellular phone numbers and $1,500.

Also yesterday, the city began a three-day cleanup in Walbrook, where drug raids occurred a few months ago. Maj. Gary Lembach, commander of the Southwestern District, said several hundred municipal workers will be in the community through the rest of the week, boarding up vacant houses, eradicating rats, planting trees and clearing gutters.

Sun columnist Reimer wins A. D. Emmart Memorial Prize

Susan Reimer, a columnist for The Sun, has won the 1996 A. D. Emmart Memorial Prize for an article published in May on "The Power of Forgiveness" that told of a movement among therapists, psychologist and counselors "to apply the act of forgiveness to the secular world and to the relationships that form the foundations of our lives."

Reimer also won $1,000, and three writers garnered honorable mentions and $150 prizes: Michael Anft, for "The Boards Game: Baltimore's Actors," published in City Paper in October; Edward Gunts, for "The Walls Fall: Cochran House," published in The Sun in June; and Adam J. Lerner, for "Hero Worship: POW-MIA," published in the Link.

The award honors writing in the humanities published in a Maryland general-readership newspaper or magazine and is named for A. D. Emmart, who during a 47-year career at The Sun and The Evening Sun held several positions, including art critic and book review editor. The winners will be honored in a ceremony at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Central Library.

Lighting of monument to feature music, fireworks

Fireworks and music by the Coppin State College Ensemble and Peabody Brass Ensemble will be featured at the ceremonial lighting at 6 p.m. tomorrow of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Square, the 25th anniversary of the holiday season event.

TOWSON -- Owners of four bars and liquor stores were fined $150 each on Monday by the county liquor board for serving an underage, undercover police cadet.

Accompanied by county vice squad detectives, the 20-year-old cadet visited all four places Oct. 24 and was able to buy beer without any request for identification, according to police testimony at the board hearing.

The fines were levied against owners of Wilkens Liquors, Pizza and Deli, 4600 block of Wilkens Ave.; Super York Liquors, 10200 block of York Road; Pizzeria Uno, 400 block of York Road; and Carney Crab House, 2000 block of E. Joppa Road.

Lawyer admits embezzling $16,000 as Chapter 7 trustee


TOWSON -- A Towson lawyer has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $16,000 while working as a bankruptcy court trustee, prosecutors said yesterday.

Robert E. Baker, who as a Chapter 7 trustee was responsible for liquidating bankruptcy estate assets for distribution to creditors, admitted embezzling from four estates between April 1993 and November 1994, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Baker, who resigned from his position as a trustee in December 1994, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20. He could receive a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and be ordered to pay restitution, prosecutors said.

Police chief to speak at forum on children and gun violence


TOWSON -- County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will be a panelist tonight at a community forum addressing children and gun violence.

The forum -- "Keeping our Children Safe from Guns: Challenges and Solutions" -- is sponsored by Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse. It will begin at 7: 30 p.m. at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road.

Other panelists include Dr. Dan Morhaim, an emergency room doctor at Franklin Square Hospital Center; Susan DeFrancesco, coordinator for the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins; and Bill Rogers, head of a Baltimore County school program designed to keep schools drug- and violence-free.

Pub Date: 12/04/96

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