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Arundel couple arrested on drug charges after raids

Anne Arundel County police didn't have to go far to track down Thomas Dennis Creek Jr.

Police said they had seen the 32-year-old making stops in Glen Burnie, but officers who executed a search warrant on his Brooklyn Park home had to go only two blocks from the police station on Hammonds Lane.

Creek and his wife, Tracey Lynette Creek, 32, were arrested on drug charges Tuesday after police raided their homes in Brooklyn Park and Baltimore. Thomas Creek was also charged with possession of a handgun by a felon.

Officers seized 2 ounces of suspected crack cocaine with a street value of $5,000 and $200 in currency from Thomas Creek during a search of his vehicle, police said. During a raid at his wife's home in the 3600 block of MacTavish Ave., a .32-caliber revolver and 251 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $25,000 were seized, police said.

Thomas Creek was awaiting trial in Anne Arundel County on a February indictment on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute. A trial in that case is scheduled for June.

Justin Fenton

Howard County

: Enchanted Forest

Minor fire damages figure at old park

A small fire broke out yesterday at Enchanted Forest, a longtime amusement park in Howard County that closed in the 1980s.

Firefighters received the call just after 2 p.m., said Bill Mould, spokesman for the county Department of Fire and Rescue. A dragon figure that sits on the roof of a replica castle caught fire, he said. The fire lasted about five minutes, he said.

Tyeesha Dixon

Baltimore

: Sentence

Man gets 33 years in 2005 assault

A 23-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 33 years in prison after he and others paralyzed a man, dropping him head-first on concrete, city prosecutors announced.

Bobby Hough, of the 2500 block of Ridgely St., was convicted by a jury in December of attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced by Judge Brooke Murdock.

Prosecutors say Hough and two other men beat Rodney Armstead, 42, in the 2000 block of Ellsworth St. in May 2005. Hough, Tyrone Smith and another man picked up Armstead, flipped him upside-down and dropped him onto the concrete, according to prosecutors. Smith is serving a 25-year prison term for first-degree assault.

Brent Jones

Downtown

Officer injured while directing traffic

A city Department of Transportation officer was reported in good condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being struck yesterday afternoon by a vehicle while directing circus traffic near 1st Mariner Arena, a department spokeswoman said.

The officer's name was not released.

About 1:35 p.m., the officer was directing traffic at Baltimore and Charles streets when a driver failed to obey his order to continue in the direction of the flow of traffic, spokeswoman Rosita Sabrosso-Rennick said in a news release. She said the driver of the vehicle accelerated and struck the officer, knocking the officer to the pavement.

Bystanders pursued the vehicle for a short distance and held the driver for police, the spokeswoman said.

The driver was arrested and taken to Central Booking and Intake Center.

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