FROM THE PAST
land State Police and State Fire Investigator Robert Dillehunt following the latest incident Friday morning.
The men said that the youth is a resident of the Pondtown section and had been in school each time one of the fires had been set.
The boy was released into the custody of his father.
** * Last week the deeds were recorded in the transactions involving the sale of the Kent Island Shopping Center and the adjoining Islander Motel.
The G.W. Helfrich Inc. realty concern handled the transaction which saw the Lephil Realty Co. of Baltimore purchase the entire tract of land and in turn sell the 50-room motel to Douglas and Shirley Pindell, owner-operators of Pin-Dell Motel in Laurel.
*** Grasonvlle and Kent Island Fire Companies answered the call for a shanty fire at Little Creek on Kent Isalnd Saturday afternoon. They discovered mattresses burning in two separate bedrooms and put out the fire before much damage was done.
Later on the same evening, Kent Island was called to return to the same shanty to extinguish a fire in the kitchen. white and 48 were black, according to the Uniform Crime Reports. From January to September1991, 43 whites and 39 blacks were arrested for drug charges. Blacks account for 11 percent of the county’s 33,000 residents.
Nathaniel Veeney Sr., president of the county NAACP, said he doesn’t believe that there are more blacks using drugs than whites. It’s just that “black folks are easier to arrest.”
Open air drug markets, more prevalent in black than white communities, according to Sheriff Charles F. Crossley Jr., make for quicker arrests.
“In one area we get a number of complaints from that location (Cemetery Road),” he said. “It used to be Kent Narrows but now its Fisher Manor (Apartments.”
*** Five teenage boys standing in front of the Sons of Abraham on Cemetery Road and running toward an occasional car Wednesday night, watch as a caravan of cars pull into the parking lot.
As the members of Faith Unity Fellowship Church file out of their cars, the teenage boys slowly move away from the front door. While the members greet each other and help bring in food, the boys retreat, fading away until they can hardly be seen.
The club, built as a teen center in the 1960s, a veterans club in the 1970s and 1980s, and more recently know to some as a hangout for drug dealers, is now, at least on Wednesday nights, a place or worship.
“People say we’re crazy to come into a club.” says a church member. “But we have to tell them that Jesus is the way, not dope.”
The Rev. Robert Pritchett, minister of Faith Unity, says the Wednesday night services are for the young people.
Pritchett doesn’t refer to the evening program as “services,” but as an informal gospel cabaret. The theme is “Get the word, not the herb.”
* * * Vandalism is a “major problem” here according to Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Charles Crossley Jr.
Malicious destruction of property rose by 34 percent in 1991 over the previous year. Overall, there were 207 incidents of malicious destruction in 1991 reported to the sheriff’s office.
These crimes ranged from destruction of mailboxes and streetlights to fences, and tend to be committed by juvenile boys.
The number of juveniles arrested by the sheriff’s department increased from 80 in 1990 to 153 in 1991.