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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.

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