Tuesday, March 29, 2005

March 29

Cleeetuusss! The University of Maryland Medical Center has misplaced a heckofalota OxyContin

The State's Attorney announced that last Friday a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Akiba Matthews, 32, for two counts of possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine. If convicted on all counts, Matthews could face a maximum prison term of 40 years.

Ugh, I hate these stories... a two-month old in Laurel is in critical condition after being beaten, alledgedly by her mother.

Shoplifter Heather Calp is in a heap of trouble after dragging a police officer with her Saturn. She was last seen at the Joppa Road Giant.

After being denied a license in PA, first cousins Eleanor Amrhein and Donald Andrews got hitched in Maryland. This story also hit the wire and has been covered in about 100 sources.

This article about police book-cooking slips in a detail I haven't heard, and I can't find the source to verify but here it is anyway: "An audit in Baltimore found that police there underreported crime by 14.5 percent in 1999."

New commissioner Leonard Hamm's policy that gives police officers brownie points for seizing drugs, making arrests and issuing parking tickets is under fire. Observes police PR guy Matt Jablow, "the appearance of having a quota is very, very bad."

A lawsuit has been settled against the corporation that used to run the Hickey School (Baltimore County's juvenile "detention center"). Twnety-nine year old Amy Bibighaus was raped by a 15-year-old inmate, and then was charged with statutory rape after the incident. (Interestingly, the AP has picked up the story and it's gone nationwide. I can never predict what they'll go for.)

Attempted rape (which the Sun strangely calls a "rape try"), a guy shot in the legs and plenty of burglary in the blotter.

The governor pardoned six convicts yesterday, and has now pardoned a total of 76, which has got to be some kind of record.

Also in Annapolis, the house passed a bill that would make harming a fetus a crime. Yet somehow it doesn't confer "personhood or rights" on the fetus. Nor does it make fetus-harming an aggravating circumstance that would make the murder of the mother a death-penalty case. So how it'll actually be applied is a total mystery.

Here's more details about the Hugh Wade forgery case I mentioned yesterday. He sounds like quite the dramatic.

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