Wednesday, November 30, 2005

November 30

A homicide on Presbury Street in the Western, and a 17-year-old was shot.

Last week's five murders brought 2005's body count to 247.

A 23-year-old guy was found suspiciously dead in College Park.

Maryland inmate Ralph Manna got 20 more years for trying to hire an undercover officer to kill his ex-wife and their son. He was already serving two "life" sentences.

A motions hearing in the matter of John Booth-El, 52, is scheduled for 1:30 tomorrow afternoon before Judge Kaye Allison, 451 Mitchell Courthouse. A Baltimore city jury convicted Booth-El in 1984 of first-degree murder for the 1983 stabbing death of Irvin Bronstein and sentenced him to death. The death sentence has been vacated, and reinstated, four times since. Booth is being represented pro bono by five lawyers and a legal assistant from the firm of Arent Fox, who will presumably be challenging the court's failure to consider mitigating factors that were permitted under Maryland sentencing law at the time.

Charges were dropped against 17-year-old Antonio Newsome, accused of firebombing Miss Edna's house. So let's review: three guys, Jackie Brewington, 18, Isaac Smith and Andre Wilkins, 31, copped a deal with Federal prosecutors (snitches!) to plead guilty to witness tampering and use of an explosive device. Trial will begin for Terrance "Buck" Smith, 24, of the 7 Deuce 1 Bloods, Shakia Watkins, 19, Richard Royal, 21, and head snowman Nakie Harris, 30 on December 5. Edna McAbier is alive and hiding in an undisclosed location.

Three old people, Deborah Henry, 46, Kevin Musser, 42, and Robert Shallcross, 50, were busted for operating a portable meth lab.

The prosecution has rested in the Irv Lorenzo money-laundering thing. Says the defense, Lorenzo just hung out with "Supreme" the drug kingpin because he "provided a certain street credibility." The "poet" is also said to have be involved in a plot to kill 50 Cent.

A lot of to-the-point two-word headlines out of Annapolis, including "Teen Beaten" and "Shoplifter Sprayed".

Ehrlich: closing the Hickey School with nowhere to send juvenile offenders was a good idea. (The election race might get interesting after all: gov has announced he endorses Bush's military policies and linked the Iraq war with the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Great $10K idea, Chip. Read much?)


My Daily Struggles said...

Crime doesn't pay.

Maurice Bradbury said...

if crime really didn't pay, there would be no crime.

Anonymous said...

Crime definitely pays. In fact, I'm beginning to think I'm the only sucker in Charm City foregoing the big $. With my background in process chemistry I should be running one motha' of a meth lab.

Anonymous said...

Watch abc2news at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday night for a follow-up interview regarding journalist Darryn Moore's discovery that the Balto. City Police Force appears to be falsely reporting crime statistics, in particular claiming current credit for clearing shootings which were closed and sentenced in 2000.

You might even read the Mayor's statements acknowledging prevarications by the police department in his Plan to Dramatically Reduce Crime dated 2000 on the police department website. They have not changed.

Anonymous said...

I'll be contacting the reporter, so any readers with personal knowledge of police misreporting/ nonreporting/ nonresponse should post their recollections in the comments section.

The police spokesman seemed to be claiming that the 5-year-old misreportings were in order to satisfy FBI clearance reporting requirements. The FBI's response: "WTF is he talking about?? We don't even ask for that info."

taotechuck said...

Have you heard anything about the trial of Oswald Voight, the guy who is accused of killing Robin Hoey in Southwest and leaving her body in a safe? I read a few months ago that his trial was scheduled to start on 11.22, but I haven't seen anything since.

Anonymous said...

Oswald's trial has been pp'd to Feb. 16, 2006. Defense apparently preparing a not criminally responsible (insanity) defense.