Saturday, June 24, 2006

June 24

Aaron Spelling is dead!

Friday, June 23, 2006

June 23

Writing contest: speculate on the origins of items for sale at propertyroom.com. ("I am a rug; reeking ... reeking...")

Two men, Latar Bradshaw and Phillip Carter, have been charged for robbing and beating Sun writer Carl Schoettler. Feel bad for him and all, but is it fair to devote two pages of reportage when other robberies and beatings get a paragraph or less?

JFC! Ronald Hinton, a 15-year-old boy and son of a police trainee who died mysteriously in 1992, beat and raped a four-year-old girl within an inch of her life.

WTF? Neighbors had a cookout within feet of the bedroom window where Kenya Lincoln was chained to her bed.

Yike, a serial killer right in Harford County! ... now police are wondering if there's a connection to nine missing women and teenage girls.

A Baltimore man, Terence Turrell, got 30 years for his part in a home invasion and murder in Northern New Jersey.

Glynn: No change of venue for the officers accused of beating Raymond Smoot to death.
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Police are looking for a jowly man who robbed the Royal Farms where the Channel 2 reporters stand in front of every time it snows, plus a 7-11 on East Baltimore Street.

The Duncan story: his violin and clarinet aren't playing the same tune. The Post compares it to the 1972 admission by VP candidate Thomas Eagleton that he'd had electroshock therapy (how refreshing to read something by a reporter with experience and a sense of history for a change ... !)

The lastest installment of the Post's "Being a Black Man" follows two high school students who rejected Catholic-school scholarships to make their local high school a better place.

William Steeg, 48, pled guilty to pantsless dancing in OC.

Supreme Court: if you complain about discrimination or harassment you're legally protected on the job. But if you work for the government and blow the whistle on wasteful or dangerous practices you can be fired. Gotcha.

Op-Ed
I like this essay... but "rebirth" on North Avenue? I'm sorry Jacques, you're a great Baltimorean, but that's the dumbest idea I've ever heard! Why does everyone want to sink so much into hopeless neighborhoods where no one wants to go (see the "rebirth" of the West Side), while Hampden and CV are covered with garbage, right at Lanvale and Charles is a property that's been derelict for more than 15 years, our public transportation goes nowhere, and if you want to visit the Harbor parking is $10? I'm sorry, Baltimore, you don't get a new neighborhood until you show me you can take care of the ones you have!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

June 22

duncanTHIS JUST IN... Doug Duncan has dropped out of the governor's race because he's depressed !!
(imagine how No'Malley Dems feel...) I believe it, every time I've seen him he's seemed leaden and unenthused... But why would someone prone to depression want a job that requires so much extroversion in the first place? Anyways here's hoping the Dougnut gets some him-time to chill out, go fishing with Moose, pop some 'zac and get his groove back.
Is it too late for someone else to run? Simms (Stuart or Barry)? Mary Pat? Who do you nominate, readers?

Opening motions in the retrial of Adan Canela and Policarpio Espinoza start today.

A month in jail for Joe Cary, principal of the Owl's Nest club.

Steven Janis is on fire today... unlike those other lazy quitters! The Examiner had crime scene experts look over the Robert Clay autopsy report. Their conclusion: fishier than a Norwegian cathouse. And where are the gunshot residue reports? Well?

JZ: PowerPoint graphs don't prove the existence of arrest quotas. Examiner: yes they do.

Finally some good parenting: A HoCo mom is suing the man who molested her daughter for $16.1 million. And mom of a 14-year-old girl from Virginia who ran away to Baltimore says, 'I think I'm going to get her some counseling.' Good idea!

David William Richardson, 55, died a mysterious death in Stoneleigh.

A man was stabbed in the arm and a man and woman were arrested for crack and paraphernalia on Dru Hill.

Los federales are handing down huge drug sentences this week. And hey, we're getting a cyber-crime and intellectual property unit!

Now, that's funny. A Hagtown motorist claims he was "defending himself" when he shot at a PT Cruiser that wouldn't let him pass (3rd story from the top).

June 21

Ryan Cornell Mills, 23, was murdered (#127) in Southwest Baltimore, in view of four police officers.

Duane Elkerson was arrested for the murder of Antoinio Alford (N. Bentalou St., #118).

Just as I suspected... Baltimore's arrest rate is a complete anomaly, and "abated by arrest" is a new term, coined here. Also not just your imagination... Baltimore (with the exception of the Jewish community) is shrinking.

Linda Bullock, 41, has been missing for almost a month ... so why are we hearing about it now?

An officer shot a man in the stomach in Dundalk Monday night.

Victims June 13 to 18: Cynthia Riley (#119), Kevin Sewell (Towanda Avenue, 120), Trey Branch (E. Chase, 121), Donald Lewis (East Preston, 122), Said Sawab, 123, arson. Blackburn John (Ellicott Drive, 124) and an unidentified man (Smallwood, 125). I wonder what the extra number is. Julia Boussari, or someone else who is 'pending'?

Holy Gonzaga! A 15-year-old girl was found in Northwest Baltimore chained to a bed by her mom and mom's boyfriend. And a couple is in jail after leaving a handicapped five-year-old in a motel room.

Shit! The disappearance of newspaperman Phil Merrill was no accident!

yay, something new to arrest people for.

What an asshole. Not only is Kenneth Ellis' tag so shiteous other writers turned him in, he's also the wanker that drops chicken bones on the street! The Examiner also throws up a story.

The City will get $800,000 from a construction company that used a fake minority-owned firm to get contracts.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

June 22

charlesburnsHarford County Police are wondering if there's a link between the Havre de Grace and Perryman murders ... think one Charles Burns (not left) may be involved.

HoCounty has acted against the Pack Shack.

Newspapers have no clue how to grow online (and I'm not telling).

That was quick: A Baltimore City jury convicted Joseph Omar Smith, 24, and Cyrus Lee Beads, 20, today of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder respectively after five days of testimony and approximately five hours of deliberation over two days. Judge Allen L. Schwait will sentence Smith and Beads August 29. Says "The State":
The jury convicted Smith of the second-degree murder of Lawrence Johnson, attempted second-degree murder and assault of Ryan McCutcheon, attempted second-degree murder of Jeremy Drake, conspiracy to murder McCutcheon and Drake, three counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and illegal Possession of a regulated firearm.

The jury convicted Beads of the attempted second-degree murder of McCutcheon, attempted second-degree murder of Drake, conspiracy to murder McCutcheon and Drake, two counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and illegal possession of a regulated firearm.

On June 7, 2005 police responded to 3832 Roland View Avenue and found three males suffering from gunshot wounds inside the location. Investigation revealed that the victims had been on the front porch when individuals suddenly opened fire from across the street. Multiple 9mm casings were recovered from the scene and were matched to a Glock 9mm handgun recovered from Cyrus Beads on June 13, 2005 when he was arrested in the 2600 block Keyworth. Eyewitnesses encountered the defendants immediately after the shots were fired rushing into an apartment. Both had guns and both used the bathroom to wash up and change clothes.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Juneteenth

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Ronnie Jones, 27, and Todd Mikal, 31, for 22 counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and attempted armed robbery. Jones and Mikal tried to rob Greektown playaz (including Prevas' brother) at an illicit poker game. Police responded while the alleged robbery was in progress and officially recovered $23,827 in U.S. currency from 20 victims.

Wouldn't that be wild: The Abell Foundation would like to buy the Sun from the Tribune. Says the foundation president: "it's important that the Sun aspire to its previous level of excellence." Word up there Bob.

Homicide #126 is a woman in an apartment east of Canton, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Today, a jury found Teon Hall guilty of the murder in the second degree of Craig Morris and first-degree assault of Stephen Kendall. Mr. Hall was convicted for shooting these two men outside of the Ritz Caberet in the early morning of February 18, 2005:

On the night of February 18, 2005, [before] Teon Hall shot and killed Craig Morris and seriously wounded Stephen Kendall, [Morris and Kendall] along with one of their friends were accosted by two Asian men outside of the Ritz. As a fight broke out between the men, Mr. Hall grabbed a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic hand gun and ran up to the fight and fired 6 shots at the victims striking each one 3 times. Mr. Morris, who stumbled into the club after being shot twice in the chest, was rushed to the hospital but died there. Mr. Kendall was struck in both legs and survived.

Police were at the scene almost immediately after the shooting. A witness at the scene provided police with a description of Mr. Hall, including the car he drove away in and the direction in which he fled. Baltimore City Police apprehended Mr. Hall approximately 2 miles from the Ritz on Eastern Avenue with the murder weapon directly between his feet. Fingerprint analysis discovered his finger prints on the magazine of the murder weapon.

The case was tried over the past 6 days before the Honorable Paul Alpert and the jury began its deliberations yesterday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. After recessing for the evening, the jury returned this morning and delivered its verdict at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sentencing is set for Tuesday, August 18, 2006, 18 months to the day after the incident.
At a hearing today, Judge Roger Brown sentenced Tremaine Jenkins, 27, to 25 years. A Baltimore City jury convicted Gibson more than a year ago for attempted second-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. On Christmas Eve 2004 at around 11:30 p.m. Jenkins stabbed a victim in the forehead with a knife. When the victim fell to the ground, Jenkins went through his pockets, taking $90. The man lost his right eye as a result of the stab wound; the knife severed his optic nerve.

Two homicides this weekend , #s 124 and 125.

One of the less-pushy customers at the Charles Street Eddie's.

Taking Love to the Streets Dept:
This week the city will be beseiged by Baptists and other screaming elephant circuses.
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Rumor around the courthouse is that Robert Clay was the "boyfriend" of Delegate Jill Carter {D-41} ... isn't that always the rumor about bossy girls?

Bruce Miller, left, reports on some local screenwriters who're peddling a pilot for a show about Baltimore that's all about the real: "The tagline is 'There is a lot of love to be had on the street,'" Mason said. "It's really dealing with people out in the night and what can happen and it also enlightens about AIDS, epidemiology and addiction. Baltimore has a lot to say in those areas."

Web finds: a site for Jewish child abuse and sexual assault survivors. Sorry to have missed yesterday's rally ... "Get" In On It, Efraim!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

June 18

Back to this story. Is "abated by arrest" a legal outcome for an incident? Either a citation is issued on the spot, like a ticket, or someone's arrested and the a verdict is settled by the court. It can't be legal that an individual police officer could decide the sentence for "loitering" is subjecting someone to a body-cavity search and 24 hours in jail, can it?

Corpses in sports: Former Ho-riole David Segui admits to injecting human pituitary juice (synthetic, we hope).
"Len Bias: 20 Years Later - Lesson not learned" explores the challenges of earning college credits after death.

Texas, Mt. Hebron ('00), Loyola College, Carribean medical school, the Last Stand: the Mujtaba Rabbani Jabbar story. And more details.

Motz: No bond for prank-calling Hagtown creepazoid Jeffrey Shifler.

In Upper Marlboro, a bank robbery suspect shot himself. Meanwhile, Dontae T. Jefferson, 28, and Robert A. Paniagua, 19, of Towson, Md., are in custody.

In Annapolis, Wendi Davis, 42, formerly with the state treasury, has been indicted for stealing more than $52k from the insurance trust fund.

Duncan used his new Charles Village perch to dis the mayor's crime numbers. And indeed, crime's way up in MoCo.

Dogfaceboy details the endless quest for graffiti removal in Herring Run Park.