Tuesday, April 10, 2007

April 10

A man died of a gunshot wound in the 100 block of S. Morely St. near Gwynns Falls Park.

Donta Madison, 31, was shot in the parking lot of the Rite Aid on West Chase Street near Martin Luther King Boulevard Monday night, and survived.

This morning, Judge John C. Themelis sentenced Keon Stokes, 29, of the 1300 block of North Carey Street, to 36 years in prison -- 30 years for second-degree murder, three years for use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and 18 months each for car theft and arson, and the sentences are to run consecutively. A Baltimore jury convicted stokes March 20, 2007. Say charges,
On May 1, 2005 Stokes, in a stolen vehicle, struck and killed Kurt Fulp, 20, while Mr. Fulp was riding a bicycle in the 1500 block of Presstman Street. Stokes fled the scene without stopping. Police responded to a call of a car fire later that day and it was determined the burning vehicle matched the description of the one that struck Mr. Fulp.
In the county, Rami Adana Martin, 24, was shot to death at 1:30 a.m. in the Pikesville area.

"It was a regular afternoon at Keeper's Market, a tiny neighborhood convenience store on Brehm's Lane in Belair-Edison. Miss Debbie was buying her scratch-off tickets at the front counter, the store owner was checking inventory in the beverage case and Miss Linda and a manager were playing video games in the corner. ... Then ..."

Deysi M. BenitezSalvadoran Deysi M. Benitez, right, aka Rosi Chavez, aka Estela Sedillo, is officially Missing, according to the FBI; aka it's unknown if she is alive or dead.

Christian Marcel Liverman
PduJ: Christian Marcel Liverman, 30, who gave his address as Towson University, is charged with the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old female student at Chesapeake High School.

Non-Profit Malfeasance Dept.
Johns Hopkins University has put a financial aid director on paid leave after learning she had received about $65,000 of consulting fees from a student loan company.

A radiologist who was kicked out of the University of Maryland Medical Center after he performed a Muslim ritual has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the hospital.


John Galt said...

Last night's shooting victim on Morely, another case of a victim shot while getting dinner from a neighborhood carryout, was about 24. His father had no idea what he'd find on the other side of the door, on which his son was pounding.

If the police attempt to portray this as a murder in the ordinary course of the underground lifestyle of a young, black male in Baltimore, I'm gonna go ballistic.

This was a senseless, meaningless, purposeless murder during daylight hours in the open on the streets of Baltimore.

You are not safe from it, even if you're a non drug-using white female. You will only be safe when your government requires the adequate provision of police patrol officers in public places.

Jill Carter, please consider legislation to strip the City of its policing authority if does not come into compliance with reasonable crime suppression targets over a specified period of time. It is not appropriate to vest such a necessary and essential power in the hands of officials so visibly disinterested in getting the job done.

Anonymous said...

When they mentioned the doctor performing a "muslim ritual" my first thought was "suicide bombing?"

John Galt said...

In about the same way that more and more muslims worldwide first think of "American culture" as being synonymous with oppressive colonialism.

We are spiralling toward an unfortunate confrontation between two cultures which on the face of them should not be diametrically opposed. But when emotions get charged, things have a way of just going there and then who we and they really are and what we share in the form of basic beliefs just no longer seems to matter.

John Galt said...

Just a reminder:

By early April 2007, we've already exceeded the annual murder count of each of Minneapolis, Albuquerque, San Diego, and Tucson.

The annual homicide counts of Cincinnati, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, San Antonio, and Atlanta will be passed later this month.

Gor said...

Everytime I hear someone say something about colonialism or imperilism, it reminds me of the Monty Python movie "The Life of Brian". The part where the "freedom fighters" were writing up the "evils" of the Romans, except someone kept on coming up with all of the numerous positive contributions that Roman imperilism made to the "freedom fighters" country. Classic.

You guys are internet savy enough, go to sights that talk about how muslims actually treat each other and see who is oppressing whom. Find out the reasons used by Muslim rape gangs in Australia for their action. Another topic, type in "Muslim honour killings", try "Iran rape 16 girl executed" or just "muslim law". Decide if you want your mother, sister or daughter living under that religion's control.

If we are "spiralling toward an unfortunate confrontation between two cultures", everyone needs to know what our children are in for if we lose.

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Anonymous said...

I remember being accosted by panhandlers outside that Rite Aid every time I went to pick something up at Utrecht.
And regarding Muslim on Muslim violence, it's inexcusable, but a lot of it is rooted in ancient cultural practices, not their religion. Honor killing in the Middle East predates Islam. One can only hope people can move beyond these injust practices, which are actually seem incompatible with the Qur'an.

Gor said...

Whose ragging? I've made no judgemental statements, all I said was to inform oneself of the realities of the majority of the cultures that live under that faith.

I've lived in the various countries in the middle east for over five years in the 80's and 90's. All I can say is when I first went there I was excited to live in a ancient part of the world and discover it's rich history first hand. When I finally left I was disgusted with it, especially in the fundamentalist controlled areas. Now, that's my personal judgement, based on my experiences, no one else is required to agree with me.

As for pre-islamic practices in modern islam, well, those practices are engrained so much that most non-arab converts to islam accept those practices as islamic, like the wearing of the veil.

All faiths have bad people that profess them, so your statement about "christians" nazis doesn't surprise. If you statement was pointed at me, it didn't hit the mark because I am not a christian. I base people on their acts, not whatever thoughts are bounceing around in their head.

As for judging groups that people join (like religion) that's a different matter, but still, I not going to hold the actions of centuries ago against the present. In the 15th century the fundamental christians were the bad guys, today in the 21st century, the fundamental islamist are the bad guys (in the humble opinion of this no-account faceless blog poster).

Gor said...

Wait, this blog is about Baltimore crime, so we need a Baltimore angle about Islam. Let's see, hmmmmmm, okay try this,


Now I won't call Jesus of Nazareth, Christ, because christ is greek for Messiah, since I'm not christian he is not my messiah and I can not identify him as such. Now the Baltimore muslim community demands that Muhammad is referred to as the "Prophet Muhammad" in public schools, a clearly religious requirement, this I also refuse to do.

Anonymous said...

Actually, This blog is about Maryland Crime, not exclusively Baltimore Crime. The name should be changed to reflect that.

C Love "The Rap Addict" said...

oh my....Gor (you) teach school age children - ANYTHING?

Now the Baltimore muslim community demands that Muhammad is referred to as the "Prophet Muhammad" in public schools, a clearly religious requirement, this I also refuse to do.

Gor said...

Yes I do. I teach them to use their heads, come to their own opinions and to respect truthful, honest people.

You seem surprised, c love. Have I said anything that is wrong or something that is viewed as not being polictially correct? I'm concerned that just because I may hold a different view that you, that you believe I am some mindless thug and you may think I am an enemy of you (I hope that is not the case). If so, that can't be farther from the truth. Speaking one's mind in a thoughtful manner to another (as well as listening) is the hallmark of democracy and I hope that is what we are doing here in the first place.

Please remember, if I say anything you might find offensive, I just drawing from my own experiences when I make personal views known and I demand no one to agree with me. My family is multi-cultural, my children can speak at least two languages (my daughter 3 languages now) and all are in advance classes themselves. Coming to my home, one would think I was holding a UN convention.

Just because I may say something un-popular, I'm now worried that some people may view that as hateful. If that is true, then our dream of a open, honest society is coming to an end.

I'm hope understanding can go both ways.

Gor said...

c love, on second thought, did I read too much into your comment, am I being too sensitive?

C Love "The Rap Addict" said...

LOL! nah! your answer was on point! I applaude you wanting to give that much of yourself - I know that your work does not end when you leave at the end of the day.

Children need the good, bad and ugly in life. Teachers just like parents are not here to be children's friends. Some of my hardest teachers are the ones I truly remember.

And more so than learning how to add and subtract...lessons in how to make critical decisions (based on research and/or reflecton) is what most of these kids are missing. Thank you so very much for caring enough to give them things they can actually use in everyday life.

I attended a HBCU and took African American History as my history elective. Real Talk: The very best history teacher I had was a middle aged white man (I wish I remembered his name). I did not feel that he could teach me anything about black ppl......but with time.....I grew to actually respect his take on things alot. I now see how someone having opposing views (based on their experience) in many ways is more beneficial within the higher learning environment.

It is no secret that their are 2 or 3 different versions of American History...so its a blessing to get the opportunity to compare notes.

This professor presented the info without cultural bias - he picked a text book and stuck to it. He approached the topic from an academic perspective which made it easier to discuss many of the topics without the class getting mad at him (the lone white guy...LOL!) That was very refreshing and made for the most enriching experience. It almost gave his lessons more weight.

His objections to many of the class' commonly held ideals (he called many of them misconceptions) forced us to dig further in order that we became better able to expound on our feelings. He encouraged this. A black teacher would have told us it is what I say it is and we probably would not have doubted him/her.

If I would not have been challenged (as I wasn't during my first AAH course)I would not be as confident as I am about many of the truths I hold to be self-evident.

I love this site because there are so many ppl of varying backgrounds on here....so while I may not agree with you....I am becoming informed. I am so thankful for the opportunity to come into your worls. I don't know any white men from whom I can get real answers about how they view baltimore and black ppl in general. You are one of the realest ppl I know! WORD!

I don't know if you teach inner city kids.... but if you do....try going to one of their houses or asking them about their lives outside of school....many of them are probably living in a form of hell.....

AS long as you are not teaching them to hate their own or feel lumped in with the "black" ppl that you sometimes feel cause all the problems in Baltimore or the world even (intentionally or unintentionally) ........YOU are alright with me.

Lets just promise to always keep it real. Ima big gurl....shoot from the hip with me...cause I am soaking it all up!!!

Gor said...

Thanks c love, I actually kind of pity my daughter due to my forthrightness. When I had "the talk" with her when she was 11 or 12. I told her life wasn't fair, because girls get pregnant, boys don't and all boys (even the nice ones) wants sex. I did tell her the difference between the nice boys and the bad ones, was the nice boys will accept "no" for an answer.

The worst part was that this talk was while we were sitting in a San Diego Starbucks and I had her repeat it back to me. I don't think she will forget it (which was the point).