Friday, April 27, 2007

April 27

HoCo's second murder of the year -- 40-year-old Alevtina Y. Zhilina, a clerk at a 7-11 store -- is making Columbia residents nervous. Running Brook Elementary was on lockdown yesterday due to the killing.

Kirk Fonseca and Lewis Edward Rich are in custody for fatally stabbing 18-year-old Ernest Buchanan in a downtown McDonald's yesterday. The killing is making Baltimore workers nervous. In breaking news, the city of Baltimore will be put on indefinite lockdown. (Only kidding. Sorry. Not funny.)

Sintia Mesa's family is upset because there has been no justice for her murder. Welcome to Baltimore, hon.

Two women and a man were shot on the corner of N. Luzerne and E. Preston in East Baltimore yesterday, and an officer was injured in an accident while on the way to the scene. A neighbor was quoted as saying, "We’ve lived here one year, and we’ve already seen three or four shootings... This is no way to live." In yesterday's comments, Supreme gives his take on the getaway: "the shooters probably headed right up the street to a liquor store on N. Milton or Orleans and then walked directly back to the crime scene and laughed about it!!!"

The 14-year-old boy who brought papa's 9mm to school earlier this week was trying to protect himself after he was jumped when he got off the bus on his way home from school. In addition to regular beatdowns, he is now facing expulsion.

A juror in the sentencing trial of Jamaal Abeokuto, the convicted murderer of 8-year-old Marciana Ringo in 2002, "just can't do this."

Three Molotov cocktails were thrown at a house in the 2000 block of Ellsworth Ave early Wednesday morning.

Some victims and convicted criminals are meeting face-to-face.

Perv du jour: MoCo middle school math teacher Charles Robert Bouma allegedly pulled down his pants while driving a convertible and showed his goods to a school bus full of Catholic schoolgirls.


John Galt said...

The Police remind us that violence in the downtown area is "very, very unusual", according to CID Col. Bevilacqua, presumably because the people who matter visit there.

But residents in less 'important' parts of the city want outta here. See the video here. The same Colonel offers the excuse in that neighborhood that he can't be expected to do much without willing witnesses, whom the City has no intention of protecting after the detectives drive off.

A neighbor who heard the gunshots told the Sun "This is just a normal occurrence in this city." Apparently, he doesn't have them same sense of his surroundings which Bevilacqua offers for the benefit of the important people.

John Galt said...

Bystanders interviewed by the Examiner confirmed the reaction:

“I’m not surprised that it happened in the city, but surprised it happened here.”

“This type of thing doesn’t happen downtown,”

So, we're in agreement that some folks get to die because Baltimore doesn't want to go to the trouble of protecting them, but the City's gonna pick which ones.

Anyone remember:

We hold these truths to be self-evident;

That we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights;

That among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

[our leadership] has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of [its] Protection and waging War against us."

- Declar. of Indep., 1776

All over America. Except in Baltimore. Isn't it time, after 231 years for Baltimore, too, to become independent of tyrannical rule ??

John Galt said...

FYI, the joint demise of Philip Hines and Dontrelle Nesmith remains 'of undetermined manner' since they were found on March 29th. I'm informed that the CME's investigation ordinarily takes 8-9 weeks to complete.

Backlogs at the ME, backlogs at Crime Scene Investigation, backlogs in Ballistics, ... anyone notice a pattern of a government (actually two governments) which is forever inadequate ? And seemingly unconcerned about it. I mean, it's not as if it were a matter of life or death.

Oh. Yeah. Actually, it is.

Maurice Bradbury said...

I really should not be laughing at the perv, but Coke Zero just shot out of my nose.

Gor said...

John, I understand how you feel, however, I wouldn't confuse tyranny with incompetence.

Anonymous said...

No worries the Col is the same command member that was downgrading crime in the southern district which Jayne got a hold of. I see he was rewarded for his part with yet another promotion. I wouldn't believe too much of what he reports on crime numbers.

John Galt said...

WBAL reports that 'everything old is new again' as Sheila D. unveils 'the Baltimore Plan' on Monday. It's her notion of what to do about crime. It's said to be based upon what Boston has done, but Baltimore never emulates substance, just names and logos. Expect lots of committees, task forces, and 'wraparound' social services.

To understand better what Boston really did, see a summary here.

Basically, whereas the New York strategy was one of confronting mostly random criminals, overwhelmingly black and hispanic inner-city males as to a broad class of violent and property offenses (including quality of life offenses which make public places undesirable to the mainstream population), the Boston strategy sought to co-opt the leaders of the black faith community and to mobilize lower-income public opinion in the black community as against exclusively violent offenses committed only by well-structured youth gangs, in cooperation with police OCD personnel. The objective was not to cut overall crime, but to create a collective disincentive to the relatively ill-conceived (sometimes even accidental) turf violence which results from 'street policy' being conducted by the dummies on the corner, rather than by gang leadership.

The Boston strategy known as Operation Ceasefire sought only to correct the 'disorganization' of gangs, basically by providing a commitment device which would encourage a more orderly (and therefore profitable) behavior among competing institutional gang organizations.

The current installment, Strategy II, dealing with older, more hardened offenders of the same vintage upon release is having less success, and is basically a wraparound for ex-cons, in concert with parole officers. It's carrot & stick, but not getting far as Boston's violent crime has risen since its inception.

So, yes, this feels much more warm and fuzzy than New York-style Zero Tolerance, but Sheila,... what about the crime ???

As in, results.

John Galt said...

Geez, this is awful. The guy who killed Andre Jones (# 39) in a deli turned around and (allegedly) killed Allen Coates (# 52) a month later at Maceo's.

This guy was given supervised probation for 2nd Degree Assault & had the case closed on the corresponding robbery under a plea deal a year and a half ago, had been caught with a handgun the prior year and got probation which he violated shortly before the assault & robbery case.

He's a poster child for Identify rotten people, find a charge that will stick, show no mercy, and lock them away for the maximum possible sentence length. And, no, I don't want to hear about 'He's a good boy at heart; he just needs treatment.'

He's another f#@kin' monster.

Almond Smash said...
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Almond Smash said...

I dont understand why Baltimore can't come up with a clear cut inclusive program tailored for Baltimore. This borrowing of whole crimes plans from other places is getting Baltimore nowhere and fast. The City demographics are different from place to place.

John Galt said...

Regarding our very defective police force, the mayor's office points out that excessive force and discourtesy complaints are down by double digits, but that hardly means the incidents are down. Just the filing of complaints. I don't file them any longer, because this government has made it perfectly clear that it doesn't value or even encourage good policing.

You need to get rid of the bad (including the excessively disrespectful) cops, but you can't fire them until you have someone coming in to take their place. Quantity determines quality.

Hire more cops, damnit! Boston pays starting cops 25% more than we do, so they ACTUALLY HAVE SOME MANPOWER with which to implement these glorious plans.

John Galt said...

Around 6:30 p.m., a man was shot in the head at Baker & Rosedale in Southwest. He was taken to Shock Trauma.