Saturday, April 14, 2007

Four-Legged Neighbors

bad dogchicken bonesIn the most recent poll, 35 percent of you said that it would be okay under some circumstances to poision a neighbor's obnxious dog to death!
Tough town!

April 14

An 11-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder yesterday at around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Baker and McKean.

east side Johnnie "Smurf" Toomer of the 2900 block of East Monument Street was arrested for Thursday April 12's, quadruple shooting in Broadway East, but there's still no known motive. It does seem the the 20-year-old was the target, not the kids, and the 20-year-old was a witness for the upcoming murder trial of Allen Little, who accused of shooting William Kirkpatrick, 16, and Stanley Dorsey, 31, on Belnord Street on October 18 of 2005.

bailbondsIt's a mockery of the bail bond system!
Defendants are ordered to post big-bucks bails, but the city's bail bondsmens' low low prices get them out on the cheap.

Fenyanga Muhammad tells Richard Sher that police shot him four times for no reason. Jablow: witnesses at the scene tell a different story.

Annie Linskey has more on the search for Terrance Randolph's three killers, including the detail that Don Papa Blake, aka Shamvoy Smith, "reached out to the Baltimore police shortly after arriving in the city in late 2005 and told them that he was from California and had plans to straighten out the city's gangs." Yesterday she detailed Jordanna/ Jiordanna Wagner 's taped testimony about how the three took Randolph to the basement of 1900 block of Division St. for "discipline."

Scary stat: Through March 31, Baltimore police reported 161 shootings in Baltimore — a 32 percent increase from the same time last year.

Spyware is letting stalkers take fucking with victims to a new level.

Once again, courthouse workers are protesting the filthy conditions.

Federal court judge Garbis: touching and tipping in PGC strip clubs doesn't lead to crime.

Not the Pine Knots!

The Sage Report recounts some Baltimore gang names from the early 1850s, including the Hell's Delights, the Gumballs and the Pug Uglies.

Friday, April 13, 2007


The 10-year-old boy shot yesterday was the cousin of the witness to a double murder, the case scheduled for trial today. BUT the latest news is it wasn't a case of witness itimidation at all... somebody was just trying to steal a jacket. Well, that's a relief!

Neil Rivers, 20, was killed trying to stop Deandre Lamont Williams, 18, from taking a dirtbike. His family is outraged that Williams was out of jail to commit the murder in the first place, and that he got only 50 years.

Shaidon "Papa Don" Blake was found guilty of second-degree murder and conspiracy in the death of Terrence Randolph, 19. Two other co-defendants, Janet Johnson and Jermile Harvey, were also found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy. "Prosecutors said Blake is a high-ranking member of the Bloods who came from California to get Terrence Randolph and other gang members in line."

Dawson sister: seven family members were killed because they "Believed," were not given promised protection.

Police have released a composite of the Fredneck hit-and-run killer, left.

City bank robber Terron Moore got 11 years 4 months. If only the teller had used a prophylactic excessive-customer-service-technique to disarm him from the gitgo ...

If you still own a radio...

I'll be on Ed Norris on 105.7 this morning from 11:30-12:30.

April 13

The body found after a house fire on the 2600 block of W. Coldspring Ln. had been beaten and stabbed.

Sheila D. is outraged because at least six people were shot in the city on Thursday, including three children and one man who were shot on N. Bradford St.

The man who was stabbed in throat in Pigtown was identified as Eric Zurawski. Also, two people were shot on W. Lombard St., one person was shot on W. Pratt St., a boy was shot on Callow Ave., and a 19-year-old woman's car was stolen at gunpoint on E. Preston St. after she stopped to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

Commissioner Hamm says "You can't arrest your way out of a problem. You just can't."

Maryland's Court of Appeals says the family members of Angela Dawson have no grounds for a suit against the city.

Fenyanga Muhammed says the BPD shot and arrested him for no reason.

The family of Lindsay Bender are offering a $5,000 reward for information about the driver of a green pickup truck that was involved in Wednesday's fatal road rage accident near Frederick.

William Parrish, who was arrested last month for holding a woman against her will in Finksburg, was charged with unauthorized use of his ex-wife's Visa card and throwing a propane tank at an ex-girlfriend.

Steven Gossard of Washington County got two years for punching an 11-year-old girl and knocking her out.

Perv du jour: Thomas Carroll pleaded guilty to raping a 17-year-old girl 14 years ago, after DNA evidence was discovered that linked him to the crime.

I don't even know how to summarize the story of George Robert Chaney III in one sentence, so just go read about his most recent arrest.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

April 12

"Of the 42 people charged with gun crimes in Baltimore between Jan. 1 and March 21 of this year, 24 suspects — or 57 percent — had been previously charged with gun crimes a total of 52 times."
How'd this happen? They're out on bail and out of jail, and that's the way it goes.

Tavon Campbell, 20, was shot to death shortly after midnight in the 2600 block of E. Madison St.

"John Daughtry, 25, was identified Tuesday as the man shot in the chest at an unknown location about 6 p.m. Monday, then staggered to his home in the 100 block of S. Morley St." ; also, a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest but survived.

WBAL reported at noon that two women were shot while walking on the West side, no motive or suspects.

A "suspicious body" was found by firefighters at 4 a.m. in the basement of a house in the 2600 block of West Cold Spring Lane (aka Coldspring Avenue). Wonder if we'll ever hear of it again ... ?

Yesterday's Fredneck road rage victims were ID'd as driver Christian M. Luciano, 28, and passenger Lindsay L. Bender, 25, both from Harrisburg PA. Speaking of road rage, sound advice the Sun's Googled for us from the Dane County Sheriff's Office in Madison, Wis.):
birdAlmost nothing makes another driver angrier than an obscene gesture ... Avoid making any gestures that might anger another driver, even 'harmless' expressions of irritation like shaking your head.
(JZ's video on the link above is actually about Duke lax. Isn't it nice how Reade Seligmann says "If police officers and a district attorney can systematically railroad us with absolutely no evidence whatsoever, I can’t imagine what they’d do to people who do not have the resources to defend themselves.")

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

April 11

kfcRozza Alston, 29, of the 1600 block of Saint Paul Street, pled not guilty at arraignment today. He was criminally charged March 16, 2007 with attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, assault, armed robbery and plain-old robbery. Court documents allege that on January 26, 2007 Alston accosted an elderly female victim in the parking lot of a Kentucky Fried Chicken located at 1821 Saint Paul Street demanding her purse. When the victim refused, he allegedly stabbed her numerous times in her hand, arm and chest. Police arrested Alston on February 3.

Jean Sierra, 21, of Owings Mills, MD pled not guilty at arraignment today. He was indicted by the Baltimore City Grand Jury for multiple counts of robbery, armed robbery and assault. Court documents allege that on January 16, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sierra pointed a handgun at a group of three off-duty law-enforcement officers, (Jason E. Dietsch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Virginia state trooper and bagpipe player Michael McCann, and a Marie Burkhead, all in town for the funeral of Troy L. Chesley Sr) with the intent to rob them in the 2800 block of O'Donnell Street in busy Canton Square. Police responded and searched the area and detained Sierra, who was then allegedly identified by the victims. Sierra remains held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Speaking of the garbage problem, how great would that be if we could ban plastic bags.

No, it isn't an old headline... charges will finally be officially dropped against David Evans of Bethesda and two other Duke lax players indicted for rape and kidnapping in May of last year.
rodricks liquified by fotoshop
Rodricks: Community "call-in" urges criminals of the Western to get a clue.

PdJ: CarlCo's James Allen Gregory, 62, has been released from jail after serving 27 months of a 36-month sentence for a violation of parole in Washington State. Gregory violated parole by being hired as a handyman at the Rainbows and Reasons daycare center in Westminster in 2001, where he was charged with sexually abusing two 3-year-old girls at the day-care center and other locations and was given a 15-year suspended sentence. It's all very confusing.

Two people were killed by a white man in a basball hat during a Fredneck road-rage incident.

bleeds patchBaltimore Crime collectable: the "Baltimore City Police / Policing the City that Bleeds" patch. Notes the description: "This patch was designed by some of the Baltimore City Police Department Officers because of the high Homicide rate in Baltimore City. They feel they have no support from the Mayor or City Council, so this was a patch that was designed to show their displeasure with the lack of support."

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

USS Constellation a Fraudulent Frigate!

ConstellationAccording to Wikipedia, Harborplace's USS Constellation is a fraud! It's not the first US Navy vessel to put to sea, as city plaques proclaimed to schoolchildren for 137 years, but an 1850's Navy war sloop altered to look like a 1797 frigate!
Oh, my.

A letter:

Just saw your post about the Connie. I used to work there as a shipwright. Although there are people who will swear with their dying breath that it's the Frigate Constellation built in 1797 (I'm doing this from memory, forgive me if I get the details wrong), general consensus, including the current management, is that it was a new boat built in 1854. There was some kind of Naval chicanery with the money from congress back in the 1850s—they weren't allowed to build a new boat, so they said they were restoring the old one, but they pretty much restored it out of existence. I believe there was a book written on the subject recently by a guy named Footner. During a major restoration a few decades ago, they tried to make it look like the original, and did a bunch of stuff that later had to be undone in the most recent restoration (1990s).

So Boston beats us on the oldest ship, with the Constitution, but the USS Constellation has some pretty cool history, including slave trade interdiction off the coast of Africa and running famine relief to Ireland. Seems harsh to call it a fraud, I prefer to think the people who believed it was the frigate were just misguided. One important thing—although it was altered to look like the frigate, it got altered back, so what you see there between the water taxi and the paddle boats is the 1854 sloop.

Still, when you look at memorabilia on Ebay and such, the older stuff will say "USF Constellation" with an F for Frigate, and the new stuff will say "USS Constellation" with an S for either Ship or Sloop, I can’t remember. There are any number of old armchair sailors who can talk about this for days on end. I tend to tune out after "Not the original? Okay."
More importantly, I made the mast in the middle at the very top after the last one was struck by lightning.

Chris L.
Former boatbuilder

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.

Monday, April 9, 2007

April 9

A man was fatally stabbed in the throat in Pigtown.
And a man was stabbed in the arm and leg in the 2300 block of McCulloh Street in Reservoir Hill.

Dept of WTF?!:
Sun's Sara Neufeld: The city school budget is full of errors, including an item that "shows $6.2 million in salary money to pay zero employees."

Fantasies NightclubGregory Eaton was the armed robber who died at Fantasies Nightclub after being shot by off-duty police. Alex Reiff was also shot and is expected to recover.

Project Exile continues to target felons with guns. Meanwhile, the Blotter lists a shooting Friday morning on W. Lexington Ave., an armed robbery on Friday morning on E. Patapsco Ave., an armed carjacking at a gas station on Glynns Falls Pkwy. on Friday evening, and a shooting Friday night on Ascension St.

Oh, and also in the Blotter... a 10-year-old girl was robbed of her candy at knifepoint while walking to school in Woodlawn on Friday morning.

A 30-year-old man was attacked and robbed while walking along Furnace Branch Rd. in Glen Burnie.

"Do I dare disturb the universe?" Not if I go to school in Harford County.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

April 8

Word in our inbox from

Delegate Jill P. Carter
Next Mayor of Baltimore

829 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Dear Friend
Baltimore or Baghdad: which is the greater American tragedy?

As of March 19, 2007, violence has claimed the lives of 47 Americans in Baghdad since the start of the year. During the same period, violence claimed 61 lives in Baltimore, Maryland - most due to gunshot wounds.

Thousands marched this past weekend to end the loss of life in Baghdad. By contrast, the cry of outrage in Baltimore has barely risen to the level of a whisper."

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Carolyn Redd of the 5500 block of Jonquail Avenue, and Lawrence Gee, of Monastery Avenue for the first-degree murder of Mary Page. Court documents allege Carolyn Redd, the victim's daughter and her boyfriend Lawrence Gee lived with Mary Page at her residence sometime before August 19, 2006. Court documents also allege the couple was asked to leave the home. Court documents further allege the couple was seen near Ms. Page's home around the time of her death. Arraignment is scheduled for April 9, 2007, before Judge Lynn Stewart, 215 Mitchell Courthouse. Assistant State's Attorney John Cox will prosecute this case.

He's Just Not That Into You Dept.
Former Baltimore Police officer Kabeer Din was found guilty of conspiring to have his girlfriend murdered. Din wanted her dead, says the NYT, because he feared she'd "report something that would damage his reputation with the [NY] Police Department." In spite of the spate damning evidence, would-be victim Sherry Nohar is standing by her man.

HarfCo SA Joseph Cassilly is joining the choir against the proposed anti-gang bill. Or he just wanted to use that metaphor, "pig in a swimsuit."