Saturday, June 16, 2007

June 16

Twice-convicted child killer Erik Stoddard has been granted a THIRD trial. And when you read why, you'll pee yourself as your brain explodes.

Dixon is calling for a closed-door meeting with 180 officers so that she can "tell them directly how she expects them to cut crime," and Hamm is NOT INVITED!
Whatever could that mean?

Friday, June 15, 2007

June 15

Quote of the Weak: "I don't like waking up and reading on the front page of the Sunpapers that we're second in homicide in the country. I don't believe that's really factual." -- Mayor Dixon on FBI crime data (second item)

maurice and ericaPolice are looking for Maurice Crosby and Erica Ammenhauser for the murder of Marine Reservist Michael Simms on Sunday morning. Police say Crosby stabbed Simms with a knife while Ammenhauser, who has been arrested 11 times, "came down weilding a bat and an ax."

victim's father beats boy15-year-old Maurice Gordon was pronounced dead after being shot in the 2500 block of Linden Ave while sitting on a porch with some friends. The boy's father told Annie Linsky that Maurice "was not involved with drugs. Random violence. It is past crazy." He then proceeded to slap, beat and kick a boy who he said "set my son up" while photographer Monica Lopossay captured the scene, until Gordon's mother protected the victim with her own body.

Michael H. Wallace, of the 3100 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway in West Baltimore, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Sterling A. Carr Jr., 28. Wallace "served a brief prison sentence for an armed home invasion" four years ago three weeks after being let out on a suspended sentence for assault by Baltimore City District Court Judge Jamey H. Weitzman.

Should the fetus be deemed "viable" by the ME's office, David Lee Miller, accused of killing the woman pregnant with his child, could be the first person to be charged with fetal homicide under MD's 2005 "Murder and Manslaughter - Viable Fetus" law. (Here's a link to a pdf of the actual law.)

1,591 city parolees must report to the 5th Regiment Armory on June 30 to give a "genetic sample." And get your mind out of the gutter, it's a cheek swab.

Wow, that was quick! Sheila D. and Lenny have changed their stance on homicide detectives being required to walk beats.
Quote of the day #2: "It's amazing how quickly they switched gears with one unit. The plan, if there is one, is just to get [the Dixon administration] through three or four months until the election." -- Robert F. Cherry Jr., a union vice president and homicide detective

Teenagers robbing women in the Blotter.

Charles David Richardson IV was indicted for murdering Alevtina Zhilina and Trae Davon Allen in two separate HoCo incidents.

We never would have guessed: The bones found amongst 80's boobie magazines in an abandoned rowhouse in the Northeastern belong(ed) to a human male.

In Olney, 41-year-old "jimluvsyoungguys" got 10 years in prison for having sex with 13-year-old "twinkieboy."

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Jun 14

Murder news:
* An unidentified man was fatally shot Tuesday night in the 2400 block of N. Ellamont St.
* 22-year-old Tyree Williams was fatally shot Wednesday morning in the 3200 block of Phelps Ln.
* 18-year-old Barbara Griffin was identified as the teenager whose body was found outside Bentalou Elementary on Monday morning.
* Curtis Washington was the teenager who died at Hopkins after being shot in the 1600 block of Montpelier St. early Tuesday morning.

15-year-old Maurice Gordon is on life-support after being shot early Wednesday morning in the 2500 block of Linden Ave. (same link as above.)

A 37-year-old man was shot in the head in the 2000 block of E. Hoffman St. on Tuesday morning, but "was unable to tell police who shot him or why."

Three New Yorkers were charged with kidnapping after attempting to forcing an 18-year-old Edgewood woman to go with them to New York.

A white guy with blue bands on his braces is being sought for an assault on a 13-year-old girl who was walking to a Bowleys Quarters bus stop.

Five dead and decomposing animals were found in an Anne Arundel home.

To submit or not to submit to violent criminals, that is the question.

Get Pumped!!! Michael Schlanger, age 48, of Catonsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 40,000 units or more of anabolic steroids.

PDJ: Mark Bartles, age 43, of Hagtown, who pled guilty to recieving child pornography after Feds found more than 600 images of prepubescent children being sexually abused on his computer.

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Ketan R. Shah tried to scam the IRS out of $1.3 million. And Isaac Ahanmisi, age 46, of Hyattsville, Maryland was found guilty yesterday of 19 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns.
And ps, the IRS has announced it's bringing back the random audit.

Media:
The Sun and their union, the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, have reached a "tentative" contract agreement.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Quote of the day II

"Oh, you're the one who always gets it wrong out of ignorance." -- Prosecutor Sam Yee upon making my acquaintance

June 13

At a hearing June 8, 2007 Wayne Zeigler, 25, of the 1700 block of N. Fulton Ave. pled guilty to first degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence for a shooting that injured an 11-year-old boy. Judge Martin P. Welch sentenced Zeigler to ten years in prison for the assault and a concurrent five year without parole prison term for the handgun count. Details:
On April 13, 2007 Zeigler was walking in the 1600 block of McKean Ave. when approached by an unknown male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The unknown male produced a handgun and started firing at Zeigler. Zeigler produced his own gun and started returning fire in a southerly direction toward Baker Street and the 1500 block of McKean. Neither Wayne Zeigler nor the unknown male were injured during this incident, but shortly after the shootout police and medics responded to 1521 McKean Avenue for a shooting victim. It was discovered that An 11 year old boy was shot in the arm. Investigation revealed that Wayne Zeigler was firing in the victim’s direction when returning fire from the unknown male. Assistant State’s Attorney David M. Grzechowiak of the Firearms Investigation Violence Enforcement (FIVE) Division prosecuted this case.
Blotter: David Bishop, 32, was named as the murder victim stabbed May 27 in the 200 block of N. Gay St. Juan Taylor was identified as the man killed early Monday morning in the 3200 block of Brighton St.

Under a new law, David Lee Miller might be charged with murdering his pregnant girlfriend's unborn baby.

Bones were found in the bedroom of a boarded-up house in the Northeastern, surrounded by vintage adult magazines.

CP: Baltimore has far more cops than the national average, and furthermore, more cops do not equal fewer murders.
Meawhile, the Examiner ran a very similar story.












The "More Cops Won't Help" Story



Who reported it better?






The Nose, City Paper
Janis, the Examiner

Current Results



Rodricks: hire more cops and pay them more.

The Ink details the killings of Mustafa Ghulam, Demetrius Burnette, Craig Hunter, Melvin Jordan and Michael Simms, and updates.

A homeless man is being sought for setting a fire aboard the Lady Baltimore this morning.

In a shocking move, Sheila D. spoke at a forum and reassured city residents.

Carjacker/rapist Walter Jose Grey is going away for a long time. (Needless to say, he didn't commit his crimes in Baltimore.)

Jonathan McKinney was charged with arson for allegedly burning a house in Darlington, and Nicholas J. Moore was charged with arson for a May 24 fire in Westminster.

Jesse Woodrow Cornwell III, 32, and Diana Carmine Cornwell, 35, "a Pasadena husband and wife who offered her sexual services on a well-known Web site [aka Craigslist] while she was pregnant won't serve any jail time ... and will be able to raise their 2-week-old baby themselves."

Quote of the day: "He's a liar. His feet stink. And he doesn't love his Jesus. And you can print that." -- Mayorial candidate Frank Conaway Senior on BUILD spokesman Rob English

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

June 12

david l.millerDavid Lee Miller, 24 and pictured right, is wanted for shooting Elizabeth Walters in the parking lot of a county mall. JZ reports that Walters was seven months pregnant with Miller's child, and that Miller was married to another woman. Update: Miller has turned himself in.

At a hearing yesterday, Judge John N. Prevas sentenced Kenneth Johnson, 21, of the 3200 block of Pelham Ave. to life in prison plus 50 years, consecutive and Kevin Martin, 26, of the 8400 block of Downey Dale Dr. to life in prison. A third co-defendant, Timothy Davis, is scheduled for sentencing June 26, 2007. The drama-packed backstory:
On May 2, 2007 a Baltimore City jury found Johnson guilty of one count of attempted first degree murder, one count of attempted second degree murder, two counts of use of a handgun in a crime of violence, and multiple counts of conspiracy. They found Davis guilty of two counts of first degree assault, two counts of use of a handgun in a crime of violence, and multiple counts of conspiracy. They found Martin guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. On April 13, 2006 at 9:50 p.m., Dewarren Artes & Brandon Harvell were in the 3300 block of Cardenas when Johnson and others emerged from a dark alley. Shots were fired at Harvell and he was hit once in the leg and fell. Artes ran away and was hit in the back (the bullet exited out of his chest two inches from his heart). Ten .40 caliber shell casings and seven .357 shell casings were found at the scene indicating that at least two guns were used.

Northeast District Officers on foot patrol a block away heard the gunshots and responded. The Officers saw a vehicle leaving the scene of the shooting coming down an alley with its headlights off. They stopped the vehicle and saw three individuals inside. The driver told the officers that “some one was shooting up there.” The Officers ordered the driver to stop the car but it sped off. Other officers in the area followed the vehicle. The pursuit lasted approximately ten minutes and reached speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. The vehicle stopped when it went up a dark alley and hit a tree. Three men bailed out of the car and fled. Two men were captured two blocks away – Davis and Martin. Gunshot residue was found on the hands of Davis, but not on Martin. Martin’s DNA was found on latex gloves left in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Fingerprints of Davis & Martin were also found in the vehicle. One of the victims identified Johnson as one of the shooters.Assistant State’s Attorney Douglas D. Guidorizzi of the Firearms Investigation Violence Enforcement (FIVE) Division prosecuted this case.
A 17-year-old boy was shot to death at about 1 a.m. in the 1600 block of Montpelier Street in the Northeast.

Blotterrata: Akeem Thompson, 20, of the 2000 block of E. Preston St., was arrested for shooting that 6-year-old boy in the foot.
Keyuanna Lee, 18, was arrested Sunday morning on a warrant of robbing the Applebee's.

The Sun names Zach Sowers' (alleged) attackers: Trayvon K. Ramos, 16; Arthur Jeter, 17; Eric L. Price, 16; and Wilburt Martin, 18.

Now, that's odd: the two officers assigned to Patricia Jessamy don't just protect her, they're also supposed to round up witnesses and investigate "allegations of past sex abuses."

Monday, June 11, 2007

Night

A possibly pregnant 24-year-old woman was shot to death in front of the Parkville Payless ShoeSource.

Four males were arrested after 27-year-old Zach Sowers was beaten into a coma after walking to his home in Patterson Park from a Canton bar. Said Darielle Snipes from her well-worn spot in front of Hopkins Hospital, "Men, put your pride aside and don't walk home alone at night."

Roderick Gene Parks, age 42, of Berlin, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography.
... police in Australia received a complaint, and immediately coordinated with the international community in order to apprehend the offender and rescue the child. ... According to the plea agreement, on November 8, 2006, Australian Federal Police received a complaint from ANYwebcam.com, alleging that a male child was being sexually assaulted on a webcam by an adult male. ANYwebcam.com, an Australian Internet Content host, provided screen captures of the webcam images in its report to the Australian Federal Police, Online Child Sex Exploitation Team (OCSET). Investigation revealed that on November 7, 2006, Parks produced and sent by webcam over the internet, live images of himself sexually molesting an 11 year old boy from his home. The minor boy was in the custody of Parks, who was watching him after school while his mother worked. The boy and his mother had been living with Parks since August 2006.
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced David Barry Mentzer, age 51, of Joppa, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possession of child pornography. According to his plea agreement, on March 22 and March 24, 2006, search warrants were executed at Mentzer’s home related to charges filed against him in Harford County Circuit Court involving the molestation of a 12 year old boy who was a piano student of his wife. During the execution of the search warrants, several computers belonging to the defendant were seized and found to contain depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including at least 33 images involving pre-pubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The visual depictions were transported through the Internet. Mentzer pled guilty in Harford County Circuit Court to third degree sex offense involving the molestation of the 12 year old boy and was sentenced in December 2006 to 40 years’ incarceration.

MS-13 news: "U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Melvin Murios-Garcia, also known as Strichar, age 20, of Hyattsville, Maryland, today to 188 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering activities of MS-13 gang," and Chasanow "sentenced Edgar Alberto Ayala, age 29, of Suitland, Maryland, today to 35 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and conspiracy to commit assaults with a deadly weapon, in order to maintain and increase his position in MS-13."

Troy Gross, Sr., age 44, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to bank robbery and brandishing a gun during a crime of violence.
According to the plea agreement, Gross entered the Wachovia Bank at 1726 East Northern Parkway, Baltimore, on January 30, 2007, and pointed a semi-automatic Walther P38 handgun at customers and employees, threatening to shoot if not given money. Gross took money from all the bank tellers totaling $11,520 and left the bank. On February 20, 2007, Gross entered the same bank. He grabbed a 67-year-old female customer and pointed the gun to her head, stating that it was a robbery. The customer fainted. Immediately inside the bank door was a Baltimore city police officer who heard Gross say “robbery” and saw the gun. The police officer shot at Gross, striking him several times.

Gary Singley, age 40, of Baltimore today got 167 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

So "Sopranos": "Terrance Yates, age 43, of Pasadena, California, pleaded guilty today to an Information which charges him with making false statements on a report submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in connection with the improper disposal of asbestos- containing waste materials."

If you'd like to send Rod J. Rosenstein a thank-you card -- 36 South Charles, 21201.

June 11

Two bodies in the city this morning: A teenage girl with several bullet wounds was found behind Bentalou Elementary at about 6:15, and a man was found in a car in the 1500 block of N. Hilton St. at about 2:20.

Nearly everybody's covering the fatal stabbing of Marine Reservist Michael Simms in Washington Hill / Upper Fells Point on Sunday: the Sun, the Examiner, WBAL, WMAR, Fox News, and WMDT Delmarva.

Melvin Jordan was identified as the man who was killed in the 900 block of E. Preston St. on Saturday morning.

Ebony Hill was arrested for abandoning her 16-month-old daughter at a White Marsh church.

A Frederick man came home to find burglars in his living room.

A fake BGE employee scammed a man out of $1,000 on Thursday.

Good times in the Blotter: Some shootings, some robberies, and even an arrest.

300 bikers raised a bunch of money for the family of murdered prison guard Jeffery Wroten.

Predict your local terrorist activity!

Sunday, June 10, 2007