Friday, March 28, 2008

March 28

A 44-year-old man was shot in the side while he was working on his car in an alley in the 5900 block of Loch Raven Blvd.

The man who was killed by police after lunging at them with a knife has been ID'd as 45-year-old Norman L. Smith.

This was almost a heroic story of a victim standing up to his robber. But then the "victim" robbed the robber, and took the robber's shotgun, and started hitting the robber over the head with the shotgun, and then the shotgun went off and hit the "victim" in the stomach, and then the "victim" died. Oops. Meanwhile, the robber was simply trying to get cash to pay his way through pharmacy school.

Robert Smith is off the hook.

19-year-old Joseph Miranda's parents are suing state and local officials for covering up facts in their son's death.

Charges against Charles Davis have been dropped in the 2002 murder of David Baskin. Nicholas Weaver, a New York college student who was extradited to Maryland recently, has been indicted in the murder.

Okay, yeah, so the HoCo teacher pulled down the boy's pants and took nude pictures of his ass, but that's not technically exploitation, right?

If you don't mind the pervy teachers and the incresed number of property crimes and the increased number of attacks on police officers, HoCo is a pretty awesome place to live.

Annapolis police officers apparently take a beating, too. Someone fleeing a suspected drug deal hit an AAC officer with his rearview mirror, then led police on a 25 mile car chase.

"A Sun reporter" might want to check his or her facts. According to the State's Attorny's office, Devere Foster is hardly a "he."

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Judge Howard says Justin Fauntleroy -- who was found guilty for distribution of cocaine, handgun offenses, and first-degree assault for trying to run down a cop -- will have paid his debt to society in five years.

Meanwhile, Judge Stewart says Carl Lassiter deserves 15 years -- the first five without parole -- for a string of B&Es, none of which seemed to involve trying to mow down cops with moving vehicles. Perhaps the Honorable Judge Stewart could give the Honorable Judge Howard some tips on how to do his fucking job.

Corey Little and Devere Foster were convicted for selling smack in East Baltimore. (Smack? Do the cool kids still call it smack?)
On June 6, 2007 between 6:30 and 8:30AM at the corner of E. Lafayette and N. Caroline Streets covert police observed Ms. Foster and Little meet at the corner, stand together, and have a conversation. A short time later a vehicle pulled up, the occupants had a brief conversation with Little, and it then parked. A passenger got out approaching Little and officers observed money exchange for narcotics. Officers then heard the buyer call out to the parked vehicle “got it lets get high.” Police stopped the vehicle and recovered one gel capsule of heroin from the buyer/passenger. The stop was with in eyesight of the defendants and as a result the defendants walked out of the view of the arresting police.

When the police left the area Foster and Little then returned to the corner and again took up a position to sell narcotics. Another buyer approached Foster and Little. Little and the buyer engaged in conversation while Foster acted as lookout. The Covert officer observed US Currency exchange for Narcotics. Police were again called to stop the buyer and recovered one gel capsule of heroin. Little and Foster again observed the arrest. Little then left the view of the Officer by entering a narrow alley. Police followed Little and Foster and arrested them, recovering a snack chip bag inside of which contained seven gel capsules of heroin.

Two murder trials are scheduled to begin tomorrow: Korey Harris, who is accused of killing Christopher Wayman in the 2400 block of Seabury Rd. on April 19 of last year, and Keith Vaugh, who allegedly killed 16-year-old Antonio Brown on September 6 2006 after Brown allegedly ripped off Vaugh's moped. Because, you know, manly men totally kill over mopeds.

The murder trial for Lewis Rich began today. Rich is the guy accused of fatally stabbing Ernest Buchanan Jr. at a downtown McDonald's on April 26 of last year. It's a pretty fascinating story, and you should read it before the Sun decides to stick it in their archives where it will never again see the light of day.

A witness is actually taking the side of the cop(s) who shot and killed the knife-lunging man on Olympia Ave.

Someone stole 20 grand worth of medical supplies from Bayview, and a bunch of rain gutters were stolen from New Good Samaritan Baptist Church on Greenmount Ave.

March 27

More about Zach Sowers' death: the Sun, the Examiner, WJZ, WBAL TV, WMAR.

A 19-year-old man died this morning after being shot in the chest in the 100 block of Addison St. in Carrollton Ridge. An 18-year-old was injured in the same shooting.

Four people were shot in two separate shootings last night. In the Eastern, a woman was treated at Hopkins for a "graze wound," and three teenagers were shot on N. Gilmor St. -- including a 14-year-old girl who got shot in the face.

A man on Olympia Ave. in the Northwestern learned an important life lesson yesterday: don't lunge at cops with a knife if you don't want to get shot. He had about two hours to contemplate his mistake before he died.

Baltimore City juries aren't completely useless: (Oops. That was a Baltimore County jury. Anyway...) David Miller's jury deliberated for less than an hour before they found him guilty for killing Elizabeth Walters and their unborn baby.

Eugene Perry got two consecutive life sentences for murdering his ex-fiancee and her boyfriend. Perry was a police officer with the state Department of General Services, and his victims were both cops in the Northwestern.

In HoCo, a student testified against a teacher who allegedly took icky photos of the boy with his pants down.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Zach Sowers

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that my close and wonderful friend, Zach Sowers, passed away yesterday, Tuesday, March 25, after a long and steady decline. Anna called me today to tell me that he passed away peacefully around 10 p.m. last night. Zach is now at peace after a long and treacherous battle. He was so strong and fought until the very end but it provides comfort for us all to know that he is now in heaven, watching over his friends and family.

Anna has told me that she and the family are doing as well as can be. They have a strong network of friends and family supporting them and ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.
From the Sun:
The teens convicted of beating Sowers could not be charged with murder because the victim hadn't died; their pleas prevent prosecutors from pursing murder charges now.

In December, Trayvon Ramos, 16, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and robbery charges and was sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended. Three others, who agreed to testify against Ramos, received eight-year prison terms.

Anna Sowers had called the sentences "a joke."

Prosecutors said that the four teens robbed Sowers and used his credit cards to purchase gas and videos during a shopping spree over several days.

March 26

A man was shot in the head this morning in the 400 block of Laurens St. He's at Shock Trauma, but there's no word yet on his condition.

The double-murder trial of David Miller sounds like a Law & Order episode just waiting to happen. The woman who was with Elizabeth Walters when she was killed testified against Miller, an assistant state medical examiner testified that Walters' fetus could have survived outside the womb, a seasoned homicide detective cried on the stand, and Miller tried to fire his public defenders because they weren't asking questions of most of the witnesses.

Bobby Ray Stanbery had a knife, some rope, three porno vids, and had removed the rear seats from his SUV when he tried to "give a ride" to a 14-year-old girl on Woodbourne Ave. last year. For all that, he got a year.

A couple of guys wanted on handgun charges led police on a car chase from East Baltimore to the Harbour Tunnel. WMAR gave the story a big and exciting write-up with phrases like "the driver is behind bars" and "high speed chase through the streets of Baltimore;" meanwhile, the Sun stuck the story in the Blotter and described it as a "medium-speed pursuit."

Allan Clark was homeless when he murdered Michael Evans Sr.; now, it looks like he'll have a roof over his head for a very long time.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Byron Huff indictment

From the State's Attorney's office:
The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Byron Huff, 43, of the 1800 block of Richfield Drive, Severn, Maryland on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree rape, and first-degree sex offense.

Court documents allege on September 3, 1996, a woman, later identified as Doris Smalls, 30, was found dead and partially nude in a bedroom basement apartment in the 2700 block of Ruscombe Lane. Ms. Smalls allegedly died from stab wounds to the chest.

In 2007, DNA evidence was retrieved and tested. The evidence from the test was matched to Byron Huff, an inmate in the custody of the Division of Corrections, and police charged Huff with murder in February 2008.

An arraignment is scheduled for April 29, 2008 before Judge John P. Miller, Room 428, Mitchell Courthouse.

March 25

The body of 36-year-old Robert Long was found next to the train tracks in Carroll Park with at least one bullet wound to the head.

The Frederick man who was killed outside the New Cathedral Cemetery in the Southwestern on March 9 has been ID'd as Levette Johnson.

The link above also mentions a 17-year-old who was shot in the back in the 2600 block of McElderry St. on Friday night.

The link above also mentions a lot of people who haven't figured out that you don't leave your $700 GPS or your $800 camera behind when you park your car. This isn't a Baltimore thing, people, it's true in any city. Don't leave shit in your car.

A 22-year-old UMBC student is in critical condition after she was severely beaten by four women at Cheerleaders sports bar in Fell's Point early Sunday morning.

David Miller's murder trial started yesterday, and it's the first time prosecutors are using Maryland's fetal homicide law.

More evidence that the war on drugs is a miserable failure.

Careful, parents, or your young huffers might end up getting beatdowns at Baby Booking.

There's a hefty dose of either racism or paranoia over in homicide.

Yesterday was a rotten day to work in an AAC pizza joint. Some dude robbed a pizza place on Somerville Rd. and carjacked their delivery driver, and three guys with a semi-automatic robbed a Pizza Boli's on Crain Highway.

In Bel Air, Deborah Turner lost two houses to arson within three months. In other Bel Air news, three teenagers were arrested and charged with vandalizing some cars and setting a trash can on fire.

Okay, I admit it. When I read the headline "Referendum on police looks likely," my first thought was, "What? Are they prohibiting mustaches?"

Monday, March 24, 2008


ppatin wrote it in the comments section, and it's far more eloquent than anything I could write: "The actor who plays Sevino on The Wire was stabbed in the ass last night."

March 24

The Easter Bunny brought a basket full o' killing yesterday: one man was fatally shot at 7:20 a.m. in the 3700 block of Ravenwood Ave., and another man's body was found in the 3400 block of Wilkens Ave. at 6:40 last night.

There were several unsuccessful murders over the weekend as well.
  • There was a double shooting yesterday afternoon at the corner of Park Heights Ave. and Spaulding Ave.
  • On Saturday afternoon, a man got shot in the leg. "The victim and a witness twice changed the stories they initially gave police. Police believe that the victim accidentally discharged his gun and shot himself while trying to escape from a robbery in the 300 block of Collins Ave. in West Baltimore.
  • On Saturday morning a 21-year-old with a "long criminal record" was shot and likely paralyzed in the 500 block of N. Decker St.

On Thursday night, a 54-year-old man was shot in the right leg in the 900 block of Druid Hill Ave. Also in the Blotter, a 90-year-old woman's wedding ring was stolen.

Someone firebombed a Middle River family's home in an apparently random attack.

Why wasn't there better communication when 15-year-old Tyisha Brown disappeared?

The family of Tracey Testo is still hoping to find out what happened to their daughter when she disappeared three years ago.

Annie Linskey takes a mighty interesting look at the Southwestern Flex Squad. Meanwhile, the NAACP says former Flex Squad commander Robert Smith should be reinstated.

A man was stabbed during a fight in Finksburg, and the stabber was arrested.

The Examiner talks with Pat Jessamy about fighting crime.

Hey, HarCo: If you want the Guardian Angels, you need to step up and volunteer.

The latest issue of Harper's has the following tidbit: "Number of times that U.S. media have called John McCain a 'maverick' since 1995 : 6,757." Apparently, we have a less heralded maverick right here in Baltimore County.