Saturday, January 31, 2009


A third trial is sounding more likely for Adan Canela and Policarpio Espinoza. Here's JB's guide to the case with related links

NYT: Supreme Court "Justices Step Closer to Repeal of Evidence Ruling"

More on 2009's homicide victim #20 (and juvenile victim #6), Dewayne Lawrence, who was 17 and his mother's third son to be murdered. Pleads the Deuce, "Stop before any more of her children...or yours end up dead."

Fish pirates accused in elaborate black-market rockfish scheme

Remember the Mt. Washington trader
John Rusnak, who brought down Allfirst bank? He's out of jail. (Fun fact: Wikipedia names him as the 14th "biggest loser")

The Sun is ending weekday delivery to Prince George’s, Montgomery and Frederick counties and will stop home delivery to Garrett County. (thnx Colin)

The Department of Justice has instructed agency personnel to "immediately begin to apply the presumption of disclosure to all decisions involving the [Freedom of Information Act]" as per Obama's memo from 10 days ago.
Here's a summary of MD's Public Information Act, FYI.

Friday, January 30, 2009


Theodore E. Moore, 44, shot at the intersection of North Pulaski Street and Edmondson Avenue Jan. 23, has died from his injuries.


A man was shot to death yesterday afternoon in the 900 block of Poplar Grove St.

More on car-break-ins from the Sun

The feds are working to seize "17 Maryland properties and 14 bank accounts they say are the fruits of an $18 million, illegal video slot-machine gambling operation"

Down at the federal courthouse, a guy who tried to "computer bomb" Fannie Mae

More mortgage drama: Gansler's gotten Countrywide to consent to loan modification and $2.1 million in foreclosure relief

Gawker has the memo the poor Examiner staff got yesterday, if you're interested.
Projected synergies were not realized :(
but pizza was free :)
(more media bad news elsewhere... & how about those "Pampered 'A-Holes' at Time Inc.)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A shooting and/or stabbing on East Lexington -- "Unkown perp info or severity!"

Gary Montrell White, age 38, got 151 months in prison for bank robbing


Unshockingly, Wells Fargo's lawyers have asked that the "predatory lending" lawsuit against the bank be dismissed, pointing out that Baltimore itself has foreclosed on 600 more properties than Wells Fargo in the last eight years for unpaid water bills.

RIP Baltimore Examiner!

The last issue will be published February 15.
Sounds like the Examiners will go on, though.

Also, The Sun reports that the state plans to close Baltimore's only public psychiatric hospital.

16-Year-Old Killed

A 16-year-old boy was found shot to death in a white Volvo in the 4900 block of Aberdeen Ave. near Moravia Road in NE Baltimore

Depressing details of the murder of Tian Zin Wang: killers shot him, then ate the food he delivered... and later, leftovers

"Murder-trial witnesses recant" in the case of Tevon Allen, charged with the July 2007 killing of Jordan Brown.

Report: murdered mom Jasmine Harris had "an 'ongoing problem' with members of the Black Guerrilla Family"

Police are ISO three teenage boys for the shooting of a man in the 200 block of S. Broadway yesterday evening

Adan Canela and Policarpio Espinoza want a new trial.

Stock up on Salvia divinorum, it might become "controlled"

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

$872 million

... an estimate of the value of Baltimore's "informal economy". Also plenty of other enlightening info in this week's CP cover story.
Fascinating fact: "federal prosecutors here have doled out sentence reductions for 'substantial assistance'--that is, snitching--at almost double the national rate."

City's 19th Murder

Jasmine Harris, 23, was shot to death in Walbrook.
UPDATE: Kenneth Warren, 24, was arrested after police followed his footprints in the snow

18-year-old Ronald Gamble was charged in the murder of Tian Zin Wang.

A man shot in the hand and back in CHuM.

The city will be taking its predatory lending case against Wells Fargo to federal court today.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Victim was Father of Three

The cab driver murdered in the city was named as 47-year-old of Stephen Mauk, husband and father of three.

Really? Says some guy on JZ, "Maryland is one of four states where child porn is not a felony."

Four correctional officers have reportedly been suspended for not noticing Kandelario Garcia-Ramos' fence-scaling & absence during head count

A(n alleged) attempted rapist was arrested in Owings Mills

Let's Go Smoke Some Crack

"Crack Babies - The Epidemic that Wasn't"

559 shootings in 2008

Mapped and placed on a timeline by Spotcrime.

Cub Scouts Disillusioned

The man shot by police after stabbing a pregnant woman was ID'd as Brendan J. Singleton, 19. He's dead, mom and baby are alive.

Visiting Cub Scouts got a lesson in Baltimore smash-n-grabbery. Hermann: "in the first 10 days of January, 182 cars were broken into."
(... anyone else surprised that the police said they'd come at all? The last time my car was broken into I just got a report number over the phone.)

Community Service, Anger Management for Threats

From the SA's Office:
Michael Moore, 19, of the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue and Lamont Davis, 19, of the 1300 block of West North Avenue pleaded guilty to two counts of witness intimidation and two counts of conspiracy to commit witness intimidation on Friday, January 23, 2009.

The two men pled to the following facts of the case. On May 29, 2008 Michael Moore and Lamont Davis Johnson went to the Juvenile Justice Center located at 300 N. Gay Street in Baltimore City with the intent of threatening for the purpose of retaliating against a witness in a second-degree sex offense case. While in the building the two engaged in menacing behavior directed at the victim and her father who is a police officer and had come to Court in his law enforcement uniform. The intimidation occurred prior to the victim’s testimony. The abusive verbal language and body posturing was witnessed by several employees of the Juvenile Justice Center. Sheriffs observed their criminal behavior and escorted them from the building before pressing charges. As they were being escorted from the building the defendants became confrontational and threatened the Sheriffs. Following the hearing, as the victim and her father returned to their vehicle, Moore and Davis reignited their hostile and aggressive threats terrifying the father and child.

Judge Timothy J. Doory sentenced Michael Moore to a five-year suspended sentence and ordered that he serve 80 hours of community service. Davis received a seven-year suspended sentence and was also ordered to serve 80 hours of community service. As a condition of their probation, both men were also ordered to enroll in an anger management course.

Monday, January 26, 2009


The Sun reports that Sean A. Cox, charged with the attempted murder of Officer Dante Arthur, had been arrested by Arthur in December 2007.

Two Murders

A cab driver from Frederick was found shot to death in the 200 block of N. Bond St. shortly after midnight

Juan Johnson, age 14, was shot and died yesterday.

A man was shot in the upper body in the 2000 block of Clifton Ave. yesterday

City lawyer: taxpayers won't foot the bill for Mayor's defen$e. That reimbursement business was all just a silly misunderstanding!

Controversy over a rabbi's failure to notify members of his shul about a sex offender among them.

Did you know? The 4th circuit has four vacancies. Kind of a lot!

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Officer Dante Arthur was shot twice in the face and survived; three men have been arrested.

Police shot and killed a man who was stabbing a pregnant woman in the 200 block of N. Luzerne Avenue.

A shooting and stabbing reported Friday night at Edmondson Ave. & Pulaski Highway

Did you know? Hermann says boots over power lines mark drug turf

Michael Phillip Hein Sr., 62, was sentenced to five years in jail for kissing and touching a 6-year-old. Ew, ew, ew. And WTF?! The girl's babysitter saw the Old Dirty Bastard molesting her *twice*, but didn't tell her mom. Huh?!