Sunday, November 4, 2012


Terrence Seale, 29, 1200 block of Linworth Avenue, in addition to murder of Erwin Daniels on Lakewood Ave makes for two homicide vitcims (so far) this weekend. There were also five other shooting victims, including three 20-something men shot within six minutes of each other* this weekend. Also to add to the toll: Dewey Hampton, 47, died 10/31, and Anthony Diggs, shot in 2001 but ruled a homicide in the past week.* Diggs may have been paralyzed from the waist down, but he didn't let his disability get in the way of his dreams: in 2008 he supplied a gun to some stickup men, and after the robbery drove them away in his modified Cadillac.

What the?! According to the Brew, should question 7 pass, the SRB administration is primed to fork over $6 million in community development money to Casear's Entertainment Group/ Harrahs Casino. Said Mary Pat Fannon (previously semi-famous as the recipient of one of Sheila Dixon's gift cards, now a policy advisor for the mayor's office), "This is not a $6 million give-a-away as insinuated by the [Baltimore Brew], but a recommended reimbursement." Ba-dum-tssshh!

After a six-week federal trial, Daniel McIntosh was convicted of "con­spir­ing to dis­trib­ute and pos­sess­ing with intent to dis­trib­ute 100 kilo­grams or more but less than 1,000 kilo­grams of mar­i­juana" which Van Smith reports earns him a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, but not the mandatory life sentence he would have gotten if he'd been convicted of more than 1,000 kilos. McIntosh is former co-owner of the now-closed Sonar and Talking Head clubs and (still open) McCabe's restaurant in Hampden, and also allegedly part of a massive pot-dealing conspiracy. VS notes in comments, "The pilot, Keegan Leahy, was also convicted of some charges, acquitted of others. He was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of pot, and interstate travel to promote crime, and not guilty of money-laundering counts. He faces a maximum five-year sentence, but, without prior convictions, will likely get on the low end of that."

The Sun's Kevin Rector has more details in the tale of David Kwiatowski, the medical technician who traveled around the country infecting people with Hepatitis C* -- apparently Kwiatowski was an addict  who stole syringes of fentanyl and then replaced the stolen needles with ones he'd used to inject his Hep-C-infected self with. (fentanyl = hardcore pain medication, main ingredient in epidurals)

Against questions 4 & 6: Rob Siobhani. For questions 4 & 6: Nike®, PayPal® and Nordstrom®.


evaline said...

Ugh, $6 million? So glad it looks like question 7 is going down. Related to lacking community development funds, can someone explain to me what the hell is up with Baltimore (city)'s tax rate? Being a communist hippie and all I don't mind high taxes if I get decent government services, but it seems incredible that you could pay essentially the same as a mortgage payment to the freaking state every month (I'm seeing something like $8k per year taxes on homes worth $250,000) and have well, Baltimore as it is today. What kind of total funds are they bringing in? Where does it go? Certainly not the police, those cars are beat up as hell. Is it all the vacants causing the inhabited areas to have to pay up? Straight-up corruption?

Cham said...

You can read the big plan for the 2013 budget here, spending will be up 18.9% over 2012 according to the numbers. The biggest line item is something called "safer streets" which discreetly lumps police, fire and the courts all into one scary line item that eats up most of the budget. Have no fear, not all the money is coming from our property taxes, this city is sucking big time on the giant tit of the federal government. We're even spending 14 million dollars to combat terrorism. SRB is not a small-government proponent, the bigger the better. She's getting more money, her friends are getting more money, the out-of-town police officers are getting more money and we're getting screwed.

Cham said...

Guess my link didn't work, let's try again..