Friday, January 17, 2014

Dutchy Passed To Left-Hand Side

View Larger MapA man was shot and killed in Harwood* in the alley behind the 300 block of Ilchester Ave, making 17 murders in 17 days.

Prez Jack gets on the pro-pot bandwagon, using Kurt Schmoke's "health issue" verbiage, even.

A victim with a flowerpot smashed over his head and a crapton of burglaries in the SE blotter.

No sentence modification for Nicholas Browning; the motion was heard by Judge Bollinger, the one who sentenced Browning the first time.

Via Ian Duncan, the feds have seized $25 million worth of Dread Pirate Roberts' bitcoins.

Batts showed up to a vigil last night at the store where Jose Abreu was killed. Abreu was shot once in the chest and died, his wife, sister of the store owner, was shot four times and is still alive.

Men arrested after transporting heroin in their underpants from here to Altoona.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Another day, another ____

A 59-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the head last night in the 2400 block of Pickering Drive

Two robbery victims shot in two separate incidents in the SE.

"The state could be forced by next week to let suspected criminals in Baltimore go free* until trial if it does not provide them with lawyers at the time their bail is set." .. but they mostly go free on bail anyway, so whatever.

Another day, another PR boner for SRB. The Schmoke of the North touted a Twitter chat, then ignored citizen questions in favor of astroturf questions from out-of-town political consultants.

Another day, more top brass fleeing the BPD--

Another day, more scumbag behavior at Arundel Mills Mall: four men made off with $15k+ worth of necklaces.

Oh, look, novelty. A Baltimore man went to Texas, stole $200k worth of Hermes purses* (so in other words, eight bags).

Rock climber from VA David DiPaolo, 31, was arrested and charged with killing 69-year-old Geoffrey Farrar with a claw hammer* at the C&O Canal park in Bethesda.

Remember Nicholas Browning, who at the tender age of 15 and mad about being sent to Boy Scout camp and not being allowed to use the family car, killed his parents and younger brothers in Cockeysville then went to a sleepover and came home and pretended to find them? He's 21 now, and wants a modification to the two life sentences he's serving at Patuxent. A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:30, presumably at the Towson courthouse. In 2012 Browning posted a prisoner personal ad, revealing that his favorite band is Blink 182, his favorite movie is "The Departed" and his favorite position is doggie style.

And in HarfCo, Robert Richardson III, 18, has pleaded guilty to killing his father, Robert Jr. and was sentenced to 18 years. Like Browning he'll likely serve his sentence at Patuxent; unlike Browning, multiple witnesses agree Richardson was abused by his father.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


SRB just says no to legal pot. "I'm not going to be waving the Schmoke flag."
   Funny, Schmoke presided over all kinds of steaming hot messes as mayor: privatizing public schools with shiteous results and 90 city schools taken over by the state due to excessive crapulence, all while simultaneously emblazoning the "City that Reads" slogan on bus benches, misusing and losing federal housing funds, crony hires with plush salaries ... but all of his epic missteps have been long forgotten in favor of mocking his one brave, bold, good idea. But it was an idea before its time, and the vituperative knee-jerk backlash from conservatives has obvz spooked mayors for decades to come, including ours, and probably set the NORML cause back 20+ years. History will vindicate Kurt Schmoke on the pot issue, but in the present the spanking continues.

And vindication for Jason Weinstein
, former assistant U.S. Attorney in Baltimore responsible for high-profile busts like Itchy Man, Ed Norris and the guy who burned the Dawson family to death. In 2012 he "resigned" from the DOJ to take the fall for Operation Fast and Furious* after Republicans blamed him for the Bush-era program. Now it's come to light that the DEA had been working with the Sinaloa drug cartel since the late 1990s, a decade before Weinstein came on the scene. But a "happy" ending, since the WaPo story was published, Weinstein landed a job with Steptoe & Johnson LLP, sacrificing his populist morals for big $$ white-collar criminal defen$$$e.

In other potlitical news, Van Smith interviewed rising gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur.

Corrections officer Taryn "Mrs. Loney" Kirkland got 3 1/2 years for her part in jailhouse drug-smuggling,* her inmate lover Steven Loney got 9 years.

Gregg Bernstein has raised $340k for the State's Attorney's race,* 20 times more than his closest competitor. His contributors include the Orioles and Harbor Point's Michael Beatty.

Six middle-schoolers-- three boys and three girls between the ages of 13 and 14-- were arrested for assaulting a woman on the light rail near the Westport stop.

A man was beaten with a brick, robbed and carjacked in Canton.

Chad Kinney, head of the CitiStat program, was fired after a mere 17 months on the job for reasons undisclosed. And the city has agreed to pay a New York company $286,000 to redesign the city's web site,* because there are no web companies in Baltimore.

"What if I smack the shit out of you?" "What if I pull this pistol out?," a dog owner lured onto the baseball fields and robbed in Patterson Park and a rape thwarted per the victim's request in the Baltimore Guide east side crime blotter.

A man threatening to shoot his mother, a guy robbed for his coat and lots of American cars stolen in the North Baltimore blotter.*

12 years for crack dealer Donte Cox

A 13-year-old boy was awarded a $50k settlement* in a wrongful-arrest case.

Statistics corner: there were 761 drug overdose deaths in Maryland in 2012, of those 378 were from hairron. H ODs in 2011 = 245.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BPD Shutting out the Sun?

A guy is dead after a police-involved shooting in the 1800 block of E. Lanvale, the guy and someone else were reportedly sitting in a white car being "suspicious," were approached by two plainclothes officers. The suspect didn't fire a shot, though did have a gun.

A man was shot multiple times on the west side, condition unknown.

Police are looking for a robbery/stabbing suspect from an incident on Jan. 2 and have released a video and sketch.

Police and the FBI are searching for a suspected serial road-rager who killed a man near Hagerstown.

The mayor and Batts walked through CHUM. And apparently the administration is giving the Sun the cold shoulder: Justin George Tweeted that Batts refused an interview at the end of the year, even though he spoke with TV stations, and didn't tell Sun reporters about the CHUM press conference.

The Ink identifies some recent victims: Keon Carter, Johnathan Terry, Bobby Jones, Marvin Lee McGowan, Jose Abreu, Spencer Falcon, Dejuan Willis and Ricky Mellorson, and identifies the man holed up in the Family Tree as Spencer Falcon's carjacker, Robert Hopkins, 28. And the victim in the 3900 block of Edgewood Road was ID'd as Jermain Terrell Johns.

Former army specialist Craig Benedict Baxam, 26, got 7 years for destroying his hard drive before he allegedly fled to join the Somali terrorist/ivory poaching organization حركة الشباب المجاهدين.

Did you know? Five states still allow conjugal visits for inmates, and in early-1900s Mississippi, a conjugal visit could be with a hooker. [NYT link]

A Baltimore man was arrested in PA driving an unrestrained 3-year-old and hauling 408 illegal prescription pills

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ladies, This is Happening

Anthony Lontae Harper
and daughter, via Twitter
A triple stabbing outside of the Isis Nightclub in the 200 block of Park Avenue, a block away from where Eli Barber-El was shot in the head last month.

Three shootings last night* made for two homicides. If Twitter is reliable, the victim in the 3600 block of Reistertown Road was Anthony Lontae Harper. The weekend's deaths brought us to a total of 16 murders in the first 12 days of this year. A stabbing victim from Friday morning in the 2500 block of Fredrick Road was ID'd as Dejuan Willis, 17.

#14: Ricky Mellerson, found shot to death* in an overturned car Mt. Vernon.
Dejuan Willis, via Twitter

Police released a creepy video of  the killer of Jose Abreu pacing around the Latino American Deli on Smallwood St.

There's something new: arrests in Charles Village robberies.* ("Ladies, this is happening.")

Legalized marijuana has a new champion, senate president Mike Miller.  And a MoCo Democrat and a HoCo "civil libertarian" Republican are introducing a bill of their own.

Magical boots in Arundel Mills mall* forced a woman to pepper-spray 20 people in order to possess them. Also at the mall: two guys arrested for robbing a guy in the parking lot while he was sleeping in his car.

Why did the city discharge Brekford from its speed camera contract? A camera ticketing a parked truck* likely had something to do with it.

Whoops, in spite of the new law expanding background checks, somehow 200 people barred from owning guns got them, including a guy who used his in a carjacking.*

Police are looking for this guy who robbed the White Marsh McDonald's.

Another day, another church youth group leader charged with possession of child porn. Today's winner, Robert David Wright of Clynmalria Methodist church in Phoenix.