Thursday, May 5, 2005

May 4-5

Trial starts tomorrow for a man accused of shooting a 14-year-old boy. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Worrell February 25, 2004 for first-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Court documents allege that in the early morning hours of January 28 of last year Worrell stabbed to death Keyyon Makins following an altercation.

The theft trial of Latonia Coates, 38, tomorrow before Judge John M. Glynn. Coates is charged with three counts of theft and one count of fraud for allegedly stealing $11,592.39 from the Maryland Child Support Administration between October 27, 2003 and April 8, 2004.

The murder trial of Kevin Scott, originally scheduled to begin today, has been postponed at the request of the defense. The new trial date is May 19, 2005.

As Anna Ditkoff reported yesterday in the Ink, there have been 80 murders so far this year. There were seven this week: four stabbings and three shootings. Note the City Paper was the only source to report the double murder in Medfield.

Just before pre-trial motions were to begin in the murder trial of Richard Dixon, 46, of Chester Street, Dixon pled guilty to second-degree murder. Judge John M. Glynn sentenced Dixon to 15 years in prison. On June 3, 2004, Dixon beat and strangled to death Marvin Thornton, 39, in the unit block of North Central Avenue.

monalisamackeyMonalisa Mackey (drawing left) got 25 years for smothering her infant daughter.

The murder trial of Herman Day, 54, of 41st street is scheduled to begin 9:30 a.m. today before Judge Allen L. Schwait. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Day on June 30, 2004 for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, handgun violations; and false imprisonment, in the June 14, 2004 shooting death of his wife, Ella Simpson, 58 and the shooting assault of her roommate, Denise Shackleford, 49.

The murder trial of Kevin Scott, 14, of the 1900 block of Dukeland Street is scheduled to begin at 9:30 this morning before Judge Joseph McCurdy. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Scott October 13, 204 for first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. Court documents allege Scott murdered Christopher Richardson, 15, on September 13, 2004 in the 2800 block of West North Avenue. Scott remains held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

At an arraignment yesterday, Akiba Matthews, charged with two counts of possession and two counts of possesion with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, pled not guilty. Judge Lynn Matthews scheduled a trial date of July 5 of this year. If convicted on all counts, Matthews could face a maximum prison term of 40 years. Court documents allege that on February 28 of this year police executed a search and seizure warrant at Matthews' address and confiscated heroin, cocaine and US currency.

O'Malley has proposed reforms of the Juvenile Justice system.

A carjacker displayed shocking stupidity.

The trial of the murder of Noah Jamal Jones goes on, with defense attorneys trying to strike members of the NAACP from the pool of potential jurors.

Robbery, murder arrests and a lot of stolen cell phones in the blotter. And two stolen minivans, including one that was 11 years old and green. Police are on the lookout for suspects with extremely bad taste.

Baltimore police are irked by "Stop Snitchin" t-shirts.

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

May 3

Rowr! The feud between O'Malley and Jessamy heated up following the mayor's remarks at a Congressional field hearing that "more effective prosecution" was needed to deter witness intimidation. Margaret Burns, the prosecutor's flak, responded that the mayor's comments were "short sighted" and opined that the system works "so beautifully," adding, "perhaps he does not understand what the issue is."

Baltimore county police are looking for a bat-weilding home invader who robbed a family in the Northwest.

A 19-year-old was stabbed in the stomach by a younger guy in the Coppin State University gymnasium.

Kathy Gray, 41, is the second defendant on trial for strangling Tamaria Hughues, a 36-year-old mother of four, following a three-way encounter. Gray's boyfriend, Anthony Williams, was found guilty of second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault last week.

Monday, May 2, 2005

May 1-2

Troy Johnson, a 15-year-old, has been arrested and charged as an adult with murder.

Sentences were given today in the horrifying case of the pre-teens assaulted at a party. Judge Kaye Allison sentenced Monique Baldwin, 37, of Louden Avenue, to 25 years in prison for the first-degree assault of Nicole Townes, 12, and five years in prison for the second-degree child abuse of Brenda Bailey, 11. Judge Allison ordered that the sentences run consecutively. Baldwin pled guilty to both counts March 3. Judge Allison also sentenced Kenya Keene, 25, of Lyndhurst Street, to five years in prison for the reckless endangerment of Nicole Townes and one year in prison for the second-degree assault of Brenda Bailey. Judge Allison ordered that the sentences run consecutively. Keene also pled guilty to both counts March 3. Both sentences are the maximum allowable under the terms of the plea agreement reached in March. Says the state's attorney:
Various females participated in the February 28, 2004 beating of Townes and her sister Bailey. Monique Baldwin encouraged a group of women and juveniles to attack Townes and Bailey and those present kicked, punched and choked Townes. Keene struck Bailey several times and deliberately delayed obtaining medical treatment for Townes. When medics responded to the scene she told them Townes had suffered a diabetic episode. The misinformation and the delay in treatment resulted in a worsening of Townes' condition.

In other child-abuse news, Monalisa Mackey, 41, of Brunswick Street, is scheduled for sentencing at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow before Judge Alfred Nance. Mackey pled guilty January 28 to second-degree murder and faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
On February 28 of last year Mackey murdered her 18-month-old daughter Alicia Cureton at her home on Brunswick Street. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide by asphyxiation. Mackey confessed that she suffocated Cureton because the baby would not stop crying.

Jeffrey Ziegler, 28, was indicted on 14 counts related to the hit-and-run accident that killed construction worker William Ruffin, 42.

The Florida St. Petersburg Times has a very depressing article about former police commish Ed Norris, who now apprently works in a soap store at the mall and listens to the same CD over and over.

A man in Upper Marlboro got 14 years for using identitty theft to steal $1.1 million worth of goods and services.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

April 25-30

The murder and attempted murder trial of Allen Samuel Gill, 23, of Abbott Court; Colby Madison, 21, of Roslyn Avenue; and Terrell Allen, 30, of East Fayette Street is scheduled to begin 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2 before Judge John M. Glynn, 236 Mitchell Courthouse East. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Gill and Allen on October 31, 2003 for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault and various handgun violations. Madison was indicted July 21, 2003. Court documents allege that on April 9, 2003 Gill, Allen and Madison shot two men, killing one and injuring the other, after picking the men up at the bus station and buying drugs from them. All three co-defendants are currently being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

A sentencing hearing for Monique Baldwin, 36, of the 500 Block of Louden Avenue, is scheduled for 3:00PM Monday, May 2, 2005 before Judge Kaye Allison, 451 Mitchell Courthouse, 110 N. Calvert St. On March 3, 2003 Baldwin pled guilty the to first-degree assault of Nicole Townes, 12 and the second-degree child abuse of Brenda Bailey, 11.

A sentencing hearing is also scheduled for the same time for Kenya Keene, 25, of the 400 block of Lyndhurst Street. Keene pled guilty to the reckless endangerment of Townes and the second-degree assault of Bailey. Various females participated in the February 28, 2004 beating of Townes and her sister Bailey. Monique Baldwin encouraged a group of women and juveniles to attack Townes and Bailey and those present kicked, punched and choked Townes. Keene struck Bailey several times and deliberately delayed obtaining medical treatment for Townes. When medics responded to the scene she told them Townes had suffered a diabetic episode. The misinformation and the delay in treatment resulted in a worsening of Townes' condition. First-degree assault carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years. Second-degree child abuse carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. Reckless endangerment carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Friday, April 29, 2005

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Monday, April 25, 2005

April 23-25

The manslaughter trial of Justin Saul Jones, 29, of Bel Air, MD is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow before Judge Paul A. Smith, Courthouse East, N. Calvert Street. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Jones September 9 of last year for automobile manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. The indictment alleges that on May 30, 2004 Jones was driving a vehicle on interstate 895 in which his automobile struck a car killing Darius Jovan Brown, 12, who was a passenger. Jones is released on $75,000 bail.

Ronald Edward Johnson, Sr., 32, of Lindsey Road, pled guilty today to involuntary manslaughter for the murder of D'Koy Dancy, 14. Johnson faces a maximum possible prison sentence of 10 years. Judge Joseph P. McCurdy ordered a pre-sentence investigation and will sentence Johnson on June 24. On August 20, 2004 Johnson had observed D'Koy Dancy attempting to break into a storage shed in Johnson’s backyard. Johnson reportedly fired one gunshot from a second story bedroom, striking the victim in the back. Dancy was transported to University Hospital Shock Trauma Center where he was treated and later pronounced dead. Ronald Johnson, Sr. is released on $50,000 bail.

A fued led to a shooting in Dundalk.

Fourteen people were indicted on various conspiracy drug deal charges.

A diet doctor, Robert Keenan, was indicted for making E in his Fell's Point rowhouse.

Darvell Guest, 25 was fatally shot in a bar fight in Perryville.

A girl beat with a board and old ladies stealing from each other in the Blotter.

Justin "Jayou" Willard is being saught as a suspect in the attempted murder of Karl Cully in Annapolis. Also in Annapolis someone is breaking into yachts and stealing flat-screen TVs. And Hugo Whitaker Jr. got busted for defrauding the MIA.

The Crue (Motley, that is) has posted a $10,000 reward for clues in the target="_blank">disappearance of Trans-Am driving fan Tracey Gardiner-Testo.

Friday, April 22, 2005

April 22

Edgar West, charged with child abuse and sex offense, pled not guilty at his arraignment this morning. A jury trial was scheduled for June 30 of this year before Judge Allen L. Schwait.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

April 19

The O'Malley-Curran administration is having a great week. Tragedy for the Griffin family of Annapolis turns in to time to shine for the office of top state's lawyer Joe Curran, who will be bringing a case before the Supreme Court. And his ripping son-in-law is also getting national exposure--O' Malley made Time magazine's Five Best Mayors list.
The family's enemies are even biting the dust: Former Police commish Norris has reportedly lost his job as a perfume salesman in Florida (?!), and Ehrlich is trailing in the polls in the imaginary race for governor.

Michael Phlelps' cautionary tale is saving young lives.

Details of the Iko inmate-suufocation lawsuit.

Hopkins will hold a memorial service for Chris Elser at 5 p.m. tonight in the Decker garden of Homewood campus.

In Ellicott City, 33-year-old Anthony Williams is on trial for the murder of Tamaria Hughes.

Monday, April 18, 2005

April 17-18

The murder trial of Tyrone Beane has been specially set for May 31, 2005 in Judge John Glynn's courtroom, 234 Mitchell Courthouse.

At a hearing today Judge John M. Glynn sentenced Rose Green, 47, of Richmond, VA, to 20-years in prison with all but 12 years suspended. Green pled guilty February 28 to second-degree murder. On March 24, 2003 the victim, Raymond Shifflett, 52, was found stabbed to death in the 1800 block of McHenry Street. Green gave a statement to police admitting the extent of her involvement in his death.

At a hearing today Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced George Holman, 60, of Dudley Avenue, to 30 years in prison, suspend all but 18 years. Holman pled guilty February 18 to second-degree murder. On April 18 of last year the victim, Devon Boston, 46, was found stabbed to death in the 1200 block of Greenmount Avenue. Holman and the victim got in an argument resulting in Holman stabbing Boston once in the chest.

Roland Park's latest lurking sex offender, Kenneth Barnes, has a bail review hearing scheduled today at 2 p.m. at the Wabash District Court. Barnes was arrested on April 14 by the Baltimore City Police Departmenton charges of failing to register as sex offender and trespassing on school grounds. So if you've ever been flashed in the Stony Run/ Roland Avenue area, go down with your camera and make an ID.

Reports the Sun:
A man convicted of sexually molesting a 9-year-old child in 1998 was arrested yesterday evening and charged with trespassing at Roland Park Elementary-Middle School, where he allegedly offered money to pupils, city police said. Kenneth Earl Barnes, 43, of the 200 block of W. Cold Spring Lane, was arrested about 7:25 p.m. by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force as he sat in a parked car in the 4400 block of N. Charles St., said Officer Troy Harris, a police department spokesman. Barnes was charged with failing to register as a sex offender, as well as trespassing at school property in the 5200 block of Roland Ave. He was alleged to have offered money to children there about 11 a.m., police said. Harris said the children refused the money and reported the incident to school officials. There was no physical contact with the children, Harris said. Barnes had registered as a convicted sex offender upon his release from prison but had not registered again after moving to his current address, Harris said.
-Richard Irwin

Saturday, April 16, 2005

April 15-16

Tyrone Beane, 20, of Wharton Court, is scheduled for trial at 9:30 a.m. on Monday the 18th before Judge John M. Glynn, 236 Mitchell Courthouse, 110 North Calvert Street. Beane is charged with killing Taharka McCoy, an East Baltimore man, on January 17, 2002. Beane is currently being held in the Department of Corrections after being sentenced to 75-years in prison in an unrelated robbery and shooting.

Yesterday a Baltimore City Grand Jury officially indicted Donta M. Allen, 27, for the first-degree murder of Hopkins students Linda Trinh as well as first-degree burglary.

In the City Paper, a story about the RESTART program at the prison near Hagerstown, and, of course, the Murder Ink, which announces two murders last week, bringing the toll to 67.

Convicted child molester Kenneth Barnes was caught hanging around Roland Park public.

The Baltimore police are being sued for another $30 million... this time for alledgedly shooting 37-year-old Dexter Hill in the back.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

April 14

It's a dangerous time to be a student.

Two students were grazed by gunfire at Bowie State.

A 14-year old high schooler stabbed an 18-year old near the Rotunda.

And police are cracking down on young drivers.

YEEhaw! A crazy lady led a car chase from Fell's Point to Ruxton to Carroll County yesterday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

April 13

The four teenagers who alledgedly shot Reginald Grey after an altercation at Hammerjacks pled not guilty today. "Ramon Ramirez, general manager of Hammerjacks, said he could not recall the fistfight. "We go through so many fights here," he said."

From PJ's office:
At a hearing today Judge Paul A. Smith sentenced Thomas Alston, III, 20, of the 1200 block of Sugarwood Circle, to 40-years in prison suspend all but 15-years, the first five without parole and five-years supervised probation. Alston pled guilty today to second-degree murder, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. On May 2, 2004 in the 4300 block of Shamrock Road, Alston was at a party, and was asked to leave. He left, stating that he would be back in five minutes. Approximately five minutes later, Alston returned, and began shooting into the crowd. He shot and killed Jade Hall, 33. A second victim was shot in the buttocks area and a third victim was shot in the knee.

Why does Life-Like products keep catching on fire?

Ten years after her disappearance, there's no trace of Tracie Lynn Mosley (left).

Two men have been arrested for home-invastion-style robberies of old ladies.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

April 12

Hurray for law-abiding citizens... the witness intimidation bill has passed!

A teen in a stolen car was shot by a Baltimore County officer.

A man and a woman have been injured indouble shooting in Northeast Baltimore.

A 30-year-old Catonsville man got 30 years for cocaine distribution.

Monday, April 11, 2005

April 11

Sixteen-year-old Roman Paige was shot in the head while playing basketball.

Kwesi Owens, 23, was also shot to death in West Baltimore over the weekend.

Aaron Bell, Derrick Davis, Xavier Lewis, and James Robinson are all scheduled before Judge Stewart, Room 215 Mitchell Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning for a Murder Arraignment.

The case of 17-year-old Asmar Holland was advance postponed on Friday at the request of defense counsel, John Deros. The new date is June 20. A Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Holland in February for two counts of first-degree murder. Court documents allege that on May 18, 2002 Holland shot and killed Joseph Harris, 16. Court documents further allege that on December 1, 2003 Holland shot and killed Earl Ross, 39, at his home in the 600 block of Bartlett Street.

DeAndre Whitehead, 20, has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. he'll cop to two counts of solicitation to commit witness tampering. Whitehead was accused of an 11-year-old girl and her mother who testified against him at the trial for the murder of Russell Peterson.

A woman serving a 26-month federal sentence for carjacking in Baltimore and Richmond is now testifying against her ex-boyfriend, Jaron Reevey.

WJZ is letting visitors to its Web site view the new police department flick, "Keep Talking (Snitching Bitches)!"

More woes in Annapolis: as the legistlative session winds down, the body of a 21-year-old midshipman was found outside of a dorm, apparently killed in a fall. Jay Michael Dixon was reportedly a junior physics major from Destrehan, La. "It was the second time in three years that a midshipman was found dead outside the dormitory after a fall." Weird!

The Tao Te Chuck did some ranting about the state of the local news.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

April 9 - 10

Police are countering "Stop Snitching" with their own DVD. No word yet if there're cameos by MELO or Sonja Sohn.

Charles County arson trials will kick off June 14.

Friday, April 8, 2005

April 8

Maurice Blackwell has been granted a new trial.

Even more problems in the Juvenile Justice System... now they're short $16 million.

Allison Lamont NormanAllison Lamont Norman, 22, left, went on a shooting spree in Salisbury, killing two and wounding 4. He's being held on no bail status.

Thursday, April 7, 2005

April 7

The best reason yet to pass the witness-intimidation bill: "Baltimore is too small."

In Anne Arundel County, two arsonists have been forced to pay restitution for setting Marley Elementary School on fire.

Robbery, arrests, theft in the blotter. Some heavy sentences handed out for drug dealing and firearm posession in the Digest.

Downy shore police are investigating a shooting near North Salisbury Elementary School. (Congrats on the Peabody, BAL!)

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

April 6

The trial of former police officer Gerald Goode will begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in the Mitchell Courthouse before Judge John Glynn. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Goode July 27, 2004 on a charges of third-degree sex offense and sexual child abuse of a minor under the age of 18. The incident allegedly occurred in 2003. Goode's been out on $25k worth of bail for the past eight months.

Three men have been arrested for the murder of Renard Jawon Graves.

The white cement truck that killed two men and fled the scene on the B-W Parkway was found in Jessup last night.

Newest Raven Samari Rolle has settled his assault charge with anger management classes, probation and a five-figure donation to help abused women.

Oh, the irony! I just had to take a break from crime blogging to call the police about some white guys in a fight in front of my house. The cops were on the scene in less than two minutes, which is simply amazing. Anyway good thing for me the witness inimidation bill seems to be coming together.

And speaking of, Charles Village residents are through playing nice with drunken and disruptive students, and Mary Pat Clarke and the Vice Squad are on the job.

As of now, declared the House of Delegates, it's illegal to secretly film your goodies in public. No comment on the wearing of x-ray spex or very shiny shoes.

Give it up already and quit boring me with this story! The Ehrlich is still going on about the slots thing.

An 11-year-old boy has been arrested for dealing heroin.

The City Paper's cover story this week is a strange tale of an officer dismissed (or not) for falsely stating that she saw a guy put drugs under a bush during a fake call. And five murders this week makes 65 for the year in the Murder Ink. Meanwhile, relatives of people in jail with mandatory sentences are fighting the law, and there's an update on the city's plan to put security cameras in high-crime areas.

A city police officer, Eric Spilman, has been changed with insurance fraud and faces 30 years.

And here's the Baltimore Messenger blotter, and the Dick Irwin special.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

April 5

Teon Hall, charged with first-degree murder in the Ritz Cabaret mistaken-identity shooting of 32-year-old Craig Morris, pled not guilty at arraignment this morning. A jury trial date was scheduled for August 8 before Judge Alfred Nance.

And Coketa S. Diggins and Terrance A. Smith, charged with first-degree murder, also pled not guilty at arraignment this morning. A jury trial date was scheduled for July 11and will also be before Judge Nance.

Thought the story was over, but I was wrong... Kevin Clark's filed an appeal.

Two men were killed on the B-W parkway in a hit and run involving a white cement truck.

In Annapolis, legislators are trying to change the law to close what critics call a loophole that lets suspects out of jail while lawyers make pre-trial appeals. I think. Honestly I don't quite understand.

PG County's 43rd homicide victim of the year was 23-year-old Maurice Brown of Forestville. And here's some more PG County misdeeds.

In Easton, trial has begun for Harold Brown charged with stabbing his wife and stuffing her in the trunk, hours after he was released for violating a protective order.

Indentified victims, robbery and burglary in today's Blotter, and a police officer shot in the foot in the Metro Digest.

And according to this web site, BJ's Wholesale Club and the Hunt Valley mall are among places in Maryland haunted by murder victims. Creepy!

Monday, April 4, 2005

April 4

At a hearing today, Reginald Mickens, 43, of West Garrison Avenue, pled guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Tammy Patterson, 42. Judge Paul A. Smith sentenced Mickens to ten years in prison. On August 20, 2004 Mickens was involved in a fight with his girlfriend, Tammy Patterson. The fight escalated and she was forced to climb out the window of a fourth floor apartment building located at 501 East Preston Street. She fell to the ground and died of multiple injuries from the fall.

This morning a Baltimore Circuit Court judge dismissed the lawsuit of former Police Commissioner Kevin Clark against the city and made him keep his severence pay. So there's the end of that story.

Twice this month, Maryland 911 operators have been caught sleeping on the job.

Two murder arraignments are scheduled for tomorrow: Teon Hall, 28, who was indicted Hall March 14 for first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Craig Morris, 32, in front of the Ritz Cabaret. Hall was also indicted for the attempted first-degree murder of a second victim who survived the shooting. And Coketa S. Diggins, 18, and Terrance A. Smith. The Baltimore City Grand jury indicted Diggins and Smith March 11 for first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Reshawn Myers, 19. Court documents allege Diggins shot and killed Myers January 20 in the 5700 block of Chinquapin Parkway, and it's alleged that Smith ordered Diggins to carry out the shooting.

An arrested attempted murderer, two non-fatal shootings and a teen shoplifter in the blotter.

If the suspicious shooting death of Michael Jones is ruled a homicide it'll be the first in Cecil County this year.

More charges have been filed in the Charles County arson case.

How Baltimorean! John Greeves went ape on a Peter Pan bus after the driver told him to put out his cigarette.