Saturday, March 18, 2006

March 18

Police are seeking James Dorsey, 29, for the murder of Curtis Lomax.

Daniel Ryan Ernst, 22, was indicted for manslaughter and DUI for an accident near Crownsville that killed his passenger, Patrick Riordan, 20.

Incident reports, charging documents, arrest logs and dispatch logs are a matter of public record. But in a survey by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, 19 of 46 police agencies surveyed refused to provide them, other officers were "confused" and "unsure" of how to handle the request, and some were downright rude.

The Washington Post localizes a NYT article of about a month ago: impulse-driven and anger-fueled killings are all the rage. While in 2000 five slayings in PGC were motivated by an "argument," last year 43 were.

In Howard County, violent crime is at the highest level in five years.

The U.S. Attorney's Office of Maryland has started its own blog. I see that career criminal David Burnside, age 38, got 188 months in prison. And remember 70-year-old Alan Kotz, who pled guilty to running a gambling operation at Timpano's Italian Chop House restaurant?
Three more old men have been indicted.

Today is the 3rd anniversary of the war in Iraq. Thirty-five Marylanders, including eight Baltimoreans, have been killed.

Friday, March 17, 2006

March 17

Ironic: A man shot and killed one of three suspects who attacked him in the Cross Keys parking lot. (Cross Keys was Baltimore's first gated community, so-named because it was supposed to be the epitome of security. Oh well.)

Nine months after her death, homicide detectives are asking the public's help to solve the murder of 64-year-old Shirley Chisley.
What a relief: Irvin Merritt, who stabbed his girlfriend to death, was apprehended, as was Daniel Blackston, wanted for shooting Mitchell Briggs Jr.

Two police officers stumbled upon a patch of pot in Waverly.

Teen Norman Hairston, 17, was arrested for bringing a .22 to Glen Burnie High.

A great story about Liz and her blog.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

March 16

The I-Team interview of a former police officer about how the force handles carjackings has "Federal Civil Rights Case" written all over it:
"If somebody reported being carjacked, depending on who they were, they'd be taken back to the district and be questioned about the events leading up to the carjacking and be accused of either picking up a hack -- an unlicensed taxicab to drive around and pick people up who standing on the side of the road waving their hand -- or picking up a prostitute and being carjacked from that ... instead of taking that report, they'd basically be browbeat into not reporting it."

Amazing: officers King and Murray are on trial thanks to the tip of an 18-year-old informant who wanted to get out the game. He called the FBI and wore a wire in a sting involving macadamia nuts in a McDonald's bag.

The suspicious death of Ernest Miller, 58, is being investigated in the Southeastern. Also, two rapes, an assaulted 51-year-old woman, a loaf of raisin bread stuffed with hypodermic needles.

A 25-year-old felon, Wallace White, faces 10 federal years for firearm possession.

In Montgomery County, a wife told a judge that her husband was driven to disguise his face with duct tape and rape teenagers on account of her overbearing personality.

In PG county a teen broke out of juvie by crashing a van through a fence. And he's still on the run.

Christine Jones, an employee of Parkville High, was arrested for stealing equipment from the science department.

A Baltimore and an Allegheny County Sheriff learned about the joys of living in a police state on a visit to Israel. Another thing the Israelis do: make bizarro anti-violence ads.

Now a grand jury is involved in the Dixon ethics probe and handing out subpoenas.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

March 15

no crumpets!Detective work is not all "tea and crumpets," said the attorney for alleged crooked cop William King as the corruption trial of his and fellow officer Antonio Murray kicked off. The pair are accused of robbing addicts of drugs and money, then reselling the drugs on the street.

Rose Peterson, the mollycoddling-yet-felonious mom who's charged with witness intimidation, assault and misconduct in office, pled not guilty at an arraignment this morning. The court scheduled a jury trial for May 25 before Judge Althea Handy, 464 Mitchell Courthouse.

The murder trial of Inshalla "Lisa" Owens and Derrick Taylor, originally scheduled to begin Monday, was postponed today at the request of the State following two days of pre-trial motions. The defense subpoenaed the lead prosecutor as a witness in this case. A new Assistant State's Attorney will take over the case. The defendants are accused of killing three men in a Remington halfway house.

A 37-year-old man, Kian Moody, was stabbed to death in East Baltimore. The man shot Monday was identified as Kacife Parker, 28. (By my count) the current 2006 homicide number is 52.

CP reports that police have closed 16 of 49 of the year's homicides (32 percent).

Anthony Conaway, a 41-year-old inmate who was stabbed at the City Detention Center by another inmate has died of his injuries.

A stabbing in the Southeast and (ewwwwww) a crypt opened at a cemetery in Essex in the Blotter.

A hit-and-run vehicular homicide killed Charles Arbogast in AA County. Police are seeking a Chevy Trailblazer with a missing grill. Also in AAC a girl was sexually assaulted in the bathroom at High Point Elementary School.

Ronald Stewart, 31, got two years and three months for attempting to defraud CitiFinancial of <$400k.

DIS! OW! Schaefer called Ehrlich "Glendening Jr."

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

O'Malley at the Forum

Whoever said there's no such thing as a stupid question never visited Baltimore. Poor O'Malley.
babyholding"Are you running for governor?"
"Do you have any control as far as decisions in your administration?" (moderator Harold Robbins: "Could you be a little more specific?") and "You're Catholic, do you support the terrorist activities of the Vatican?" I must hand it the the Mayor, he handled the lamest of questions with respect and aplomb. There's no denying that he radiates Clintonian charisma. He even has Bill's slow, back-of-the-throat gravelly delivery. His ease (and, let's face it, his undeniable hotness and baby-holding style, above) makes Duncan look like a circus bear in a tutu.

Anyway-- there were a smattering of protestors outside carrying signs along the lines of "200 illegal arrests a month" and and many with giant photos of Robert Clay and more cryptically "$800 million $$$ ???" But inside, amazingly, the theater wasn't full, no one had any signs, there wasn't any heckling... it was pretty boring, really.

He repeated the "40 percent reduction in crime" figure (ballsy!), and said that the city had experienced the second-largest reduction in drug-related trips to the ER in the country, added five new rehab centers and were recieving the third-largest federal investment in Ryan White dollars (which appears to be some kind of cash reward for being a smacked-out and disease-ridden city. Oh well, money is money).

O'M said the state was suffering from the Ehrlich administration having "no goals and no leadership" beyond putting "a slot machine in every garage," and he wants to make sure "we never forget that we are the people that Frederick Douglass and Johnny Unitas loved."

Then after his intro Harold Robbins interivewed him for a bit. "I'm not asking questions in any order," he said. "It's going to be a bit like whacking a beaver with a stick." (I think he was referring to Whac-a-Mole).

The smoking ban: "I'm open."
Education: "Full funding of Thornton," higher teacher salaries and pensions (he said MD is 50th, as in second-worst, in funding teacher pensions).

School closings: Ehrlich administration cut funding by 75 percent of capital funding and withheld the rest until the city closed five schools. He said that capital improvements to schools had "taken us longer than I would like."

BGE prices: Blame Ehrlich for letting the foxes guard the henhouse, appointing corporate cronies instead of public servants to head the Public Service Commission.

'borshun: We all want fewer of them and fewer unplanned pregnancies, and the job of the government is to work towards that and give individuals responsibility to make their own decisions.

Crime numbers and corrupt police: "We do not have a perfect police department. Sometimes police make mistakes. But if you don't trust police numbers there are others you can look at: paramedics have to fill out run sheets, also doctors at shock trauma, and they also report a 40 percent drop."

Then there were the stupid questions. Then a girl in argyle socks asked about police corruption. He was very good. "Wherever it rears its head, we will beat it down! There have been eight officers killed in the line of duty in the past years, and we will beat it out ... not just for the citizens of Baltimore, but for the honor of police and their families..." or something like that, etc. etc.

March 14

A man was fatally shot yesterday on East Biddle Street near Broadway.

MAcbier firebomber and Bloods gang leader Terrance A. Smith, 24, had first-degree murder charges dropped against him. He was accused of ordering Coketa Diggins to kill Reshawn Myers. Diggins got 10 years(!) for the murder. Myers was found shot in the head on Chinquapin Parkway by a dog walker.

It's Tuesday, which means Irwin's got your weekend news. Anthony Canthrone, 38, is in serious condition after being shot in the neck in the southern district last Sunday. A man with a rifle was arrested, and a man who assaulted a police officer last March was caught.

Way to go, officers Shantel and Lisa! The lady metro cops busted a ring of thieves who were sawing catalytic converters out of cars at metro stations in the city, Owings Mills, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County and Howard County, and selling them for scrap.

The Kawasaki three were indicted and face a maximum of 20 years and six months in jail.

Did you know? The governor has custody of 836 children, from babies to teenagers: 773 children in state care (where facilities are so pathetic one child had to live in the Social Services office for 21 days). And 63 crazy kids in jail.

Probably already posted this but it's worth putting up again: WBAL says crime is shooting up in '06 like a giant pink arrow on a plank.

They prosecute them bank fraud and identity theft cases down Greenbelt.

Yes indeed, the Year-and-a-Day rule is alive in Maryland.

Your Custom Horoscope:
Do not order the rockfish. If your house is heated by natural gas, shop around and lock in a rate. In the '08, Jessamy will be mayor. Plan accordingly. Foolish is the boy who looks at MySpace at school or porn in the library.

Monday, March 13, 2006

March 13

"I was told to make it a destruction of property... but it was obvious he was trying to break into the house." Love that Janye and her very credible report on the numbers game.

Motions hearings are scheduled for 11:00 tomorrow morning before Judge Paul E. Alpert (339 Courthouse East) in the case of Tyrone Beane. Beane is charged with killing Taharka McCoy, an East Baltimore man, on January 17, 2002. Defense counsel is scheduled to argue that the case be dismissed due to a defective indictment and ineffective previous counsel. Beane has been charged with 11 felonies, but the only charge that's stuck is the one he's in jail for-- 75 years in prison for an unrelated robbery and shooting.

Messenger Crime log: A man stabbed in the chest and arm on W. 40th by the Rotunda, a phone-mugging in Homeland, mugging in Waverly, burglary in Radnor, stolen cars.

Blotter: a 38-year-old man is at large after cutting his "girlfriend"'s throat . A man and a woman are being sought after shooting a 35-year-old woman during an attempted robbery on N. Carey Street. Two young men were arrested after they attempted to rob a man at knifepoint in view of an officer. And a man was robbed of $50 by a group of guys weilding sticks.

Why did Lt. Gov. Michael Steele get $250,000 from the Monumental Life Insurance Company?

Molto umiliando: Don Dwyer's attempt to "carry the ball to the end" by impeaching Judge Murdock has hit the international newswire.

In Owings Mills, martial arts instructor Jacob Davis has been arrested for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl.

A Towson University student, Anthony Taylor, was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and stealing her cell phone.

Indeed I do say, whatever did happen to the "Report on the Police Performance Enhancement Program and Recommendations to Improve the Process for Expungement of Arrest When No Charges Are Filed" that Jim Kraft was going to submit last September? Here's one reason charges might not have panned out: they were from the Southwest and illegal to begin with. But whatever-- it's all politics.

Speaking of, if you have any questions for the Mayor, don't forget tomorrow night: O'Malley at the ABC/Afro forum at 7 p.m. It's free, open to the public and the museum validates parking at the Staples lot across the street!

Web finds: a history of Jim Crow laws in Maryland.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

March 12

Jamie Dicapua, 21, was shot in the back and hip in the Chinquapin Park/ Belvedere neighborhood.

A drug suspect was shot in the chest at N. Lindwood and McElderry by an officer on Friday.

Erin Loube, a 16-year-old-student at School for the Arts, disappeared a week ago the from the Morgan State University campus.

Speaking of arresting dealers, this Messenger story never answers its own question, but does note: "in November 2004 that the number of marijuana arrests in Maryland had reached a five-year high ... much of the rise was in Baltimore." (I guess The Pot is a narcotic, I'd always just assumed the bacon was after the White Drugs. Maybe that's the substory with all the "abated by arrest" arrests: the prosecutors are declining to prosecute the MJ)

The president of the City Council once again appears to be linked to a fishy deal.

This just in: Sailors like to drink.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

March 11

How Could Anyone Oppose This Bill?

Late Friday afternoon House Judiciary Chariman Joseph Vallario called for a vote on House Bill 320 that would strenghthen Witness Intimidation Reforms for the most vulnerable victims of crime, women and children victims of felony sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

The Committee (mostly defense attorneys) voted to kill the bill despite statewide support by family advocates and prosecutors.

Last year, State's Attorney Jessamy referred to the passage of the Witness Intimidation Bill (House Bill 188), as a "toothless tiger" noting that victims of first-degree child abuse, including instances of physical abuse such burning and starvation, were not included and had no better protections against intmidation. She cited many high-profile child abuse cases in Baltimore that would not be included in the new law. In addition she noted that intimidation, as against the Dawson family, was also not covered by the new law and therefore the law did not go far enought to protect all victims in cases of threats and intimidation.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Counting Ghosts

There were really 293 homicides in Baltimore City in 2005, if you include "justified," vehicular manslaughter deaths (Though not victims like Matt Stoffel, who was killed when his head was impaled on a pole by his drunk friend's driving, an offense that would be charged as vehicular manslaughter anywhere else) and cases of death in state custody, a la Raymond Smoot.

A remarkable 47 of 2005's homicides are John Does, and one (actually 15-year-old Blanca Dubon) is listed as a Jane. But most of the unnamed 48 were black, male and shot to death, age uncertain. Oddly, 19 people were charged with murdering an unidentified victim.

Twenty-seven of the murder or attempted murder victims were white, five were Hispanic (two Does), two were Asian, five were of unknown or unlisted race. 254 victims were black.

Of 2005's murders, about half are open. There are 110 victims with cases pending. Overall, 26 of 2005's murder cases (about 7 percent) have been cleared, if you define that as ending in any kind of conviction, or the death being found justified or by the death of the main suspect. Three were cleared by the Year and a day rule (and we all thought it was just an urban legend).

Here are the 141 identified victims of open homicides, the rest are unidentified with no suspect:
Melanie Davis, 54; Louise Blanding, 76; William Brown, 50; Andre Dyer, 37; Anthony Lewis, 36; D'Onte Hopkins, 20; Devon Richardson, 18; Lamont Reid, 43; Ricco McKinney, 29; Theodore Burrell, 21; Eric Pinkney, 19; Lynwood McCaffity, 28; Larry Jackson, 38; Keith Smith, 24; Antwan Taylor, 20; Janerio Richardson, 47; Janice Ruffin, 41; William Brown, 50; Maurice Collick, 43; Travis Coles, 37; Darryl Smith, 19; Raymond Sakievich (W), 46; Everette Owens, 29; Emmanuel Wheele, 20; Leonard Betts, 26; Harold Giddings, (another white guy) 48; Lornell Williams, 31; Michael Goodwin, 20; Jessie Peay, 19; Roman Paige, 16; Sonti Hayes, 30; Steven Ray Kaham, 40; Gary McFadden, 27; Davon Atkinson, 25; Kwesi Owens, 22; Shadrick Woah-Tee, 39; Brandon Allison, 24; Garnett Vinson, 16; Robert Litlle, 88; Nachia Carter, 23; Anthony Warren, 36; Yavonnie Dowell, 20; Deonte Brown, 19; Deonte Pettiford, 19; Montez Gibson, 22; Jabril Jasin, 21; Ralph Arrington, 27; Mark Gardner, 24; John Kendrick, 55; Antonio Fox, 20; Mustafa Aleem, 21; Kevin Dozier, 19; Garry Berrie, 21; Anthony Boyce, 19; Michael Grimes, 27; Bobby Anderson, 35; Kevin Carmody, 36; Caprice Jackson, 31; Tanisha Hawkins, 26; Michael Guy, 20; Antwoine Mclain, 22; Ffloyd Harp,26; Samuel Umstead, 39 (WG #3) Charles Harris, 43; Jamie Parker, 27; Marvin Raines, 18; Lamar Robinson, 26; Donyae Bogues, 30; Roy McCray, 46; Eugene Carr, 23; Desean Dorsey, 28; Clinton Young, 43; Damon Wilder, 21; Tyler Hope, 3; Dante Jordan, 26; Aaron Benefield, 19; Melvin Pretlow, 25; Anthony Jackson, 26, J-Trimae Hyman, 16; Devril Burrell; David Howard, 19, Craig Crowder, 34; Gary Robinson, 28; George Buggs, 31; Dulani Watkins, 22; Donta Chandler, 29; Willie Hubbard, 36; Richard Boroughs, 25; Harry Johnson, 34; Leamon Tyrone, 39; Earl Tilman, 19; William Craig, 58; Darryl Outlaw, 32; Shannon Jemmison, 30; Brandon Lee, 25; Ruthie Melvin, 46; Charles Duvall, 69; Kevin Baylor, 20; Darrius Brown, 21; Anthony McCray, 33; Samuel Shufford, 48; Jerrod Byers, 22; Andrew Faison, 27; Sandy Crawford, 39; Bruce Turner, 36; Shanika Pretlow, 26; Bradley Giddins, 19; Vernon Carter, 24; Andre Grice, 19; Dominic King, 20; Daryl Davis, 28; Kenneth Thomas, 32; Davon Eady, 30; Sherman Downing, 32; Corey Wyatt, 28; Willie Capers, 45; Thomasine Evans, Spencer Penn, 22; Christino Purisima, 27 (Hispanic); Tony Campbell, 51; Raphael Grandy, 18; Don Johnson, 18; Troy Marine, 30; Eric Smith, 39; Ronald Gervin, 22; Byron Bell, 24; Mohamed Barre, 26; Talib Damon, 21; Timothy Ford, 23; Lorenzo Handy, 67, Thaddeus Riley, 43; Michael Dredden, 19; Raynard Thames, 19; Nigel Tyson, 19; Anthony Scott, 50; Adrian Outten, 19; Shanica Artis, 16; Johnathan Coles, 23; Dahuan Jones, 20.

Nine percent of 2005's cases involving a white victim and 56 percent of cases involving a black victim are open.

So where did the Magic Homicide number of '05, 269 (or 272), come from? Anyway, there's the difference of the 19 homicides between what the Medical Examiner and the prosecutor's office say and what the BPolice reported. Who's to say what's true?

Math Dept.

In 2004, 301 people were murdered. Or what it 278? let's say 278.
Of these murders, 97 of the victims' cases ended in the punishment of somebody for something (anything from a handgun violation to Murder One), 34.8 percent.
38 cases are still pending 13.6 percent.
149 homicide cases, or 53.5 percent, remain open.
23 cases were found "justified."

Leonard Hamm earns more than the mayor, or the city's top lawyer.

According to the GBC, in 1995, Baltimore's 50,000 drug addicts were stealing at least $2.5 million worth of goods from citizens and tourists a day. They estimated that treatment was about seven times cheaper than incarceration.

March 10

The triple-murder trial of Derrick Taylor, 27, of the 4000 Block of Ridgecroft Road and Inshallah Owens El, aka Lisa Owens, 29, is scheduled to begin Monday morning before Judge Roger W. Brown. A Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Taylor and Owens February 24, 2005 for three counts of first-degree murder and other counts. Court documents allege that on January 10, 2005 Taylor and Owens shot and killed Nathan Gulliver, 49, Antwon Arthur, 38, and Steven Matthews, 36, at a drug and alcohol recovery house in the at 540 block of West 27th Street.

The murder trial of Coketa S. Diggins, 19, and Terrance A. Smith, 24, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday before Judge Alfred Nance. The Baltimore City Grand jury indicted Diggins and Smith March 11, 2005 for first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Reshawn Myers, 19. Court documents allege Diggins shot and killed Ms. Myers January 20, 2005 in the 5700 block of Chinquapin Parkway, and that Smith ordered Diggins to carry out this shooting.

A narcotics sting went wrong in Jim Kraft's district and an undercover officer shot a male suspect in the torso.

The Rice brothers' co-conspirator, Robert Lee Baker, 59, pled guilty to possession and conspiracy to distribute heroin (30 kilograms = 66 pounds).

Papel secante de Dick: A man stabbed Sidney Manley, 41, and John Harvey, 40, in the head with a pocket knife. Markie Elsey, 21 was arrested for rape, and Joshua Schlothauer, 21, was arrested for arson.

The commander of the BP homicide unit, Major Fahlteich, is in "quite a pickle" after leaving the scene of a (technically illegal) traffic stop after his Crown Vic bumped into a reckless-driving mom's minivan.

I love how Jim Kraft's name is spelled two different ways in this story. Mrs. J comes out a rose, as always. It's hard to mess with her-- she's a little grandma, Shirley from Good Times, a dab of St. Genevieve, elected with a mandate, accessoried for television, locking up bad guys. Time to send flowers. How can anyone be against hiring prosecutors? I'm still so confused...

In Dundalk, a 25-year-old high school teacher is accused of stealing from students' lockers.

Enough about the gays already! Maybe we should worry more about, say...
Carroll County, where Richard B. Davis is charged with raping two girls
... An Eastern Shore man, 54-year-old Leroy Banks, who was grounded for five months for sexually assaulting mentally disabled women in his care.
...And what's behind the sexual assaults at the Naval Academy? ... Ten drinks in 90 minutes.

This just in: a case of massive improper meat storage in Carroll County.

In the Post blotter, a PGC 16-year-old got five years in juvie for murder, a Fox news reporter, Darryn Moore, was arrested for domestic assault, two indecent exposeurs, a father got 20 years for beating his 4-month-old son to death.

BCrime Law of politics: if you're ever unsure what a politician's up to, look at whatever he's accusing his opponent(s) of doing. A cookie for close readers... Jessamy will be runnng for Mayor in '08.

In Annapolis, lawmakers had a ball when a doctor said "testicle."

The Wire is shooting at Guilford and Federal.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Kraft vs. Jessamy vs. Rawlings vs. Clarke vs....

So what's up with the strange behavior of City Councilpeople Jim Kraft and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake? There's a budget meeting that's a total yawn (literally... that guy in the purple shirt needs to cover his mouth), then all the sudden, when Jessamy is in the middle of a sentence, Kraft bangs the gavel and declares the meeting recessed. I've seen the tape of the whole thing and you can't even tell what he was objecting to, it looked almost like he was frantic to get to the bathroom (and contrary to what the Sun says, there's no "shouting match." As Mary Pat Clarke said, "I have no idea what just happened here, other than incredible rudeness."

From what I can gather, unless Kraft had a bad hot dog for dinner, the City Council wants to audit the State's Attorney's office. The State's Attorney's office says, we'll give you any numbers you ask for, and we just gave you a bunch of numbers that you haven't even looked at. Why do you want to spend the cash money to audit us as to opposed to, say, the Police Department (BURN!)?

What's the deal with the City Council, anyway? Do they hold the purse strings of the city? I know they're elected by district, raise money and can do things like vote to pass noise and garbage ordinances, but what their actual powers and responsibilities are in relation to the Police and Prosecutors I have no clue.

UPDATE 3/13: Jessamy's office released this response:
Response to Executive Summary
Hearing on Operations of the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office
Legislative Analysis
March 8, 2006

State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy has begun a review of the legislative analysis offered by the Committee Chairs at Wednesday's City Council hearing. She offers the following preliminary comments and will continue an exhaustive, full-review of the inaccurate data and statements offered in the report. Her analysis will be completed over the next several weeks and highlighted to the citizens of Baltimore and media.

There are several immediate and notable assessments regarding the Executive Summary that should be illuminated:

1. The State's Attorney learned AFTER the hearing Wednesday that the Budget and Public Safety Committees had initiated an independent legislative analysis report for the hearing. The report was not provided to the State's Attorney in advance, during or after the hearing. A State's Attorney staff member obtained a copy from a City Hall staff member the day after the hearing. At no time, before, during or since have the Chairs of the Committees offered the State's Attorney a copy of this report, nor was the State's Attorney aware that the Baltimore Police were asked to prepare a report.

2. The concluding recommendation in the Chair's report states that the hearing should be postponed for two weeks to allow for further analysis. This indicates that there was no intention to proceed with the hearing on Wednesday night. The courteous manner to handle this matter would have been a phone call to the State's Attorney in advance of the hearing to schedule a postponement.

3. The State's Attorney did bring to the hearing a 21-page report with accompanying statistical reports that addressed the correspondence from Councilman Kraft received 3 days earlier. At no point did Councilwoman Blake request any information regarding the budget hearing scheduled. The only requests received were from Councilman Kraft dated March 2 and March 3. The State's Attorney generated a 21-page response within 3-working {sic} days. Copies of the report were brought to the hearing and distributed.

4. A representative from the City Finance Department reported on the record at the Hearing that there had been several productive meetings and phone conversations between the city Finance department and the State's Attorney's Office relative to a caseload study. Discussions about the study were active and underway as reported by Mr. Wacks to the Chair and current discussions centered on how to best draft a Request for Proposal (RFP) that could potentially include the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI).

5. According to press reports, the report was prepared by City Hall and the Police Department, using police statistics, with no input from the State's Attorney's Office. It is curious that the Committee chairs asked a law enforcement agency, the Baltimore Police Department, whose data is currently under scrutiny, to assess the State's Attorney's performance. A preliminary check on this data show numerous errors in a "stealth" database that recorded conviction data – obvious errors include:

Item 1 in the “stealth” database – Deandre Whitehead is a defendant in a well-known 2004 murder case in Baltimore that involved witness intimidation of the state’s 11 yr. old witness. The database lists this case as a nol pros, and evidence of poor performance. In fact, Deandre Whitehead had a jury trial and was found not guilty. The SAME day the city jury reached a not guilty verdict State's Attorney Jessamy called the US Attorney who investigated and indicted the case for Solicitation to Commit a Crime of Violence. Whitehead pled guilty and has been sentenced to 10-years in federal prison.

6. The Committee report references per capita analysis for crime statistics and funding, which is highly irregular for crime analysis in Baltimore, particularly analysis offered by the Baltimore Police Department. This is an unusual departure, since the Baltimore Police Department rarely references trend analysis using per capita assessments of crime. If the police compare per capita trends, they would need to compare our office to efforts in Detroit, the most violent city in the nation, with Baltimore as the second most violent city in the nation. The police would also find that claims of great violent crime reductions significantly overstated when compared to drops in population.

Comparing spending per capita is not accurate unless the jurisdictions are of like size, with similar crime statistics and perform identical functions. In MD, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office is the only jurisdiction operating a 24-hour charging center and a 24-hour war room operation. Additionally, jurisdictions such as NY do no prosecute juveniles or perform other functions performed by Baltimore prosecutors. Using a per capita analysis is a blatant attempt to deceive.

7. Until FY'2006, the only staff increases for the Baltimore City State's Attorney’s Office provided by Mayor O'Malley was {sic} funding for 3 new trial prosecutors. The record setting FY'05 and FY'06 increases noted in the report are actually the result of a January 2005 increase for salary parity and the transfer of 29 old grant positions from grants to the general fund. Some new positions (24-hour expansion of the War Room and establishing the Collateral Unit) were recommended for funding at the Mayor's request and not at the request of the State's Attorney.

8. Over the past 10-years {sic} State's Attorney Jessamy has outlined a very specific plan regarding violent crime reduction in the city, specifically linking guns, drugs and violence. Her 3-pronged approach to crime was first outlined in 1997 in a letter to Mayor Schmoke and has been periodically updated and strengthened by meetings with local, state and federal law enforcement partners as well as citizens, community partners and criminal justice agencies and the implementation of new initiatives. The State's Attorney obtained state and federal grant funding to expand homicide prosecution and create the F.I.V.E (Firearms Investigation Violence Enforcement) Division in 1997 to prosecute non-fatal shooting and weapons violations. She has adjusted the plan to a succession of 7 new police commissioners and acting commissioners under Mayor O’Malley. The most significant update occurred just recently. The State's Attorney Office was recognized as a key motivator and facilitator in the revitalized EXILE felony gun prosecution partnership between the United States Attorney's Office, the Baltimore Police Department and the State's Attorney’s Office as well as numerous federal, state and local law enforcement partners. EXILE was memorialized in a signed Memorandum of Understanding drafted by the State's Attorney's Office.

9. State's Attorney Jessamy meets regularly with the Police Commissioner and his command staff to offer suggestions to:

-Improve the quality of arrests in Baltimore,
-Train officers to improve police investigations
-Coordinate training initiatives to train detectives to testify in court"

March 9

Blotter: Darryl Chase was arrested for the murder of 20-year-old David Anderson, who was shot to death on Father's Day in front of his neices. Anderson threw his body across the girls to shield them from gunfire, and they were unhurt. Also two shootings and an attempted-murder arrest.

John Glover Jr. of Harrisburg, PA was charged with murder in connection to the burning body of Wesley Person, found near 83 last Christmas Eve.

On Tuesday the Feds unsealed the indictment of Jarvis Lloyd Brooks, Eugene Jeffrey Jenkins, Stephen Leroy Cure, Tracy Delong Fletcher and Eric Thomas of Bowie and Charles Edward Harrison of Upper Marlboro for crimes committed in connection with a conspiracy to commit bank larceny by stealing ATMs. Says Rosenstein's office, the two-count indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit bank larceny by stealing several ATMs in various locations in Prince George's County and also attempting to steal construction equipment for use in the thefts.

Cable monopoly Comcast is getting everyone in trouble: first Shiela Dixon, then Kendel Ehrlich, and now the governor himself is being accused of conflict-of-interest for allowing the cable company to direct their corporate taxes to a Delaware holding company, and to lay cable in a protected wetlands area.

In PG County, the main suspect in the murder of Calida Williams, Dernard Mason, was sniped by Corporal Francis A. Masino, who, according to the Post, has been accused of misconduct in the past.

In AA County, Marcus Christian, who stabbed his former Jessup trailer-mate 62 times, was found guilty of second-degree murder. Also, 28-year-old Elizabeth Kiss got two years for illegally obtaining OxyContin.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

March 8

Did you know? You can track the custody status of offenders online, and find out when their upcoming "court event(s)" are.

Curtis Lomax, 22, was fatally stabbed with a mystery implement on the 1200 block of W. North Avenue, bringing the YTD total to 49.

James Reid pled guilty today to one count of witness intimidation. He was sentenced to five years in prison, to be served concurrently with a life sentence he recieved last July. Court documents allege on March 8, 2005 Reid wrote a letter to an associate identifying the victim of a non-fatal shooting and instructed the associate to "deal with" the witness. Reid had been identified as the suspect in the non-fatal shooting.

Ink: Five murders last week-- and for the first time this year (unless you count the week when there were no murders) The Sun managed to report them all!

A teenage girl was stabbed by a illegal cab-driver. Mark B. Walker, 79, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon.

Dept of Bad Excuses: "I didn't do it for that long, you weren't even awake." -- Midshipman Lamar Owens

Five children, including a boy who says he's the son of death-row inmate Vernon Evans Jr., were found home alone in the Pimlico area.

Speaking of child molesters, if Teri Hatcher is typical, that means one in four molestation victims will prosecute-- 30 years after the fact. Which means that there are about 400 child molesters in the 21218.

Correction: Judge John Glenn is not elfin.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

March 7

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services report: 21,721 African-Americans in Baltimore were arrested but not charged in a year (!). Grand Jury report: arrests without merit border on constitutional violation. (Maybe we should just classify them as "enemy combatants.")

Mere days after Ronald Ector was indicted for impersonating a deputy U.S. marshal, scary-looking felon Karl Glenn Salenieks of Crofton was arrested for impersonating an officer and illegally possessing handguns and a taser, among other things. Yipes.

Blotter: Man stabbed in the lower back in the Southeastern, a woman robbed of $40 after being struck on head with metal pipe, a robbed High's, a robbed McDonald's, a stolen Soviet rifle.

A 13-year-old boy robbed a man getting off of a bus in the Northeastern, using a semi-automatic weapon with a laser sight and a 33-round clip.

"Benjie" Evans, wanted for murder in Annapolis, was apprehended.

The Pumpkin and Honey Bunny of Dundalk, James and Carol Sparacco, were arrested and charged with eight counts of armed robbery.

A 26-year-old man, Ramon Pena, was pulled over on 95 for tailgating ... and was arrested when cops found 174 pounds of cocaine bricks (79 kilograms? Welcher Kontinent das WBAL an ist?) and $22,000 in cash in the car.

How cute: in Carroll County a boy faces suspension for bringing brass knuckles to school.

Where are all these pedophiles coming from? Brian Trimble pled guilty to attempting to buy child pornography from a postal inspector.

In Landover, the death of Calida Williams, a 28-year-old mother whose body was found in her burning apartment, was ruled a homicide.

Monday, March 6, 2006

March 6

Should the Rice brothers potentially get away with double murder because they made a plea agreement for a previous bunch of charges? One wouldn't think so, but it sounds like that was the norm ... until Rod J. Rosenstein came to town. Love him.

Blotter: A 17-year-old boy was shot in the back and a woman was shot in the knee in the Northeastern.

In Jessup, 27-year-old James Darnell was indicted on eight counts related to an attempted rape and burglary allegedly commited within a day after he was released on bail while awaiting trial on similar charges.

In Bel Air, trial for involuntary manslaughter is scheduled to start Wednesday for a second defendant, Elaine Bulter, in the case of the 16-month-old boy who died of a methadone overdose.

Sunday, March 5, 2006

March 5

Larry Haynes, 30, was found shot to death on the 2400 block of Jefferson Street. Joseph Schlick, 25, was shot in the head in the Southwestern and remains in "grave" condition. Joseph Schlick, 25, was shot in the head in the Southwest during an argument.

Police are seeking Derrick Lamont Brown, 21, for the murder of Benjamin Philip Evans in Annapolis.

Death-faking, gambling, suspicious fires... Cynthia Jean McKay of the Millersville body-burning case is starting to sound like MD's answer to Sante Kimes. And ladies, should you ever be accused of a horrible crime, try this: "a detective told McKay's then-lawyer that he had planned to question her about the embezzlement and the fire. But McKay became distraught and began to cry."

Human remains were found in Dorchester County.

The arrests at Kawasaki buck a national trend: though Maryland's illegal immigrant population has doubled in the past four years, the INS fines for businesses employing illegal workers about 10 times less frequently than in '92.

In Columbia, an employee at the Lonestar Steakhouse stabbed another worker with (what else?) a steak knife.

Crimes against our culture dept: John Travola has been cast as Edna Turnblad in a Hairspray movie remake.

Saturday, March 4, 2006

March 4

merrittPolice are seeking 36-year-old Irvin Merritt, left, who allegedly slit the throat of Frederica Moseley on N. Bond Street two weeks ago.

Antoine Edward Adams, 32, was acquitted of the robbery and murder of Justin Michael Gaglione, 29, last January in "Lower Waverly" near North Avenue. The "good" news is that Adams is already serving three consecutive life sentences plus 60 years for the murders of Penelope Medina, Theresa Moore and Michael Mick.

Friday, March 3, 2006

March 3

Joseph Miller, 26, was shot to death in front of a house near Druid Hill and Forest Parks. Also in the blotter, Warrant Task Force was busy, arresting a kidnapping rapist, an attempted murderer and an insurance company defrauder. And someone robbed the Little Tavern again (for at least the third time in a year).

A man's body was found in a burning rowhouse on the West side.

A Federal Grand Jury indicted 28-year-old convicted felon Ronald Ector for impersonating a police officer.

Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs and Democrat Delegate Jill Carter are persuing a law to make it a crime for local police departments to knowingly report false crime statistics. They also want whistleblower protections to shield street-level officers who refuse to report false numbers.

The Sun apparently finds it more newsworthy that some tourists can't find a sushi restaurant than that, oh by the way, the three owners of Kawasaki, Tzu Ming Yang, 48, his wife, Jui Fan Lee Yang, 49, and Jack Chang, 41, all face more than 30 years in prison for money laundering and housing undocumented workers in "squalid" conditions.

The Cordish Co. was fined a paltry $800 for allowing underage drinking at Power Plant Live.

All charges have been dropped against Kevin Ackwood, who spent a month in jail and whose dog Trigger was shot to death by Baltimore City Police officers.

Police are looking for armed-and-dangerous Tracy D. Fletcher of Bowie, wanted for stealing ATM machines.

Perv patrol: Paul George Page, a former teacher at Sykesville Middle School in Carroll County, got no jail time for downloading child pornography on school computers during the school day. And in Columbia, students at Cradlerock School reported a flasher.

Messenger Blotter: a man was jumped while getting on the elevator at Union Memorial Hospital. A car was stolen, recovered, then stolen again the next day.