Saturday, May 20, 2006

May 20

The story of the VA couple has hit UPI, adding to the count of horrible Baltimore stories going international of late. (Let's see... "Stop Snitching," Oprah calls school system "atrocious," the "Tipping Point" syphillis chapter, "The Boys of Baraka" ...)

Three men were arrested for a Columbia gang-bang.

Excellent reporting of shitawful stories from Ocean City.

Another Marylander after Sgt. Marion Flint Jr., Robert Seidel III, has died in Iraq. Meanwhile the BBC reports a major uprising at Guantanamo.

Disgusting: Robert Carey, 52, pled guilty to storing more than one million pornographic pictures on his NOAA-owned work computer, including images of himself having sex AT WORK with a young female family member.

Yes, it's true. "Get in on it."

Friday, May 19, 2006

May 19

Darryl Long was murdered in Northeast Baltimore in a brutal home invasion, and Jamal Gwaltney, 23, died after being shot in the upper body, making 100 murders for the year according to BPD and FBI, who do not count vehicular homicide as a murder, even if the killing happens during the commission of a felony.*
(Or if your brother runs you over and keeps going.) Deaths as a result of arson are also not counted. According to the Medical Examiner's office, the current homicide number from January 1 to the present is 104.

Also not counted in the murder numbers: deaths in state custody, such as the beating death of Raymond K. Smoot. A motions hearing in that case is scheduled for Monday in Part 8, Room 236, Mitchell Courthouse. Former correction officers Dameon Woods, Nathan Colbert, and James Hatcher were indicted on August 16, 2005 for second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, and conspiracy to first and second-degree assault. According to the corrections officers' union, Smoot was beaten by 25 to 30 guards.

Matthew Capp, a city homeowner, called the police when he thought he was being burgled was instead arrested and taken to Central Booking, shoeless. Arrests are up this month.

Police are looking for the family of Chandra Williams, who is in Shock Trauma after being shot in the face.

Timothy Loose was arrested for the third time for stealing luggage at BWI.

Ew, ick, ew, ick. Former Carroll County School Superintendent William H. Hyde, 64 was released from the Carroll County Detention Center after serving less than 12 months of an 18-month term for raping a young girl but still wanted his probation shortened. TG Judge Luke Burns denied the request.

Assaults by metal pole and bayonet and an attempted murderer arrested in the blotter.

*Though if Tom and Harry go to rob a store, and Tom shoots someone, Harry would also be charged with first-degree murder and would be eligible for the death penalty. Wacky!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

May 18

The kidnapper of 19-year-old Delmy Beatriz Rivera, Jose Francisco Padilla-Colin, got four years.

A woman was killed after being hit by a stolen car in West Baltimore.

One of Tuesday's murder victims was named: 24-year-old Aaron Wilson.

Police: arrested VA couple were argumentative, grabby.

Scott Luty shot his wife Jennifer and then himself in the middle of the day in downtown Frederick.

State police will be handing out photos of Dusty Shuck and her tattoos at Western Maryland truck stops.

The MD Transportation Authority is accused of making strippers strip, taking Polaroids of them and stealing their money.

Organized Crime: A Bel Air man who pled guilty to insurance fraud, a gun charge and making a false statement on a passport application kept his records in a folder labeled "SCAMS." And file under "tacky" 30-year-old Bryn Phillips, who used some of the $860k she stole from her employer for a pink mink with faux trim and a trip to the Venetian (
Footnote to criminals: if you're on the lam, Vegas is the dumbest destination choice ever.)

Diplay: (verb) To reprint an AP story without bothering to read the headline. (The Wash. Post took the story down)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

May 17

The Ink notes last week's murders of David Snow, Jeremiah Pinder and Justice Georgie. Two murders of unidentified males last night bring the total toll for the year to 98.

Shamvoy "Don Papa" Smith, a reputed local Bloods leader wanted for the murder of 19-year-old Terrance Randolph was arrested in Las Vegas. Randolph had been beaten, bound and set on fire in a West Baltimore alley April 12.

Often-charged but rarely convicted murderous crack dealer Craig E. Winkey was arrested for conspiracy to distribute. will he finally get jail time?

Blotter: 17-year-old was shot in the leg, plus a carjacking and plenty of theft.

A couple from Chantilly, VA up for an O's game was arrested and had their car impounded when they asked a policeman for directions in Cherry Hill.

Howard County police arrested Marc Ward for the 2002 shooting of Edwin Aytes in Columbia.

Mega Patria, 17, has been charged as an adult in AAC with second-degree murder in the Dec. 4 death of her newborn son.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

May 16

Teandre Lanathian Draper, 22, was arrested and charged with the murder of Eula Uverde Osbourne in Woodlawn.

Montese L. Thompson, 23, was sentenced to 25 years for the murder of of Verna Brown, 35. A jury convicted Thompson March 29 of second-degree murder, for which he could receive a maximum of 30 years in prison. Thompson assaulted Brown in a house 1800 block of North Montford Avenue and later followed her outside and beat her in the face with a shovel on June 28 of last year. Brown died of her injuries on July 3, 2005.

Police are seeking some crazy bitch who threw bleach in a woman's face on Pennsylvania Avenue, plus two nonfatal shootings and two murder arrests.

Retype press releases much? The Sun has a story about gangs that's almost identical to the one WBAL ran yesterday.

At a hearing yesterday, Judge Waxter sentenced Cedric Stancil, age 30, to 50 years for the murder of Edwin Boyd, 17, and another unidentified individual who were shot execution-style next to a barbershop in the 2300 block of East Oliver Street. He also got a concurrent (aka pointless) 20-year prison term for a handgun count. On October 24, 2005 a city jury convicted Stancil of first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. Edwin Boyd was an eyewitness in a homicide that occurred on May 28, 2003 and was murdered shortly after speaking with police.

Steven Richie Craft, 39, pled guilty to one count of automobile manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault yesterday. Judge John M. Glynn sentenced him to seven years for the manslaughter count and a consecutive five year prison term, suspended (if it's concurrent, why bother?) for the assault count. On July 16, 2005 Craft was driving a stolen automobile that struck a vehicle in the 700 block of Eden Street. Cheryl Broadnax, 45, who was an occupant in that vehicle, was killed in the collision. Craft also attempted to run over city police officer Edward Mendez, striking him with such force he was airborne.

Murdered inmate Philip E. Parker Jr.'s parents are suing the state, claiming guards were sleeping and watching TV instead of intervening and did not perform CPR.

Wow indeed: AAC police seized $9.3 million worth of doobage, yay-yo, bobo and disco biscuits.

"I'm Keith, and I'm an addict." Well duh.

Donna Lee Bell, the HarfCo animal collector, is in jail after evading police in Bel Air.

Monday, May 15, 2006

May 15

bloodsPolice say the Bloods are recruiting kids as young as 10. (And though the East Baltimore organization may be eight months old, there's at least one group claiming to be affiliated with the Bloods which has been active on the North side for much longer than that.)

Eula Uverde Osbourne, 49, was found dead in the basement of a house that was being renovated in Gwynn Oak.

At a hearing today, Judge Roger W. Brown sentenced Charles Benedict Knott, Sr. 52, of Clipper Heights Avenue to seven years in prison for the homicide of James Garrett, 56. Knott was the guy who beat Garrett to death with a cane in front of the Hampden family center on 36th street as kids were on their way home from school. Local rumor had it that Garrett had molested Knott's granddaughter. Knott pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter March 13.

David Evans, 23, of Bethesda and Duke University was indicted for first-degree forcible rape, sexual offense and kidnapping in Durham County, NC. He pled guilty to alcohol violations last week.

Five teenagers were arrested for assault and a car and plenty of cash stolen in the blotter (back after a nine-day hiatus).

Sunday, May 14, 2006

May 14

Police barricaded blocks around Garrison Blvd. and Gwynns Falls Parkway after 36-year-old Justice Georgie was shot to death at a hair salon yesterday evening.

An unidentified male body with a bullet wound to the head was found floating in the harbor near the Bay Lady.

Police shot 18-year-old Justin Fisher to death after he stabbed his girlfriend and himself with a large pair of scissors.

A Crofton father of three turned out to be a member of an international drug cartel.

Hugh McWhinney, 73, shot his 76-year-old-wife Constance and then himself in Garrett County.

A Frederick County man lost is girlfriend and was driven out of town when FBI officials mistook him for a child molester. Good advice: "don't mess with suburbia, because we will chew you up and spit you out."

A Marine in Annapolis left his kids in the mall play area to apply Brazilian jiu-jitsu to a jewelry thief.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

May 13

Dusty Shuck's mother says that the murdered 24-year-old suffered from schizophrenia and had walked away from a treatment facility in New Mexico.

Dundalker Steven Liller Jr. spent two months in jail for carjacking and assault in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

Two shockingly stupid Montgomery County teens are charged with setting 17 fires after posting pictures of their handiwork on Myspace.

Crazy shit, yo: A 57-year-old woman in Harford County hoarded more than 100 pets in conditions so squalid a hazardous materials response team shut off electricity for fear that the methane could cause an explosion.

Friday, May 12, 2006

May 12

Stephan Vaughn, 27 (or Baughan, if you're JZ), got 20 years in prison for counts related to a burglary, police chase and accident that ended in the deaths of Avon Holman, 15, and Denis Jurkiewicz Jr., 24. Said the state,
On July 29, 2005 at 4:53 a.m. police observed and pursued a black BMW 325i being driven at excessive speed and failing to stop for red lights on Broadway in Fells Point. The BMW crashed into a Mitsubishi Galant killing its driver, Denis Jurkiewicz, 24, a nearby resident who was on his way home from work. Both vehicles then struck a parked Chrysler Concorde, traveled up onto the sidewalk and into a tree, totaling both vehicles. The driver of the BMW, later identified as Stephan Vaughn, was observed to exit through the driver's side window and run into an apartment building at 3 N Broadway where he was eventually apprehended after forcing his way into an apartment. Further investigation revealed that the BMW had been reported stolen. Found inside was the deceased body of Avon Holman, 15. Also recovered were three plasma TVs and two cash registers which had just been reported stolen from a commercial establishment, the Red Fish, located at 845 South Montford Ave.Vaughn has a previous conviction in Baltimore County and could face 15 years additional prison time. More than 50 family members and victims were in court this morning and many offered victim impact statements.

A Baltimore City jury convicted Damien Whitaker, 26, of attempted second-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure. Judge Shirley Watts sentenced Whitaker to five years plus three years of probation. Says the State:
On May 26, 2005, Damien Whitaker, along with other unknown associates, allegedly to held a woman and her grandson hostage inside their home in the 2800 block of Hilldale Avenue for several hours. Mr. Whitaker threatened to kill someone if he couldn't find his money and his "stuff" which he alleged was stolen from him the day before. Mr. Whitaker lay in wait at the residence until the woman's son returned home. When the son returned to the house, he was assaulted with a baseball bat and beaten by Whitaker and two of his associates. The victim's car keys and money were taken from his pockets and Mr. Whitaker forced the victim to drive to a motel on North Avenue to find the person Mr. Whitaker believed stole his property. The victim was eventually able to escape Mr. Whitaker and called 911.

orange_peelA Baltimore City jury late last night convicted Herbert Wyche, 55, of West Saratoga Street, of attempted first-degree murder and a related handgun count, but acquitted Wyche of first-degree murder in the death of William Staten, 60. The jury deliberated approximately three hours following two days of testimony. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12. Court docs allege that on April 21, 2004 Staten was cleaning the steps andsidewalk area in front of his home at 1031 N. Stricker St. when Wyche dropped some orange peels on the sidewalk, angering Mr. Staten. The two began to argue and Mr. Staten hit Wyche in the head with a bottle. Wyche then pulled out a gun and shot the victim once in the abdomen. Mr. Staten died 15 months later.

The murder trial of Nathaniel Broadway, scheduled to begin today, has been postponed until August 3 before Judge Schwait. The defendant had indicated to the court he was going to plead guilty in this case but changed his mind.

The Capital: Four members of the MD PSC, Kenneth D. Schisler, Allen M. Freifeld, Charles "Kinky Boots" Boutin and Karen A. Smith violated the law when they secretly met with the governor's staff regarding the BGE rate hike (weren't they supposed to have been fired already?).

The Sun catches up with last week's murder news and misreports the age of murder victim Zion Clemmons, who died from blunt-force trauma at the age of 16 months, 3 days.

Bitch, please: Melissa Harton plans to appeal her 10-year sentence today, claiming her chock-full-o-lies police interview should not have been used against her.

AAC police are seeking the public's help in finding some shotgun-toting convenience-store robbers.

Donald Handy of QAC got 17 1/2 years for selling the crack, Timothy Fisher of HC got 13 years for being a felon with a gun (and crack, and cocaine, and ammunition).

The Sykesville perv is described as fat, bearded and driving a blue compact car. And a Rockville school bus aide has been accused of groping a 9-year-old.

Banks have been robbed in Westminister and Fallston.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

May 10

rapistDaughters of a 62-year-old rape victim have taken it upon themselves to publish a sketch of the suspect (left) who attacked their mother in the driveway of her Northwest home with a barbecue fork. They claim police have "discouraged" them from publicizing the sketch.

Officer Rodney Price, who pled guilty in 2002 to the first-degree murder of Tristan Little (who was having an affair with Price's wife), asked the court to reduce his 50-year sentence.

The murder and child abuse trial of Nathaniel Broadway, 26, of E. 31st Street, is scheduled to begin at 9 tomorrow morning before Judge Allen L. Schwait. On June 7, 2004 Broadway and Sierra Swann, the parents of infant twin girls, were indicted for first-degree murder and child abuse in connection with the death of their one-month-old twins. The indictment charges them with the murders of Emmoney Broadway and Emmonea Broadway on May 11, 2004 at their residence. On February 13 Sierra Swann pled guilty to two counts of child abuse resulting in death and she is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30. Nathaniel Broadway and Sierra Swann are being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The judge in the case of Terry Jones, a 24-year-old man accused of beating his 15-year-old girlfriend to death has reversed her decision and now will allow DNA evidence (warning: story rife with typos). Meanwhile, during jury selection this afternoon, defendant Jones became ill and was transported to the hospital for medical care. The matter has been continued until tomorrow and will be heard in Administrative Court.

The Police Blotter has been suspiciously absent this week. Maybe Richard Irwin is on vacation, which would explain why three of the five deaths in "Murder Ink" -- including that of an 18-month-old child -- weren't covered in the Sun.

I think I'm getting this one right, but it seems too absurd to be true: David Allen Cullum was charged with first degree murder for shooting his stepsister's boyfriend yesterday. The boyfriend, Billy Wayne Corbitt, had beaten her, threatened to kill her, come to Cullum's house with a gun, and continued to advance on Cullum even after he had fired a warning shot. I guess Cullum was supposed to stand there and watch his sister get murdered by Corbitt.

An 18-year-old was injured and a 25-year-old man was shot to death in Northwest Baltimore.

A military hearing began yesterday in Iceland for the accused murderer of Airman 1st Class Ashley Turner, a resident of Frederick.

A Carroll County pervert has been offering middle school girls rides to school.

Dusty Shuck may have been killed by a trucker.

A 69-year-old woman who owned an assisted-living facility was sentenced to 18 months house arrest for patient neglect. One patient died after being found with bedsores on 40% of her body, gangrene in one foot, and maggots in the other.

Robert Nicholas Pyle will do three years for stealing a truckload of plasma TVs.

A man who cheated the Social Security Administration for over $20,000 was sentenced to 366 days in prison.

Utech, the employer of City Council President Sheila Dixon's sister, cannot contract with the city for at least two years.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

May 9

A man was shot to death at 6:00 Tuesday evening in Bowley's Quarters, and Baltimore County police have made one arrest.

Police are seeking Darryl "Day Day" Bolling, 18, for shooting into a crowd of people at an Essex bus stop, wounding a 16-year-old boy.

BAL covers three child sex abuse cases today.

One of the surviving robbers who attacked Mark Beckwith at the Village of Cross Keys pleaded not guilty. Beckwith defended himself against the would-be robbers and killed one of them in the process.

Leroy Young faces up to 50 years for killing Terrence Smith last year.

An assault and robbery occurred outside of a Westminster hair salon last night.

Unshocking report: MD's joovy halls are poorly managed hellholes.

Howard county schools are getting tough on bullies.

The 6th grade teacher is out to get you.

After being held for 51 days, a misidentified carjacking suspect was released from jail.

Kids at Chinquapin Middle School in Northeast Baltimore were off yesterday because someone vandalized the school over the weekend.

Police in Aberdeen met with local residents to teach them about gangs.

Monday, May 8, 2006

May 8

From now until Thursday, I'll be posting updates in the early evenings. Please check back then.

Octavius Savage, 20, of Waldorf, was charged with first-degree murder of the grody, bisected, burnt remains.

Three men were arrested for breaking into Melissa Lynn Lowery's Abingdon home last night. The men, including her ex-boyfriend Richard C. Schofield Jr., attacked her and attempted to cut off the legs of Marc Edward Travers. Schofield and Lowery dated last year and had a history of domestic violence, including several reported threats against her and people she knew.

Police in Hagerstown are using a flashing yellow roadside sign that reads "HOMICIDE HERE" in hopes of learning information in the death of Dusty Shuck, whose body was found alongside I-70 on May 4.

BGE, Verizon, and Comcast all deny responsibility for the electrocution of 14-year-old Deanna Green during a softball game on Friday night.

A man in his 60s was attacked, cut, and robbed by two men while attempting to make a bank deposit in Crofton. One of the men used a large knife, possibly a machete.

A man was shot in the stomach three blocks away from Mondawmin Mall on Monday.

The best way to avoid getting shot by the Annapolis police? Don't hide drugs in your mouth, drag an officer behind your car, steal his partner's gun, then threaten to start shooting at police.

There was an appeals court hearing today regarding the death sentence of Vernon Lee Evans Jr.

Arvel D. Williams was stopped for a traffic violation and arrested for possessing a pound of pot, 100 grams of crack, and 127 grams of cocaine.

53-year-old Michael Zemanick of Ellicott City was charged with robbing his local branch of the Bradford Bank on February 15.

New Pikesville digs for the Baltimore County police. Perhaps the commander of the newly created Precinct 4 will be given an inadequate staff and then relocated when crime goes up. Not that anything like that would ever happen in, say, the city's Northern District.

Saturday, May 6, 2006

May 6

One person was murdered last night in Overlea. Two suspects were arrested after speeding away from the scene and crashing into parked cars.

A hit-and-run in Elkridge left a 58-year-old bicyclist dead.

The woman whose body was found along I-70 in Frederick County has been identified as 24-year-old Dusty Shuck of Silver City, NM. She died from head trauma and a slashed throat.

A 14-year-old girl was electrocuted when she leaned against a fence in Druid Hill Park during a softball game. BGE claims their equipment wasn't involved and it wasn't their fault.

On Thursday evening at 5:00, a 19-year-old woman was raped as she was walking in Columbia.

After being attacked by a group of teenagers outside his house, Gregory Kane contemplates the juvenile murderers behind the deaths of Bryant Jones, Jerrod Hamlett, Jennifer Morelock and Jason Woycio.

A quiet day in the Blotter with only one person getting shot. (Oh, and a quick observation about yesterday's Blotter: A woman was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after she was shot Monday morning by a man she knows. The woman was walking in the 400 block of N. Broadway about 9 a.m. when the man began to chase her. During the pursuit, he fired several shots, hitting the woman once in the left shoulder. This puts the shooting somewhere between the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins (401 N. Broadway) and the creatively named "500 Broadway" building at Johns Hopkins. I wonder how much news coverage this shooting would have received if one of those "several shots" hit someone besides the intended target.)

On Friday morning, a white man in his 20s attempted to carjack a woman in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart by the Arundel Mills mall.

The BPD is eating itself from the inside out: One of the accused officers in the Southwestern's Flex Squad was secretly working for Internal Affairs, and is now part of a lawsuit against other officers.

A case against two BPD officers for assaulting a man and two women in Federal Hill was dismissed because prosecutors didn't follow the proper procedures. The victim is "mad as hell."

The new jail in Baltimore County opened yesterday.

Another addition to the department of screwed up web sites: the city government has added fuel to the BGE fire by creating a site that incorrectly calculates your new electric bill rates. BGE claims their equipment wasn't involved and it wasn't their fault.

Friday, May 5, 2006

May 5

Baltimore police have been touting the new Web site, but all but the header/ticker is blank on my browser (Safari). Can anyone else see it?

PGC police closed four homicide cases this week.

WMAR's Keith Mills got nine months' house arrest for stealing prescription drugs from his neighbor who was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Officer Jemini Jones, 28, of the Southwestern District for second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and misconduct in office. Court documents allege on October 24, 2005 Officer Jones executed a search and seizure warrant at the home of the alleged victim. Jones informed her that she would have to engage in various sexual activities in order to avoid arrest. An arraignment date has not been scheduled. This is a different incident than the one in December in which Jones is accused of raping a woman at the station house.

Kenneth Oakley, 41, was shot in his home in East Baltimore by a man who was chasing him.

Three non-fatal shootings in the blotter, and Shaheed Boyd was identified as the man fatally shot on Elderon Avenue last Saturday.

Alleged murderer/arsonist Daniel Murray's motive? He ws "teased." Murray was arrested after confessing to a co-worker.

Grody. Burnt human remains were found in Charles County.

Former Homeland-Security flak Brian Doyle of Silver Spring is out on bail after being accused of sending pornographic messages and films to (someone he thought was) a 14-year-old girl.

There's a hot new drug on the streets, says the DEA: a mixture of cold medicine and heroin that's being called "cheese."

James Wright, 32, got 20 years for selling crack.

oraclThe trial of Kenneth "O?r$a(i?)cl$" Ellis was postponed until May 23, 2006.

The FTC has sued five Internet companies, including Baltimore-based Information Search Inc., for selling consumers' cell-phone records.

Thursday, May 4, 2006

May 4

Baltimorean Cindi Rush, 20, has been arrested and charged for the murder of Waldorf restaurant owner Patricia Caniglia.

A Virginia man was arrested for stabbing of 19-year-old William Green III to death in Baltimore County last October.

The second-degree assault trial of police officers Jack Odom, Jr. and Michael Brassell is scheduled to begin at 2 tomorrow afternoon in Hargrove District Court, room 2. Second-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

In Curtis Bay, police shot fleeing suspect Scott Fischer.

Memphis anchorman Ron Meroney, 69, was arrested and charged with child abuse and rape for an incident that happened in Baltimore County more than 30 years ago.

Dundalk murder mom Denise Lechner got 30 years for child abuse resulting in the death of her 3-year-old son, Roy. Another son, Donald, had died mysteriously four months before.

The Baltimore City Grand Jury today indicted Jamal Charles, 16, of Edmonston Ave. and Dwayne Drake, 17, of Dolefield Ave., for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and handgun counts. Court documents allege that on April 14 Charles and Drake shot and killed Bryan Jones, 42, in the 1000 block of N. Augusta Ave.

A woman's body was found by I-70.

Sun: the flex squad investigation is "dragging," with only one charge after four months of investigation.

A UM College Park student, Daniel Murray, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and arson in the death of 22-year-old Michael Scrocca.

Barbara Gahan, reported missing, was found dead in a creek in Essex.

EllisThe trial of Kenneth Ellis, 35, left, charged with malicious destruction of property, is scheduled for trial 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in courtroom one, Hargrove District Court. Ellis is accused of being the graffiti "artist" resposible for the tag "Oricl" or "Oracl."

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

May 3

The happy-hour auction was won at $660 by an extra-large individual who's fond of tacky watches and gently used boxer shorts! Congrats!

At a hearing today, Kevin Hunter, 37, of Baltimore, pled guilty to first-degree rape. Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced him 20 years in prison and five years' probation and ordered him to register with the Maryland sex offense registry. On June 25, 1990 Hunter broke into the victim's home and forcibly raped her twice. A suspect was identified at that time but was cleared through DNA testing. In March 2003 Baltimore City police received information from the Maryland State Police that Hunter's DNA matched the DNA collected during a rape kit exam. Hunter is currently serving a 30-year prison term for first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and attempted first-degree murder for a crime that took place in 1991. Judge Schwait ordered that today's sentence run concurrent to this previous conviction.

Ink: Three murders last week, including 14-month-old Kayah Jackson. That's 87 murders so far, 86 not counting Julia Boussari.

Howard Rote was arrested for attempted murder, accused of shooting his wife, Mary, in the neck.

Andre Staton was convicted yesterday in PA and may face death for stabbing Beverly Yohn with a butcher knife in front of her son. Staton was on parole in MD following another stabbing.

A body found in NY may be that of missing Baltimorean Melvin Sharpless.

Police arrested two adults and "some juveniles" who are linked to more than 115 burglaries in the Baltimore area.

In Annapolis, a second midshipman, Kenny Ray Morrison, faces sexual assault charges.

Judge Richard Palumbo of PGC faces charges of misconduct after dismissing Yvette Cade's protective order, comparing women to buses, making a trooper void his traffic ticket because he was a judge, and discouraging another trooper from writing him a ticket by saying he "knew the trooper's boss." Meanwhile, Cade appeared on "Oprah" today. [Username; password go2hell]

A former Caroline County deputy, Michael K. Sheward, was the second former member of the sheriff's department charged with felonies related to sexual contact with an underage girl.

Six Duke lacrosse players have applied to JHU.

Pamela Hoffler-Riddick (remember her?), a former teacher, got 6 1/2 years for helping launder drug money.

Time to get like Whitney and stop the madness, stop the madness now.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

May 2

Mary Galston, 31, was found stabbed in her home in Brooklyn.

A man was shot on Grayson Street in the Southwestern.

Natalyn Tart-Jones, 49, was stabbed by her ex in Columbia.

Davon David Temple, 17, has been arrested and charged for the murders of Jennifer Morelock and Jason Woycio.

Vernon Evans will have his appeal heard.

Sixty-six people are being held locally on immigration charges following raids on Monday.

For the second time in a month, a man was glued to a toilet seat in Salisbury.

Why is the Harford County sex-offender population on the rise?

Monday, May 1, 2006

May 1

An unidentified man was shot and killed near Wabash Avenue in the Northwestern.

Blotter: A man was shot near Johns Hopkins Hospital, and 20-year-old Ashley McLaurin was arrested for carjacking.

Man steals hair, paper uses cliche for headline.

Dept. of non-breaking news: prostitution is a nuisance, and some hookers have drug habits.

monkeyladyOne month left to get that pet monkey.

In Wicomico County, Baltimorean Steven L. Pratt was found guilty of impersonating a police officer and was fined $157.50.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

April 30

Two men were shot dead near a business complex in Linthicum.

Attorneys for the two officers accused of failing to intervene during a rape at the Southwestern District station house have filed motions to dismiss charges.

Friday, April 28, 2006

April 28

Police identified murder victims Kimberly Skyers and Larry Greene.

A woman was stabbed in the stomach and back at her home in Waverly by a friend of her husband's.

Yes, it's for real! You can bid on eBay for a "Happy Hour" with Hamm and Jessamy! (Disclaimer: happiness not included.)

At a hearing today, wheelchair-bound Jerome McCardell, 32, got a total of 20 years after he pled guilty to first-degree murder for shooting and killing Thomas Robert Pratt, 26, on December 9, 1991, guilty to use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and also guilty to an unrelated attempted armed robbery from January 2, 2004.

Roger Hargrave was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and assault. WBAL has the horrifying video.

Baltimorean Craig Scott got 12 1/2 years for drug trafficking.

Two people were indicted for bilking the city school system of about $12,000.

Lavar Clark got 90 days for driving the getaway car for an Overlea robbery. Lavar is the brother of Javon Clark, convicted getaway-car driver in the William Bassett murder.

Nice! Cops are getting new cameras and computers to help them post pictures of sex offenders.

Erik Stoddard, charged with second-degree murder, pled not guilty at an arraignment this morning. His trial date was scheduled for August 10, 2006. On December 8, 2005 the Maryland Court of Appeals vacated Stoddard's second-degree murder conviction, citing evidentiary issues regarding the testimony of a three-year-old witness. A Baltimore City jury convicted Stoddard March 13, 2003 of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death for the death of Calen Faith Dirubbo, 3. Court documents allege that on June 15, 2002 Dirubbo was pronounced dead at her home, where she lived with her mother and Stoddard. Dirubbo died as a result of multiple beatings over a period of at least a month; the fatal blow, which severed her bowel, occurred June 15, 2002.

CBS National News reported that more than 90 percent of witnesses in Baltimore murder cases face intimidation. (Yet judges give career criminals and intimidators such as Clyde Meadows probation.)