Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Life after Homicide II -Legalize it

Former homicide detective Irving Bradley thinks the best way lower the murder rate is to legalize drugs

Monday, July 6, 2009

City's biggest-ever drug bust= guilty plea

Ben Nuckols of the AP reports that Trenell D. Murphy, 34, will plead guilty tomorrow to possession with intent to distribute. Murphy was "arrested in February after police recovered 41 kilograms (91 pounds) of cocaine from the bed of his pickup truck -- the largest drug seizure city police have ever made without federal help."

Yet ANOTHER downtown brawl

Two men were stabbed at Lombard & President last night/this morning after leaving a club. (Wonder which one?)

A Hopkins employee was assaulted by water balloons while walking on University Parkway.

Life after homicide

A veteran BPD homicide detective who just retired speaks.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Another downtown brawl


More mob-violence craziness! Two teens were stabbed in the course of a fight last night at Baltimore & Charles; 33-year-old Derrick Devon Thornton was apprehended. Thornton's robust criminal record includes an arrest for first-degree murder in 2003.

A person attacked in Federal Hill

Don't miss the NYT on the "incarceration generation"

Steve McNair's death may have been a murder/suicide

WTF?! Former crackhead/DC mayor Marion Barry arrested for stalking! Why do people keep re-electing that lewzer?

Blogger Bob Parkinson: Baltimore needs the Mafia

Thursday, July 2, 2009

5-Year-Old Shot

on S. Pulaski St. in in West Baltimore, Fenton says she was shot twice in the head.
UPDATE: Fenton says the girl's name is Raven and she is on life support


Three shootings in six hours last night

Guilty plea from second suspect in the Timonium Light Rail kidnapping case

Hermann rides with animal control to visit a(n alleged) drug dealer and dog owner in need of leashes, manzierre

Hopkins Bayview agrees to $2.75 million settlement, denies stealing from government

Another church smote!? Bethel AME is the third church burned down by a lightning strike in three years! There was the Baptist church of the Holy Bentley in July of '07, the Methodist church in Hampden last August. There was also a Baptist church struck by lightning, but not burned down, in May.
Tricia Bishop's story of the Gilbert & Dinkins verdict.

Chasing "johns"

A night on the "john" watch beat in Pigtown.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


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Steven Frank Wilson, reportedly out celebrating his 24th birthday, was shot to death in the 1600 block of E. Eager St

Guilty Plea for Murder of 3-Year-Old Jabari Stocks

From the SAO:
Phillip Queen, 29, of the 100 block of Conley Drive pled guilty today to second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. The State had called its first two witnesses yesterday and today when Judge Charles G. Bernstein accepted the guilty plea. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Queen pled guilty to the following statement of facts: On June 8, 2007 Queen caused the death of Jabari Stocks, 3, while babysitting him at he and his girlfriend’s house in the 900 block of Patapsco Avenue. The mother was working that night. Queen called the mother at work that night advising her that her that Jabari was not breathing and was unresponsive. Queen said that Jabari had choked. The mother left work and rushed home to take Jabari to Harbor Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

An autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ruled homicide by trauma to the brain with force. Testimony would have shown that Queen took a disliking to Stokes, calling him spoiled and that eventually, June 8, 2007, he hit Jabari in a way in which his head was slammed into an object, severing neurons in his brain.

Judge Bernstein did not schedule a sentencing date pending a pre-sentence investigation of Queen’s history. Felony Family Violence Division Chief Julie Drake and Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly Burrell prosecuted this case.

City gas theft, Calvert Hall student gets lost

A city employee stole gas with a city gas car unhindered for over a year, reselling it to a car theft ring for a nifty profit. Meanwhile, city police taught a Calvert Hall student who got lost en route to church a harsh lesson.

Monday, June 29, 2009


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An unidentified man in Forest Park, 3400 block of Fairview Ave.

Also, Fenton reports that one of yesterday's shooting victims was a 15-year-old boy, shot in the torso but expected to survive.

The man found dead on a burning couch on St. Paul Street was ID'd as Edward M. Davis, 39.

This morning's Hampden barricade situation involved a machete

In Woodlawn, 32-year-old Frank Sterling Brice was beaten to death on the lawn of his home

The city is fighting Wells Fargo's motion to dismiss its "reverse redlining" suit

This just in: "payday loan companies are really slimy"
Supreme Court: you can't scrap a test just because not enough minority candidates pass. Like, duh.

Two shootings & barricade situation

Baltimore PoliceDept SHOOTING: Reported @ 3200 DENISON. Police investigating - avoid area · 9 hours ago
Baltimore PoliceDept SHOOTING: Reported @ 501 McELDERRY, Police investigating - avoid area · 9 hours ago
Baltimore PoliceDept UPDATE BARRICADED PERSON: @ 3600 PAINE ST. Suspect in police custody, situation ended without injury.
9 hours ago · via Twitter

Saturday, June 27, 2009

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"... two unidentified men were fatally stabbed in the 3000 block of Baker Street. Police said they received the call around 4 a.m. Saturday."

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A man shot at the Fat Boy Saloon in Dundalk

The 17-year-old twins accused of setting a dog on fire-- and their father (who Hermann says is 75!!)-- have been arrested for gun and drug possession.
Wonder what happened to mom?

Liberty Jewish Center to decide fate of rabbi convicted of molestation

Dixon's legal woes spook business community

Friday, June 26, 2009

Pull back the curtain on the cesspool!

JoAnn Woodson-Branche, the woman the BPD is blaming for the demise of 50 internal-affairs cases, has retained local celebujurist Warren Brown & is threatening to reveal the "cesspool" that is BPD internal affairs.
Well, of course it's a cesspool, it's apparently accountable only to itself!
Don't most cities have review boards that deal with police conduct?

Pervert watch

Teen charged with sodomizing two children while babysitting them.

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Two previously unreported homicides to add to the toll: an unidentified Hispanic man stabbed in the 2700 block of E. Fayette Street, and 51-year-old Wanda Hackett, strangled in the 2200 block of Tucker Lane.
(thanks Justin)

50 Internal Affairs Cases Closed

Cases against "Flex Squad" officers among 50 officially dropped

Thursday, June 25, 2009

From Chuck

"The Sun has this article about the Perkins Homes shooting:

And at the end, it says, "Dante Jeter, 21, of the 3700 block of E. Pratt
St. was arrested Tuesday and faces first-degree murder and other charges
in the May 4, 2008, death of Tyrone Freeman, of the 4800 block of
Frankford Ave."

Interesting, because one Arthur Jeter, then 18, of the 3700 block of E.
Pratt St., pleaded guilty for the attack on Zach Sowers.


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Murder of a young man at the Perkins Homes last night.

Lawsuit Part II

Plaintiffs in the recently setteled discrimination lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department speak.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Suspicious indeed

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A man's body found in burning house in the 1800 block of St. Paul

This just in: NeighborhoodScout.com deems Broadway East America's 5th most dangerous neighborhood

More on the case against Dennis Testo

A county jury has acquitted Torin Sydney Baskerville, who police said drove the getaway car to and from a 2007 Brooklyn Park double homicide.

Alexis Ochoa, wanted for a Raleigh homicide and a robbery, was arrested here

City to settle a claim of race discrimination against a white lawyer by paying his legal costs and donating to the homeless

Judge: The county has to pay contractors for its detention center

Sgt. Hopson

The lead plaintiff in the recently settled $2.5 discrimination lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department speaks out.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Domestic blitz

Will Poppin' Fresh incriminate his former flame?

More on the Glen Arm murder of Ron Koontz, killed by his crazy wife

Social services hasn't been filing court-ordered reports, but if the agency can manage to file three in a row, federal oversight of Baltimore's foster care system could end.
... still no answer to the question, why are there so many families who want kids and don't have them, and so many kids without families?

Dennis TestoDennis Testo's mullet is out on bail

75 years

for man who fired on two officers, hitting one in the femoral artery. Details from the SAO:
Atkins was convicted based on the following facts of the case. On April 15, 2008 Detectives Mark Spila and Robert Himes observed Charles Atkins walk from 2858 W. Lanvale Street to a 1999 Gold Lexus. Atkins was displaying characteristics of an armed person. As Atkins entered the front passenger seat of the Lexus which was being driven by Robert Campbell, detectives approached the Lexus and Campbell put the car in reverse and drove approximately 30-40 feet to Poplar Grove before the vehicle stalled in the street. Detective Spila approached the passenger side and Detective Himes approached the driver’s side. Atkins then exited the front passenger seat of the car and began fighting with Detective Spila and attempted to flee on foot. Atkins then turned and produced a gun and fired the gun at Detective Spila striking him and barely missing Spila’s femoral artery. As Atkins ran away, he also fired shots at Detective Himes. Both detectives returned fire. Atkins then fled into 2858 W. Lanvale Street. Backup units responded to the area. When Atkins exited the home he began to run at officers with an object in his hand. Atkins was ordered to stop but failed to do so. He was then shot and taken into custody. Both Atkins and Det. Spila were taken to Shock Trauma for treatment. Atkins handgun was recovered and found to be a .40 caliber Glock. DNA testing showed Atkins’ DNA was on the grip of the handgun.

Monday, June 22, 2009


A federal discrimination lawsuit filed by Sergeant Louis Hopson against the BPD has been settled for $2.5. million. As part of the settlement police will have to hire a special civil rights consultant.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


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Baltimore PoliceDept SHOOTING: reported @ 1800 Chapel St, adult male shot. Fatal injuries


Last Thursday's stabbing may have been gang-related

An officer from the Western was arrested and suspended after a "domestic incident" sent his wife to the hospital

What the?! "The Baltimore mayor's chief of staff and two other government officials sued an Ocean City Domino's pizza and related businesses for $30 million after employees at the beachfront pizzeria refused to serve them and allegedly imprisoned them in the restaurant"

"A long-running lawsuit involving a shady life insurance settlement company, a bevy of questionable insurance policies and a murdered porn shop owner has finally settled."

The BPD says FHB III's "minor medical issue" was dehydration, not exploding roids or anything horribly embarrassing like that

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hextuple at Shirley's Honey Hole

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... not a word anywhere (beyond Twitter and SpotCrime) on the hextuple shooting last night. This is the most Baltimoreans shot in one incident since the blog began.
There have been some quintuple shootings:
December 28 2008 on the West side and May 2007 on Mt. Royal

UPDATE: story by Annie Linskey ID's the deceased as Edward Patterson, 39.

FHB III in hospital!

Police tweet that the commissioner "experienced a minor medical issue during the Baltimore 10-miler. He is responsive. & coherent, being evaluated"

Must be something really embarrassing if they won't say what it is!

Adds another tweet, "Commissioner Bealefeld will remain in hosp for standard 24 hour observation. He is responsive & coherent & talking w/ family & staff"

Feel better Big B!


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SIX people shot at N. Patterson Park Ave and E. Oliver Street, one person has died, says BPD tweet

Friday, June 19, 2009

IG under fire

City Inspecor General Hilton Green is under fire for lack of productivity, or for investigating the suicide of Robert Clay, depending on who you ask.


A teenage boy stabbed in the chest last night in the 600 block of Tunbridge Rd.

also on FB
Baltimore PoliceDept SHOOTING: Reported @ Fayette / Belnord, adult male shot. Life threatening injuries, police investigating

Baltimore PoliceDept SHOOTING: Reported @ North/Greenmount, adult male shot multiple times

An ex-wife killed her 66-year-old former husband in Glen Arm

Thursday, June 18, 2009

She drove her Trans Am to the Crüe show

... then seemingly disappeared. But County police, family and the band never gave up hope of finding Tracey Testo. Now her husband is charged with her murder and being held with no bail; her body has not yet been found.

Also, from the SAO:
At a hearing today, Lawrence Gee, 35, of the unit block of S. Monastery Road pled guilty to second-degree murder. Judge John C. Themelis sentenced Gee to life suspend all but 30 years in prison.

On August 19, 2006, police responded to 227 N. Culver Street, the home of Mary Page, 63, the victim in this case. Page’s employer, The Walter Art Gallery {sic}, called because Ms. Page did not show up for work on August 18 or 19, very unusual for her. Police found the house locked residence and forced entry into the home. Once inside police found Ms. Page’s body in the basement. There were obvious signs of violence, her pants and underpants had been removed, and Ms. Page’s face was bruised. An autopsy concluded that the cause of death was a homicide and that the manner of death resulted from strangulation, sharp force injuries to the neck consistent with being stabbed with a sharp object and blunt force injuries consistent with being beaten about the face and head.

Witnesses informed police that Gee dated the victim’s daughter and used to live in Ms. Page’s residence prior to her evicting both of them for theft and drug use. On August 26, 2006 police located Gee and pursuant to a search warrant DNA swabs were taken for comparison with evidence recovered from the victim’s body. On February 13, 2007 DNA analysis was completed on swabs from the victim and samples submitted by Gee and results indicated a match.

Housing squabbles

Unruly tennants, too many kids on the streets, broken windows and lots of police calls have lead to tensions between renters and owners at the city's Albermarle Square, a mixed-income development that replaced the notoriously drug ridden Flag House Courts housing projects.


Can you sue for custody/ child support before a baby is actually born?

Thursday morning torture

Johnnie Butler and Calvin Wright have been charged with the 2007 torture and murder of Sintia Mesa. Both were already in jail on unrelated drug charges.

Shooting early this morning on the West side

Mistrial after a jury deadlock
in prison brutality case

Supreme Court says cons have no right to DNA testing

Residents rage at the manager of Suite Ultralounge.

Animal abuse in Pimlico

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Domestic abuse

Melody Smith, who was strangled to death in April was hit with a protection order by her alleged assailant a few days before she died

Guerilla Family Portraits

"Hardworking mom" Deitra Davenport and "workaday bureaucrat" Calvin Renard Robinson

Taking on "take-home" cars

IV editor Regina Holmes weighs in on BPD's penchant for driving "take home" cars to PA

Escape-Proof Habitat

Four shootings and a carjacking that ended with an SUV going through the front of a house on Exeter st. last night
Watch out for people who approach your car with a "hard-luck story"

Mark Kenneth Floyd was arrested for killing the women on Biddison Lane. According to the JIS, Floyd has had two nol-prossed assaults on his record and is due in court Friday after next to answer charges that he was a felon in possession of a stolen shotgun.

Conviction for the murders of Vanessa Price, 36, and her 16-year-old daughter Bianca may be thrown out
in lieu of allegations of judge's bias

FHB III on "media blitz"

Judge Nance taking heat for jailing mom who said "I love you"

Rashid Hall arrested for "a carime that is hard for anyone to believe."

"Prairie dogs immediately escape from $500k escape-proof habitat"

Monday, June 15, 2009

Busting stereotypes...

Tricia Bishop on how voir dire is a bunch of hoodoo

Sirlilar Stokes... hey, I just put two and two together, the Sirlilar Stokes who Jacques Kelly reported about a few weeks ago is the same one accused of shooting dancer Ashley Davis in Robert E. Lee park, then going back to the strip club. (Pic at right)
Not all lesbians are innocent and cuddly, Mel!
(See also Newton, Sharone, accused of killing Sctario Edwards outside of Coconuts)

WTF? "A 30-year-old woman was seriously injured Sunday evening when her brother pushed her out of a moving vehicle and into the southbound lanes of Interstate 695 near Security Boulevard"

RJR dwarfed by megalithic pile of applications

Undetermined, unrelenting

Prosecutors want audio copies of the second degree assault trial of Baltimore homicide detective Terry Love and Baltimore County deputy sherriff Michael Herring to turn over to their respective agenices to aid in an internal investigations of the pair. The duo was found not guilty of assaulting a man outside a North Baltimore barbershop in September of 2007.

Meanwhile, the city council is planning to weigh in on the topic of undetermined deaths.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Wives of Biddison Lane

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Who would want to kill two poodle-owning lesbians in Walterson?
UPDATE: The women were ID'D as 31-year-old Lydia Steed and 23-year-old Allisha Royster.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Judge Trouble

The Maryland Court of Appeals has issued a reprimand accusing city judge Charles Bernstein of showing bias towards prosecutors during a drug trial

Thursday, June 11, 2009

100, 101

According to WBAL, the women in the 4000 block of Biddison Lane were murdered, and a couple


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"Western District police responding to shots fired about 7:30 p.m. [last night] found Darnell Johns, 21, lying in the 1700 block of N. Payson St. and another man in the nearby 1800 block of N. Pulaski St."

Bodies of two women found in Waltherson in the in the 4000 block of Biddison Lane, so far no word on how they died

Murder charges dropped for 15-year-old Christopher Briggs due to a "serious proof problem," according to Briggs' atty Jack Rubin. Briggs turned himself in for the murder of 18-year-old Keon Cameron

Kids detained for curfew violations, and parents won't come get them

CSA: No mas for former Commish Kevin Clark
y nada for retired Raven Michael McCrary

Lawyer/stalker's license suspended
by the Court of Appeals

Crime drives venture capital firm to Timonium

"Burned dog may be linked to dogfighting, police say"

Illegal turtle vendors arrested; the little cuties spread salmonella

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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"Police were called about 11 a.m. Sunday to a residence in the 900 block of Brooks Lane to check on the well-being of Dana Richardson, 44, who had not been answering his door"

Juveniles charged

in death of Phoenix. Though they're juveniles, WBAL is releasing their names: twin 17-year-old brothers Travis and Jermaine Johnson.
QTD: "it's hard to see children get shot, but to see a dog actually on fire is worse."
For reals?

Pharmacy thief nabbed

The mastermind behind six robberies of a Brooklyn pharmacy has been nabbed by police with a nice stash of 'scrips.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Jury duty!

Jury duty yesterday wasn't bad at all. There is WiFi at the courthouse for $5.95, and one table that you can put your laptop on and pull a chair up to, and vending machines that take credit cards. If you don't have your summons then you go to the desk and show ID and they make you a new one. Then they call ranges of summons numbers for you to line up and check in and get three five-dollar bills. Then you sit down again. Then they start calling ranges of numbers and courtrooms and if your number is up you and the rest of the range shuffle off in a little herd.

I got lucky and I was picked on the first go-see (in my biz suit, hose and heels, BTW, BUZ) for a personal injury one-day thing. If you don't get picked, then you go back to the jury room and wait for your number to come up again and keep repeating the whole process until 4:30.

In the courtroom they take roll call-- you stand up when your number is called and say present and the lawyers eyeball you. then voir dire, you were to stand up if you'd been involved in a personal-injury suit, then those people (about 6 out of 25) all had to line up and approach the bench with the two lawyers for a chat.

After that was done then the judge's little friend called out the numbers of who they'd picked, and I, #209, was now #5, with five others and an alternate. There was one guy and I was the only white person (besides the plaintiff and the lawyers).

David BrownThe plaintiff was one David Brown, age 24, an unemployed electrician, doodled on my Steno pad at right, whose Cadillac was hit at Patapsco & Hanover by the defendant's car. The defendant admitted he was at fault for the accident and the case was about how much Brown should get for his injuries. Brown had gone to five different doctors or hospitals in three weeks after the accident, demanding (and getting) Oxycodone prescriptions from all of them and discovering new injuries as he went along. Once we got to the jury room at around 3 it took us about 5 minutes for all of us to agree that he was full of it and about 10 minutes to bitch about what a liar he was. I was the only one who thought he should get anything-- I thought one trip to the emergency room on the day of the accident was reasonable to ask for-- but everyone else was adamant that he get nothing, so nothing was what he got.

So we were done by 3:30. or almost done, we had to wait for the very slow old elevator standing next to the plaintiff and his dad! Awkward! Fortunately they did not pack into the elevator with us, and I caught a cab quickly on Calvert Street and that was that.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Police response to a nanny attack in Bolton Hill raises questions

"An Owings Mills woman was sentenced to a year in prison Wednesday after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $450,000 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore"


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Baltimore PoliceDept SUSPICIOUS DEATH: 2743 St Paul St. Body of elderly adult male found.

Guess whose

beach weekend was ruined by the first JURY DUTY of my life tomorrow?
Be careful what you wish for!
So where should I park?
Can you plug in your laptop? Is there an Internet connection? Can you bring in your phone?
Where are you supposed to go first?
I can't find that piece of paper they mailed me!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sex offender on the move

A convicted sex offender who abused family members in Baltimore has been charged in West Virginia for abusing more children in his care.

Ink of the Week

Ink updates city's murder toll to 94, (Sun says 95) Anna Ditkoff is on Ed Norris this morning from 9:30-10. The Northeast is far surpassing other districts' murder rates.

Fenton: "Baltimore saw fewer killings last year than any other in the past two decades, but data released this week show the city's homicide rate ranked the highest among the nation's cities with a population of more than 500,000."

Two teenagers shot after midnight

A second suspect arrested in the Coconuts murder

From the SAO:
June 3, 2009 – State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced today that prosecutors secured a 25-year no parole sentence against Darnell Smith, 28 of 1602 E. Belvedere Street, Baltimore following his conviction on October 10, 2008 for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine. Judge Timothy J. Doory imposed the sentence at a hearing yesterday. The State’s Attorney’s Office filed for enhanced penalties after reviewing Smith’s criminal record. Smith had three prior drug convictions.

On November 27, 2007 at about 3 PM on 3100 Presbury Street, an undercover officer approached Darnell Smith and said, “Any ready out?” This is the street term for cocaine. Mr. Smith stated, “Yeah” and the undercover officer asked for 2 dimes of cocaine. Mr. Smith advised the undercover officer to go wait in his car and yelled “you bring back 4” to Rodney Holden. Mr. Holden walked out of view for approx. 15 seconds and Mr. Smith met a co-defendant at Presbury and Bloomingdale Streets. He then walked to the vehicle and handed the undercover officer 4 zip locks of cocaine in exchange for 2 $10 bills of pre-recorded buy money. Both were arrested and positively arrested by officers who recovered $146 along with the 2 $10 bills of pre-recorded buy money.

The case was prosecuted by narcotics prosecutor Keri Borzilleri.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


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Baltimore PoliceDept "HOMICIDE: 21 OLD RIVERSIDE RD, ADULT MALE SHOT" (@ 8 a.m. 6/2)
"UPDATE SUSPICIOUS DEATH - @ 1943 Mosher St. No obvious signs of foul play. Medical examiner will investigate further" (@ 10 p.m. 6/1)

Liberian presidential candidate Joseph Woah-Tee was the city's 92nd homicide.
Ditkoff: "Last year, another Liberian was murdered in Baltimore City. Jeff Payne, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot at a party at the Morgan View Apartments on Feb. 15, 2008. At the sentencing of his killer, his family lamented the fact that he survived so many years of civil war in Liberia to die violently in Baltimore."

Wells Fargo whistleblowers say loan officers rode "stagecoach to Hell," pushing "Ghetto loans" on "mud people"

"Gansler considers recognizing gay marriages"

Monday, June 1, 2009

Random Attacks

Victims of random attacks by packs of juveniles include an off-duty NJ police officer. Reader "Tom" writes about a man punched in the face by teens on the Light Rail.

QTD: "The harbor should not be a de facto day care center for people"

Police say last week's raids caught a big fish, Emiliano "Blikk" Aguas, "identified as the leader of the local Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods set" and now being held without bail.

Undetermined re-cap

Undetermined deaths on the rise, according to 2007 annual report from the State Medical Examiner's office.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wired Magazine

... on cell phones in prisons.

Two burned dogs

From the SAO:
On December 12, 2007 Scottie Marco Pinder, Linwood Buckson, 28, of the 2500 block of the Edgecomb Circle was convicted of animal cruelty and second-degree arson (207253015-016) and was sentenced to two years in prison by Judge Martin P. Welch.

Today, in a violation of probation hearing before Judge Welch, Pinder was found guilty of violating his probation and the court sentenced him to the balance of the two years, six month suspended sentence he received on December 12, 2007.

On August 1, 2007 at 8:45PM police responded to the 2700 block of Ulman Avenue for a report of a dog killed as a result of being set on fire. Upon arrival, police took a report from a victim who stated that her German Sheppard, Alize, was set on fire and that the victim knew the person who set Alize on fire and that he was still in the vicinity. The victim identified Pinder and police placed him under arrest.

During his violation of probation hearing today, Judge Welch found that Pinder violated the terms of his probation by a rule 10 violation, or failure to pay all fines, costs and fees as ordered by the court. Those fees totaled $1,400.

Assistant State’s Attorney Nancy Olin of the Collateral Division prosecuted this case.
Meanwhile, Phoenix, the bull terrier set on fire in the SW has died this morning of her injuries.


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Friday, May 29, 2009


Why charges against Dixon and Holton were dropped: swapping services for votes isn't illegal!

Hermann on the Crime Stat disconnect, plus part 2

Yesterday's raids were brought to you by Operation Dial a Cell

It's a Gang Code Glossary, birthday boys and girls!

Kids these days...
From ambitious scholarship recipient to felon: what happened to Sirlilar Stokes?
Danielle Black
Hagtown teen to be tried as adult
for soliciting murder of dad

Two claiming to be priest's children suing Baltimore Catholic order

Bed bugs in b-nmore

Bed bugs and other critters have residents of a city homeless shelter up in arms and planning to march on city hall.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Helen Holton off the hook!!

Some charges dismissed against the Mayor, entire case against Helen Holton thrown out ("God that can do anything but fail has found favor with this child of his ... HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!")



Assorted Crime News of the Day...

Jailhouse snitches (including one featured in "Stop Snitching") are the feds' golden hope in the capital-murder trial of Dinkins, Gilbert and Goods, accused of killing witness John P. Downey Jr.

Baltimore PoliceDept HOMICIDE ARREST: Christopher Briggs (M/B/DOB12/23/93) was arrested yesterday for the May 25th murder of Keon Cameron; Tavon Julian Grey (12/12/82) was arrested TODAY for the Aug 08 murder of Eric Jebron Brown

A pitbull set on fire in the SW

More mayhem at the Victor Cullen Academy

No reports of random attacks lately ... except for this poor guy

Catholics designate a week in June to pray for peace;
"Community Conferencing Center uses restorative justice techniques to deal with crime in Baltimore"
HBR on the art of the apology

We've all been there, right? Mom leads cops on chase around 495 with three kids in the car
Perceived racism makes you fat, study says

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Unidentified man, 20s, 15. S. Eutaw St.
Unidentified man, 32, 1101 W. North Ave.
(scene footage from WMAR)
A man shot in the upper body at 1306 Roundhill Rd.
Shootings mapped


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David Parker, 200 block of N. Collington Ave., about 10:35 a.m. yesterday

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

.. and Statistics

Overall, crime is down, police say. The reduction may not be immediately obvious however-- burglaries and car break-ins are up, and there are 9 more murders this year than there were during the same period of '08.

There's audio of Justin Fenton and JHU Prof Doug Ward talking crime numbers on WYPR.

Have you seen...

Donald Donnell Brown Jr.Police ISO Donald Donnell Brown Jr., right, in connection with a shooting in Edgewater

Beyond Recognition

"A man dressed up as a woman and standing on the corner, even though it's obvious what he is doing, is not against the law."

A few lucky residents of the Central will win a police ride-along

Hagtown inmate beaten beyond recognition; wrong family notified of an inmate suicide at the Eastern Correction Institution

Parents' insurance companies to pay for boy burned by acid on playground slide

Baltimoreans go to Ocean City, get arrested for brawling on Boardwalk

Scandal in Boonsboro: a pastor's spouse on the sex offender registry

Amusingly Defaced Street Signs, pts 1, 2 and 3

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

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WJZ reports four murders so far this holiday weekend: Hardy Jones, found around 6:30 a.m. today in a car in the 3300-block of Noble Street. Also dead, Keon Cameron, "involved in a verbal altercation that escalated into a fight on the 1800-block of East 28 Street" on Saturday.

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18-year-old Chernere Wooten was shot to death in the 300 block of North Carollton Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Shooting in the 2100-block of Sinclair Lane at around 12:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon, police are "looking for two men seen running from the scene. One man was wearing no shirt and plaid shorts. The second was seen wearing a black hat and white shirts."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Stabbing@ Charles & Mulberry

Posted around 8 p.m.



Fox Tweets "Baltimore City police have identified the woman found fatally shot Saturday in West Baltimore as 18-year-old Chernere Wooten."

Swine flu

As if we don't have enough problems, health officials have discovered three confirmed cases of Swine Flu in Baltimore City.