Saturday, April 30, 2005

April 25-30

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

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

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

Friday, April 29, 2005

Do You Want to be a Crime Blogger?

Do you have what it takes to be the Baltimore crime blogger? Do you:

  • feel that news sources in Baltimore should do a better job of providing comprehensive and balanced coverage of Baltimore City's chronic crime problems?

  • Have about a spare hour a day?

  • read a lot of Baltimore news?

  • Know basic html (or care enough to learn)?

  • enjoy doing research and learning?

  • have half-decent writing skills?

...then maybe you're the next Baltimore Crime Blogger!
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Monday, April 25, 2005

April 23-25

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

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

A fued led to a shooting in Dundalk.

Fourteen people were indicted on various conspiracy drug deal charges.

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

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

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

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

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