Saturday, June 4, 2005

June 4

Samuel Richardson, a 30-year-old man, was shot dead one block north of the Rendez-Vous on 26th street in Remington Thursday morning. (The Sun initially reported that he was 39).

Jamal Lewis makes statement: it wasn't my fault, it was the people I was hanging around with!

Road rage, road rez and purse snatching in the Blotter.

In Aberdeen, a 23-year-old named When Singh was shot in the wrist while trying to drive into a cop car. And yes, it's true, Innocent Images is based in Calverton. Wherever that is.

There was a case of arson in Finksburg, a bar fight on Pulaski Highway, and a second-segree rape at the Hickey school.

Ew, in Montgomery County, teacher Shedrick Young is in custody after having been accused of "inappropriately touching a 17-year-old girl and watching her through the blinds of his office window as she changed her clothes in the locker room." By the way, doesn't JZ just have the best crime coverage? It's only about 1/5 of what happens around town, but it's certainly more comprehensive than anyone else's (except ours, of course).

Also from the "ew" files: police in Howard County have been frequenting the glory holes at the Pack Shack in Ellicott City, arresting poor middle-aged guys looking for love! Now if that isn't right out of a Tom of Finland poster I saw once...

A story about 19-year-old Ross Talp, accused of murdering his mother, Margo Baker. margo baker

Friday, June 3, 2005

Friday June 3

Just heard that a bartender from Molly's in Remington was shot and killed last night, but there's no word of it on the local news outlets. From what I understand it was a robbery and the guy was quite young.

June 3

The murder and child abuse trial of Nathaniel Broadway, 24, and his girlfriend Sierra Swann, 17, of the 1900 block of E. 31st Street, is scheduled to begin 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 6 before Judge John M. Glynn. On June 7, 2004 Broadway and 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 in the 1900 block E. 31st Street.

State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced today via her flak that the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Roderick Dwayne Johnson, 19, of the 400 block of South Augusta Avenue, yesterday for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and first-degree burglary in connection with the death of Sheronda Butcher, 30. Court documents allege that on October 9, 2004 Johnson shot and killed Butcher in a dispute over money. Johnson allegedly shot Butcher as she attempted to close a window in her apartment. Roderick Johnson is currently in the Baltimore City Detention Center. An arraignment date is scheduled for June 29 before Judge Wanda Keyes Heard. Assistant State's Attorney and Division Chief of the Homicide Division, Mark Cohen will prosecute this case.

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Ross Talp, 19, of the 4300 block of Park Heights Avenue, yesterday for first-degree murder and for the use of a deadly weapon in connection with the death of his mother, Margo Antoinette Baker. Court documents allege that on April 27 Talp called police to report his mother had been missing since the day before. May 5, an anonymous tipster contacted the Baltimore City Police Homicide Unit and informed them that Talp killed his mother and dumped her body in the woods. Talp allegedly confessed to the murder and told detectives that the body was located in Leakin Park in the 4000 block of Clifton Avenue. Talp is currently held without bail.

Yesterday the BC Grand Jury indicted Ernest Harris, Jr., 54, of Churchville, Maryland for first-degree murder in connection with the 1984 homicide of Arden Shirley Epps, 56. Harris has also been indicted on robbery deadly weapon and first-degree burglary charges. Court documents allege that on September 24-25, 1984 at four South Rosedale Avenue, co-workers discovered Epps' body lying in a pool of blood on the second-floor front bedroom of her home. Epps had sustained multiple stab and cut wounds. The victim's co-workers went to her house after she failed to report to work. Police found the home ransacked with some of Ms. Epps' belongings stolen. Police recovered latent fingerprints from the crime scene and those prints allegedly match those of Harris. Harris is currently released on bail.

There was a "police-involved shooting" in the Northwestern.

An article about Joe Steffen, Maryland's own Prince of Darkness.

Meanwhile, our hotpants Mayor gave feisty prosecutor Patricia Jessamy $600k more than the $2.2 million she asked for during budget talks.

A move to postpone trial for Policarpio Espinoza, 23, and his nephew, Adan Canela, 18, (accused of slashing the throats of three young relatives in the Northwestern District) has been denied.

The FBI are looking for help in finding a guy who's robbed at least seven Baltimore banks.

The theft and misconduct in office trial of Baltimore City police officer Brent Allen Gates, 30, of Essex, Maryland, is scheduled to begin 9:30 in the morning on Monday, June 6 before Judge Joseph Kaplan, 227b Courthouse East. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Gates July 28, 2004 on one count of felony theft and one count of Misconduct in Office. The indictment stems from a complaint made by a city man that on June 2, 2004 Gates allegedly failed to return $1,400 that was seized during the course of a routine traffic stop in the 2300 block of Ashland Avenue. If convicted of felony theft Gates could receive a maximum sentence of 15 years and a $25,000 fine or both. Misconduct in Office is a common-law offense, which means that if convicted of that count, Gates could be sentenced to whatever period of incarceration a judge deems fair and reasonable.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Baltimore City police officer Gregory M. Mussmacher, 29, of Hanover, PA, at 9:30 Monday morning before Judge Allen L. Schwait. Judge Schwait convicted Mussmacher February 11 following a court trial of second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Mussmacher could receive a maximum prison sentence of 10 years in prison for the second-degree assault count. Misconduct in Office is a common-law offense, which means that Mussmacher could be sentenced to whatever period of incarceration a judge deems fair and reasonable. Mussmacher's conviction stems from an investigation by the Baltimore Police Department's Internal Affairs Division and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office of the events surrounding the arrest of a 17-year old juvenile on April 27, 2004. Mussmacher assaulted the teen by striking him in the face and back with his expandable baton at the Northwest District Station on Reisterstown Road while the teen was handcuffed and shackled. The teen was treated at Sinai Hospital for a laceration to the left cheek and two nondisplaced fractures of the left sinus. Mussmacher is currently suspended without pay.

Thursday, June 2, 2005

June 2

Say what? Another inmate in the Md. system is dead. Glen Hawkins, 35, made a gurgling sound and died in a holding cell, say police.

A Baltimore City jury convicted Keith Jennings today of one count of perverted practice. The jury acquitted him of all other counts. Perverted practice carries a maximum possible prison sentence of 10 years. Judge Paul Alpert scheduled sentencing for 2 p.m. on June 30.

A story about some cold cases that have been solved recently.

As we hit the midway point of 2005, the body count officially stands at 102.

The city's spent $45,900 buying back guns.

Hide your blow... Jamal Lewis is out of the can!

And speaking of Baltimore criminals serving time in Florida, the City Paper's cover story this week is a very sensitive interview with "Eddie" Norris.

The Bail Review of Keyone Dillon is today. Dillon was scheduled for bail review this morning at 11 Central Booking (Part 40). She is in group #3 - Investigator Maria Christian's group. Judge Weinstein is presiding. On Monday, May 31, 2005 Dillon, 14, allegedly approached 15-year-old Shatina Quinn with a black kitchen knife and yelling, "who wants to fight me?" as she waived the knife in Quinn's face. Quinn attempted to push the knife away at which time Dillon stabbed her in the chest. She remains in shock trauma.

As of 2 p.m., both the State and the defense rested their cases in the trial of alledged rapist cop Keith Jennings.

Did you hear claws being sharpened in midtown today? It was just a budget meeting between Jessamy and O'Malley.

Down in College Park, a guy named Mr. Bland in food services has been charged with e-mailing a bomb threat to the school, which Bland is now claiming was a 'joke.' Ha. Ha.

By the way, does anyone know how to add a search feature for a blog?

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

June 1

An inmate witness to the beating of Ifeanyi A. Iko claims prison cops gave him a beating and a homemade "snitch award" decorated with clip art for helping investigators.

Wacky forger Hugh Wade, 55, of Chinquapin Parkway, was sentenced to a total of 21 years in prison today. A Baltimore City jury convicted Wade April 1 of conspiracy to commit theft, counterfeit and identity fraud. Judge Schwait sentenced Wade to eight years in prison for conspiracy to commit theft, eight years for counterfeit and five years for identity fraud with the sentenced to run consecutively. Baltimore County Police Department Economic Crimes Unit executed a search and seizure warrant at Wade's residence April 25, 2003. Police recovered multiple separate counterfeit checks in various stages of production and numerous personal identifications that had been previously reported lost or stolen. During the investigation it was discovered that these identifications were used to pass counterfeit checks in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Another article about the jackassed gun buyback program. Doesn't it make you wonder if this is some kind of enrichment program for all the retired cops who run gun shops? Considering all of the switchblade catfights we've had lately, how about a knife buyback program? But I guess every little misguided effort is better than none... there were at least four shootings over the weekend.

Speaking of cops, 36-year-old Keith Jennings is accused of abucting and raping an 18-year-old in South Baltimore.

At a hearing yesterday, Kenyanta Booze, 28, of Round Road, pled guilty to second-degree murder of Howard Smothers and pled guilty to the use of a handgun in a crime of violence. Judge John M. Glynn sentenced Booze to a 25 year sentence, the first five to be served without parole. On November 15, 2004 Booze worked as a runner for a neighborhood drug dealer. The dealer told Booze to scare Howard Smothers into paying his $50 debt. Booze put a gun into Smothers' mouth and stated that the gun went of accidentally, shooting Smothers through the head.

Trial has been postponed for Tyrone Beane, who's accused of shooting and killing 25-year-old Taharka McCoy, among other things.

Skinny Suge is not, we repeat not, invloved with crime.

Brian Lynn McCarty Jr., 22, of Essex alledgedly punched and stabbed a guy in a fight over a girl on 26th street in Ocean City.

Ah, Howard County public schools. Teacher Fred Davis is accused of selling one of his students some wacky tabacky.

Did you ever wonder about those deaf guys who sell you trinkets in airports? Apparently they're slaves to the deaf Mexican mafia!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

May 31

From the State's Attorney's office:
In today's bail review at Wabash District Court, Judge Bass kept Brandon Johnson HWOB (held without bail). Johnson is scheduled for preliminary hearing on June 28, 2005 at Hargrove District Court.
Case Summary
On May 14, 2005, Brandon Johnson, B/M 19, allegedly shot and killed Duane Windell Froneberger, B/M 41. Froneberger was at the corner of Giles and Shelbanks when he was approached by Johnson and shot multiple times. Froneberger died at the scene. Both the victim and the defendant have lengthy criminal records.
The trial of Tyrone Beane, originally scheduled to begin today, has been postponed by joint request until August 8, 2005 before Judge John Glynn. The trial of Keith Jennings began today. The State is presenting its case this afternoon.

Monday, May 30, 2005

May 30

Baltimore's 103rd homicide victim was 78-year-old grandmother Sadie Mack, who was robbed and strangled Friday on the West side.

Another inmate is dead in the prison system.

Knifings, thrown rocks and vandalism in the blotter.

Looks like no one's going to be punished in the Noah Jamal Jones case.

Death row inmate Lawrence Borchard is going to get a new sentencing hearing.

And 12 years after the fact, the death of Quincy Knight has been ruled a homicide.

An eight-year-old who was abducted by one Malik Shabazz was found in Baltimore.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

May 29

Eight murders this week bring the year's total to 91. Anna Ditkoff reports that thus far, 13 of the victims have been female, and 60 have been black men over the age of 18.

Two women stabbed each other during a fight in Southwest Baltimore.

...and in related news, school officials report that catfights are on the rise.

And did you hear about this lady in Rockville who was randomly stabbing people with a homemade weapon at Nordstrom?

An informant who helped Baltimore's dirtiest cops (King and Murray) has been released.

I just discovered (via this story) that the FBI's Internet child porn team, named Innocent Images, is headquartered in our fair city. Here's another story about the division.

While violent crime is down just about everywhere in the country, it's on the rise in Dundalk.

In Cecil County, a man was found dead in the parking lot of Sweeney's Bar and Pub.

Fire hydrants, fishing tackle, silverware and gloves: all recently stolen items in Carroll County.

A bottle of wine, a set of tires and two Japanese maple trees: Anne Arundel County.

A tip jar and newspaper boxes in Annapolis.

In Parkville, a woman and her sons were robbed of handguns.

In Howard County, one Brian Scott Lewis who lives on Encounter Row is in the can for sexual offenses involving a 12- and a 14-year-old. Also, Walter J. Blannon was given life without with possibility of parole for robbing and murdering Jessup deli owner Kwang Jun Kim.