Saturday, June 11, 2005

June 11

A 21-year-old correctional officer, Sherman Lawrence, has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after helping two inmates stab Ronald Scott, 26. And on May 11 and eight officers will be fired for the May 14 killing of Raymond K. Smoot. Notes Senator Verna L. Jones, "The secretary [Mary Ann Saar of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services] and her subordinates, they say everything is going fine, and I'm just not convinced."

Kidnapped by her "boyfriend" Jose Machuca Del Cid, Kelley Lazo of Glen Burnie was saved by sending text messages to her family from her cell phone. She was finally rescued in Long Island!

Fires, a stolen bracelet, a shot 19-year-old, a motorcycle crash and other assorted crimes and misfortunes in the Annapolis police blotter.

Funeral will be tomorrow for Patrick Welsh.

Friday, June 10, 2005

June 10

samuelMore on Samuel Richardson (with his nephew, left) from officer Harris of the Baltimore Police office of Public Affairs: Richardson was 30, birthdate 6/29/74, who lived in the 2600 block of Hampden Avenue. He and his girlfriend were both employees of the Rendez-Vous and were closing up the bar on Thursday June 2 when he was shot multiple times. The shooting was not a robbery-- Richardson was definately the intended target. The girlfriend was not hurt. There have been no arrests made in the case.

gainesJermaine Gaines, 32, left, is facing gun charges related the fatal shooting last year of Officer Brian Winder, and police are protesting Circuit Judge Allen Schwait's ruling that they won't be allowed to attend the trial in uniform as spectators.

A former Coppin State student, Rodman Durham, has been convicted of murdering three bar employees in Washington.

Relatives of 22-year-old Thomas Martin, shot by a transit cop last year, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city. Says Fox, "Martin was shot and killed last July in the parking lot of a convenience store in east Baltimore. He was a passenger in a car whose driver, according to police, tried to run over a mother and child after a five-mile car chase."

In Rockville, former U.S. Marshall Arthur Lloyd has been convicted of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and handgun charges in the death of Navy Seaman Ryan Stowers.

In Towson, 41-year-old Web Designer (and former owner of Atomic Books) Scott Huffines scott huffinespleaded guilty Tuesday to misuse of electronic mail. Reports channel 2, "He admitted entering his supervisor's e-mail address on Web sites without her knowledge last year -- hoping she'd be irritated by a flood of spam messages from dating services and other sites." The story has hit the AP Wire (!) Says the Ap story, "the case was unusual because Huffines didn't send the e-mails himself, but arranged to have them sent. An advocacy group says it's the first time a 'spamming by proxy' case has be been prosecuted."

In more frivolous news, a family may sue McDonough for witholding their son's diploma because he wore a bolo tie to graduation.

Thursday, June 9, 2005

June 9

An arraignment for Tavon Blackstone, 25, of Glade Court, Eric Kendall Colclough, 29, of Huron Street, Brandon Hall, 18, of Puget Street, and William Younger Woodland, 25, of Hollinsferry Road is scheduled for 9:30 tomorrow morning before Judge Wanda Keyes Heard at the Courthouse East at 111 North Calvert Street. The Baltimore Grand Jury indicted all four men earlier this year for first-degree murder. Court documents allege that Blackstone, Colclough, Hall and Woodland conspired to murder Lawrence Fields, Jr., 17. Fields was shot inside a residence located in the 2600 block of Huron Street.

Euuuuu! Workers at the 100-year-old Clarence Mitchell Courthouse say that rodent droppings, garbage and dripping mystery soot in the courthouse building are so nasty it's making them sick! Are city officials passing the buck on whose responsibility it is to deal with? Let's start the clock to see what politician makes the first statement. My money's on Peter L. Beilenson. And isn't it ironic that it's the Clarence Mitchell courthouse... wasn't his big thing being against Federal-employee discrimiation ? And aren't the courthouse workers like 90 percent black? Maybe they should stage a walkout and let the judges and "plaintiffs" sort it out. Between that and the city jail, things down there are worse than the '70s IMO.

More yuck: says the State's Attorney's office (in their funny little style):
At a hearing today, Dwayne Raysor, 31, of the 2000 block of E. Lafayette Avenue, pled guilty to second-degree rape. Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced Raysor to 30-years in prison, suspending all but seven-years and five-years probation, and ordered him to have no contact with the victim, to have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and to register on the Maryland sex offender registry. Raysor had consensual sexual intercourse with a 12-year old girl in December 2004.

A disturbing story about a naked 20-year-old man, Donald E. Coates, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Glen Burnie.

At a hearing today, Judge Paul A. Smith sentenced Justin Saul Jones, 29, of Bel Air, MD to 10 years in prison, suspend all but four years. Jones pled guilty to vehicular manslaughter April 26. Under terms of the plea agreement, four years in prison was the maximum sentence Jones could have received. 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 hit the back of the vehicle that Brown was a back seat passenger in. The impact of this wreck caused Brown's vehicle to go off the road and flip over twice. The impact of this rear end collision also pushed in the trunk into the passenger compartment causing Brown's death.

An article about California's Corcoran State Prison Protective Housing Unit. And there'll always be pot in Noe Valley, says the Green Cross Dispensary.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

June 8

It's Wednesday, Murder Ink day. For the week of May 28 to June 4 there were eight murders, two woman and six men, all of African-Americans, bringing this year's murder total to 110.

Five people were shot in two different incidents last night. At around 8:30 p.m., two men were shot in the 2700 block of Tivoli Avenue (I can't find "Tivoli" on the map, but there's a "Tivoly" avenue east of Loch Raven Boulevard by Clifton Park). They went to Johns Hopkins with serious injuries and are still alive as far as the Internet knows. Then, just after 11:30 p.m., three men were shot in north Baltimore in the 3800 block of Roland View Avenue, which is north of Druid Hill Park between Park Heights and Greenspring. One was pronounced dead and two were taken to Sinai.

pwelshSad end to a sad story: the body of 22-year-old Patrick Welsh of Sykesville, left, was found floating in the Hudson.

The Canela/Espinoza child-murder trial may be dealyed because an attorney has a "malady." Here's a more in-depth story about the case.

Police report: Drunk-as-a-skunk Councilman Moxley swore, laughed and wandered into the road after swerving onto the shoulder and smashing into the SUV of David Rash of Frederick. Rash is one lucky mf: he was changing his tire and could have been roadkill on the Councilman's fender, but he must have been taking a schvitz: he just "felt a breeze and heard his car being struck".

Thirty-seven-year-old Kenneth A Waterstadt of Delaware is being held in Maryland on charges that he bought a plane ticket for a 15-year-old girl so she could come visit a motel room in Joppa. Poor thing, her mother is dying of ovarian cancer.

In crime-plauged PG county, 29-year-old Donald Virgle Spriggs was shot to death during an arguement. And speaking of PGC, lawyers for Wesley Jean Baker argued before the court of appeals that he would not gotten a death sentence had his victims been black. He shot 49-year-old Jane Tyson at Westview mall during a robbery that netted him $10.

Question from CL: "If someone put a non-alcoholic drink in a beer can and was driving around drinking it, does that qualify for an open container and lead to arrest?" Beats me... anyone?

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

June 7

Danielle Annette Hamrick, a 19-month-old tot, has been kidnapped by her dad. Says the story, "Daniel Hamrick is described as a white male, 5'10", 210 lbs. He has short brown hair, blue eyes and tattoos on his left forearm. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. Hamrick was operating a gold 2000 Pontiac Montana Van with Maryland Temporary Plate: 87504P. Mr. Hamrick is known to frequent Annapolis City and the Jessup area of Howard County. Danielle Hamrick is a white female, 19 months old, 28" tall, 27 lbs. She has shoulder-length red curly hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a yellow baby outfit with Cookie Monster on front."

The gun buyback program has come to a mysteriously swift end.

A federal grand jury indicted Taki Hughes on four counts of possessing a gun and using it to try to kill ATF Special Agent Gabriel Scott Mamock and city Detective James Bradley while they were working together as part of the city's Violent Crime Impact Team (ironic!).

Disheartening stat of the day: while violent crime was down just about everywhere in America in '04, the FBI says it was up 4.2 percent in Baltimore. The news from PG county is similarly dismal, with the murder rate up 30 percent.

A 13-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 15-year old were shot yesterday by a gunman firing in an alley . Also, the Shell atation on West Coldsping was robbed.

So there was a catch to the largesse the Mayor bestowed on Jessamy... her office has to submit to an audit!

..and note 21-year-old Ellicott City native Kristin Mitchell was stabbed by her boyfriend, Brian Landau, in Conshohocken, Pa.

Nathaniel Broadway, 25, rejected a plea deal from prosecutors that would have probably meant 30-year prison terms for himself and Sierra Swann, 18. The pair are charged with first-degree murder in the May 11, 2004, deaths of Emonney and Emunnea Broadway.

In the White Marsh area, Atlantan Zenon Mariano was charged with stabbing three people on Saturday in a fight over a girl, or maybe a bus lavatory. I don't know, I'm too tired to read the whole thing.

BoCo County Councilman Moxley is apologizing for his drunken driving arrest after a crashin a county-owned vehicle Saturday morning on the Baltimore Beltway near Woodlawn. Hic!

Raven and cocaine-deal-setter-upper Jamal Lewis will remain in a halfway house in Atlanta. And Terrell Suggs is waiting for his felony assault trialto begin in Arizona.

In Bethesda, cops were thwarted when they tried to bust a teen party where nobody was drinking.

A mom in Thurmont could get as much as five years for leaving kids in a hot Volvo.