Saturday, September 10, 2005

September 10

Javon Clark claimed yesterday that he was held hostage by his friend and forced to rob William Bassett.

Why are Baltimore County's police dogs getting sick?

Friday, September 9, 2005

September 9

A Baltimore City jury returned guilty verdicts against Antonio Williamson, 16, of Mello Court, Percy Johnson, 17, of Southeast Avenue, and Sean Howard, 17, of East Fayette Street in connection to the October 21, 2004 shooting of two teenagers in front of Thurgood Marshall High School. The jury heard testimony for two weeks and deliberated two days for reaching its verdicts. Williamson was convicted of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. He faces a maximum total prison term of 25 years. Johnson was convicted of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and two handgun counts. He faces a maximum total prison term of 53-years. Howard was convicted of reckless endangerment, first-degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and two handgun counts. He faces a maximum total prison term of 58 years. Williamson, Johnson and Howard shot two teenagers on October 21, 2004 in front of Thurgood Marshall High School at 5700 Moravia Drive. The defendants remain held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 20.

The trial of Joseph DiAngelo, 51, of the 100 block of Wells Avenue, was scheduled to begin at 9:30 this morning. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted DiAngelo April 5 for first-degree assault, witness intimidation and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. Court documents allege DiAngelo hired two individuals to conduct a home invasion/assault on a witness in a pending assault case. The hired individuals entered the home armed with table legs to assault the victim/witness. The home occupants killed one of the individuals. The other individual, William Morton, is facing assault and burglary charges.

The child abuse trial of Darryll Purefoy, 34, of Liberty Road, Randallstown, was scheduled to begin this morning, but was postponed for the FOURTH time, this time because no courtrooms were available. Tthe trial date was originally set for March 8, but the defense attorney was in another trial. Then it was postponed to March 25 by State request. Then the defense requested a postponement until today. And today no courts were available. A Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Purefoy December 6, 2004 on more than 100 counts of sexual child abuse and related other counts. Court documents allege Purefoy had sexual contact with a minor female between the years of 1995 and 2000. At least said perv is in jail right now, but that poor victim and the witnesses must be, like, so pissed, if they haven't moved out of state by now.

So that's why my neighbor said "I gotsta get me down the bus stop"! Transit police and federal agents have made 23 arrests of people selling prescription drugs* at transit stations.

*excuse my naivete... what are they selling? Oxycontin?

Thursday, September 8, 2005

September 8

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Clifton Gee, 46, of the 6700 block of Shaken Wood Road, for first-degree murder today in connection with a homicide that occurred more than 11 years ago. Court documents allege Gee stabbed to death Queen Esther Watson, 29, on May 14, 1994 in her home in the 200 block of South Bethel Street. Gee was linked to this murder by DNA testing conducted by the Baltimore City Police Lab and the Maryland State Police Lab in February 2005. He is currently being held by the Division of Correction where he is serving a five-year prison sentence in an unrelated case. An arraignment is scheduled for October 12.

Opening statements today in the case of 18-year-old Javon Clark, accused of helping murder William Bassett in the Towsontowne mall parking garage.

Police have located dozens of sex offenders who've moved to Maryland from out of state and not registered with local authorities.

Local prisons have become donation collection points for Katrina victims.

A Reston man who traveled to Frederick to meet two 14-year-old "girls" had his conviction overturned on account that the girls were cops.

Someone broke into Lt. Governor Michael Steele's Chevy Suburban and took four cell phones.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

September 7

In the murder ink a shooting and Baltimore's third older black woman to be asphyxiated in her home.

The shooting death of Earl Tillman has inspired anti-police tee shirts.

A Woodlawn man stabbed his wife and cut himself.

A murder suspect, James Davis, 16, was spotted by police but evaded capture.

Momoh Abu Conteh, Treasurer to city councilwoman Paula Johnson Branch, was arrested and charged with theft, embezzling and perjury.

BoCo councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley got probation for driving drunk in a county-owned vehicle.

In AA County a policewoman was dragged 45 feet by a car driven by Tony Joseph Wieland of Jessup, a suspect attempting to flee. Wieland was arrested after a brief car chase.

A fuel-delivery driver is accused of stealing gas from the state highway administration.

Monday, September 5, 2005

September 5

Funding for drug treatment has fallen off by more than 10 percent in the past two years due to a decrease in federal funds and private grants. "Ehrlich has pushed for more rehabilitation in prisons and announced last month a new initiative to spur private funding of drug prevention and treatment. But his support for treatment has not been reflected in his state budgets, advocates say."

In Towson, 25-year-old Melvin Dashiel Greene was shot after a fight in a parking lot.

In Millersville, 17-year-old Kevin Michael Weingart was stabbed to death in the parking lot of Marley Station Mall. A 16-year-old was arrested and charged.

In Columbia, 20-year-old Eric McGhee was found lying face-down, beaten and stabbed to death.

In Pittsburgh, Andre Staton, 38, of Baltimore, was ordered to stand trial for murder after an 11-year-old testified watching him stab 26-year-old Beverly K. Yohn to death.

Edward Grunell Howard Jr., 38, was shot to death in Severn.

The death of an inmate at the Howard County Jail is being investigated.

Burglary, assault and a break-in at Killer Trash in the blotter.