Saturday, October 15, 2005

October 15

A passenger and driver were shot then crashed yesterday morning in the 3300 block of Frederick Avenue.

In the Annapolis Area, Delbert Maurice Owens stabbed his estranged wife, Andterri Ora Thompson, and himself in front of their 11-year-old son. Both adults were flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

See your tax dollars at work and scare the kids straight from 9 a.m. to noon today at a free tour of Baltimore County's new jail at Kenilworth and Bosley!

How did Gilbert Sapperstein, who pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy, bribery and theft in connection with a scheme to defraud the city school system of $3.3 million, get his jail time cut in half?

Neighbors in the York Road corridor have started a crime watch listserv. Also in the Messenger, stolen mopeds, CDs and wallets.

In White Marsh an officer is on routine administrative leave after shooting a gun-toting car thief from Essex in the elbow.

Friday, October 14, 2005

October 14

A 21-year-old former football player, Brandon Cherry, was shot dead as he resisted getting mugged near the Northwood shopping center.

A Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Ronald McClary, 59, of West Pratt Street in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Eartha McClary, 44. Court documents allege that on September 20 Ronald McClary shot his wife in front of their home. McClary is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. An arraignment is scheduled for November 8 before Judge Lynn Stewart.

The murder trial of Cedric Stancil, 30, is scheduled to begin 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 17 before Judge Eward Hargadon. The BCity Grand Jury indicted Stancil March 1, 2004, for the July 9, 2003 shooting death of Edwin Boyd, 17, in the 2300 Block of E. Oliver Street. Stancil was also indicted for conspiracy to murder and felony narcotics charges.

The murder trial of Tavon Blackstone, 25, Eric Kendall Colclough, 29,and Brandon Hall, 18, and William Younger Woodland, 25, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday before Judge Edward Hargadon. The Baltimore Grand Jury indicted all four men April 7 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.

In the blotter, the woman shot in her home near Rogers avenue was identified as 39-year-old Sandy Crawford. A man shot in Leakin Park (first I've heard of the incident) was identified as Stephen Robinson, 55. No word if his soul will be wandering in purgatory in time for the haunted hike.yvette cade
The judge who dismissed Yvette Cade's proective order has been removed from domestic violence cases by the court's chief administrative judge, Thurman Rhodes.

More insanity in PG County (I try to just focus on BCity, but on the other hand it's kind of hard to ignore an entire county falling into violent anarchy): Keith Ingaharra of Clinton, was shot about four times with a handgun Wednesday after arguing with Alfred Evans, 39 during a road rage incident.

Case to watch: the second time, Easton police have arrested a woman for giving birth to a crack baby. Stephanie Robbins, 24, is being held on $25,000 bail for child abuse, reckless endangerment and drug possession.

... other recent ACLU project: complaining about the Christian comedy show "Attitude Check: A Pizza Blast with Rick and Mick." (Would Katie O'Malley Simpson be Martin's sister?)

In Elkton, police are seeking Thomas Johnson, 41, a convict who escaped through a prison laundry vent.

Trial starts today for Randallstownian Daniel Baldwin, accused of securities fraud in the case.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

October 13

We're up to 209 murders, the majority of this week's unreported until Ditkoff found them. Glad to hear there's been an arrest in the murder of Abdul-Bari Muhammad, the 17-year-old shot in the parking lot of Mondawmin Mall. The arrestee is 18.

Think we've got it bad? Well, we do, but in PG County, murder is up 18 percent, carjackings are up 55 percent and robberies are up 34 percent from last year.

And more horrors from PG county: Yvette Cade, the woman whose soon-to-be ex-husband set her on fire, just weeks ago pled with judge Richard Palumbo not to dismiss a protective order she taken out against Hargrove filed in July, to no avail.

Oswald Victor Voigt, 48, pled not guilty this morning for first-degree murder in connection with the death of Robin Hoey, 36. A Baltimore Grand Jury indicted Voigt on September 9. Court documents allege on August 9 police officers found the body of Robin Hoey inside a safe. The Medical Examiner concluded that Hoey died as a result of asphyxiation and ruled it a homicide. Voigt confessed the murder to investigators.

In Dundalk, 23-year-old Sarah Glover got 15 years in prison for paying 18-year-old Kevin Martin to beat up Joseph Salisbury, an ex-bf who kicked her out for drug use. Martin got 30 years.

Marco Silver, 36, was shot in the head in a Towson apartment.

David Braxton, charged with witness intimidation, failed to appear for his scheduled arraignment today. Judge Lynn Stewart issued a warrant for his arrest. Braxton had previously posted $50,000 bail.

A 20-year-old was stabbed in the forehead then wandered into an elementary school in Randallstown.

A Glen Burnie man, Dexter Bert Tyson, 31, is facing life without parole in Federal prison on drug and weapons charges.

Jessamy and Glenn laid into the parole commission, saying their methods are "impossible to sort out" and "arcane and mysterious, beyond all understanding." Hey bitchin, there also appears to be no password needed get into the law digest, either! Thanks Raymond, way to keep the little rag relevant.

And it's arrest-o-rama in the blotter. Police say that they made a record number of arrests in July and August.

A 21-year-old "dad," Paul James Jr., has been arrested for making the bomb that the 17-month-old drank while in grandma's care.

Oh, you wacky addicts, stealing lightpoles. And speaking of HotSpots, where's the scrap metal yard that would buy a city lightpole, no questions asked? I agree with you, 'non-- HotSpots are stupid. First the gun buyback and now this, what's with the City resurrecting techniques that are proven failures? How about a little window-fixing action for a change?

Chuck makes a point: only in Baltimore could a 35-year-old woman be beaten to death in her home with shovels and only get a single, passing mention in the local media.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

October 12

No suspects, no motive in the shooting death of a woman in the Northeastern.

Jerrod Bernard Byers, 22, was shot three times near North Avenue and died about two hours later at Shock Trauma.

Coyotes were thwarted by a cell phone with a GPS chip when they tried to abduct 22-year-old Hugo Umana.

Got a smack habit to the nth degree? While you wait for a bed to free, do tai chi and drink chai tea at the city's Threshold to Recovery! Meanwhile, the County has been forced to suck it up, pay $20K and allow a methadone clinic to open in Pikesville.

The city's going after intimidators: An arraignment hearing is scheduled for 9:30 tomorrow morning for David Braxton, 24. Court documents allege that on March 14, 2005 Braxton did threaten and harass two witnesses in a shooting investigation.

"No bail" status for Roger Hargraves, accused of setting his wife on fire.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

October 11

Osborne Robinson, Jr., 59, of E. 33rd Street, is scheduled for arraignment at 9:30 tomorrow morning before Judge Lynn K. Stewart for manslaughter in connection with the death of James Royster, 58. A Baltimore Grand Jury indicted Robinson on August 30. Court documents allege on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 Royster was sitting on his front steps in the 1800 block of North Bond Street when he was approached by Robinson. Words were exchanged between the two men which led to an altercation. Afterward, Royster was in severe pain and transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he fell into a coma. Royster remained in a coma and on life support until his family decided to remove him from life support on July 14, 2005. Robinson is currently released on a $50,000 bail.

Jessamy announced today that a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Charles Benedict Knott Sr. 51, of the 1300 block of Clipper Heights Avenue in connection with the death of James Garrett, 56. Court documents allege that on September 16, 2005 in the 1100 block of West 36th Street Charles Knott and James Garrett got into an altercation which resulted in Knott striking Garrett several times with a cane about the head. Garrett was transported to Union Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries. Knott is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

What the ?! In Clinton a man went into the T-Mobile store where his wife worked, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.

A 15-year-old was arrested for carjacking a woman in the parking lot of a shopping center in Towson.

How to Get Robbed:

  • If you hear a knock on the door and you don't know who it is, find out by opening the door.

  • Walk around the city in flip-flops and a baseball hat, by yourself, drunk, late at night

  • If someone starts talking to you on the street, stop imemdiately and pay attention to what he's saying! He needs a cigarette? You bet! What time is it? Better stop and check the watch! Your car's broken down over there? Tell me more!

  • Leave your iPod on the seat of your car

  • Park your SUV at a Towson mall, and gas it up at discount urban filling stations late at night.

  • Leave any doors, gates or windows unlocked, don't buy curtains and put a camcorder on the coffee table.

The murder trial of Martin Morgan, originally scheduled to begin today, has been postponed at the request of the State until January 30, 2006.

William Nicholson pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Judge Roger W. Brown scheduled a sentencing date of January 9, 2006.

Good reading from the archives: Sun's "Cases crumble, killers go free: Police blunders in homicides leave city's 'lifestyle of death' unchecked". Good pie graph action.

Monday, October 10, 2005

October 10

There is a plan, and it has a name! O'Malley announced a $3 million expansion of the HotSpots initiative.

Marine Major Michael J. Brown is in Baltimore County Jail facing kidnapping charges for the the alleged kidnapping of Lu Jin, 18. Brown was arrested in Okinawa last year and convicted of attempting an indecent act and destruction of property. The case made headlines in Japan when the military refused to hand him over to local authorities.

Two murder victims have been identified: Davon Jackson, 22, was found shot on N. Chester street in the Northeastern. Garette Saunders, 27, of Gaithersburg was the man shot in the Hummer with Texas plates. And Edgewater murder/suicide victims have identified as Kenneth Brian Kertesz, who died, and William Augustus Snow Jr., who survived. The murderer/suicide was named as 30 year-old Michael Wayne Baxter Jr.

Police arrested a suspect who plowed his car into a 53-year-old female pedestrian and attempted to flee the scene.

A man stabbed his wife and then himself in Annapolis.

Courts will not be in session due to Native-American Holocaust Remembrance Day. In honor, garbage and recycling will pile at the curb.

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Sunday, October 9, 2005

October 9

A success story: Chiacgo's CeaseFire program may have played a part in the city's amazing murder-rate drop. Reports the founder of the program, the number of killings has been cut nearly in half in CeaseFire zones since outreach workers hit the first neighborhood in 2000. (Login, password 123456)

A vigil in Dundalk was held to commemorate the 70 Marylanders who lost their lives to domestic violence last year. If that number is accurate, then that's 1 out of 4 for 2004. Hey, did you know in 2003 Maryland was just behind Louisiana in the homicide rate? After Katrina are we first now?

A hit-and-run driver killed Lamont Kennedy, 28. Also, Kendall Charles Alexander Sr., 41, wanted for killing an officer and robbing a bank, was arrested on Rolling Road.

Three correctional officers entered "not guilty" pleas for the beating death of Raymond K. Smoot, 51.

Loved ones are holding a vigil in Frederick for an 18-year-old who was holding an air gun when he was shot to death by police.

Ew, perverts! A roving man broke into a student's room near U of MD in College Park, laid on top of her and fondled her while she was sleeping in bed.

The 4th circuit court of appeals will hear The Sun v. Ehrlich.

Some guy named Doug Duncan is apparently also running for governor.

Bored at work? Channel 13's web site reveals fascinating details about its orange-cheeked anchors, such as that Mary Bubala is a short Libra, and Kai Jackson's favorite band is Earth, Wind & Fire. Marty Bass enjoys pork sandwiches and thinks that math is hard. Ooh, baby, I just want to get in your head! And Mike Schuh's favorite interview? "anyone who connect with the audience" over Spicy Ho Fun. Hey I have an idea-- how about sending the crack reporters who reported on the reporters to whip up half as much of a report on murder victims and the not-so-fun hos? Or a story about how the state of education is so bad, JZ can't find Mike a copy editor? They all suck but you, Mary Bubala-- that gal can intonate the hell out of a 'prompter feed, and I think she might be smart, too. Maybe she can talk to her Chicago people and come up with that hard-hitting Emmy report on what CeaseFire could do. Richard, introduce her your connections and retire already. How weird that Bob Turk is the only one from Maryland!

The "Stop Snitchin" shirt has hit the NYT magazine. Unshockingly the majority of sales are to suburban kids. Laments a designer, "it's almost like they don't know what it means."