Thursday, September 28, 2006

September 28

A juvenile transfer hearing for David James Marshall, 14, is scheduled for 9:30 tomorrow morning before Judge David Ross. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Marshall May 5 for first-degree murder, two counts of robbery deadly weapon and four counts of kidnapping. Court documents allege that on April 20 at 1404 Kuper Street, Marshall and a co-defendant broke into the house, announced a robbery, and shot and killed an occupant of the home, Robert Atkinson, 47. Marshall remains held without bail in the Baltimore City Detention Center.

What the?! Neighbors thought Janice Letmate, 67, died of a heart attack, but "an autopsy found" she'd been shot in the head (#@202-215).

Former prison officer Jamile Boles saw Smoot stomping, points passionately at prison guards.

Asians Challenging Stereotypes Dept.
Mom testified against Jason Chen, 21, who admitted he stabbed dad to death. (and Tyrese E. Simmons was found dead in Hyattsville.)

Death of a Glen Burnie dentist Albert Woonho Ro is being considered homicide.

eugene kongPolice have arrested a Towson math tutor, Eugene Kong (left), for sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy.

Family of Bernadette Caruso, murdered 20 years ago (probably by her ex-husband) want justice.

February of '04 I wrote: "Horrifyingly depressing story of the week: A transgendered inmate, Dee Harmer, whose rape behind bars led to a new liability standard for prison officials is now blind and bedridden and has been sent home to die of AIDS." This week, Deirdre Harmer/Dee Farmer has been charged with faking his own death.

Rodricks: drug addiction is the root of 80 percent of crime and treatment works. Why don't we use it?

A new Ehrlich ad attacks the BPD arrest practices.

Little Italy residents: shut-a the fuck up-a, Velleggia's!

Cook them chops through: One hundred quarintined pigs have disappeared from a Carroll Co farm.

Media news: Dan Ostrovsky has left the Daily Record and is going to Miami. Do svidanya, Danielsinka!


John Galt said...

Response to Rodricks:

Is it perhaps true that 80% of criminals are addicts? Yes.

Is it equally true that if the 80% went on and stayed on the program that crime would be nonexistent or even very, very low? No.

Is it true that if most of the 80% went on the program, that they would stay on the program? No.

What is true is that some, a smallish percentage, of the 80% are ready, willing and able to either kick the habit or at least kick it for a considerable period of time. These should be helped as much as public resources can facilitate. I support that for high potential candidates. As for the ones who fall off the wagon monthly, don't waste your breath.

Anonymous said...

Now that Little Italy is tainted, there is absolutely no reason to venture into Balto. City. Unless of course, you have a death wish.

Anonymous said...

man, knowing this blog i'm gonna get a lot of flack for saying this, but you're a retard, anonymous, and i don't want you to come into my city anyway.

John Galt said...

When did Little Italy become tainted, and with what?

Do I have it, and is there a shot for it?

Oh, I don't minimize the deficiencies of the very, very deficient city. I'd just like to know which defect we're talking about?

Maurice Bradbury said...

yeah, I'm with you, non #2. No actual Baltimoreans eat at Little Italy unless they're working in the kitchen.

HoCoJoe said...


But I have to agree with Rodricks in that the money spent treating (or trying to treat) the addiction has a smaller monitary cost and an bigger pay back than incarceration. Take the small possesion, and public drug intoxication arrests and put them in lockdown treatment. Anyone doing other crimes to support the habit are too far down the road for just treatment.

Start breaking the cycle at that point and in a few years you have less crime, because you have fewer hard core addicts going on sprees trying for a fix.

HoCoJoe said...

I just hope Little Italy dosen't go as far down the path of torist trap as corned beef row. Once it was no longer authentic, Corned beef row dried up to the point of only one decent place on a run down street.

Anonymous said...

Dried-up corned beef. Nice image.

John Galt said...

Lock-down treatment I can get with. Mostly, District Court sentences offenders to out-patient programs. I'm not too keen on this, because they're using up a perfectly good treatment slot with no intention of quitting, just of placating a judge for X months until they're off supervision.

Anonymous said...

I have a hard time frowning on Ms Dee Farmer.

TG folks have it real rough.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong with Little Italy.

You people are forgetting that it survived (and prospered) being directly adjacent to one of the most problematic public housing tracts in the city. Many other neighborhoods would have been crushed by that.

John Galt said...

Farmer is an unrepentant hoodlum. Hoodlette. Whatever. He/she needs to go back into the system and this time, stay there without merciful intervention.

Maurice Bradbury said...

I like Amicci's tomato salad.