Friday, April 14, 2006

April 14

Two teenage boys were shot on Cardenas Avenue in East Baltimore. Both survived.

A 23-year-old man was shot Wednesday on the 1100 block of East Lanvale.

Loco Rodney Bethea tried to hang himself in the NE District Station, then hit an officer over the head with a halogen light bulb and held a woman hostage in an office with a pair of scissors.

Tavon Wilson, 21, got 16 years in prison for shaking his girlfriend's toddler to death.

Felon Jerome Henderson, 42, got 15 years for a gun charge.

Benz-driving Kawasaki owners pled guilty to immiglation ferony and money raundeling. They stole tips, too.

University of MD police: help us arrest this drunken, hooting hatboy.

William D. Chase, 49, is the new head of the FBI's Baltimore office.

A 15-year-old Aberdeen boy is in critical condition after a gang-related shooting.

What's up with the Sun's coverage today? It's, like, on 'roids all the sudden (this time steroids, not hemorrhoids).

Thursday, April 13, 2006

April 13

An as-yet-unnamed man is dead after a double shooting at 6:40 in Reservoir Hill. A woman was also wounded.

Dick Irwin especial: 371 words for the past seven days' murders:
Last Thursday: Curtis Mitchell, 19, was fatally shot to death.
Saturday: Darnell Butler, 24, was fatally shot in the NW.
Sunday: Homeless Julia Kimberly Boussari, 34, died of a stab wound to the chest; A woman was found suspiciously dead on Druid Hill Ave.
Tuesday: Charles Sparrow, 53, got a fatal chest-stab wound at a house on Glydon Avenue.
Police found the body of a woman who died of head injuries in a vacant home.
Wednesday: The body of a burned man was found inside a rowhome in West Baltimore.
And yesterday, three boys were shot in the Northwestern near Liberty Heights Avenue.

Devin Jamele Milbourne, 21, of Edgewood, was arrested for attempted murder in the shooting of 15-year-old Tyrone Orr in Aberdeen.

The Sun gives the police department's Kristen Mahoney a chance to respond to Jessamy's accusations that numbers prepared by the Police Department were an intentionally misleading attempt to discredit the office of the prosecutor. "'The information that Mrs. Jessamy provided yesterday added no value to the discussion,'" said Mahoney. (What discussion?)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

April 12

Ditkoff: eight murders last week and 72 for the year.

Judge Paul E. Alpert sentenced Emanuel Young, 27, today to a total of 80 years in prison. A city jury convicted Young March 22 of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and handgun counts. Judge Alpert sentenced Young to 30 years for the second-degree murder, 30 years for the attempted second-degree murder and 20 years for the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, with all the terms to run consecutively.

On April 13, 2003 Young murdered Marcus Gordon, 20, in the 3000 block of Oakley Avenue. A second victim was also wounded in that shooting.

The CJCC monthly meeting is today. The meeting is open to the public.

A second man pled guilty to bilking UMBC. Patrick R. Sisk, 49, admitted to grifting $137k of cash, goods and services via a construction-fraud scheme.

Creepy crap in the county: A painted-black effigy was found dangling from a bridge in Edgewater.

Clerk Frank Conaway asked if there were going to be any changes made in the way flex squads operate, because 60-some cases out of the Southwestern had to be dropped, adding, "I've never seen it this bad."
Marcus Brown replied, "the percentage of officers in flex squads is relatively small."
("Those flex squad officers were all skinheads who followed Ed Norris from New York," a judge opined to me later.)
Marcus Brown of the mayor's office reported that the FBI's Uniform Crime Report for 2005 was out and that overall crime is down 6.4 percent, violent crime 3.8 percent. He said that when the mayor referred to a 40-percent figure he was referring to since 1999.

Then it was Jessamy's turn, and she let loose. She said that in information released by the police and mayor about her office, only 140 of 500 cases had accurate information. The office handed out huge chunks of paper with details of hundreds of cases from what she called a "rouge database."

While Jessamy was pontificating a guy from the U.S. Attorney's Office was reading the paper with his back to Jessamy. How horribly rude, I thought. I found out later what the guy was reading was today's Daily Record story, ("Prosecutors clear the air before CJCC meeting") in which Glynn (the top judge of the city and chair of the meeting) was quoted as calling Jessamy a "liar" for claiming that prosecutors had "strongly objected" to the 90-day sentence of Amanda Johnson. Anyway, Jessamy was livid. "The rouge database is a direct attack, and that will not be tolerated, and if it happens again I'm out of here, because we're messing around on the citizens."

Glynn, himself, was still pig-biting mad. After the meeting I asked, "what's up with 90 days for Amanda Johnson?"
He said, "Do you even know the facts in the case?" The fact was, he said, Amanda Johnson was the girlfriend of Kenneth George, who was charged with attempted murder. Somehow George managed to get a plea deal in which he got probation in exchange for sniching on Amanda. So indeed, it's already not fair for the girlfriend to get time. "And nobody said a word, much less 'strongly objected,'" huffed Glynn. So indeed, how did Kenneth George plea himself down to probation?

Turns out it wasn't Amanda Johnson's boyfriend (Kenneth George) who got probation in exchange for snitching on Johnson, it was the boyfriend's friend Clyde Meadows. There are actually two Kenneth Georges, a Jr. and a Sr., Jr. is Amanda's boyfriend. Both Georges, father and son have been charged with attempted murder, but it's the boyfriend's dad, the senior, who is charged with intimidation. They both are clearly extremely intimidating and have been charged with more than 100 crimes since the early 80s, with charges related to everything from speeding to ripping of a jewelry store to attempted murder and robbery. Kenneth George senior is getting sentenced on the 24th, and Jr's attempted murder trial is supposed to start this week.

Clyde Calvin Meadows III, (the one born in 1979), was the first person charged under the state's new Witness Intimidation statute, and should and could have gotten 20 years, but he got three years of probation. His "rap sheet" lists 24 case numbers... burglarly, theft, attempted murder, robbing businesses, probation violations... how could any judge look at his record and let him roam free? Mind-boggling.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

April 11

News from afar: a prison radio station.

Jayne Miller: Though Baltimore's medical examiner ruled the death of 58-year-old James Royster a homicide and said his death caused by his aorta rupturing during an assault, and though a suspect had been indicted, the police department took the death out of the "homicide" category and changed the record to indicate that Royster instead died of "natural causes."

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Dana White, 51 of the 400 block of East 25th Street, for first-degree murder. On March 21 White got into an altercation with a neighbor, Lee Artis Tatum, 73, and stabbed him to death in the Brentwood Apartments building where they both lived.

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Corey McLeaurin, 29 of the 3400 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway, for armed robbery, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and other related charges. Court documents allege that on March 17, McLeaurin and another man robbed a man of $5,900 cash in the parking lot of the Village of Cross Keys shopping center. The victim shot and injured McLeaurin during the robbery. Another suspect was shot and killed, and the State's Attorney's Office is reviewing that fatal shooting. There has been no finding in that incident and the matter is considered still under investigation.

The murder trial of Mohammad Biglari (who is accused of killing his neighbor in Charles Village) which was scheduled April 6 and continued until April 10 for lack of courtroom availability, was continued again Monday. The defendant was not transported to court from the Detention Center; an interpreter was not available; and no courtroom was available. The State was ready to proceed to trial both days. The new trial date is 10:30 a.m. April 17 before Judge Kaye Allison, 451 Mitchell Courthouse.

Four years after the murder of Taharka McCoy, will Tyrone "Moochie" Beane face trial?

Shakia Watkins, 19, got four years for making fake calls to 911 to clog up the police system before the firebombing of Edna McAbier's house.

A body was found yesterday in Crownsville.

Police identified Saturday's murder victims as as Shelton Turner, 21, Noble Johnson, 26, and Andre Brantley, 21.. also a girl was abducted and raped on North Curley street.

Though both parties said in January that tougher penalties for sex offenders were a priority, the legislature couldn't agree on a bill.

Oprah: "We're standing in a city where the dropout rate is atrocious for young black males ... 76 percent. That should make you gasp." She was in town and raised $1.4 million for the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community school. She also paid a visit to Richard Sher, her former "People Are Talking" co-host and a friend of the school's dean.

Monday, April 10, 2006

April 10

A 21-year-old man was shot in the Southeast.

Tragic: after two months of not reporting a single word about his murder, the Sun realizes that Donte Bellamy was no typical victim but a boy of Baraka.

The body of seven-year-old Edward Blue was found in the water off the pier at Lynch Cove in Dundalk.

Did you know? According to Steve from Catonsville, because of "extremely loose" zoning regulations, Maryland has 13 establishments that "facilitate the swinging lifestyle."

City judges Glynn and Keith Mathews blasted city police for routinely not returning signed search and seizure warrants, a "sloppy and unprofessional approach to police business" that jeapordizes cases. Speaking of business, should the police really be spending time helping people find jobs*? Don't we already have any other agencies, clubs, churches and nonprofits, YMCAs, Dan Rodericks, the Police Athletic League or librarians for that?

S+M-womanMaryland also has one 46-year-old woman, Valerie Fletcher, who pled guilty to prostiution to protect her clients, including Charles R. Boutin. boutinMaintining client dignity and protecting privacy is the capstone of the companionship business, after all. "I am deeply mortified for the man that he was portrayed this way," Fletcher was quoted as saying in the Sun, adding, "he sought me out because I offer role play and domination."
Oh well, all PSC members are about to be fired anyway... and not in a pyrosophical way.

Sucks to be Phillips: sixteen tons of Indonesian crabmeat was seized by U.S. Marshalls following allegations of improper storarge.

*The first Examiner link. Those are some short articles.

Sunday, April 9, 2006

April 9

In Worcester County, after a car chase a man was arrested for killing a couple and two of their grandchildren.

City police officer Che Jackson, 24, was arrested for stealing tire rims from a seized Cadillac.

Perv news:
A QA County middle school gym teacher, 26-year-old Christopher Tribbett, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl that began when she was 12 years old.

Dateline NBC is under fire by the Wash. Post for paying the civilian watchdog group Perverted Justice. The group did three shows that attracted some 24 million viewers, by the fourth show they negotiated to be paid a paltry $100k for their work. Three members of the group were also deputized so the arrests would meet local legal requirements, and the series has generated accusations of news-manufacturing. Whatever.