Saturday, May 6, 2006

May 6

One person was murdered last night in Overlea. Two suspects were arrested after speeding away from the scene and crashing into parked cars.

A hit-and-run in Elkridge left a 58-year-old bicyclist dead.

The woman whose body was found along I-70 in Frederick County has been identified as 24-year-old Dusty Shuck of Silver City, NM. She died from head trauma and a slashed throat.

A 14-year-old girl was electrocuted when she leaned against a fence in Druid Hill Park during a softball game. BGE claims their equipment wasn't involved and it wasn't their fault.

On Thursday evening at 5:00, a 19-year-old woman was raped as she was walking in Columbia.

After being attacked by a group of teenagers outside his house, Gregory Kane contemplates the juvenile murderers behind the deaths of Bryant Jones, Jerrod Hamlett, Jennifer Morelock and Jason Woycio.

A quiet day in the Blotter with only one person getting shot. (Oh, and a quick observation about yesterday's Blotter: A woman was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after she was shot Monday morning by a man she knows. The woman was walking in the 400 block of N. Broadway about 9 a.m. when the man began to chase her. During the pursuit, he fired several shots, hitting the woman once in the left shoulder. This puts the shooting somewhere between the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins (401 N. Broadway) and the creatively named "500 Broadway" building at Johns Hopkins. I wonder how much news coverage this shooting would have received if one of those "several shots" hit someone besides the intended target.)

On Friday morning, a white man in his 20s attempted to carjack a woman in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart by the Arundel Mills mall.

The BPD is eating itself from the inside out: One of the accused officers in the Southwestern's Flex Squad was secretly working for Internal Affairs, and is now part of a lawsuit against other officers.

A case against two BPD officers for assaulting a man and two women in Federal Hill was dismissed because prosecutors didn't follow the proper procedures. The victim is "mad as hell."

The new jail in Baltimore County opened yesterday.

Another addition to the department of screwed up web sites: the city government has added fuel to the BGE fire by creating a site that incorrectly calculates your new electric bill rates. BGE claims their equipment wasn't involved and it wasn't their fault.

Friday, May 5, 2006

May 5

Baltimore police have been touting the new Web site, but all but the header/ticker is blank on my browser (Safari). Can anyone else see it?

PGC police closed four homicide cases this week.

WMAR's Keith Mills got nine months' house arrest for stealing prescription drugs from his neighbor who was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Officer Jemini Jones, 28, of the Southwestern District for second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and misconduct in office. Court documents allege on October 24, 2005 Officer Jones executed a search and seizure warrant at the home of the alleged victim. Jones informed her that she would have to engage in various sexual activities in order to avoid arrest. An arraignment date has not been scheduled. This is a different incident than the one in December in which Jones is accused of raping a woman at the station house.

Kenneth Oakley, 41, was shot in his home in East Baltimore by a man who was chasing him.

Three non-fatal shootings in the blotter, and Shaheed Boyd was identified as the man fatally shot on Elderon Avenue last Saturday.

Alleged murderer/arsonist Daniel Murray's motive? He ws "teased." Murray was arrested after confessing to a co-worker.

Grody. Burnt human remains were found in Charles County.

Former Homeland-Security flak Brian Doyle of Silver Spring is out on bail after being accused of sending pornographic messages and films to (someone he thought was) a 14-year-old girl.

There's a hot new drug on the streets, says the DEA: a mixture of cold medicine and heroin that's being called "cheese."

James Wright, 32, got 20 years for selling crack.

oraclThe trial of Kenneth "O?r$a(i?)cl$" Ellis was postponed until May 23, 2006.

The FTC has sued five Internet companies, including Baltimore-based Information Search Inc., for selling consumers' cell-phone records.

Thursday, May 4, 2006

May 4

Baltimorean Cindi Rush, 20, has been arrested and charged for the murder of Waldorf restaurant owner Patricia Caniglia.

A Virginia man was arrested for stabbing of 19-year-old William Green III to death in Baltimore County last October.

The second-degree assault trial of police officers Jack Odom, Jr. and Michael Brassell is scheduled to begin at 2 tomorrow afternoon in Hargrove District Court, room 2. Second-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

In Curtis Bay, police shot fleeing suspect Scott Fischer.

Memphis anchorman Ron Meroney, 69, was arrested and charged with child abuse and rape for an incident that happened in Baltimore County more than 30 years ago.

Dundalk murder mom Denise Lechner got 30 years for child abuse resulting in the death of her 3-year-old son, Roy. Another son, Donald, had died mysteriously four months before.

The Baltimore City Grand Jury today indicted Jamal Charles, 16, of Edmonston Ave. and Dwayne Drake, 17, of Dolefield Ave., for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and handgun counts. Court documents allege that on April 14 Charles and Drake shot and killed Bryan Jones, 42, in the 1000 block of N. Augusta Ave.

A woman's body was found by I-70.

Sun: the flex squad investigation is "dragging," with only one charge after four months of investigation.

A UM College Park student, Daniel Murray, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and arson in the death of 22-year-old Michael Scrocca.

Barbara Gahan, reported missing, was found dead in a creek in Essex.

EllisThe trial of Kenneth Ellis, 35, left, charged with malicious destruction of property, is scheduled for trial 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in courtroom one, Hargrove District Court. Ellis is accused of being the graffiti "artist" resposible for the tag "Oricl" or "Oracl."

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

May 3

The happy-hour auction was won at $660 by an extra-large individual who's fond of tacky watches and gently used boxer shorts! Congrats!

At a hearing today, Kevin Hunter, 37, of Baltimore, pled guilty to first-degree rape. Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced him 20 years in prison and five years' probation and ordered him to register with the Maryland sex offense registry. On June 25, 1990 Hunter broke into the victim's home and forcibly raped her twice. A suspect was identified at that time but was cleared through DNA testing. In March 2003 Baltimore City police received information from the Maryland State Police that Hunter's DNA matched the DNA collected during a rape kit exam. Hunter is currently serving a 30-year prison term for first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and attempted first-degree murder for a crime that took place in 1991. Judge Schwait ordered that today's sentence run concurrent to this previous conviction.

Ink: Three murders last week, including 14-month-old Kayah Jackson. That's 87 murders so far, 86 not counting Julia Boussari.

Howard Rote was arrested for attempted murder, accused of shooting his wife, Mary, in the neck.

Andre Staton was convicted yesterday in PA and may face death for stabbing Beverly Yohn with a butcher knife in front of her son. Staton was on parole in MD following another stabbing.

A body found in NY may be that of missing Baltimorean Melvin Sharpless.

Police arrested two adults and "some juveniles" who are linked to more than 115 burglaries in the Baltimore area.

In Annapolis, a second midshipman, Kenny Ray Morrison, faces sexual assault charges.

Judge Richard Palumbo of PGC faces charges of misconduct after dismissing Yvette Cade's protective order, comparing women to buses, making a trooper void his traffic ticket because he was a judge, and discouraging another trooper from writing him a ticket by saying he "knew the trooper's boss." Meanwhile, Cade appeared on "Oprah" today. [Username; password go2hell]

A former Caroline County deputy, Michael K. Sheward, was the second former member of the sheriff's department charged with felonies related to sexual contact with an underage girl.

Six Duke lacrosse players have applied to JHU.

Pamela Hoffler-Riddick (remember her?), a former teacher, got 6 1/2 years for helping launder drug money.

Time to get like Whitney and stop the madness, stop the madness now.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

May 2

Mary Galston, 31, was found stabbed in her home in Brooklyn.

A man was shot on Grayson Street in the Southwestern.

Natalyn Tart-Jones, 49, was stabbed by her ex in Columbia.

Davon David Temple, 17, has been arrested and charged for the murders of Jennifer Morelock and Jason Woycio.

Vernon Evans will have his appeal heard.

Sixty-six people are being held locally on immigration charges following raids on Monday.

For the second time in a month, a man was glued to a toilet seat in Salisbury.

Why is the Harford County sex-offender population on the rise?

Monday, May 1, 2006

May 1

An unidentified man was shot and killed near Wabash Avenue in the Northwestern.

Blotter: A man was shot near Johns Hopkins Hospital, and 20-year-old Ashley McLaurin was arrested for carjacking.

Man steals hair, paper uses cliche for headline.

Dept. of non-breaking news: prostitution is a nuisance, and some hookers have drug habits.

monkeyladyOne month left to get that pet monkey.

In Wicomico County, Baltimorean Steven L. Pratt was found guilty of impersonating a police officer and was fined $157.50.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

April 30

Two men were shot dead near a business complex in Linthicum.

Attorneys for the two officers accused of failing to intervene during a rape at the Southwestern District station house have filed motions to dismiss charges.