Saturday, August 5, 2006

August 5

A man on a mopehead was shot to death by police in Cherry Hill.

Christopher Parr was indicted on nine counts in the rape of a 62-year-old woman in Brooklyn.

Four shootings and two armed robberies in the Blotter.

The NAACP and ACLU are suing the city about its quality-of-life arrests, and the case has been transferred to federal court.

Officer Che Christopher Jackson pleaded guilty to stealing the rims and tires from an impounded Caddy. He resigned from the force as part of his plea.

A LoJack transmitter led police to over 15 stolen cars and boats.

Friday, August 4, 2006

August 4

Two more murders yesterday: Howard Jones (#164) was fatally shot in the head in the Southwest just after midnight yesterday, and an unidentified man (#165) was found locked in a Lexus in Northeast Baltimore with fatal gunshot wounds to the head.

The body found in a Lansdowne elementary school chimney has been identified as Zachary Scott Miller, the 19-year-old who went missing after reporting a robbery.

We've already had 16 juvenile homicides this year, three more than all of 2005.

A memorial was held for murdered Jessup guard David McGuinn: "When I consider David, I see a dreamer, and dreamers are important in our society."

A 14-year-old boy was shot repeatedly early yesterday morning, and a 23-year-old woman was shot in the face during a robbery on Tuesday.

Oh good. The cops who interrogated Tion Jamaar Bell -- the guy who fired a stray bullet that hit a 4-year-old Columbia boy as he played in his living room -- didn't read him his Miranda rights.

An Iraq veteran who lost an arm and a leg in the war was mugged with his wife in Bethesda.

Maryland's high court decides pregnant coke addicts can't be convicted for reckless endangerment.

A Towson woman was sexually assaulted in her apartment by a home invader. A 20-year-old man was arrested and charged.

Tip to criminals: if you're going to shoot at people in a car, make sure they're not undercover cops.

Violent prison gangs? Who'd'a thunk it?

Yesterday we got a woman who embezzled $7,000; today we get a woman who embezzled $860,751.88.

Hopkins researchers are studying trash to learn about the quality of life in different neighborhoods.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

August 3

The Baltimore Hebrew University was attacked with a Molotov cocktail.

An unidentified body was found in the chimney of a Lansdowne elementary school. The family of Zachary Miller, the 19-year-old who has been missing since reporting a roberry on July 20, were at the site in case it was Miller's body.

Two teenagers were arrested for the murder of Said Sawab, a man was arrested for the murder of Elroy Long, and a man was arrested for the murder of Shawn Ruffin.

The jury begins deliberations today in the Espinosa/Canela case.

A crazy lady tried to steal an unborn baby.

Don't mess with mom when she's drunk.

The Baltimore cop who was arrested for identity theft was actually using five counterfeit credit cards.

A Columbia accountant was convicted of embezzling $7,000.

Channel 11 raises some interesting questions about the accuracy of the city's crime statistics.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

August 2

Murder Ink covers nine murders in the past week, which brings us up to 161 homicides this year.

Hindsight is 20/20. The State's Attorney's office reports that Melvin Jones was denied bail. An investigation is being launched against the boy's family since his mother knew that Jones was a registered sex offender yet still allowed him to see her son. (Simple logic leads me to the conclusion that we should consider charges against the state as well: they also knew he was a registered sex offender yet still allowed him to be free.)

Two men were killed in two separate shootings yesterday. Davon Hines (#163) and another man were shot in Middle East at 5:30 yesterday morning, and Darron Gaines (#162) was killed at a playground in Cherry Hill at about 3:00am.

An innocent bystander was killed in Hagerstown by a man who reportedly said, "I missed whoever I was aiming for."

A candlelight vigil for murdered prison guard David McGuinn.

Brandon Morris claims he doesn't remember breaking out of his shackle, grabbing a gun, killing officer Jeffery Wroten, taking a hostage, carjacking a cab, robbing the driver, having a car chase, or crashing the taxi. He does, however, remember waking up outdoors in his boxer shorts.

Martin Rocha-Garcia was arrested in North Carolina for charges including "perverted practice" against a 13-year-old Carroll County girl.

People having sex in the backyard??? Oh, and a man was charged with stabbing three people.

Sharif Taylor got four years for carrying a handgun, on top of the 10 year sentence for voluntary manslaughter for killing his uncle last year.

Charges were dropped against a teen who brought a stolen gun to school.

The above article also reports that a 12-year-old in Annapolis is in stable condition after being shot by his 8-year-old cousin.

Eric Pinno was sentenced to 12 years for his cross-country coke operation.

A Baltimore cop was arrested in PA for using a stolen American Express card.

A cabbie crashed his car and caught a bank robber.

An incoherent bank robber and a vain man with a butcher knife in the Blotter.

A $44M dollar award in a local police brutality case.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

August 1

"Irvin, a bright boy with a big smile who loved to dance and sing, disappeared Friday afternoon as he headed to the Belair Food Market to buy a snowball, his family said." - Baltimore Sun

Rest in peace, Irvin. (#159)

Monday, July 31, 2006

July 31

19-year-old Jordan Christopher Morgan pled guilty to first degree murder today. On September 22 of last year, 17-year-old Abdul-bari Muhammad, his teenage brother, and a friend were walking through the parking lot of Mondawmin Mall on their way to the food court when Morgan approached the group, pulled a gun, and announced a robbery. He then shot Muhammad once in the head without even giving the three people a chance to give up their possessions. His sentencing resulted in a 40 year prison term.

Melvin Jones Jr. was arrested this afternoon, and a body that matches the description of 11-year-old Irvin J. Harris was found in Clifton Park. The child was last seen with convicted boy-molester Jones, who served a whopping seven months for his last offense.

Baltimore County police are searching for 19-year-old Zachary Miller, who disappeared a few days after being robbed and warned not to snitch.

A man on the west side was wounded after shooting two women and firing at police.

Looks like last week was the most murderous so far this week, with 10 killings from Sunday to Sunday. I would be a nice project to map all of them but in 12 hours I'll be in route to 11 cite du labyrinthe. So long suckers!

Justin Watson of Taneytown was stabbed to death in Gettysburg.

The squeaky wheel of Edgewood is getting some grease. In a move that Galt will surely support, Harford County sheriff's officers are being shifted to the troubled area while the County Executive decides whether they really need to hire more police.

Anthony Willoughby faces a whole bunch of charges for setting his girlfriend on fire. WBAL and WJZ face no charges for writing terrible headlines about this story. At WBAL ("Man Charged For Allegedly Setting Girl On Fire"), anyone under 40 is apparently still a girl; WJZ ("Hyattsville Woman Set On Fire Recovering") suggests that the woman was set on fire as she was recovering. Great writing, y'all.

A shooting, an armed robbery, and a thief who just wants to clean up.

Hmmmm... Is $15,000 and a survey really what it takes to conquer gangs?

All you need to know about last week: Jessup a nightmare; Baltimore patriots killed in Iraq, sent to Mexican border; Steele calls Bush his homeboy, and Park School's Stanley Virgil Butch Ashman made national news for having sex in a closet with a student 30 years ago.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

July 30

Look... down there beneath the article about the water main break in AAC and the bacteria at the beach and the poor man who was killed when the excavator he was operating flipped over. Do you see it? Hidden way down at the bottom? Numbers 157 and 158, Teon White and Santana Stansfield, were murdered on Friday and Saturday (respectively).