Saturday, October 14, 2006

October 14

Officers fired after the Smoot beating death want their jobs back.

"In the summer of 2005, police burst into a Gardner (MA) apartment and expected to find a drug-dealing operation. They allege they did, but they also found a surprise: a 15-year-old boy from Baltimore who had been kidnapped ... The kidnappers were never found."

Former Sun editor-in-chief Bill Marimow has resigned as head of news for NPR, taken demotion to post of "ombudsman."

Nothing to do on a Saturday evening? Catch the live gubernatorial debate at 7 p.m. on WBAL, again Monday at 7 on JZ, or anytime at
Update: In case you missed it... the debate just raised more questions!
Why were the candidates sitting in little wooden bumper cars?
Why can't either one of them find a suit that fits? Were the slouchy sportcoats a conscious effort to project the common touch?
Does Ehrlich ever smile? And what's up with his gummy bracelets?
When did O'Malley start copying Bill Clinton's delivery, blinks, hand gestures and all?
O'Malley's desk was tidy and Ehrlich's was covered with papers ... what does that mean?
Who looked worse: O'Malley for interrupting over and over, or the governor for getting (repeatedly) flustered by it?
And finally, who won? (I have my opinion, but I want to see what you-all think!)
ps. the JZ story sums up a few points, if you can get past the typo in the headline.

Friday, October 13, 2006

October 13

At about 5 p.m. a 14-year-old boy was shot in a drive-by at Frederick Douglass High School.

The eight-year-old with the loaded gun was charged with gun possession, which he'll serve under house arrest with his mom.

A man was shot to death last night in Seton Hill on the 600 block of W. Franklin Street (≤218).

A NE Baltimore woman claims she was abducted on Light Street Monday, taken to PGC, drugged and raped.

A man found in a burning apartment on the 1000 block of St. Paul Street Wednesday night was beaten before he was burned.

A suspect was shot in the NW after trying to run down an officer.

Vernon Evans' lawyer: greater care should be taken not to hire dog-poisioners as executioners. Because there are so many well-adjusted people who want the job.

Yesterday, in Rod vs. the Trout-Saving Gang, Shorty snitched on Casper and Pony.

The Court of Appeals ruled that Ehrlich can't cut off health benefits to immigrant children <- subscription req'd.

Hookers, sharpen your stilettos ... the American Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division will be conferring from Oct. 19-21 at the Marriott Waterfront.

Last Friday the family of Amanda Smith won a $675k wrongful-death suit against GBMC.

Robbing the pizza-delivery guy is popular pastime in the Northwest burbs.
James M. Thomas, 29, of Glen Burnie, left, was charged with sexually assaulting two young relatives nine years ago.

George A. Reigel of Reisterstown pled guilty in Federal court to possession of child pornography and two twentysomething Bowie women got twentysomething months in prison after stealing an old lady's identity.

Bad news, Galt: you're going to have to live in Baltimore for two more years. Maybe take up smoking?
Jeezmcrow!!: white women live 13½ years longer than black men!

Political BS Dept.
According to the Examiner, governor "blasted" the O'M for "unconstitutional" "mass arrests." (Oddly, the interview is not up on the WBAL web site, so there's no way to put the remarks in context). But assuming this was a recent interview ... how long have we had a high arrest rate-- one year? Two? He just now felt this worthy of comment?

"If you knew that Martin O'Malley wears a toupee, is attracted to little boys and tortures animals, would you still vote for him?" (TG for caller ID!)

I don't care which bozo wins this election, I just want it over so I don't have to hear this shite anymore!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

October 12

An eight-year-old brought a .22 to Grove Park Elementary and discharged it accidentally. No one was hurt, TG.

In Oakland CA, possession of David Simon's "Homicide" is being used as evidence against Hans Reiser, accused of killing his wife Nina (you'd think the blood would be enough).

Interesting announcement from the Sa's office:
In a coordinated partnership, involving local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, police, prosecutors and law enforcement agents, including parole and probation agents will speak directly to offenders from the Northern Police Precinct areas regarding violent crimes TONIGHT AT 6 P.M. This call-in of offenders is an opportunity for law enforcement and the community to speak directly to known perpetrators of crime with a joint request to end the violence and seek community assistance. MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE FACE TO FACE MEETING BUT CAMERAS ARE RESTRICTED AND MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE THE BUILDING. This iniative continues the operation safe neighborhoods launched by State's Attorney's Jessamy and the community in 2002 ... Northern Police District is located at Keswick and 34th Streets.
A Baltimore jury found Dameon Woods guilty of second-degree murder, depraved heart (?), first degree assault and second degree assault in the murder of Raymond Smoot. Judge Glynn revoked Woods' bail. James Hatcher was found not guilty on all charges. Sentencing is scheduled for December 12.

Jobrea Lodge pled guilty to attempted first degree murder today. He received 20 years and 5 years' probation. He also pled guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous and deadly weapon. For that he received 20 concurrent (aka "why bother") years. Sherray Douglas, alias Brittany Johnson, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous and deadly weapon. She received 12 years and 5 years probation. Douglas lured Detective Dontae Hemmingway to Wilgrey Court for a meeting; Hemmingway believed that he was meeting someone else. When he arrived and walked onto the porch of the address, Jobrea Lodge pulled a gun and told Detective Hemmingway to "kick it out," (whatever that means). Detective Hemmingway reached for his gun, and Lodge shot him three times. Lodge was shot once in the leg. After witnesses identified Lodge and Douglas, both were arrested and confessed.

A 14-year-old girl was stabbed with a 10-inch kitchen knife at Pimlico middle school.

Two brothers, Tavon Tyner and Dante Tyner, are being sought for murder in the death of Darrell Artis (186) on McClean Blvd.

ME Dr. David Fowler: the rumors of a NW serial killer are false. Comapre to this Examiner story from Tuesday. Did Janis even try to call the ME's office?

The Vernon Evans death-row appeal goes on.

"Ladies, ladies!" Julie B reports on the "biting exchange" at the CJCC.
Ps., looked up Leonard N. Garrett. He was due for court in HoCo on the 5th for a "marihuana" charge. In May another drug case was nolle prosequi'd. In July an assault charge was nolle prosequi'd. In April of last year his Cadillac was forfeited. In 2004 he was arrested for having a gun in his car. In December of 2001 he forfeited bond posted by the Lexington insurance group. His wife Geraldine sued him for divorce. And there were a lot of traffic violations. Not a model citizen, but not the worst-of-the-worst, either.

Rose Peterson and Skinny Suge's trials were both postponed.

Two shootings in AAC, one fatal (#7 for Annapolis), one not (even though guy was shot in the stomach and dragged by a car).

Ew. A WiCo football coach, David Lee, was arrested on child porn charges. Dude was posing as a 14-year-old boy on MySpace, which must be like for pedophiles.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

October 11 nuit

raccoonFrom Free State Politics: the governor has offered a stay of execution to ... a raccoon.

Holabird Elementary in Southeast Baltimore was on lockdown after a man was shot nearby.

Dept. of Duh: executioners have mental problems.

George F. Spicka, 59, of Woodlawn was charged Wednesday with e-mailing two bomb threats to BWI.

Police: girl grudges last for years.

Edward Hoffman, 75, of Elkton pled guilty to shooting and killing his 72-year-old wife Jane.

Henry Barrington of Leonardtown plead guilty to felony child abuse.

CJCC: Flying Fur Alert!

Almost didn't go to CJCC, but then I heard the rumor that O'Malley himself was going to appear and "yell at everyone," potentially too exciting a spectacle to miss. Sadly (but unsurprisingly) the Big Man never showed, but reporters anticipating flying fur weren't let down.

Hamm noted the increase in murders and said they were "attributable to gang activity ... it's the same guys we've been arresting year after year, they'r ejust putting Blood or Crip in front of the name." He noted there are six outstanding warrants for four murders and that the wanted men had been arrested more than eight times, that murderers are getting younger and that 15-year-old Zachary James was thought to be resposible for four murders. Any questions?

Sheila Dixon had a question: "the murder victim in Leakin Park [Leonard Garrett] had been arrested more than 18 times and was awaiting arrest when he was murdered. Why was this guy out? He'd been on probation three times, why was this guy out? Can anyone help me out here?"

Jessamy jumped right in: "Sheila, if you were really interested, you could research this case. Arrests are made but in order to secure a conviction you must have evidence ... you brought it up here because you wanted to make a public statement. If you want an answer, call me!"

Bickering ensued, broken up by Judge Glynn. "Anyone could look it up, I doubt anyone knows the facts of the case off the top of their heads."

Frank Conaway had a question for Hamm: "At a previous meeting I asked you about the Jayne Miller investigation and if the unreported crimes were troubling to you. Now that there's been a spike, is that troubling you?"
"Yes," Hamm replied peevishly.

Then Jessamy talked about gaps in city substance abuse services.
Then some guy got up to talk about a $1.4 million DOJ grant for creating a statewide domestic violence database.
Apparently the state was given millions to create a database after Richard Spicknall II killed his kids, but nothing every came of it and the state still has 56 different databases for restraining orders and the like.
And so the meeing wrapped up.

October 11

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head in Pikesville.
Monday's murder victim (217) was ID'd as 22-year-old Donnie Blanding.

Nursing assistant and paramedic: we can kill Vernon Evans!

Violence is up in Federal Hill; a resident videotaped Southern High students beating a 73-year-old man, breaking his jaw. ("Digital Harbor High"?)

Deborah Jean Palfrey of Vallejo (pronouced "valet ho") CA, allegedly ran a Baltimore-based escort service, evaded taxes and laundered money. And still found time to win a preservation merit award for work on her historic home.

Four employees of the Newcare Pharmacy were indicted for selling more than $20 million worth of Vicodin.

A former CP freelancer is headed to the federal pen for helping burn down a building at the University of Washington.

City health department: Hampden needs needle exchange.

Joseph Schroen, a volunteer firefighter charged with arson, once set a high school classmate on fire.

Dirty old Dean M. Trout of CaCo, charged with sexually abusing a girl in May, was arrested again and charged with abusing three other girls.

Stolen cars, purses, computers in the Messenger crime log.

A HarfCo deputy found $50k's worth of stolen clothes, perfume and shoes during a routine traffic stop.

The CEO of BCSB, Gary Loraditch, resigned after the bank lost $7 million in a check-kiting scam.

What the?! Is the O'Malley campaign brainwashing children in Govans?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

October 10 evening

Screw the honor system! Inmate Antoinio Rice (assuming NOT of the crime family) walked out of the Towson Detention Center last Thursday.

Panel: Ehrlich's firing of employees violated state law, constitution. But wasn't illegal. Huh?

No verdict yet in the Smoot case. The jury deliberations ended at 4:30 today and will resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Assistant State's Attorney (ASA) Gerard B. Volatile today entered a nol pros in the second-degree assault case filed against Thomas B. "Mike" Miller that alleged the assault of Leo Bruso on September 20, 2006 during a County Council hearing on Bill 75. The hearing today was held in the Prince George's County District Court in Upper Marlboro.

A trial for Rodney Thomas aka Skinny Suge, 35, of Edmondson Avenue, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow before Judge Welch. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Thomas May 1, 2006 for first-degree assault; court documents allege that on February 13 following an argument Thomas assaulted an employee of the USA Boutique in Mondawmin Mall striking him/her about the head. The victim also sustained a chipped bottom tooth, black eye, busted lip and a fractured nose from the attack.

The witness intimidation trial of mother of the year Rose Peterson, 36, is scheduled for 9:30 tomorrow morning before Judge John M. Glynn, 236 Mitchell Courthouse, 110 N. Calvert St. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Peterson February 15 for witness intimidation, obstruction of justice, assault and misconduct in office. Court documents allege that on January 23, 2006 Peterson, who was working as a correctional officer at the Central Booking Intake Facility (CBIF), did by corrupt means/threat/force obstruct and impede/endeavor to obstruct and impede the administration of justice. It is further alleged that the victim, an inmate at CBIF, is a witness in a pending murder trial.

A transfer hearing is scheduled for Damon Holmes, 15, of Old Harford Road, for 9:30 tomorrow morning before Judge Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Holmes June 26 for first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. Court documents allege on May 31 Holmes shot and killed Oumar Bah, 28, in the 7100 block of McClean Blvd. Bah was a cab operator who had picked up Holmes on Northern Parkway.

October 10

An unid'd man was found shot to death in a parked car in the Northwest (217).

"Flare-ups in crime have occurred across the city, but have spiked mainly in neighborhoods in the eastern, southern and northwestern parts of Baltimore ... The Eastern District has seen a 30 percent increase in homicides. The Southern District has had a 9 percent increase in shootings and a 17 percent increase in killings. The Northwestern District has had a 62 percent spike in shootings, a 12 percent increase in robberies and 24 percent in slayings."

By the way, two people were murdered six days ago (215-16). The deaths of Herbert Betz of Pasadena and Sean Dill of the Eastern are relegated to the blotter.
There's also a lot of carjacking going on.

The E covers the persistent rumors that there's a serial killer at work in the Northwest and brutal murders are going unreported.

Brandon Rusin of PGC shot and killed his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend.
Sad: Alzheimer's-stricken Nevolia Duvall is still missing.

Two students were robbed at gunpoint at TU. Yawn.

NAACP reps and a group called Justice Maryland want to meet with prison officials to talk about jailhouse violence. Meanwhile, Smoot jurors are still deliberating (as far as I know).

We could have told you that: "O'Malley has a lot of convincing to do, and within his own party."

$30k? Geez, that's like 700 bras!

Monday, October 9, 2006

October 9

WBAL: Leonard Nathaniel Garrett was found shot to death in "Lincoln" Park (they probably mean Leakin Park?). (<214)

Liz says there was a dead body at 26th and Miles in Remington.

Another violent weekend in Bumberg. Eight people ... wait, 9... no, 10... were shot over the weekend in the South and NW.

Stephon Nicholson, 19, was stabbed to death at the detention center, and Kevon Gantt, 19, was stabbed also.

A horribly depressing father-son murder-suicide in Gaithersburg.

bad guys arrested over the weekend:
An armed man in a stolen car was arrested Friday in the wilderness of White Marsh.

The teenager who was shooting kids with a BB gun at Pikesville High was arrested.

In MoCo two (suspected) MS-13 members, Roberto Moreno, 25, and Dimas I. Castillo, 27, were arrested for a stabbing in Gaithersburg.

AAC police arrested Williams Ludlow, who robbed a cab and left his ID, social security card and paycheck in the back seat.

Ed Norris wants a presidential pardon. Meanwhile, former commish Kevin Clark wants a state legislative committee to look into the legality of his O'firing.

Ehrlich collected the police union endorsement Friday.

Anybody read this week's NYker article about prison escape artist Richard McNair? Here's a link to the dash-cam video of the last sighting of the slippery sociopath.