Saturday, April 7, 2007

April 7

Three people were shot Thursday, all injuries were non-fatal.

PduJ: "An Annapolis man who is in the country illegally from El Salvador was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday for possessing pornographic images of minors."

Probation for Wayne J. Schepens, a former NSA employee accused of awarding more than $770,000 in contracts to companies in which he and his wife had financial interests.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Evening of April 6

Judge Wanda sentenced Donald Washington, 23, of the 1900 block of West Franklin Street, to 20 years in prison. More than two years ago, on October 27, 2005, Washington pled guilty to the second-degree murder of two-year-old Andrea Carroll-Butler. September 23, 2004 Washington beat to death Andrea Carroll-Butler, his girlfriend's daughter, at their residence in the 1900 bock of West Franklin Street. The medical examiner ruled that Butler-Carroll died as a result of blunt force trauma. Washington admitted striking the girl several times with his fist.

April 6

An 8-year-old girl was hit by two cars in Govans, but only one driver waited at the scene.

More on the police shooting at Fantasies Nightclub in South Baltimore that left one robber dead and one wounded.

A 12-year-old girl was left alone on a sidewalk in a strange neighborhood after city police arrested her father during a traffic stop in November.

Richard Cannon was arrested in Knoxville (Washington County) after attacking his estranged wife and sending her to Shock Trauma.

There was an armed robbery at a Frederick movie theater.

Two people jumped into the Glynns Falls while trying to flee police in West Baltimore.

Two armed men robbed a Wachovia Bank in Hanover yesterday morning.

Calvin Mcrae got nine years for smuggling heroin in jigsaw puzzles.

HoCo thieves, one of whom got caught on video, are stealing from unlocked cars.

Paula Anderson got 18 months for stealing $317,000 from UMMC.

Criminal justice expert Tyrone Powers loves Hamm but says he's gotta go.

In non-Baltimore news, today marks the 13th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Juvenal Habyarimana. His death led to the most efficient genocide in the history of humanity, during which Rwandan citizens were murdered at the rate of 5 per minute for 100 days. Rwanda is smaller than the state of Maryland, and the people are nearly all Christian. Many who sought refuge in their local churches were slaughtered by their local political and/or religious leaders.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

April 5

Off-duty officers thwarted a robbery at Fantasies strip club in South Baltimore, and one would-be robber is dead.

Dating "troubled Tommy" tended to start out nicely with cards and roses, but things would go swiftly downhill from there.

Slots of fun: a tape of now-disgraced Senator Bromwell sounding very Sopranos as he riffs on the "big bucks" potential of casinos, slots and statewide OTBs.

Things that make you go ?: What's with a 25 percent difference between the level of robberies Comsat figures show in the City, and the figures State Police have?

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

April 4

Horrible: another Hispanic-family murder suicide, this time in MoCo! Mom is alive and found the bodies.
What is going on out there?

Don "Overkill" Papa of California's Bounty Hunter Bloods "denies that he bound, tortured, burned and suffocated Terrance Randolph, 19, in a West Baltimore house a year ago this month." But, "he admits he was drawn to the city's lucrative drug culture ... Pennsylvania Avenue is a freaking gold mine,' he said to police, according to court papers. He boasted that he made $180,000 selling drugs there one night. 'This is the heroin capital of America, ain't no more dope sold nowhere than right there on Pennsylvania Avenue. It's the largest open air drug market in the world for heroin." But take note, "... these gangs here are not even Bloods ... these are a bunch of Internet surfers ... none of these gangs are in allegiance with an official Blood set."

Skitzy Vitali A. Davydov pled guilty to killing Dr. Wayne Fenton in Rockville.

Pervs of the day: couple Diana Cornwell, 34, and her husband, Jesse, 32, who have been "accused of soliciting money for sex in an advertisement on a popular Web site - with her husband acting as her pimp."
PDJ of last December 5, Timothy Gounaris, will get 60 days after an Alford plea in the County.

For "the 13th time in 15 months ... charges have been dropped against a defendant accused of a homicide or other violent crime" in PGC. Wonder how often that happens in the City?

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vows to persue a new law that would give police the right to evict home and business owners for having two nuisance violations in two years.

A protest in the Eastern is "another chapter" in the arrest of young Gerard Mungo Jr. A dull chpater, with lots of sign-waving and finger-pointing.

Baltimore History Corner: Did You Know? Somebody Rioted on West North Avenue in Baltimore in 1968 and busted up a pharmacy.

... Torts for Dorks
In District Court, Hershey Co is suing the maker of "Dork Peppermint Patty" stickers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

April 3

An unidentified man in his early 20s was fatally shot near the 3600 block of St. Margaret's St. in Brooklyn.

Mahmud Faruq Brent (aka Mahmud Al Mutazzim) a Baltimore man who drove a cab in DC, pled guilty yesterday in Federal court to attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

Police are investigating the murder of 16-year-old Estefany Gonzales. Some of the girl's friends think she might have been killed by a stray bullet.

The family of William Thomas Parrish III knew he was holding a woman captive, but they were too afraid to report him.

Blood was found on Charles Eugene Burns' car that links him to 25-year-old murder victim Jennifer Lynn Blankenship.

Sheila D. is trying a "conflict resolution and violence intervention program" called Operation Safe Streets, which she hopes will lead to a decline in crime by election time.

The senate has approved expunging records for people who are arrested but never charged. Now what about the ones where charges were "abated by arrest"?

A month-long undercover investigation by Anne Arundel cops led to 12 arrests, four cars, two guns, and about $50,000 in drugs.

The Latinos of Frederick are horrified by the murder-suicide family of five.
If they were white the story would be on the cover of this week's People magazine!

Former sixth-grade teacher Michelle Dohm was convicted of making bomb threats directed at five students.

Monday, April 2, 2007


Jemini Jones' Second Set of Charges Dropped
"Two months after a city jury acquitted a Baltimore officer of one set of rape charges, city prosecutors today dropped a second set of rape charges against him."
He faces trial again in two weeks for illegally carrying a handgun.
william parrish III
William Thomas Parrish III, 25, of Reisterstown, allegedly kidnapped, beat, burned, tattooed and raped a woman at his grandfather's house in Finksburg.

A man shot ot death in Woodlawn was ID'd as Jamar Mackie, 24.

Give 'Em Hell Zell!

Some fabulous media news-- the Tribune Co., (owners of the Sun) is going to be sold for real this time and will go private (as it should have been all along). So long, Chandlers... don't let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you!

The new owner, Sam Zell, is "bullish" on the news business and developing the Internet side of the Tribune's holdings, his soon-to-be papers report. He's baldish, gnomish, sent his brother-in-law to jail, and is fond of ducks, motorcycles, salty language and contemporary art. What's not to like? (Though the title "vulture investor" is a bit unsettling. And all that debt.)

More coverage: NYT

April 2

A 16-year-old girl, Estefany Gonzalez, was shot and killed on Friday night in O'Donnell Heights.

Andre McBride was fatally shot in the head on Saturday afternoon in the 6600 block of Knottwood Ct.

David Johns has been ID'd as the man who was fatally shot early Friday morning on Noble St. in the Southeastern.

Luke Broadwater at the Examiner looks at the month in murder: we have 9 more homicides than we did at this time last year, shootings are up by 24%, and lots of innocent bystanders are getting caught up in the killings.

Gina Fowler believes that her daughter, Jill Conklin, may have been murdered. Conklin's body was found by a fisherman beneath an I-95 overpass in Linthicum.

The autopsies are complete on the four children in Frederick.

Last night, two teenagers were shot, one in the neck and one in the back, on Loyola Northway in the Northwest.

Perv of the day: former NIH researcher McClellan Walther got four years for his child porn collection.

Hmmmm... has John Galt's true identity finally been revealed?

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Answer to the "Trivia" Question

The Q was, until the mid-50s, Baltimore housing and school were was racially segregated by law and "negroes" could only live in three neighborhoods. What were they?

The A:
The East, West and South sides of town.
A PA librarian found this article, "The Transnational Contexts of Early Twentieth-Century American Urban Segregation," which in spite of the horrible title turns out to be quite a worthwhile read, full of interesting info. In it we learn that the law didn't dictate where "Negroes" had to live, exactly. Instead, "white" people segregated themselves into the gay-sounding "favored fan" of the North, and in 1911 the Baltimore City Council passed the West Segregation Ordinance* which apparently allowed neighborhood associations to have racially restrictive neighborhood covenants. However, of all the 1910's white housing projects, only Guilford's covenant (and possibly Northwood's, see comments) was in-your-face enough to specifically include restrictions on resale to Negroes in the home deeds (a tip Olmstead et. al got from real estate developers in Chicago).

The U.S. Supreme court struck down racial real-estate covenants in 1917, so in Baltimore racial housing segregation was on the books for just four years, though the "marketized system of urban residential segregation-- along with its consequences for unequal access ... and unequal exposure to toxins and the criminal justice system-- remains virtually unscathed."

ps. Why did the same real estate developers who didn't want to put racial language in the deeds for Roland Park feel more emboldened for their next construction project? Apparently July 4, 1910 was Jack Johnson's victory over white boxer James Jeffires, who came out of retirement solely to prove "that a white man is better than a Negro." Jeffries' loss incited white people to riot nationwide, and local whites ("officers of neighborhood associations, letter writers and signers of petitions") brought pressure to lawmakers address the "Negro invasion."

April, Fools!

On the dock this week:
Tomorrow: Jemini Jones' second rape trial is scheduled to get going (presumably at 9:30 a.m.) at 236 Mitchell.
Also Sean Braxton, accused of robbing plainclothesed HoCo policemen.
Wednesday, no fewer than six murder trials are scheduled to begin, along with the usual.
The Schedule:
Chris Andrew Ward double MURDER TRIAL part 45 (robyne szokoly)
Kendrick McCain (juv, 15, charged with light rail murder) MURDER JUV TRANSFER HEARING 228E (paul oconnor)
Leshawn Green (pizza parlor murder, att murder) TRIAL part 46 (diana smith)
Roy McMillian, BPD Raid, gun and drugs part 45 2:00pm 236M (jason silverstein)
Dean Crater, 4B01859834~Murder 1st~ARRG~Judge Welch~Rm 228E~Don Giblin, ASA (forced entry along w/another person & fatally shot Arnilo Handy in 2nd floor bedroom)
~Paul Highfield, 6B01860480~Murder 2nd~Prelim Hrg~Hargrove~Rm 2~8:30 (CO-DEF DESTINY D'URSO, MOM ACCUSED OF KILLING 2 YR OLD, SON ANTHONY D'URSO)
Friday the 6th, the SA's schedule notes,
Child-murderer Donald Washington is DISPO (? Giving a disposition?) with Julie Drake
and Vivian Day is due on 1st-degree murder charges. Day is accused of wrapping the body of her lover, Nelsene Burnette, in plastic and leaving it in the closet of her apartment for three days.