Saturday, August 18, 2007

August 18

51-year-old Karen Kutchey was the woman who was found by a postal carrier on Thursday. She was stabbed to death outside the well-kept Brooklyn house where she'd grown up and still lived with her elderly mother. In an impressive display of sentimentality, BPD spokesman Troy Harris was quoted as saying, "Right now it's too early to know if she was targeted or if this was a crime of opportunity or whatever."

Frederick Moore had a mouthful of crack and a pocketful of cash when he was shot to death on Wednesday night in the 700 block of Brune St. in the Western.

In the Kitty Genovese department: A 71-year-old man was beaten with his own cane in Baltimore County on Wednesday night, but none of the Stoneleigh residents bothered to call 911 when they heard a commotion.

The failed Molotov cocktail attack against the home of Cecil County Sheriff's Cpl. Don Alexander doesn't appear to have been directed specifically towards Alexander. So is it more or less comforting to know that some shit-for-brains in Cecil County thinks it's fun to randomly lob Molotov cocktails at people's houses?

Some jackass (who happens to be the senior VP of a data security firm) thought it would be a good idea to behave suspiciously while carrying a concealed Glock at BWI. Meanwhile, our protectors at the TSA didn't bother to tell anyone what happened for nearly three weeks.

Your HIPAA at work: A 25-year-old former worker at Harbor Hospital got two years in federal prison for using a patient's personal information to buy $60K worth of goodies. She also has to pay $123,000 in restitution, so she might want to get busy fudging her résumé so she can get another hospital job.

Local cops have "adopted" 27 of the most troubled blocks of the city, in hopes their work will have a long-term positive effect with the community's perception of police. Really, though, the article just demonstrates that every police strategy on the table right now is a political tool for someone to get elected. We'll see what strategies stick around after November.

An e-mail hoax? Why, I never...

Gregory Kane got some misadressed mail, investigated, and learned that the state sells a list of "traffic scofflaws" to lawyers, who then send ads to prospective clients.

Friday, August 17, 2007

August The 17th Of This Year, 2007

There still may be questions about what number of homicide we're at (The Sun's count, our count), but if this blog is correct, number two-oh-four was discovered yesterday morning by a US Postal Carrier in Brooklyn.

Her sister's on her campaign payroll? Isn't this the sort of thing that got Sheila Dixon in hot water a couple of years ago?

Serial Killer Alexander Wayne Watson Jr. met with the families of his victims but "never apologized, and never dropped eye contact with [Jennifer Shereika Scott] as he answered questions about killing Elaine Shereika in 1988." Can you say "creepy"?

A fight at Metropolitan Transition Center sent seven prisoners to the hospital with stab wounds.

Going to the Reservoir anytime soon? Keep your eyes open for rabid wildlife.
A woman in her 50's was found beaten to death in the 4000 block of Fifth St. in Brooklyn, South Baltimore.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

August 16

The Examiner has new & different details in the story of the freaky near-kidnapping in Govans. Bobby Ray Stanberry's previous victims may not have been prostitutes-- in fact, no one knows exactly who they were because they disappeared.
And, in addition to a knife and rope, he also had some black-girl-focused porn.
Also freaky: no other news outlets have covered this story, even the tv stations that reliably go apeshit over less. Wonder why?

In AAC, serial killer Alexander Wayne Watson Jr. pled guity today to killing Boontem Andersen in 1986, Mary Elaine Shereika in 1988, and 14-year-old Kathleen Haenel in 1993, and will spend life in prison without parole.

Blotter bits: "John Hinton, 32, remained in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he was stabbed in the stomach Tuesday. Hinton drove to the 300 block of E. 24th St. about noon, where he fell to the pavement. He was unable to tell police who stabbed him or where the attack occurred. Police said he had $4,000 in his pockets."
Also an arrest for the murder of Tarik Tynes, a teenager mugged at gunpoint in Bolton Hill, a gunshot through a car window on E. Belvedere Avenue, and a stolen tractor, Lexus, Toyota and a Ford pickup.

Eight years for pedophile pastor Gerald F. Griffith, whose victims testified even though some were shunned by family members and had faithful congregants mumbling during their testimony.

A police chase ended in a car crash at the intersection of Pratt and Smallwood streets in Southwest Baltimore yesterday.

FYI, MD schools are getting worse.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

August 15

This Ink has murders from August 7-12, and news of arrests for some of this years' murders, good news we so rarely hear about ... and Did You Know? Perry Costley's murder in July made the third occassion this year in which a murder was closed because the suspect himself was murdered.

Yike! A 14-year-old girl was harassed by a man in a tan Kia while walking in Govans. She ran home, called the police, and... "A short time later, police found the car and a man in the 800 block of Woodbourne Ave. and arrested him. In the vehicle, police found a length of rope, a blanket and a knife. Held at Central Booking and Intake Center was Bobby Ray Stanberry, 35, of Suitland. Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said Stanberry had been charged twice with raping two prostitutes, but the charges were dropped because of the credibility of the victims."

"A murder suspect who was mistakenly released from custody in May, and subsequently surrendered when he was notified of the mistake, had his murder charge dropped by prosecutors yesterday. ... prosecutors did not have enough evidence to proceed with a case against James C. Burton, charged with killing Aaron Godbolt, 23, in March 2006 as he stood on Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore." - "By a Sun reporter" (?)

The State is looking for Kenyan Anastasia Olouch, wanted for abusing an elderly man.

"Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration introduced legislation in the City Council [Monday] to tighten the city's pension law after a former top police deputy received a lucrative pension deal -- a proposal that may end similar arrangements in the future."
So it wasn't illegal to make false statements to the pension board and file fraudumlent paperwork before?

Gee, the new gun control plan sounds a little dangerous: A man trying to flee police fell 50 feet and then got hit by a Chevy Malibu. JZ quotes Donny Moses: "He was armed and in accordance with what the mayor's trying to do. We are trying to get these handguns off the streets."

Jeffrey Corporal, 22, was found guilty of armed robbery, reckless endangerment, using a handgun in a crime of violence and having a handgun in a vehicle after robbing Mike Kim of Parkside Liquors.

Down in Annapolis, Leeander Blake got life, finally.

At Sandy Point State Park, Juan Payz Reyes was arrested for raping two teenage Sheppard Pratt patients.

City to homeless: Move It!

Monday's Indictments

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Steven Lashley, 29, of the 2000 block of Paulette Road for first-degree murder and other charges. Court documents allege Steven Lashley is responsible for an incident in which three men were stabbed in the 400 block of Water Street around 2 a.m. on September 22, 2005. One of the three men, Stanley Thomas, Jr. died as a result of his injuries. The other two men were treated at area hospitals and survived their injuries. An arraignment is scheduled for September 5, 2007 before Judge John M. Glynn, Room 236 Mitchell Courthouse. [Your boyfriend] ASA Samuel Yee will prosecute this case.

The Grand Jury indicted Jamal Wise, 21, of the 1800 block of Spring Street for witness intimidation. Court documents allege Jamal Wise is responsible for an incident of threatening a witness in a criminal case. Wise approached the witness on two different occasions in June 2007 and threatened to kill him for testifying in a criminal case against an acquaintance of his. An arraignment is scheduled for September 11, 2007 before Judge Wanda K. Heard, Room 540 East. ASA David Grzechowiak will prosecute this case.

The Grand Jury indicted Shawnawn Morgan, 22, of the 2200 block of Round Road for witness intimidation. Court documents allege on July 11, 2007 Shawnawn Morgan and a co-defendant were responsible for an incident in which they threatened a witness in a criminal case. Both suspects approached the witness as he attempted to exit Courthouse East shouting expletives. The incident arose from Morgan’s family member pointing out the witness in a non-verbal manner during a court proceeding. Another woman, Takiea Corbin, was indicted on the same charge August 3, 2007. An arraignment is scheduled for September 5, 2007 before Judge Wanda K. Heard, Room 540 East. ASA Christopher Sandman will prosecute this case.

--from the SA's office

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Life Plus 25 for Demetries Sturgis

At a hearing today Judge Kaye Allison sentenced Demetries Sturgis, 22, of the 3000 block of Matthews St. to life in prison for first degree murder and a consecutive 25 years in prison for first-degree assault. A Baltimore City jury convicted Sturgis June 25, 2007. Says the SA's office,
On July 18, 2006, at approximately 2:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Whitridge Ave. the two victims (Larry Reed of 1409 N. Bond St. and Rasheed Stevenson of 506 Sheridan Ave) got into an argument with Sturgis and another person. Sturgis and the other person left the scene and later returned. It was at this time Sturgis cut and stabbed Rasheed Stevenson 11 times, fatally severing his carotid artery, and then stabbed Larry Reed in his cheek, underarm and thigh. The two victims were then rushed to the hospital by a close friend. Sturgis and the other person fled the scene. The motive for the incident stemmed from the fact that Sturgis did not believe that the victims were legitimate members of the Bloods Gang.
Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Wiggins of the Homicide Division prosecuted this case. yay Kevin Wiggins!
Tevon Allen, 18, arrested for killing "good kid" Jordan Brown, threatened the life of his own mother. "A judge granted a temporary ex parte order, and days later Allen was charged with violating it. That case was placed on the court's "stet" docket and made inactive." There is circumstances that happen indeed.

Three stabbings and four shootings in the Blotter, and victims ID'd.

Not only are there unrecovered drowning victims somewhere in the Beaver Dam quarry, but the swim club is now being plagued by car break-ins.

Media: I don't even know what to think about The Deuce having a MySpace page, much less the revelation that it's a 28-year-old male (though it's no shocker he's single).
Says the blog, "The ABC2 News, and team is dedicated to bringing you the areas [sic] most complete coverage on air, [sic] and online. We'll link Baltimore News [sic] stories to this blog and look forward to hearing from our My Space friends. Let us know what your [sic] talking about."

Monday, August 13, 2007

Eighteen-year-old Tevon Allen was arrested in the murder of Jordan Brown, the man whose friend sought help for him in front of the Mayor's house. Said Dixon of the incident, "There's [sic] circumstances that take place."

Police arrested Wisconsin fugitive Isaias DeLeon, wanted for assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 2000.

Update: skeezy pedophile John Henri Palmont turned himself in to the Prince George's County Jail at about 2 p.m. today, says WBAL.

From a reader:
Just wanted to pass along that the Baltimore City Council introduced (by Jim Kraft) and passed a resolution with immediate adoption (# 07-0319R) at the meeting tonight on 8/13 related to the attempted murder of Zach Sowers.  The resolution was:
In Support of the Family of Zachary Sowers in Their Search for Justice
FOR the purpose of  respectfully requesting the Baltimore City State's Attorney's 
Office to seek maximum sentences for the attempted murder of Zachary Sowers, 
and extending an expression of support to Mr. Sowers' family.
Sponsors: James B. Kraft, President Rawlings-Blake, Nicholas C. D'Adamo, Bernard 
C. 'Jack' Young, Vernon E. Crider, Mary Pat Clarke, Rochelle 'Rikki' 
Spector, Sharon Green Middleton and Edward L. Reisinger

15 and 7 Years for Drug-House Killers

At a hearing late Friday, Judge Wanda K. Heard sentenced Mark Brooks, 41, of the 2200 block of Clifton Avenue to 25 years in prison suspending all but 15 years. Brooks pled guilty to second degree murder May 11, 2007. Co-defendant Natasha Sarchiapone, 26, of the 2000 block of Griddle Avenue (which should read Grinnalds Avenue), pled guilty to second degree assault and first degree breaking and entering May 11, 2007. Judge Heard sentenced her at that time to 20 years in prison, suspending all but seven years and three years probation for the breaking and entering. Details:
On June 24, 2006 at approximately 11:30 p.m. police responded to 4819 Pennington Ave. for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, police discovered the victim, Russell Duckworth, 33, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso. He was transported to Harbor Hospital, where he died less than an hour later. Investigation revealed that Natasha Sarchiapone was at the Duckworth’s home using drugs all day. Duckworth then told Sarchiapone to leave. Sarchiapone refused so victim physically removed her. Sarchiapone was upset by this and returned with Mark Brooks. They entered the home of the victim without his permission or knowledge. Sarchiapone then proceeded to assault a woman who was in the home while at the same time Brooks attacked the victim with a sharp object, striking him 12 times. Brooks and Sarchiapone both fled and witnesses later identified them as the individuals who committed the above crimes.

August 13

Byron Dickey, 28, of East Baltimore died at Johns Hopkins Hospital after an unknown gunman shot him repeatedly while the victim stood in the 2100 block of Barclay St. about 4 p.m.

No witnesses and no motive in the Saturday evening death of Davon McCargo, though onlookers were there to watch him bleed to death in the street.

"... members of the city's all-volunteer auxiliary police unit say they used to do much more, including walking foot patrols with sworn officers. Many are now saying they do not get respect from the department and they are not being used effectively." In fact, "the unit is so low on the city's radar screen that City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake was unaware that the unit existed and offered a resolution in June to consider creating a volunteer unit that would supplement police. She later learned that one existed."

Witness intimidation worked for Jacob Brooks, 19, who was charged with a 2005 slaying outside a Temple Hills nightclub and for the fatal shooting last year of one of his childhood friends who Brooks mistakenly believed was snitching.

Thirty-one years ago, Charles Hopkins went on a tear in city hq on a hunt for Schaefer, instead killing City Councilman Dominic Leone and shooting Councilman Carroll Fitzgerald, a secretary and a city police officer. Judge John Glynn has now moved him to "a less secure residential program."

"A city jury has found that the Housing Authority of Baltimore City should pay $4 million in damages to two siblings [Joseph Avery Jr. and Lisa Avery] poisoned by lead paint in their publicly owned rowhouse in the 1980s."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

August 12

 John Henri Palmont Jr.Eeeee... there's a manhunt underway in PGC for skeevy-looking John Henri Palmont Jr., left, of the 5200 block of Marlboro Pike, who forced himself upon his 9-year-old neighbor after asking to use the phone.

Clueless police are asking the public's help to find the killer of Dwight Evans, shot multiple times behind Evans Temple Church in the Madison East section of Baltimore, six months and 170 murders ago.

It's the feel-good story of the week... a city jury convicted Kenneth Mahai Friday of first-degree murder, in spite of his threats to witnesses.

Ya think?! Experts opine that HarfCo suspected serial killer Charles E. Burns is "a sociopath."

Samuel David Horne, 25, was shot to death in Edgewood yesterday, in front of a row of townhouses in the 1800 block of Brookside Drive.

The state crackers got Quinton J. Thomas convicted of first-degree murder in MoCo for killing Stephen W. Kelley, 20, of Gaithersburg, after Thomas sent some colorful letters to the wrong address.

Andrew H. Williams' last business venture was shut down for being too much like a Ponzi scheme, and his new one, "Metro Dream Homes," sounds no more respectable.

Blogger Jeff Q. is furious that The Deuce's Linda So lifted his story about Stop Fucking Snitching being a part of the UMBC library holdings, without giving him credit.

Politics: Dixon called Jill Carter "a little girl."

Which would you rather ...

... wake up tomorrow as?

a little girl
a withered hag
Frank Conaway Sr.

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