Friday, March 21, 2008

March 21

April Montford died last Friday, after a non-profit agency helped move her from a nursing home to an apartment where her two daughters were paid $13/hour to take care of her. Allegedly, they didn't do a very good job. "Montford, 40, was found in bed Feb. 29 with gangrenous open wounds and bedsores with lice and maggots in them, according to police. She had a month’s worth of urine and fecal matter on her, and her uterus had fallen outside her vagina because of neglect, police said." Her daughters have been charged with vulnerable-adult abuse, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

The Blotter has a couple of shootings and a whole bunch of stolen electricity.

Here's a closer look at Sarah Kreager and some of the crap that police had to deal with.

The court says former Police Commissioner Kevin Clark can ask for his job back, along with a $120M raise.

The mother of a Lutherville teen who was killed at his landscaping job says her son was murdered.

An Edgewood man was charged with second-degree murder in the July death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

Some dude in Edgewater was keeping a pet squirrel, and in the same article but lower in priority, six people were arrested in Annapolis after "neighborhood complaints and recent crime in the area."

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March 20

Curse you, Bealefeld, and your almost crime-free news days. Fortunately, I forgot to link to the Ink yesterday, so you murder junkies can get your fix with five homicides over the past week. Of particular interest to those of you who love to bandy about accusations of racism, a black man and a white man were shot outside the convenience store on Garrison Blvd. last Saturday, but only the black man died. Conspiracy???

Nicholas Browning kills like a man, but will he get tried like a little boy?

MTA regulars say our buses are hardly safe and reliable. "Sometimes kids get on the bus and your heart is pounding. ... You better keep quiet or you're going to get slammed. You pray to get off safe."

You gotta love a city where a burglary at "Tiffany Hair & Gift Shop" results in 30 stolen cartons of cigarettes. Next time I need some tequila, I'm hitting my local barber shop.

Now why in the world would Mayor Moyer think a curfew could be enforced when the current laws aren't adequately enforced? (All sarcasm aside, I'm actually glad to see she's looking at possible ways to curtail violence in her city's public housing. Besides, the quotes from the article suggest she's not a total imbecile. Thoughts?)

Actually, Mayor Moyer might want to consider building on this strategy: "An Annapolis man went to the hospital early Tuesday morning after trying twice to buy drugs in different areas and getting beaten up both times."

Carroll County school board cracker Jeffrey Morse used a naughty word. To his credit, he took full responsibility. To the Sun's discredit, this article got about 10 times more words than most murder victims get. (And to the Sun's credit, they've gotten much more thorough in their coverage since we've stopped killing each other so often.)

In really cool news that has nothing to do with crime, a 290-pound baby boy was born at the zoo last night.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

March 19

Five Four teens are guilty in the Sarah Kreager beating. A fifth teen was found guilty of second-degree assault (a misdemeanor) against Kreager's boyfriend.

There's some funny business about the gun that the late Curtis Blache used in his cops vs. robbers shootout.

PDJ: Jeffrey G.A. Stimson was charged with possessing and distributing kiddie porn, and is now out on bail.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

March 18

The man killed outside a convenience store in Northwest Baltimore has been ID'd as Andre A. Jones.

Curtis Blache, the man who had a gunfight with police, probably won't be in critical condition much longer. Meanwhile, "Police said there was nothing to conclusively link the shooting to nearby Club Choices, the scene of several violent incidents including two homicides since March 2006."

A man was stabbed at a strip mall on Sinclair and Moravia Roads in Northeast Baltimore yesterday afternoon.

A middle school student says that Sarah Kreager threw the first punch, and "The lady had a black eye ... Everybody was laughing at her eye." Nice.

The records of some allegedly corrupt guards at the Maryland House of Corrections will be given to lawyers for Lamarr Harris and Lee Stephens, the two inmates who are accused of killing guard David McGuinn.
In one of their motions, defense lawyers raised the prospect that other officers might have set up McGuinn, a by-the-book officer who strictly enforced prison rules. In court papers, they noted an unnamed witness' statement to state police that corrupt guards "ordered the hit" on McGuinn.
More details on Kwame Travon Johnson's murder. Johnson is the fourth homicide victim in Annapolis so far this year.

Three brilliant teenagers had some assault and home invasion fun in Glen Burnie, then drove home in their car -- a car that the victims could identify.

What do you do with a drunken sailor? Apparently, you charge him and his friends with DABASUI (Driving A Big Ass Ship Under the Influence).

Bossman says the police weren't very nice to him after one of his friends broke a beer bottle over someone's head at a S. Broadway bar.

Sen. James Brochin says felons shouldn't get assistance with their hospital bills. Given that this is a crime blog and not a blog about health care finance, I won't ramble on about how Brochin's proposal, if passed, will likely mean that taxpayers will foot felons' hospital bills instead of a fund that does not consist of tax dollars. Are you gonna mention that to your constituents, Brochy?

25 years for 1985 Robbery, Rape and Murder of Nurse

At a hearing today, Orrell Youmans, 51, of the Division of Correction (DOC) pled guilty to second-degree murder, carrying a deadly weapon and first-degree sex offense. Judge Gale E. Rasin sentenced Youmans to 40 years in prison suspending all but 25 years and five years probation and imposed the sentence consecutive to 1985 rape conviction and sentence. Details:
On January 28, 1985 Youmans deposited the lifeless body of Beverly Louise Feight, 26, in a wooded area in the 4000 block of Westchester Road. Feight had been kidnapped, assaulted, robbed, raped and stabbed. She was last seen by her family the day before when she left for her shift at University Hospital as a nurse. Hospital officials contacted her family when she failed to show up to work.

DNA samples taken from the crime scene were entered into the statewide database in 2002 and 2004 and on October 13, 2006 a match was made to Youmans, an inmate in DOC custody serving a 40-year prison term from a 1985 rape conviction in Baltimore City. Police obtained a search and seizure warrant for Youmans’ blood and on October 24, 2006 a sample of his blood was drawn. On December 5, 2006 the Police Crime Lab informed detectives that this sample matched the crime scene evidence and Youmans was arrested.
Assistant State’s Attorney and Forensic Sciences Director Sharon Holback prosecuted this case.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Conviction for Motel Murder of Cecil Saunders

Friday, a city jury convicted Donnell Williams, 25, of the 900 block of Woodington Road first-degree murder, first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. Judge Robert B. Kershaw scheduled sentencing for May 16, 2008. Williams faces a maximum of life in prison plus 50 years. On August 9, 2006 police identified Williams on a private, security camera beating and kicking Cecil Saunders, 28, in the head inside a stairwell at the Executive Inn in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway. Two other men are alleged to have participated in the attack. Co-defendants Demetrius Williams and Leneal Montay Collins are charged with murder and scheduled to stand trial today. Assistant State’s Attorney Diana Smith of the Homicide Division prosecuted this case.

March 17

One of the two men who were shot outside a Northwest convenience store on Saturday night has died.

Over the past few days, we've had shotgun assaults, cutting assaults, bottle assaults, Taser assaults... it's like a buffet of sociopathic behavior!

It's been a year since Gerard "jailbird" Mungo Jr. was arrested for sitting on a dirt bike in East Baltimore.

Lots of news in AAC: A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in the same Annapolis block where Timothy Hayes Marsh was killed last month; alleged drug dealer Nicole Tamika Freeman is on the loose; George Alexander Yates really needs to stay away from gas stations; and 0.4% of people stopped at drunk driving checkpoints over the weekend were charged with DUI.

Also in Annapolis, a man was arrested and charged with sexually abusing his stepdaughter for more than 10 years. One of the girl's friends was also abused. "The stepdaughter said she was 7 years old when the abuse began and 12 when the suspect raped her for the first time in the summer of 2004. The last time her stepfather raped her was Jan. 21, before her mother found out about the abuse, according to the charging documents."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Club Choices = Portal to Hell!

Officer Anthony Jobst was shot in the foot and officer Hayden Gross was grazed by a bullet during a shootout with a suspect, Anthony Blache, after they pursued his Audi as it left the vicinity of Club Choices. Blache was wearing illegal, Omar-esque body armor but is nevertheless in critical condition at Shock Trauma.

Other Club Choices incidents:It's the devil's disco!


"Victims' fund assists felons."

A double shooting last night in the 2900 hundred block of Garrison Boulevard.

A police officer was shot in the foot this morning.

The City school system paid $123,000 to two former employees who had alleged racial discrimination.