Saturday, April 26, 2008

Van Smith: "Before his death, Federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna argued that Milton Tillman Jr. was a notorious and violent drug dealer."
(thanks Stan)

Also in the CP: "Ken Barnes, The Sno-Ball Stand Sex Offender, Still Awaits Release From Jail"

Friday, April 25, 2008

Guilty Plea, Indictment in Christine Richardson Murder

Lloyd Chase, 17, of the 2100 block of McHenry Street pleaded guilty today to "accessory after a fact to murder" as his trial was scheduled to begin in Baltimore Circuit Court. Sentencing will be held sub-curia until after he testifies in a related case. Chase will face a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The Baltimore City Grand jury indicted Chase August 3, 2007 for first-degree murder and other counts. The Grant Jury also indicted Calvin Puryear, 20, of the 2600 block of Dulaney Street.

christine richardsonCourt documents allege that Puryear and Chase are responsible for stabbing Christine Richardson, 15, left, on July 10, 2007 in her home in the 300 block of S. Fulton Avenue. Richardson was stabbed several times and her throat slashed following an argument with the two suspects. Richardson died the same day.

The Demons Did It

Stephen Todd Nelson, presumably recovered from his cleaning-product coma and accused of throwing his three-year-old son, Turner, into the Patapsco, pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse resulting in death at his arraignment this morning. The court scheduled a July 29, 2008 trial date at 11 a.m., before Judge Robert Kershaw.

April 25

Here's the story of Norman Stamp, the police officer who was shot and killed at Haven Place. His last words were "I'm a cop."

Jean Marabella: "If you care about Baltimore, you should read the transcript of what (Judge) Young said... . No, don't just read it, clip it out of the paper or print it on your computer and put it in your pocket. Or stick it in the frame of your mirror, forward it to someone, do something other than just let it pass unheard."

I don't often say this, but Jean's correct. Here's the link again in case you blew off reading Judge David Young's comments.

In the "it'd be funny if it weren't true" department, an Examiner photographer was assaulted outside Reginald F. Lewis High School as she was doing a story on school violence.

Nancy Schmidt was hardly alone: lots of seniors are victimized every day.

Catherine Palmer's bail was lowered to 10 grand.

The dude who crashed his car and killed himself, his girlfriend, and her family on Rt. 1 was here to collect an inheritance, which he and his lady wisely spent on crack, heroin, and PCP.

Espinosa and Canela may be granted an appeal.

While it's awesome that Garland Williams led the construction of a Browning family memorial garden at Cockeysville Middle School, it pisses me off that things like this never seem to happen in the city. I mean, where's the memorial garden for the Dawson family?

If this batch of thieves pool their resources, they can totally start a kickass band with one of them fancy MySpace pages.

Liquor Board chairman Stephan Fogleman slapped Anthony Triplin's hand and then renewed the license for Trip's Place, which is the alcoholic side of Club Choices.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Obey Your Needly Master, Hon

Buz reports that the Hampden needle exchange van has quietly moved somewhere else.

April 24

Damn. An on-duty cop shot and killed an off-duty cop who drew his weapon in the parking lot of the prestigious Haven Place.

I forgot to link to the Ink yesterday. This week, Anna tells us that the dead landlord has been added to the city's murder tally, and that the (alleged) killers had a lovely evening with their family the night after they (allegedly) killed the man. Anna also ID'd the man who was killed on 6th St. as Stanley Johnson.

The flaming tow truck driver is home from the hospital, and the douchebags who set him on fire are wanted for attempted murder.

Fucking Yankees fans, stealing our cell phones and medication and stuff.

God and Pat Jessamy both seem to support Jolita Berry's decision to file charges against the 15-year-old student who beat her down.

15-year-old student body vice-president Nakita McDaniels led two other group assaults on lone girls. One day, Nakita, the mayorship shall be yours. 'Til then, though, your ass is going to jail.

Two other students from the bus attack are suing because their bus privileges were revoked. Maybe Dr. Todd should sue for having his driving privileges revoked.

Jason Allen got hit with murder charges for allegedly killing Jeff Payne during a Valentine's Day party near Morgan State.

The alleged conspiracy against former Southwestern flex squad leader Sgt. Robert Smith deepens.

I love the fact that I can read a headline like "Parents fault Abingdon school over handling of gun incident" and wonder if people are pissed because the school did too much or didn't do enough.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Life in Prison for Juanita Robinson

At a hearing today, Judge John C. Themelis sentenced Juanita Robinson, 28, of the 800 block of Bradhurst Road to life in prison. A Baltimore City jury convicted Robinson February 14, 2008 of first-degree murder. On March 31, 2007 Juanita Robinson shot Andre McBride, 21, in the head in the 6600 Knottwood Court. Robinson was the victim’s girlfriend and was the last person seen with McBride before the shooting. McBride died later at Sinai Hospital.

Robinson previously served six months for killing 16-year-old Derrick Colbert (see last para).

April 23

Sounds like Baltimore was a little bit better with Nancy Schmidt around.

Two guys on the side of 695 set a tow truck driver on fire yesterday morning. (Sun coverage.)

In a completely shocking and unexpected turn of events, someone got shot on N. Carey St.

The fifth graders are packing heat.

"This is why I'm disgusted. The system has failed the people in the community. The Police Department is suffering from a lack of oversight and a lack of character. Today was a victory, no doubt, and it shows that an average lay citizen can bring charges and follow through it with limited resources and still bring a guilty verdict." (Examiner coverage.)

Poor Vernice Harris. Nobody wanted to help her. Nobody cared. So how could it possibly be her fault that she gave methadone to little Bryanna? Poor, poor Vernice.

Joseph McInnis Jr. got nailed for a rape 24 years after the fact. As part of his plea deal, charges related to a murder 21 years ago were dropped.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April 22

Police said a break-in might have been the motivation for the murder of 74-year-old Nancy Schmidt early yesterday morning. (Examiner coverage.)

The Rev. Rush "noticed a lot of things that was out of order" at the fatal memorial service for Anthony Izzard. My guess is he was referring to the gunshots, not the noun/verb mismatch.

"Baltimore prosecutors are dismissing dozens of drug cases from two police officers banned from testifying in court amid suspicions they have been untruthful in charging documents."

An 11-year-old was robbed at gunpoint on E. Monument St.

An AAC cop got into a gunfight during a Brooklyn Park traffic stop.

Drunk Dr. Todd will get off with a year or so in jail, some AA meetings, and a $5,000 donation.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Murder By Funeral

Two men were shot, one fatally and one in the buns, outside of Unity United Methodist Church in the 1700 block of W. Lexington St. following a funeral for Anthony Lamont Izard Sr. (aka Anthony Izzard), victim #53.


Says the big E, "City prosecutors in Baltimore are refusing to prosecute homicide cases that don't have the cooperation of at least two witnesses."

Media Blabber

blenderThe blog is on page 8 of this month's Blender magazine, under Club Paradox, The True Vine, Floristree (?) and Faidley Seafood:
Every month, Blender gets its travel agent on, spotlighting a different city with the help of in-the-know locals. This month, Baltimore: the food you should eat, the club where you should party and the corners from The Wire you should probably avoid.

Thanks to The Wire, most outsiders know Baltimore as a violent slum; this blog does little to change that. You can use its police-blotter-style entries ("Man shot on the corner of W. Lafayette and N. Payson") to avoid dangerous areas-- or to map out your own windows-up, doors-locked tour of Bodymore, Murdaland.


As Galt posted, WBAL reports that 74-year-old Emily Schmidt was stabbed to death in the 200 block of West 31st Street at about 5:30 a.m. today.
I hate it when it's kids or old people!
UPDATE: Turns out her name was Nancy, not Emily.

April 21

As Galt reported in the comments yesterday, a man was murdered early yesterday morning on 6th St. in the Southern.

Baltimore City is safer than any of the surrounding counties.*

Edward and Catherine Palmer allegedly killed their landlord in self-defense. Then they burned his dead body in self-defense, borrowed a car in self-defense, and dumped the landlord's body in self-defense.

If you decide to go-a-killin', make sure there's only one witness.

The BPD gave the feds evidence related to the shooting of Edward Lamont Hunt.

A skateboarder broke into Eastern Technical High School, removed a door, and used it as a skateboard ramp. It wasn't all fun and games for skateboarders, though, because a teenage boy's board was stolen during an implied armed robbery in Parkville.

The opening six words of Kelsey Volkmann's story make me wonder how many teachers aren't tired of students assaulting them.

* Based on the number of non-fatal shootings and armed robberies reported in the Sun for the weekend of April 19-20, 2008. A 22-year-old man was shot in the leg in Marley (AAC), a 45-year-old man was robbed while walking in Columbia early yesterday morning, and two men were shot in two separate incidents -- one of which was a home invasion -- in Baltimore County on Saturday night. Meanwhile, there was only one non-fatal shooting reported in the City: a 21-year-old man was shot in the leg on N. Robinson St. on Saturday morning.