Saturday, August 9, 2008

Margaret Burns of the prosecutor's office: "Snitch in a box" and payola defense attorneys "the rare exception to the regular criminal justice process."

New DNA evidence in Donna Dustin's cold case murder will be the talk of the Bowie High reunion.
(Another, sadder version of the story from the Ann Cap)

Friday, August 8, 2008

August 8

16-year-old Matthew Scarbourough was shot and killed when he walked in on his family's apartment being robbed.

It's My Snitch in a Box Dept: "The defense attorney in a Baltimore murder trial is accused of visiting the prosecution's main witness in jail over the weekend and trying to convince him to change his story, allegedly by asking him, "How does it feel to be a snitch? You know what happens to people when they snitch? They leave jail in a box."

"An argument between neighbors over their pit bulls ended in gunfire"
(Incident mapped by Spotcrime)

Also "Two people were shot and wounded in separate incidents this morning"

.. in happier news, July's homicides were (reportedly) the fewest since 2001! :)

Media Blabber
Did you Know? The Library of Congress collects materials in virtually every format and representing all subject matter, with the exceptions of clinical medicine and technical agriculture (those subjects are collected by the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library.) Their holdings also do not overlap with the topic areas represented in the the library of William W. Smith.

I think I know where all of our commentators went yesterday-- they were typing on Meister's "Linden Liquors killer" post.
Speaking of Examiners, typo of the day from "Health Examiner" Dr. Delia Chiaramonte: "Controversy brews over prostrate testing." (Isn't is crazy how the "Examiners'" posts are mixed in with the news stories on the main page-- as if there was no difference between the two?!)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

40 Years for Parolee/Home Invader

From the SA's office:
The Honorable John C. Themelis sentenced Michael Hayes, AKA Michael Evans, to 40-years {sic} in prison today after a jury convicted him on June 10, 2008 of armed robbery, theft over $500, first-degree burglary and unauthorized use following a 3-day jury trial[.]

Hayes, 27, of the 3200 block of Magnolia Ave was paroled on July 11, 2007 and 16-days {sic} later Baltimore police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery and home invasion in the 6400 block of Everall Avenue. The victim testified that he was walking from his mailbox to his front door about 6 PM when Hayes and another male approached him and pointed a silver handgun in his face and forced entry to his home. The men demanded money and hit the victim in the face. The armed robbers ransacked the home demanding guns and money. As the victim’s wife arrived home, the gunmen fled in the victim’s car with personal property. The car was located in the 5600 block of Farndale Avenue within 30-minutes {sic} of the incident. The defendant’s fingerprint was located at the crime scene and he was identified in a photo array.

15 Years for Man Who Kidnapped & Shot Hack Cabbie

From the SA's office:
This morning Judge Robert Kershaw sentenced Raymond Saunders, 21, of the 2200 block of Sydney Avenue, to life suspend all but 15-years in prison with 3-years supervised probation for attempted first-degree murder and 5-years for the use of a handgun in a crime of violence after he plead guilty to the facts of the case. The sentences will run concurrently.

The elements of the offenses to which Saunders has plead guilty are as follows: On April 11, 2007 at 11:25 am in the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court, police officers found Michael Storm bleeding profusely after being shot in the chest and left arm. Mr. Storm reported that he had been operating as a “Hack” when he met Raymond Saunders to transport him to 2400 block of Wilgrey Court. After exiting the vehicle, and while Mr. Storm was waiting in his vehicle on another patron, Saunders returned to the vehicle to inquire about his cell phone believing he had left it in the car. When the phone was not found in the vehicle, Saunders became agitated with Storm. Storm entered the dwelling with Saunders in an effort to help him find the missing phone insisting to him that he did not have the phone. Saunders became more irate and held Mr. Storm captive at gunpoint. During the hours of captivity Saunders forced Storm to drive him around at gunpoint, accusing him of stealing the cell phone, threatening him and insisting the phone be returned. They returned to the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court when Saunder’s {sic} became irate and shot Michael Storm. Though Michael Storm suffered extensive internal injuries he was able to identify Raymond Saunders as the person who shot him after being held captive for 11-hours. Other witnesses present in the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court identified Saunders as the shooter. Raymond Saunders fled to New York and was arrested there by the Warrant Apprehension Task Force and the New York Police Department.
15 years for all that? i thought kidnapping was usually considered kind of a big deal!

Sex Offenses Real and Imaginary

"Lawyers for a former Catholic priest and the Archdiocese of Baltimore say they are close to settling a sexual abuse case filed by the parents of a man who died of a drug overdose, allegedly as a result of the priest’s actions 17 years ago."

BP: remember how we said Sergeant Smith was a drug-addled pervert? Our bad!

Suspected serial sex predator/murderer William V. Brown may face more charges.

Baltimore County police have obtained arrest warrants for four convicted sex offenders, and are asking for the public's help in locating them.

Meister: "It's time to combine two of my favorite subjects: Patricia Jessamy and Linden Bar and Liquors." (don't miss the comments!)

It's the case of the Baltimore Raven and the missing insurance $$

Thursday... bang bang bang!

A man was shot to death at about 1:30 this morning in the 500 block of Castle Drive in the Lake Walker neighborhood.

The lead-based love-fest continues in Baltimore this morning, as three men were shot last night and a kid was shot after midnight today.

So it turns out that five of those involved in the Quintuple shooting (yes, Quintuple Shooting) may be connected to the Bloods. And some people in this town think there aren’t any Gangs…

For all of you who think that your boss is bad: Police are now holding Alice Collins for the murder of Elizabeth Mary Queensbury, which stemmed from a robbery attempt.

Okay, so some cop we were made to be a bad guy is actually one of the good guys. Great – not even the police can differentiate anymore.

News flash: If you say in a commercial “Our car deals are so low you’ll think I’m on drugs!”, you aren’t supposed to literally have them.

Sheila Dixon doesn’t care about poor people. Well, at least someone does, I guess…

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

August 6

What the?! Five people shot "in the lower body" in the SW last night, police say they were Bloods. mapped by Spotcrime

The man killed on West Fayette last night was ID'd as Jeffrey Alston of Catonsville.

The Ink has four murders from last week, plus updates

A man was robbed and shot while fetching Chinese takeout on Harford Road.

Since Vic wanted to know what happened with the shooting at Robert E. Lee, maybe someone else wondered also-- it turned out that it was a lesbian-stalker type situation-- Sirlilar Jewelle Stokes, 19, female patron of the 2 O'Clock strip Club, lured 18-year-old dancer Ashley Davis into her car, took her to the park at dawn, shot her, then returned to the same club later that afternoon, where she was arrested.
Aside, have you ever been to Pride? There are quite a lot of "Snoops" in this town.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Feds to Seek Big D For Lackl Murder

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty in the prosecution of Patrick Albert Byers, Jr. for the murder of Carl Stanley Lackl.

August 5, 2008

Sentementes reports that a 23-year-old man was shot and killed early this morning in the 1700 block of W. Fayette St. in West Baltimore.

Ralph Hall, 37, was found July 30 shot to death behind the Dr. Roland N. Patterson Sr. Academy in the 4700 block of Greenspring Avenue.

Umar Ibn Shakir, 18, was shot to death in Woodlawn in the county

... three shootings in three days mapped here

Two men convicted of three counts of first-degree murder yesterday: Derrick Collins, 24, was convicted in the Dec. 18 killing of 33-year-old Annette Bardney, and Larry Joseph, 19, was convicted for killing Deion Morris and Channing Myrick in September of last year. Morris and Myrick were shot to death in Belair-Edison in "broad daylight as an afternoon church service was getting out."

A victim of suspected rapist/murderer William Brown spoke to Stephen Janis.

Yikes: "Baltimore police and prosecutors knew a “serial rapist” was on the loose as early as 2005, but never alerted the public."

There's a new warden today at Central Booking -- a girl one!

Sex-offender stories from Crofton and Columbia

"The Defense Ministry says hundreds of soldiers have been deployed in cities across Italy as part of government measures to fight street crime."
(thx glt)

Monday, August 4, 2008


Peter Moskos, author of Cop In The Hood, finds a few problems with our trustworthy and dependable cops' current state of affairs.

Nicholas Browning, accused of slaying his family in cold blood, is arguing that he was not in the right frame of mind when he did it. Go Onnnnn...

Loser Clark Rockefeller is headed back to Beantown.

And how could we not talk about The Cos coming to Harm City?

Community Announcements

Next Tuesday August 12, 6-8 p.m. Mayor Dixon will hold a "Neighborhood Conversation" at Loyola College Andrew White Student Hall, 2nd Floor,
4501 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21210.
For more info, call the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods at 410-396-4735.
(Their slogan: "you may as well be calling the MOON!")

Meister reports on a new blog-- Baltimore John Watch!
... for more on Internet john-watching, see this Wired article
(Now that William Brown is in jail, are the prostitute killings going to stop?)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Clark Rockefeller?

Baltimore makes a cameo in the international news cycle as another criminal flees to the Promised Land. This time it's noncustodial-kidnapper dad "Famous Phony" Clark Rockefeller and his daughter who the UK Times says is known as "Snooks"