Friday, November 21, 2008

a little less death

Overdose deaths in the city have allegedly gone down by 24 percent, and methadone overdoses are down by half!
?: 67% of overdose victims were male.
Why would that be?

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A 15-year-old student was fatally stabbed outside William H. Lemmel Middle School this afternoon.

Veronica Williams, 28, the woman stabbed by her husband by Eastside District Court on North Avenue, died yesterday. She's just been granted a restraining order moments before.

Juwanna know how a car got off the city impound lot?

No gag order in the Ken Harris murder case.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Armed robbery conviction

A Baltimore City jury convicted Jermaine Southern AKA Swilling, 35, of the 400 block of E. Eager St. of two counts of armed robbery and two counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence today following a two day trial.

Armed robbery carries a maximum prison term of 20 years. Use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence carries a maximum of 20 years. Judge Timothy J. Doory scheduled sentencing for January 15, 2009.

On March 20, 2007 at approximately 9:50PM in the 500 block of Centre St. both victims were walking home from a play at the Baltimore School for the Arts when Southern approached and pointed black revolver at both, ordering them to “give me your bags.” The first victim handed over her bag, which contained her wallet, credit cards, US currency, paperwork, and keys. The second victim threw her bag, which contained her wallet, credit cards, $30-$40 US currency, paycheck, cell phone and keys to the ground and Southern grabbed it. On April 30, 2007, both victims positively identified Jermaine Southern in photo arrays. Further investigation revealed that Southern used the phone within an hour of the robbery to call his sister. No gun was recovered. None of the victims’ effects were ever recovered.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Leedy of the General Trial Division prosecuted this case.
.. how much time will he get?

Speaking of School for the Arts, 1986 video of Jada Pinkett and 15-year-old future murder victim Tupac, lip-synching to Will Smith in the school's hallowed halls!

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In the Ink, Anna Ditkoff reports that two murders from earlier this year have been added to the toll, including Eunice Taylor, a 69-year-old woman allegedly pushed to death by her granddaughter.
More on the legal issues from P. Hermann

"Bad Trip: Fells Point Mushroom Bust Snares a Guns-and-Drugs Convict"

A lot of people have asked for updates on the Annie McCann story.
PP sent this article from the Mt. Vernon Gazette, which answers nothing

Pellet-Arm Girl and the Southern district BJ tax on the John Watch.

QTD: "an expungement is a lot like wearing an Armani suit without taking a shower — your outer appearance is flawless but, just beneath the surface, is a smelly little secret you hope no one will discover."

"What do you do when your client opts for death?"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Charles Village Report: "a non-affiliated male with his pants down to his ankles who was armed with a knife and yelling at passing vehicles"

It's been quite a month in Charles Village!
(thanks for the forward, Gerard!)

Crime Alert 11/1/09- 11/17/08

From a Resident:
Car Jacking Reported
Weekend of November 15th an 16th in the vicinity of 27th  or 28th and Guilford.  Driver is home safe, neighbor witnessed incident and called police.  No further information available at this time.

Police Department
Northern District Deployment Data
Aggravated Assault
9:07pm on the 1st of November 2008
2600 block of Greenmount Avenue
Police recieved a call for a cutting at 2700 Greenmount Avenue.  Upon arrival the Police Officer found a blood trail in the 2600 block that headed north.  Officers located the victim in the 700 block of East 30th street bleeding from the abdomen.  The victim was uncooperative and gave no information.  Victim was transported to the hospital by Baltimore City medics.
3:38am on the 5th of November 2008
3000 block of North Calvert Street
During an argument the suspect choked the victim and threatened to kill her.  A warrant was obtained for the suspect. 
1:45am on the 6th of November 2008
3400 block of Greenmount Avenue
Victim and suspect (boyfriend) were arguing when suspect struck the victim multiple times.  Victim tried to flee into a store but suspect chased her into the store and pulled out a knife on the victim.  Victim retrieved a pair of sissors {sic} in the business to defend herself.  Suspect then fled the store.  Responding Officers located the suspect and arrested him. 
Armed Robbery
5:05pm on the 5th of November 2008
2300 block of North Calvert
Victim was riding his bike in the parking lot when the suspects began a conversation with him.  The suspects told the victim to get off his bike.  One suspect produced a handgun and the listed property was taken.  Suspects then fled southbound. 
2:50 am on the 8th of November 2008
Unit block of East 21st Street
Victims were seated in a vehicle when two suspects approached, one displaying a handgun.  Suspects then robbed the victims of the listed property and fled with the same on foot, northbound on Charles Street. 
Property Taken: Cell Phone, Cash, Wallet, ID, Credit Cards, Social Security Card.
10:15pm on the 9th of November 2008
2300 block of North Calvert Street
Victim got out of his car when the suspects approached displaying a handgun. They said they were the police and they wanted him to look at some photos.  Suspects then make the victim go into his house where they robbed him.  Suspects then forced the victim to drive into the North East district to go to the victims mothers house.  Suspects released the victim on Erdman Ave. 
Property Taken: Gold Chain and Cash
7:55am on the 10th of November 2008
Unit block of East 21st Street
Victim was walking and passed by the suspects.  Suspect 1 said "don't go up the steps" and then said "give me your money".  The victim complied.  Suspect 1 then displayed a handgun and grabbed the victims cell phone before fleeing the scene.  It appears as if there was another incident on the 11th involving the same suspects, but the description is cut off.  The case is listed as closed and suspects may have been arrested on the 11th in relation to this robbery. 
Commercial Armed Robbery
6:05 on the 4th of November 2008
2800 block of Greenmount Avenue
Suspect entered the store, pointed a hand gun at one employee, and said to another employee, "Give me the money.  Open the drawer or I will shoot him." The second employee then opened the register and the suspect walked around the counter, removed cash, and fled through the front door.  No injuries during the incident. 
Property Taken: Cash
6:10pm on the 5th of November 2008
Unit block of East 25th Street
Employee was locking the front door when the suspect exited a green van and approached her.  The suspect placed a knife to her throat and told her to go back into the store.  The suspect removed currency from the safe, told the employee to go into the refrigerator, and then fled. 
Propety Taken: Cash and a Cell Phone
7:43pm on the 10th of November 2008
3000 block of Greenmount Avenue
Suspects entered the store and pushed the store owner stating "where the money at." while displaying a handgun.  Suspects then took the listed property, duct taped the store owner, and then fled.
Property Taken: Cash, Cigarettes, 6 Cell Phones
6:05am on the 11th of November 2008
3200 block of Saint Paul Street
Suspect entered the store and displayed a handgun and stated "give me all the money".  Store employee complied giving listed property to the suspect.  Suspect then fled on foot eastbound on 33rd. 
Property Taken: Cash
2:11pm on the 12th of November 2008
3100 block of Greenmount Avenue
Suspect entered the store and asked the employee to retrieve a purse that hung on the wall.  While the employee was doing so he pulled out a handgun and stated "Give me the money".  After the suspect was given the property, he stated "Don't come to the window, I'll shoot you."  Then the suspect fled on foot. 
Property Taken: Cash and a Purse
Residential Burglary
11:40am on the 1st of November 2008
3500 block of Charles Street
Suspect entered the unlocked front door of the victims apartment, removed listed property, and fled. 
Point of Entry: Front Door - Property Taken: Laptop
Attempted Residential Burglary
4am on the 14th of November 2008
2600 block of Guilford Avenue
Unknown suspect attempted to gain entry to a home through the front window.
Commercial Burglary
5am on the 2nd of November 2008
400 block of East 33rd Street
Suspect broke the front glass door and entered.  Once inside, suspect broke open a cash register, removed listed property and fled through the front door.
Point of Entry: Front Door - Property Taken: Cash
Between 3am and 6:42am on the 11th of November 2008
3300 block of Greenmount Avenue
Unknown suspect forced security door, then broke front glass to gain entry.  Suspect then removed listed property and fled.  Crime Lab Responded. 
Property Taken: Cash and Clothes
Between 6:10pm on the 10th and 7:40am on th e11th of November 2008
Unit block of East 25th Street
Suspect forced the front door and entered.  Once inside the susepct removed the listed property from the register and then fled. 
Property Taken: Cash
Attempted Commercial Burglary
5:48am on the 7th of November 2008
2500 block of Saint Paul Street
Unknown suspect attempted to gain entry to the store by pushing in an exhaust frame.  Suspect then fled without gaining entry.
Stolen Auto
6:25pm on the 8th of November 2008
2500 block of Greenmount Avenue
Point of Entry: Car Door - Property Taken: Green 2008 Hyunda Santa Fe
Between 11pm on the 10th and 7am on the 11th of November 2008
3300 block of Greenmount Avenue
Gold 2000 Chrysler Concorde, MD Tags
Larceny from Auto
Between Noon on the 1st and 9am on the 2nd of November 2008
2400 block of Guilford Avenue
Property Taken: MD Tags
Between 4pm on the 3rd and 4pm on the 4th of November 2008
2100 block of North Charles Street
Property Taken: MD Tags
7:05pm on the 2nd of November 2008
2800 block of Guilford
Point of Entry: Car Window - Property Taken: iPod
Between 3am and 9:51am on the 5th of November 2008
3100 block of Greenmount Avenue
Property Taken: MD Tags
Between 6pm on the 8th and 10am on the 9th of November 2008
100 block of East 25th Street
Point of Entry: Car Door - Propety Taken: iPod Charger and MP3 adapter
Between 5pm on the 4th and 5pm on the 8th of November 2008
2900 block of Calvert Street
Property Taken: Catalytic Converter
Between 1:30pm and 3:40pm on the 10th of November 2008
Unit block of East 21st Street
Point of Entry: Car Door - Property Taken: Zip Drive
Between 7:30am and 4:30pm on the 11th of November 2008
2300 block of North Charles Street
Propety Taken: Catalytic Converter
Between 2pm and 4pm on the 14th of November 2008
2700 block of North Calvert Street
Point of Entry: Car Window - Property Taken: GPS
Between 5pm and 10:30pm on the 15th of November 2008
2600 block of Guilford Avenue
Point of Entry: Car Window - Property Taken: GPS and Digital Camera

Johns Hopkins University
Campus Safety and Security
 Weekly Campus Crime Report 

November 3, 2008 – November 10, 2008

 On Campus
 Theft – Wyman Building, 2nd floor Pediatrics – Between Oct. 24th at 12:00 PM and Nov. 3rd at 11:58 AM, a partial amount of currency was taken from an envelope in a locked office file cabinet.  No sign of forced entry to the office or the cabinet.  Also, between Oct. 27th at 12:00 PM and Oct. 29th at 12:00 PM, three peak flow plastic asthma devices were taken from the clinical area.  Investigation continuing.
Vandalism to Vehicle – Fresh Food CafĂ© Loading Dock – On Nov. 9th between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, two tires were slashed on a parked car belonging to a food services employee.  Baltimore Police responded.  Investigation continuing.
Off Campus
 UPDATE - SUSPECT ARRESTED - Armed Robberies – 200 Blk. E. 28th St. and 2600 Guilford Avenue – Oct. 24th at 10:01 PM.  On November 3rd 2008 Baltimore Police arrested a suspect in the aforementioned robberies.  One of the victim’s cell phone was recovered.  Investigation continuing.
Disorderly Conduct - 15 arrests – E. 33rd & St. Paul Sts. – On Nov. 5th at 12:48 AM, a group of approximately 500 people gathered to celebrate the Presidential election results.  After numerous attempts to disperse the crowd, Baltimore Police arrested a faculty member, five students and nine non-affiliates.  No injuries.
Theft – Evergreen House Grounds, 4545 N. Charles St. – Between Nov. 5th at 4:00 PM and Nov. 7th at 10:00 AM, three propane tent heaters were taken from an unattended tent on the north side of the carriage house.  Baltimore Police responded.  Investigation continuing.
November 10, 2008 – November 17, 2008
 On Campus
 Unauthorized J-card use – MSE Library – Nov. 17th at 2:00 AM, an unknown male attempted to use a female student’s J-Card to enter the library.  The card was confiscated by a library guard at which point the male fled the building.  Campus Officers and off-duty Baltimore Police officers working for JHU searched the area with negative results.  Investigation continuing.
CCTV Observation / Trespasser – Athletic Center, Front Bike Rack – On Nov. 15th at 12:19 AM, Campus Officers and off-duty Baltimore Police working for JHU identified a non-affiliated male tampering with of a crate attached to a bike.  The male was identified, issued a trespass warning and escorted from the area.  Nothing damaged, nothing taken.
Off Campus
Armed Commercial Robbery – Subway, 3233 St. Paul Street – On Nov. 11th at 6:03 AM, an unknown male entered the establishment, produced a black handgun and demanded money.  The cashier gave the suspect the contents of the cash register who then fled the store via a side door.  The suspect was last seen running east in the 100 block of E. 33rd Street.  Baltimore Police responded.  The area was searched with negative results.  See Security Bulletin FA-5 at
Common Assault – Outside University Market, 3200 Blk. St. Paul St. – On Nov. 10th at 10:15 AM, as an undergraduate student exited the store and declined a panhandler’s request for some money, the panhandler grabbed the student’s vest and touched her inappropriately. Campus Officers, Baltimore Police and an off-duty Baltimore Police officer working for JHU responded and searched the area with negative results.  Investigation continuing.
CCTV Observation / Trespasser – Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center – On Nov. 13th at 4:32 AM, a non-affiliated, homeless male loitering by the bus stop was issued a trespass warning by Campus Officers and off-duty Baltimore Police working for JHU.
UPDATE - SUSPECT ARRESTED - Assault – E. 33rd and St. Paul Streets – Nov. 10th at 10:15 AM.  On November 13th 2008 Baltimore Police arrested and charged a suspect in the aforementioned assault.  Investigation continuing.
ARREST – Unarmed Robbery – 32nd & St. Paul Sts. – On Nov. 16th at 7:20 PM, Baltimore Police arrested three non-affiliated juvenile males who robbed a senior undergraduate of money after one of the juveniles claimed to have a gun.  No injuries. The three suspects were subsequently arrested in the 3300 block Barclay Street after being positively identified.  Money and a plastic toy gun were confiscated from the suspects.  The juveniles were also charged with a robbery of a non-affiliate that occurred at 34th & Calvert Streets at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Emergency Commitment – Disorderly Conduct – 100 Blk. W. 29th St. – On Nov. 14th at 7:10 AM, Baltimore Police arrested a non-affiliated male with his pants down to his ankles who was armed with a knife and yelling at passing vehicles.  The male was taken by ambulance to Union Memorial Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

-- from the CV benefits district listserv

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"Teen, man shot to death"

"City police probe death of toddler who had methadone in body"

Mystery of the vanishing VW solved!

A man mugged at the Cold Spring light rail and stolen jewelry, cash and other goods in the Messenger blotter.

From the SAO:
Late yesterday a Baltimore City jury convicted Issac Smith, 23, of the 5600 block of Carter Ave. of second-degree murder. Judge Charles G. Bernstein sentenced Smith to 30 years in prison.

The jury heard evidence over the course of a four day trial and deliberated over two days.

The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Smith December 8, 2003 for first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon counts. A Baltimore City jury convicted Smith December 10, 2004 of first-degree murder and Smith was sentenced to life in prison.

On July 12, 2007 the Maryland Court of Special Appeals vacated Smith’s first-degree murder conviction, citing an omission of a jury question during voir dire by the trial judge.

On October 27, 2003 Smith fatally stabbed Jamall Hill, 23, in the 5500 block of Harford Rd. Witnesses testified that Smith chased the victim approximately three blocks before stabbing him one time in the heart. Testimony revealed that Smith believed Hill had stolen $1,000 from a mutual friend. The State successfully prosecuted the retrial after searching and finally locating two witnesses from the first trial; one local and one out of state.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Paul O’Connor and Timothy Lake prosecuted this case.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cult Member Sprung

At a bail hearing on Friday before the Honorable John Howard, Steven Lee Bynum, 42, of the 700 block of Bethune Road, charged with the cult murder of one-year-old Javon Thompson, had his no bail status reduced and was released on his personal recognizance today.

Justin Fenton discovers more about the young men accused of killing councilman Ken Harris, including that one suspect was convicted in August of possessing a handgun in the county, and the other dropped out of the 10th grade and has a 4-month-old child.

In the county, a decade after the murder of 17-year-old Shen Poehlman, John Miller IV was sentenced

More on the police-involved shooting yesterday of a guy who was stabbing his wife in the neck on North Avenue

Gunshot sensor technology at JHU
, for what it's worth
Former soldier Leonard Stephan Lockley, got 21 months for allegedly smuggling AK-47s from Iraq and selling them to a bank robber.

Colin Frost, Jack Wyatt and Jamal Davis were all arrested after being the subjects of an Examiner story .
(Wonder what the actual charges were & how long they'll stay arrested?)
Thanks Pp.

Christopher Jude Blauvelt, age 39, of Dundalk, was found guilty of drug and perv charges


goings-on at the impound lot, as the "Mystery of missing impounded car deepens"

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by gunshot

Two years for attempted murder, nine for coke

A guy who got two years for attempted murder in back in the pokey after violating his probation. reports the SA's office:
Chief Administrative Circuit Court Judge Marcella Holland today sentenced Leonard Shelley, 23, of the 3400 block of W. Saratoga Street, to 9-years {sic} in prison for violating the terms of his probation on case number 101099031... In 2002, Shelley, 17 years, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and handgun violations. Court documents show that Leonard Shelley was arguing with a man and then took out a gun. The man he was arguing with ran away as Shelley fired the gun. Another man who was riding by on a bicycle with no connection to the argument was struck. In a plea agreement reached on March 15, 2002, Shelley received a sentence of 20-years {sic} with 15-years {sic} suspended and 3-years {sic} probation. He was released from incarceration in August 2004. His probation would have expired in August 2007, but he was arrested on a new narcotics case in February 2007 ... In July 2008, Shelley pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine in case number 2072101008 and received an 18-month. Today’s 9-year sentence is consecutive to that sentence.

Monday, November 17, 2008

street justice

A city officer shot a man who stabbed a woman

Two incidents of store clerks thwarting robbers in the NE county

"A guest at the Swan Motel in Lansdowne lost his money to a gunman while trying to prevent the robber from stealing his tie."


"One man was shot and killed last night in the living room of a vacant rowhouse in Northwest Baltimore, while a second man was wounded by gunfire and found lying on the roof of the home's front porch, city police said this morning."

From Sunday: Behind the DP Commission's debate

Hermann has the charging docs for Ken Harris' alleged killers, and the Examiner gives its thumbs-up to the arrests

Man's car vanishes from impound lot!
Charles McGaney, 19 and Gary A. Collins, 20 charged with murder in the death of Ken Harris are scheduled for a bail review today at 9:30 AM at Central Booking and Intake Facility in Part 40. The defendants are in Group 1.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

City officer indicted for assault

Friday, an AACounty grand jury indicted city Police Officer Melvin Ellsworth Jones on charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a weapon with intent to injure, he faces 33 years in jail.

Murder #188 was ID'd as Takira Leray Johnson-Bey, 27.

Quadruple shooting at an Odenton mall!
Homemade gifts are always the best kind!!

New evidence raises questions about the conviction of an ex-boyfriend for the murder of Melissa Stefanski last year.

Delaware alleged killer Damion Neal was caught after fleeing to Baltimore county.

St. Mary's county lowering crime, thanks to CompStat.

"Hundreds" show up at city hall to protest CA's Prop H8TE
".... as passerbys shouted obscenities and a dissenting opinion, it was obvious that the battle is far from over."