Saturday, February 7, 2009

We'd press two, but bloody puke is on the handset

"Thank you for calling the Kellogg Company. If you would like to share your comments regarding our relationship with Michael Phelps, please press one to speak to a representative. If you're calling about the recent peanut butter recall, please press two now. Otherwise, press three or stay on the line. Thank you."

.. NORML is calling for a boycott.
But Subway, "perhaps realizing its product could serve an entirely new niche of sub eaters — namely, ravenous pot smokers — announced it still supports Phelps"

Friday, February 6, 2009

"Integrity Issues"

Hermann: Detectives Allen Adkins and Deryl Turner, who were serving warrants in Justin Fenton's story yesterday, are on the State's Attorney's "do not call" list due to "integrity issues"

Seriously? "Maryland judges have the authority to order new trials after convictions, an awesome power because their decisions can’t be appealed. So if a judge steps outside the law and orders a new trial for improper reasons, nothing can be done about it."

"hipsters will shed some tears tonight"

"Quite a few hipsters will shed some tears tonight." Lithuanian Hall fined $8k, tonight's show canceled, says Meister

Media blabber: News Corp lost $6.4 BILLION in Q2. Ad revenue at the WSJ is down 20%.

Federal Cracktacular

Four-time offender Deshon Thomas got 11 years for the ready-rock (distributed by an 8-year-old!)

Two guilty pleas from "Tree Top" Bloods

Two MoCo residents were arrested & charged with trafficking underage prostitutes

Homicide Victims Named

Wednesday's three murder victims have been ID'd: Demetrius M. Saulsbury, 22, was killed in Broadway East; Lemuel Wallace, 37, was killed on the Gwynns Falls Trail restroom; David Bryan Wright, 47, was murdered in CHuM.

An officer was hit by an a-hole who fled the scene in a green vehicle.

Federal judge: Pro-life group can sue UMBC for $

Senate bills du jour: one that would raise the statute of limitations for child-abuse litigation from 25 to 50, one that would require health insurers to spend more on actual health care

Essex man gets 63 years in jail for setting house on fire while ex-gf's daughter was inside

Baltimore flipper is MLB snitcher
! (Is that a gold chain he's wearing? Of course it is)

"Authorities Not Laughing At Hacked Signs," but I am

Thursday, February 5, 2009

25 Years for Murderer of Shanika Pretlow

The SA's office reports that at hearing yesterday Judge John C. Themelis sentenced Brandon Chambers, 25, of the 1300 block of W. North Avenue to life in prison suspend all but 25 years and five years probation. Chambers pled guilty December 8, 2008 to the first-degree murder of Shanika Pretlow, 26. Chambers admitted to shooting Pretlow multiple times on October 18, 2005 after they engaged in unprotected sex and he falsely accused her of having AIDS.

Chambers pleaded guilty to the following statement of facts:
On October 18, 2005 police arrived on the scene in the 1800 block of McKean Avenue where they found Shanika Pretlow suffering from gunshot wounds, including a wound to the head. Medics rushed Ms. Pretlow to Maryland General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy by the State’s Medical Examiner revealed that Ms. Pretlow had been shot four times and that all of the entry wounds went from the back to the front and she was negative for the AIDS virus. A .32 caliber bullet was recovered from her body. Her death was ruled a homicide.

On October 22, 2005 detectives received information from sources with information about a shooting advising them that Brandon Chambers was seen in a nightclub bragging about shooting Ms. Pretlow after having sex with her. On November 7, 2005 another witness advised police that he had seen Brandon Chambers leave a local bar with Ms. Pretlow on the day of her death and that he was now bragging that he “had to kill her.” Chambers killed Pretlow believing she was HIV-positive and that he had unprotected sex with her. In 2007 DNA testing of evidence recovered from Ms. Pretlow’s body revealed Brandon Chambers genetic profile as the major and only contributor.
Assistant State’s Attorney Lisa Phelps prosecuted this case.


It appears there were actually three unrelated murders yesterday. The third was a man shot & killed in the 1600 block of Gorsuch Ave. in CHuM.

"Science Found Wanting in Nation’s Crime Labs"

"Police hope warrant sweep will curb city violence" (beautiful photo!)

City officials want to speed up the process of civil "nuisance abatement" lawsuits

An arrest for the carjacking and shooting last week of 19-year-old Michael Lewis

A man robbed in the Rotunda parking lot in the Blotter

Study: Meth cost 'society' $23.4 billion in '05

"Watch it, that tickles! Wow, I haven't felt suction like that since the Bush twins were in town! Uh oh, sporty, is that a cell phone camera over there?" Greg Kane imagines what Michael Phelps' bong might say. ... & wouldn't it be refreshing if a busted celebs "took responsibility" by donating to a legal defense fund for pot dealers?

Our favorite Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has been hospitalized with pancreatic cancer.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


"This afternoon, police found the victim, who was shot in the back, in the bathroom in a stone shelter at the Winans Meadow [Gwynns Falls] trail head, in the 1500 block of North Franklintown Road."

Domestic assault
in the blotter

What the?!

"A Baltimore man filed a $210 million civil lawsuit yesterday ... in connection with a 2006 incident during which he says a band of rogue cops held him at gunpoint in the street, stripped him and searched his rectum in front of about 30 onlookers." Said the victim, "I thought they were going to kill me."

A Good Question

What happens to all the stuff those car-break-in thieves steal?


A 22-year-old man shot to death in the 1700 block of N. Washington St.. No suspects, no motive.

This week's six murders, documented in the Ink

Baltimore's new drug treatment chief, Greg Warren. He's the former director of substance-abuse treatment services for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, collects decorative eggs and is against drug decriminalization.

What's up with Inspector General Hilton Green's annual reports?

Allegation: woman served "McD's Sanitizer" at drive-thru

Media blabber: Pink-slipped crime reporters Janis and Broadwater talk to the CP.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Girl Not Guilty of Teacher Beating

"In Reginald Lewis teacher beating case, girl not guilty of 2 of 3 charges ... Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Smith said that he found both sides credible -- and that both sides acted deplorably. He could not determine who was at fault"

35 Years for Murder of Earl Cornish

The SA's office reports that at a hearing, today Judge Paul Smith sentenced Darryl Halsey, 26, of the 4200 block of Sheldon Avenue to life, suspend all but 30 years for first-degree murder, five years consecutive for use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and three years concurrent for wear/carry a handgun. Details:
On May, 16, 2007 at 517 Chateau Ave. the victim, Earl Cornish, 21, was talking to Denise Davis. During the conversation Cornish slapped Ms. Davis on the buttocks where she had recently had surgery. Ms. Davis called her brother, Darryl Halsey, and informed him of the incident she just had with Cornish. Halsey responded to 517 Chateau Ave. with a silver revolver, approached Cornish and shot him once in the back. Halsey then fled the scene. Cornish was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital later that night.

Mayor Dixon to be Arraigned

this morning at 9:30 a.m. Her lawyers say she won't be there, though.

The man found stabbed to death on Dickman st. was ID'd as Kendrick L. Daney, 38. A 51-year-old co-worker turned himself in for the killing; he felt that Daney had "disrespected" him.

The Dick Irwin special has a person who fired shots at a car in the southern, a BMW carjacked in the central, a spray-painted swastika in Cockeysville.

Two guilty pleas, 4,500 stolen cell phones in a warehouse on Wilkens Avenue.

What the?! Education edition:
The former principal of the school where Jolita Berry taught testified that Berry actually threw the first punch. The E's Mike Silvestri reports that the fight started because Berry, who was playing 92Q in the classroom, wouldn't turn up the volume. And an earmuffed John Sherman got a sidewalk interview with Berry.

"Goucher College has suspended a visiting professor from Rwanda after being told he stands accused of participating in the 1994 genocide."

Monday, February 2, 2009

"Very Large Data Breach" at Provident Bank

From Provident bank:

In case you can't see it, it says
Dear Cardholder:
We have been advised of a very large data breach impacting millions of credit and debit card numbers. Your card information may have been compromised... the best course of action is to reissue your card... please destroy your old card and begin using this new one immediately... please verify all transactions that post to your account each month by reviewing your statement carefully."
Uh oh.

UPDATE: Liz Kay reports that hackers used software to steal card numbers processed by Heartland Payment Systems Inc., the country's 6th largest credit card payment processor.

New Blog Alert

'Less talk, more action" The Baltimore Spectator interviews FHB III.


"Baltimore police found the man at 6:54 a.m. in the 200 block of W. Dickman St."
County police are asking other victims of this stranger with candy to come forward.

Suddenly we like him a lot more

QTD: "He was the gold medal winner of bong hits."