Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shomrim Sentencing

Eli Werdesheim, the former Shomrim neighborhood watch crew member has been sentenced to a six-year suspended sentence and three years of probation for the beating of a black teenager.

After much commotion from the victims' family and members of the community, the County Police Department has indicted Officer James Laboard (Pictured Left) has been charged with manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Chris Brown.

A 24-year-old who alongside his brother terrorized the city for a brief period last year has been sent to prison for killing two men in two separate robberies. Isaac Truss (Pictured Right) was given a 55-year sentence for killing 47-year-old Keith Cooper at an apartment building near the inner harbor, as well as killing Edward Jones, 50, during an attempted robbery. Truss, along with his brother Basil Truss, 30, faces a separate trial for a string of robberies committed during that same time period.*

Almost a year and a half ago a police officer apparently shot himself while insisting he was the victim of a robbery gone awry. Said officer, Detective Anthony N. Fata, is finally facing the music, and is now charged with four counts of perjury.

The murder of an as-of-yet unidentified man in the 4600 block of Norfolk Ave. is just one of several recent killings as part of a spate of violence in a normally quiet area.*

A man is ejected out of, and then crushed by, a stolen car during a fiery crash on I-295 and Annapolis Road. 

An Essex woman was found shot to death early this morning in the Marlyn Garden Apartments off Brunswick Road.

The latest North Baltimore crime report has thefts in large quantities, including that of deoderant and JHU t-shirts, as well as the usual car thefts and residential burglaries.

A 19-year-old Towson man is in critical condition after losing a fight with County police. The suspect was continually violating a protective order and visiting his baby momma, evidently an attempt to extract the suspect from hiding spot did not go according to plan, putting the man's skull on the receiving end of a blunt flashlight.

The county has had a boatload of noteworthy criminal activity lately, including a church van used in a Mickey D's robbery, police being shot at in Lansdowne, a racist mother daughter team pleading to federal charges related to the hanging of a Raccoon outside a black family's home, and father and son duo Jemal Stancil, 42, and Kevin Archer, 18, charged with the accidental shooting of a neighbors babysitter.

A Monkton man took the law into his hands, and then put a gun in said hands after reaching his breaking points over rude kayakers. Monkton resident Michael Hamilton, 61, faces first degree assault charges for shooting his gun at some kayakers on the Gunpowder Falls*

A dime and a nickel in the Federal clink for convicted felonious gun possessor Eric Young, 35. Young was caught with several illegal firearms while on a bicycle in the 2800 block of E. Monument Street.

Finally, a well earned 20 years of Federal prison time for convicted murderer and serial robber Brian Johnson, 35. When Johnson wasn't robbing stores all over the City and County, he was dealing heroin, crack, coke, and some weed for good measure.

Monday, June 25, 2012


These last few weeks, homicides have been fewer and farther between, but not entirely non-existent. Homicide vic #101 is an as-of-yet unidentified male, shot to death in the 1000 block of Central Ave., perhaps by someone in a black Lexus.

Finding information on city shootings is not an easy task, but Sun reporter Justin Fenton came across info on two shootings from earlier in the year. According to wiretaps in an unrelated drug case, on March 29th in the 900 block of Valley St. Brandon "Horse" Branch took a slug to the face; this attempted murder led to the retaliatory killing of 59-year-old Chauncey Hard, shot dead in the 900 block of E. Valley St., a case of classic Baltimore shootings, retaliation upon retaliation.*

I'm at a loss... A 14-year-old, yes, 14-year-old, has been charged as an adult with first-degree rape. Carnell Spencer III, born in 1998, is facing adult charges for Rape and Assault related to a June 18th sexual assault. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, apparently, as his father, Carnell H. Spencer Jr. is a convicted sex offender, currently serving a 12-year-bid related to an attempted murder and arson. Remember to sign in to the Case Search first before clicking the link.

A woman stopped at a light in the 2400 block of West Northern Parkway was carjacked last Wednesday.

The most recent Baltimore Guide's crime blotter, this one focusing on the South, includes an assault with a cigarette, an over-the-phone robbery, and stolen groceries.

Bealefeld's taking an Appalachian hike to help ease his mind after years of urban crime fighting.

A shotgun-wielding crook robbed the RoFo located in the 1000 block of West 41st St. 

It's been a bad week to work at Royal Farms. Two young men from North Baltimore robbed a Towson branch of Royal Farms located on Falls Rd. Charged with robbery and related offenses are 19-year-olds Thomas James Busard and Michael Robert Blevins.

And what happens when you commit robberies? You get sent to the Federal Pen, at least, occasionally. At least, that was the case for Matthew "Bro Gene" Talley, 46, sentenced to 12 years in the federal pen for imprisoning some employees during the robbery of an electronics store. Also given a 12-year-sentence was George Jordan, 50. Jordan got his dozen for robbing a Wachovia bank back in 2009.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

$659,000 Worth of Quality Phones

Despite City comptroller Joan Pratt's pleas, Baltimore City Solicitor George Nilson has given the stamp of approval for the $659,000 worth of telephone equipment that Mayor Rawlings-Blake's office purchased. 

A Friday night shooting in the 1700 block of West Lexington St puts a 26-year-old man in the hospital.

The BPD have made an arrest in the 2007 homicide of Melvin Jordan, 32. Now 32-year-old Phillip Herrell was doing a bid in a Delaware correctional facility when he was charged with the five-year-old homicide.

A scooter accident in the 700 block of East Heath St. put a 43-year-old man in the hospital. 

Two arrests have been made in the June 12th Overlea murder of Miguiel Anthony Bailey. Linwood Tymais Smith , 21, and DeAngelo Devonne Johnson, 24, have been charged with first-degree murder in the drug robbery gone awry. The drug-rip-turned-murder left Baily dead and Smith and Johnson with gunshot wounds to the cheek and nose respectively. 

An intelligent young man threw rock into the window of a gas station, and instead of fleeing and returning home, decided the best course of action was to call police himself, and claim he was jumped by a group of men, in order to explain his injuries... or something. 

A former Dundalk resident already serving life in prison for one murder is facing another set of murder charges in Alleghany County after strangling his cell-mate to death at the North Branch Correctional Institution. Brian Cotter, 25, faces first degree murder charges for killing convicted rapist Lewis Thompson Jr., 57. 

In a County crime roundup, an Essex doctors' office burgled, "Nibbles" is dog-napped in Parkville, and remember Zachary Campbell, the glasses wearing perv who made college bathrooms worse than they already are? Well surprise, surprise, he's been charged yet again, this time for more Peeping Tom-ing committed back in April. It seems peepery, or perhaps anti-peeping vigilance is, for some weird reason, on the increase, as five different men have been charged with "Peeping Tom"- related crimes since May. They are (would be great to have pix -- Ed):
  • Zachary Campbell, 20, of Baltimore, Charged May 3, and June 19
  • Sean Shalev, 33, of Baltimore, Charged May 13
  • Hector Pensalfini, 32, Homeless, Charged June 12
  • Michael Nace, 58, of Parkville, Charged June 12
  • Kevin Lange, 45, of Towson, Charged June 19