Thursday, July 12, 2012

Old Shootings, COMSTAT Stats, and a Bevy of Wanted Criminals

Eleven years after being shot, 43-year-old Vernonda Fenner has been added to this year's homicide tally. Fenner was shot in the stomach on May 18, 2001. Fenner never fully recovered from the wound and died on May 4th of this year.

The latest Murder Ink has updates on several recent city homicides, giving information on victims 104-109.

Christmas is here for Baltimore residents who are fascinated by both statistics and crime, as the BPD has released COMSTAT data for all to enjoy.

Police have released a composite sketch of a man (Pictured Right), wanted in an attempted rape in the 2500 block of Edgecombe Circle North.

A man shot in the leg Saturday night in the 500 block of W. Lanvale St. decided to wait two hours until he finally checked himself into the hospital.

Two suspects, Mikris Jamaal Jackson, 19 (Pictured right, below), and Lawrence Paul Mayo, 19 (Pictured Far Right), are being sought by County police for raping a 13-year-old girl in the woods near Chris Ct. in Randallstown.

Speaking of wanted men, police have released a sketch of a man wanted for shooting woman in the Brookeshire Hotel in the 100 block of East Lombard St. during a suspected robbery attempt.

Me-ow, the City Fraternal Order of Police took their claws out recently, describing the Police administration as being "outdated" and "ineffective", among other choice comments.

The internet can breath a collective sigh of relief, as case of the video-taped assault and robbery of an intoxicated man on St. Patrick's day has come closer to a conclusion. Aaron Parsons, 20, the man identified by several people as having thrown a punch during the incident received one year in jail. Two others, Deangelo Carter, 19, and Shayona Davis, 20, were both sentenced to probation. Shatia Baldwin, 21, awaits sentencing.

The three men charged in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Sean Johnson have plead not guilty. 21-year-old Antwan Mosely, 17-year-old Derrick Brown, and 29-year-old Danyae Robinson are facing an August trial date for the mistaken-identity murder.

If criminals weren't aware they could sell any car to a scrap yard with no identification or papers showing ownership, they sure know now. 

The man shot this past weekend in the 4900 block of Gunther St. in Parkville has been identified as 31-year-old Derrick Gamble. Gamble had been arrested for Attempted Murder twice, having received a conviction related to the second Att. Murder charge. Gamble was also a convicted drug dealer.

50 years in prison for Robert T. Buck, 48, convicted of the 2010 murder of Dundalk resident Leslie Jo Rasmussen.

A round-up of crime in the County includes racist graffiti in Lutherville, yet another armed robbery at the supposedly lucky 7-11 on Liberty Rd., a Dundalk Dunkin Doughnuts gets knocked over, a rash of burglaries in the Owings Mills/Reisterstown area, and an uptick in armed robberies in Catosville.

Amid a scandal AAC police Chief James Teare has stepped down in disgrace to avoid any further criminal investigation.

Finally, 24 years in the Federal pen for heroin wholesaler Charles Leonard Galloway, 46. Galloway was convicted of dealing kilogram amounts of heroin while working with the Mexican Cartels. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ladywives and man husbands

Speaking of our fair state's fine Federalist heritage, I'm sure it comes as news to no one that there are officially at least 55,736 petitioning citizens opposed to what the WaPo calls  "the gay nuptials law." Uh, what is the law actually called, again? Ah yes, The Civil Marriage Protection Act. Thnx Wikipedias. And hold on now, are we for or against this bill? Because the language is mega confusing:
Altering a provision of law to establish that only a marriage between two individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from marrying is valid in this State; prohibiting an official of a religious order or body authorized to perform a marriage ceremony from being required to solemnize or officiate a particular marriage or religious rite of a marriage in violation of the constitutional right to free exercise of religion; etc.
No four-way will for you!

establish that only a marriage between two individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from marrying is valid ...? parse, plz: ... not otherwise prohibited by existing law-- so not currently married, siblings, underage, non-human or dead, okay, but then there's the word "only"...  take out the middle matter... only a marriage between two individuals is valid in this State. So in other words, no coming here to try to file jointly thrice with your burka wives, sheiks of Araby, and don't come here to divorce Kody and try to get alimony, Sister Wives #s two and three. And should Mitt Romney come out after the election a la Bill Hendrickson with a few extra wives up his sleeve, then try to force us all to get fundamentalist-Mormon-plural-spiritual-sealed-married, this will stop that business right at the border. So, to clarify, against the initiative that is against the bill, and for the bill, which is for civil marriage, which is pro couple marriage and against plural marriage. Good.

And also, rather quietly in Port v. Cowan in May, the Court of Appeals affirmed that MD will perform same-sex divorces, even if the petitioners married in other states. So it's nice that the right of children to have support of both parents is protected no matter what and ... hey, who assigns those case numbers? Ahem...?!

Burning Ring of Fire

"A Baltimore firefighter has been charged with running an online prostitution ring and an unlicensed after-hours club in a city warehouse, less than two years after he received probation in Baltimore County in a similar sex trafficking case. The prior arrest didn’t end the city employment of Jamar Marvin Simmons, 29, who continued to work as a firefighter/paramedic out of a firehouse in the Roland Park neighborhood." ~ Fenton 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Criminally Insane

Accused cannibal killer Alexander Kinyua has been indicted and moved to Clifton T. Perkins hospital for the criminally insane.

Michael Knight, from Inside Charm City
You may have seen Dean "Journey" Myrie on "America's Most Wanted," last June, and soon you'll be able to see him co-starring live at the Garmatz courthouse with his co-defendants from the Brown Organization including, "Doc, " (left) "Dollar Bill" and "The Russian." The defendants are from Jamaica, California and Florida and charged with pot dealing and racketeering, and also kidnapping, murdering and dismembering Michael Knight, 50, of Woodlawn. "Doc" Downer is also charged with firearms violations, and with illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported after a felony conviction.

Cell phone carriers reported a massive uptick of law enforcement requests for subscriber information to Congress.

And the local branch of the Federalist Society would like to invite you, yes you, to lunch and discussion with Heritage Foundation fellow Hans von Spakovsky, "The Unpersuasive Case Against Voter Identification," Thursday July 19 at noon at the offices of Miles & Stockbridge, 10 Light St. Spakovsky was a lawyer in Fulton County, GA, then for Bush during the 2000 Florida recount and was later appointed to the Justice Department, where he worked to pass a voter ID law that was later overturned by a Federal judge. The Heritage Foundation is perhaps best known for promoting the Gulf Wars, denying global warming, raging against Obamacare and for its prominent members, which include Joseph Coors, John Ashcroft and Rush Limbaugh. The lunch 'n' learn is free, but email Brian Fish at if you plan to attend.

... speaking of people who might have a hard time finding an ID, the CP drops in on Baltimore's  decade-old shantytown.

A happier shelter is this home in the 800 block of Caroline Street*, formerly a vacant where a 13-year-old was raped, now being turned into $150k-180k 'workforce housing.'