Friday, July 27, 2012

Gansler asks 4th Circuit to Stay Concealed-Carry Ruling

115, 116?*

Hamin Bridges,
from Facebook
Two homicides yesterday*: Hamin Bridges, 34 and reportedly with no criminal record, was shot on his porch in the 1000, block of Evesham Avenue. He was a native of Philadelphia and Coppin State alum. Says Hamin's Facebook page, "don't stop shooting for non-violence."

Franklin Morris Jr., 34, was shot multiple times at his home in the 1600 block Smallwood Street. Morris had served time for attempted armed robbery.

Remember when Goucher college accidentally hired an accused Rwandan genocidaire to teach a French class? In this week's New York Magazine, college president Sanford J. Ungar gives backstory with a side of hand-wringing, and reveals that Leopold Muntayakzi is still living in an apartment in Towson.

Outgoing head of the Baltimore branch of the FBI Richard McFeely chatted with Fenton* about his big cases, says Baltimore BP isn't systematically corrupt.

Speaking of the offensively sexual, Reddit posted a very enlightening thread in which rapists explain themselves.

Gregg Bernstein has created a Special Victims Unit to deal with victims of sex offenders and domestic violence, headed by Lisa Phelps. Thought this was just made up for TV, but no, the NYPD really does have an "SVU," or rather a Special Victims Division, as does Bergen County NJ, San Francisco, Miami, Providence and a bunch of other places.

Police have released pictures of Vi Ripken's abductor and his car. The kidnapper requested no ransom and apparently had no idea that his victim was Cal Ripken's mom.

Neil Prescott, via BaltimoreOrLess

In PGC, police say they prevented a workplace massacre at Pitney Bowles by a disgruntled employee, Neil Prescott, left, who called himself "the Joker" and had a crazy huge arsenal.

An educational read: Reddit has a thread for rapists to explain their motives (also here) - via Jezebel 

*Fenton points out that our count is off and we are only up to 115 homicides so far... trying to get to the bottom of it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


In the county, Steven Podles, a 30-year-old man was charged with sex offenses against a 13-year-old... and Podles is HIV positive.

Another prisoner accidentally set free from Central Booking.

A cop against the drug war wants* to be commissioner; that would be interesting..

And have you seen any of these five missing sex offenders?

48 Percent?!?!

Luke Broadwater reports that the Dallas-based private company that operates the city's speed cameras, whose contract was due to expire, instead of getting rightfully run out of town with torches and pitchforks will instead get 48 percent of the city's revenue for at least the next five months*. $19.20 of every ticket. Hey all you firearms fans who claim you need your guns to fight some hypothetical corrupt regime-- said regime has arrived. Please put those hand cannons to good use and shoot those damn things down!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cal Ripken's mom?!

Cal Ripken's mom Violet was kidnapped from her home at gunpoint, duct-taped, driven around for hours and later found safe.

Van Smith has more on the Brown Organization, a pot-dealing concern that stretched from Jamaica to California and across the country to Baltimore and included its own trucking companies, including one headquartered in Catonsville. The group reportedly grossed $1-2 million a month by selling weed at $1,000 a pound (such a deal!) and killing and/or dismembering anyone who got in the way.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Brandon Spruill, 23-year-old basketball player, shot to death during a robbery Monday* in the 2300 block of McKean Ave.

Good news, firearms fans, a federal judge has lifted his stay on our state's concealed carry laws, and at long last you could be packing heat in your pants in two weeks. So says our friend Buz, if you happen to be packing in a dark crowded theater when some homicidal maniac opens fire, aim for the flash. Or just do like this dad and drop your baby, abandon your wife and toddler and drive off.  My plan is to just wear this every time I leave the house. 

A year after the execution-style murders of 58-year-old Billy Ray Lovitt, 36-year-old daughter Tanyika Gibbs and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Michael Jones, no leads.

So, future robbery victims, I'd always assumed iPhones were un-stealable because of the 'find my iPhone' feature, but not so, as I learned from a friend who had her iPhone snatched out of her hand as she was walking and talking upon the streets of our fair city. Apparently all it takes to subvert all that trackin' technology is a tiny screwdriver and a $3 SIM card, readily found on the Internet. A fix: a Tungsten etching pen, available for $6 including shipping on eBay. Which means it probably also fell off a truck, but, well, anyway, with that you can skritch your land-line phone number or whatever on the back case, so that even if you don't get your phone back, at least you have the semi-comfort of knowing the fudgeface who robbed you won't be able to easily sell it on eBay.

British tourist comes to town to see the spots made famous by "The Wire," instead discovers AVAM's bumptious bottom-burp machine. (Via Fenton) Oh, those whingey Brits with the bollocks journalism.  Quips Scott Calvert"Interesting to read that a dying Poe made it to the steps of Hopkins Hospital a good 40 years before it came into being."

Monday, July 23, 2012

Kids these days

A detective's smarts nab Corey McLary, a 16-year-old serial robber* (assume he's being charged as an adult, else his name would not be released).

The former CEO of Wings to Go pleaded guilty to embezzling $88k to use on hookers and phone sex.

According to the Daily Record, the Daily Record trivialized the accomplishments of female judges with the headline "Girl Power on the Bench" (er, ew) for a story about the rising number of female judges and has since apologized. Ah, takes us back to when editor Keith Gerard made the art department photoshop a picture of Hitler in front of the Alex. Brown building and was fired soonafter, those were the days..

Stash busted

98 Rock DJ Stephen "Stash" Smith arrested for DUI after a three-car accident in Edgewood Sunday night that sent a fellow motorist to the hospital, reports The Dagger's Aaron Cahall. Stash went to rehab for painkiller addiction in 2008.  ...If you enjoy to drink, do yourself a favor: breathalyzer keychain.

Creepy and creepier

Two female corpses were found over the weekend. The badly decomposed body of a 41-year-old woman was found at the Wyman House in the 100 block of West 29th street, and the man in the apartment with her body was taken into custody. And a 60-year-old woman found on West 20th street.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the face in Park Heights.

Hopkins hospital has begun contacting patients who may have been infected with Hepatitis C by creepy lab tech David Kwiatkowski. Says a statement from the hospital, "Johns Hopkins is in the process of contacting these patients and offering them free testing for hepatitis C." So generous!

In Remington a man was robbed at gunpoint of a leather bag, $50 and some empty prescription bottles

A man was arrested for stealing two beers from the Kent House on York Rd and is being held on $50,000 bond.

Burglars in Pikesville did $200 worth of damage to two pool chairs. Also, if your pool chairs cost $100 each, you're a wiener.

Fishy, fishy.. SRB's office won't turn over emails and other records from former IT Chief Rico Singleton*. According to allegations, Singleton's ethical lapses at his previous job in New York cost the city $1.5 million.

A reader from Colombia took issue with Al Jazeera's assertion that Baltimore is "more deadly than Bogotá," but actually Al Jazeera is correct, at least when it comes to official numbers. Bogotá's homicide rate is 21 per 100,000 people, Baltimore's is 34.8. Of course we don't have vigilante groups that round up poor people and kill them (and I seriously doubt the official rate includes these limpiezas).