Friday, August 2, 2013


Four separate shooting incidents and two people killed last night.*  But hey, almost a whole week without a homicide.

Grandma rubs methadone on gums of babies, kills one, sends other to intensive care*
Justin Buchanan

On Wednesday at Pratt and Light Streets this winner hit a shuttlebus, then a car, then grabbed a toddler out of the backseat of his car and fled.

A group of teens tried to rob man with fake gun in the 2600 block of St. Paul. Man pointed out that it was a fake gun, walked home, called police.

However, apparently the state of Maryland sold about 30 real guns to convicted felons.*

A guilty plea from Essex child pornography producer Robert Marzola, who was snagged in that huge nationwide ICE bust in January. It looks like he took down his creepy Google album but his LinkedIn profile is still up. Sabra, Wang and Associates. It would be really wrong to laugh at that.

Have you seen this guy's trumpet?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Failing forward

Was trying to remind myself of the details of the Grand Prix's various debacles, as that hot mess is apparently expected to return September 1 yet still has no title sponsor* and apparently isn't getting one. So instead of just selling to the highest bidder, SRB's just going to leave that money on the table. And look who's paying the bills now*-- none other than two (now former) Constellation Energy aka Excelon executives, Felix J. Dawson and Daniel C. Reck.* Oh wait, no, a third sports marketing company is running it now-- it's had three different organizers in three years-- Baltimore Racing Development, Downforce Racing and now Andretti Sports Marketing. Mess, mess, mess.

No good very bad judgement

The Baltimore Sun's got no good, very bad, terrible judgement, says the daily howler, to run a headline re. Trayvon Martin, "The New Lynching." And even though the beating of a Hispanic man near Patterson Park* was not for Trayvon, Fox still has its deceptive headline up. Though now there's a new allegation of a "for Trayvon" beating coming out of DC.

Specialize in import/export and off-the-books specialty sales? Wonder what the latest revelations about the NSA's data tracking might mean for you? Well, these tips from the Guardian's data editor might be helpful. To summarize:
  1. If Supplier Pookie has called you from his iPhone, emailed you from his City of Baltimore email account or you asked you to follow him on Twitter, you're going to go down with Pookie.
  2. Similarly, if you call, text or email Pookie from an account that can be linked to you, you'll take Pookie down with you.
  3. If what you're trying to send through email is your gang handbook, organizational structure or bank account information-- WTF is wrong with you? Show it in person or send it hidden in a book via FedEx or something, stupid.
  4. If you can't talk in person or via carrier pigeon, ask yourself if you really need to talk.
  5. Use TOR. Very, very slowly.
  6. Don't trust anyone who might get tired and lazy and make a phone call or send an email or text on their non-burner phone, because lazy is who is going to send you to pound-your-ass prison.
  7. Only use a burner if it never touches the network. Don't call your mom, don't call your boo, don't call your lawyer, just call Pookie. Also if you have an iPhone in one pocket and a burner in the other they can trace the location of the burner, so you're fucked on that front too.

    Happy dealing!
The city housing authority and a landlord are getting sued after a house fire killed five.

Cal Ripken is offering a $100,000 reward* for the arrest of the guy who kidnapped his mom Vi.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Poop rolls downstream

I knew it was poop! The CP and Clean Water Baltimore allege years of sewage leaks and coverups by the city.

Overly attached California blogger alleges sex abuse at Michael Phelps'  North Baltimore Aquatic Club, bullshit called.

Dead ladies

Horrible: a neurologist from Towson, Dr. Autumn Klein, was apparently poisoned to death by her husband with cyanide.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Bradley Manning aquitted of aiding the enemy, faces 120 years for other charges.

The cop who chased a 13 (14?)-year-old car thief yesterday afternoon, then apparently slapped him in the face, has been suspended from the force for being too much of a maverick.

Gods and Earths

Sad: Charles Village Court Watcher Stephen Gewirtz's wife Janet was hit by a bus downtown and he's suspending all court-watching activities.

The Bradley Manning verdict is due to be announced at 1 p.m. today-- will it be life in prison or life in prison?

Local activists schedule a "gang unity summit." "If you are an active member of a set of any of the local Gangs and you identify yourself as a Muslim, NOI and or 5% Nation of Gods and Earths Your attendance at this Unity Summit For Self Defense is requested."

Thirteen-year-old steals car, crashes it into a lot on Belair road, gets slapped in face by cop

Monday, July 29, 2013

a very important work of art

Four guys arrested on N. Calvert Street for stabbing 22-year-old Jerod Andre Gilmore to death on N. Calvert and E. Baltimore Streets* on Friday, an event police watched live on city crime cameras. Gilmore's death was the city's 135 homicide of 2013. Notably, none of the four arrested have adult or juvenile criminal records, but Gilmore had more than a couple of arrests to his name, including for assault, armed robbery, illegal guns and drugs. 

One Troy Keene arrested for a murder in the 900 block of Bennett Place last Tuesday.
Law violated
 by panel
A state panel found that the city violated the law* by holding secret meetings on the Harbor Point deal-- but that finding doesn't change a thing. Can we please stop calling it a $107 million project? The city is borrowing $107 million, but interest on the loan will be $174 million and tax breaks will be $113 million, so let's call it what it is, a $394 million deal. And have we mentioned that Excelon's merger requires them to build in the city no matter what? ... Help a friend steal $394, go to jail. Help your friend steal $394 million, pose your boob flab in a cocktail dress for the Sun magazine.*

Dayum, Sun-- at least eight staffers have left recently, including AAC crime and courts reporter Andrea Siegel, impish entertainment scribe Sam Sessa, and apparently whoever airbrushes the boob flab out of the vanity pieces in the magazine. How much thinner can that paper possibly get?

A man in Essex was shot multiple times by home invaderKenneth David Cox, 24 ... then the victim somehow beat Cox to death with an unnamed "blunt object." I imagine it went just like this, but with three guys, a gun, and blood everywhere.

Tomorrow at 12:45 JM Giordano will be talking about his photo series "The Summer of the Gun" with Kojo Nnmandi on 88.5 WAMU.

Bwahaha, Julius Henson's appeal in his robocall case was rejected and he still owes that $1 million fine. Hope he saved some of that "Jump the Broom" money.