Tuesday, March 14, 2006

O'Malley at the Forum

Whoever said there's no such thing as a stupid question never visited Baltimore. Poor O'Malley.
babyholding"Are you running for governor?"
"Do you have any control as far as decisions in your administration?" (moderator Harold Robbins: "Could you be a little more specific?") and "You're Catholic, do you support the terrorist activities of the Vatican?" I must hand it the the Mayor, he handled the lamest of questions with respect and aplomb. There's no denying that he radiates Clintonian charisma. He even has Bill's slow, back-of-the-throat gravelly delivery. His ease (and, let's face it, his undeniable hotness and baby-holding style, above) makes Duncan look like a circus bear in a tutu.

Anyway-- there were a smattering of protestors outside carrying signs along the lines of "200 illegal arrests a month" and and many with giant photos of Robert Clay and more cryptically "$800 million $$$ ???" But inside, amazingly, the theater wasn't full, no one had any signs, there wasn't any heckling... it was pretty boring, really.

He repeated the "40 percent reduction in crime" figure (ballsy!), and said that the city had experienced the second-largest reduction in drug-related trips to the ER in the country, added five new rehab centers and were recieving the third-largest federal investment in Ryan White dollars (which appears to be some kind of cash reward for being a smacked-out and disease-ridden city. Oh well, money is money).

O'M said the state was suffering from the Ehrlich administration having "no goals and no leadership" beyond putting "a slot machine in every garage," and he wants to make sure "we never forget that we are the people that Frederick Douglass and Johnny Unitas loved."

Then after his intro Harold Robbins interivewed him for a bit. "I'm not asking questions in any order," he said. "It's going to be a bit like whacking a beaver with a stick." (I think he was referring to Whac-a-Mole).

The smoking ban: "I'm open."
Education: "Full funding of Thornton," higher teacher salaries and pensions (he said MD is 50th, as in second-worst, in funding teacher pensions).

School closings: Ehrlich administration cut funding by 75 percent of capital funding and withheld the rest until the city closed five schools. He said that capital improvements to schools had "taken us longer than I would like."

BGE prices: Blame Ehrlich for letting the foxes guard the henhouse, appointing corporate cronies instead of public servants to head the Public Service Commission.

'borshun: We all want fewer of them and fewer unplanned pregnancies, and the job of the government is to work towards that and give individuals responsibility to make their own decisions.

Crime numbers and corrupt police: "We do not have a perfect police department. Sometimes police make mistakes. But if you don't trust police numbers there are others you can look at: paramedics have to fill out run sheets, also doctors at shock trauma, and they also report a 40 percent drop."

Then there were the stupid questions. Then a girl in argyle socks asked about police corruption. He was very good. "Wherever it rears its head, we will beat it down! There have been eight officers killed in the line of duty in the past years, and we will beat it out ... not just for the citizens of Baltimore, but for the honor of police and their families..." or something like that, etc. etc.

March 14

A man was fatally shot yesterday on East Biddle Street near Broadway.

MAcbier firebomber and Bloods gang leader Terrance A. Smith, 24, had first-degree murder charges dropped against him. He was accused of ordering Coketa Diggins to kill Reshawn Myers. Diggins got 10 years(!) for the murder. Myers was found shot in the head on Chinquapin Parkway by a dog walker.

It's Tuesday, which means Irwin's got your weekend news. Anthony Canthrone, 38, is in serious condition after being shot in the neck in the southern district last Sunday. A man with a rifle was arrested, and a man who assaulted a police officer last March was caught.

Way to go, officers Shantel and Lisa! The lady metro cops busted a ring of thieves who were sawing catalytic converters out of cars at metro stations in the city, Owings Mills, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County and Howard County, and selling them for scrap.

The Kawasaki three were indicted and face a maximum of 20 years and six months in jail.

Did you know? The governor has custody of 836 children, from babies to teenagers: 773 children in state care (where facilities are so pathetic one child had to live in the Social Services office for 21 days). And 63 crazy kids in jail.

Probably already posted this but it's worth putting up again: WBAL says crime is shooting up in '06 like a giant pink arrow on a plank.

They prosecute them bank fraud and identity theft cases down Greenbelt.

Yes indeed, the Year-and-a-Day rule is alive in Maryland.

Your Custom Horoscope:
Do not order the rockfish. If your house is heated by natural gas, shop around and lock in a rate. In the '08, Jessamy will be mayor. Plan accordingly. Foolish is the boy who looks at MySpace at school or porn in the library.

Monday, March 13, 2006

March 13

"I was told to make it a destruction of property... but it was obvious he was trying to break into the house." Love that Janye and her very credible report on the numbers game.

Motions hearings are scheduled for 11:00 tomorrow morning before Judge Paul E. Alpert (339 Courthouse East) in the case of Tyrone Beane. Beane is charged with killing Taharka McCoy, an East Baltimore man, on January 17, 2002. Defense counsel is scheduled to argue that the case be dismissed due to a defective indictment and ineffective previous counsel. Beane has been charged with 11 felonies, but the only charge that's stuck is the one he's in jail for-- 75 years in prison for an unrelated robbery and shooting.

Messenger Crime log: A man stabbed in the chest and arm on W. 40th by the Rotunda, a phone-mugging in Homeland, mugging in Waverly, burglary in Radnor, stolen cars.

Blotter: a 38-year-old man is at large after cutting his "girlfriend"'s throat . A man and a woman are being sought after shooting a 35-year-old woman during an attempted robbery on N. Carey Street. Two young men were arrested after they attempted to rob a man at knifepoint in view of an officer. And a man was robbed of $50 by a group of guys weilding sticks.

Why did Lt. Gov. Michael Steele get $250,000 from the Monumental Life Insurance Company?

Molto umiliando: Don Dwyer's attempt to "carry the ball to the end" by impeaching Judge Murdock has hit the international newswire.

In Owings Mills, martial arts instructor Jacob Davis has been arrested for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl.

A Towson University student, Anthony Taylor, was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and stealing her cell phone.

Indeed I do say, whatever did happen to the "Report on the Police Performance Enhancement Program and Recommendations to Improve the Process for Expungement of Arrest When No Charges Are Filed" that Jim Kraft was going to submit last September? Here's one reason charges might not have panned out: they were from the Southwest and illegal to begin with. But whatever-- it's all politics.

Speaking of, if you have any questions for the Mayor, don't forget tomorrow night: O'Malley at the ABC/Afro forum at 7 p.m. It's free, open to the public and the museum validates parking at the Staples lot across the street!

Web finds: a history of Jim Crow laws in Maryland.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

March 12

Jamie Dicapua, 21, was shot in the back and hip in the Chinquapin Park/ Belvedere neighborhood.

A drug suspect was shot in the chest at N. Lindwood and McElderry by an officer on Friday.

Erin Loube, a 16-year-old-student at School for the Arts, disappeared a week ago the from the Morgan State University campus.

Speaking of arresting dealers, this Messenger story never answers its own question, but does note: "in November 2004 that the number of marijuana arrests in Maryland had reached a five-year high ... much of the rise was in Baltimore." (I guess The Pot is a narcotic, I'd always just assumed the bacon was after the White Drugs. Maybe that's the substory with all the "abated by arrest" arrests: the prosecutors are declining to prosecute the MJ)

The president of the City Council once again appears to be linked to a fishy deal.

This just in: Sailors like to drink.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

March 11

How Could Anyone Oppose This Bill?

Late Friday afternoon House Judiciary Chariman Joseph Vallario called for a vote on House Bill 320 that would strenghthen Witness Intimidation Reforms for the most vulnerable victims of crime, women and children victims of felony sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

The Committee (mostly defense attorneys) voted to kill the bill despite statewide support by family advocates and prosecutors.

Last year, State's Attorney Jessamy referred to the passage of the Witness Intimidation Bill (House Bill 188), as a "toothless tiger" noting that victims of first-degree child abuse, including instances of physical abuse such burning and starvation, were not included and had no better protections against intmidation. She cited many high-profile child abuse cases in Baltimore that would not be included in the new law. In addition she noted that intimidation, as against the Dawson family, was also not covered by the new law and therefore the law did not go far enought to protect all victims in cases of threats and intimidation.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Counting Ghosts

There were really 293 homicides in Baltimore City in 2005, if you include "justified," vehicular manslaughter deaths (Though not victims like Matt Stoffel, who was killed when his head was impaled on a pole by his drunk friend's driving, an offense that would be charged as vehicular manslaughter anywhere else) and cases of death in state custody, a la Raymond Smoot.

A remarkable 47 of 2005's homicides are John Does, and one (actually 15-year-old Blanca Dubon) is listed as a Jane. But most of the unnamed 48 were black, male and shot to death, age uncertain. Oddly, 19 people were charged with murdering an unidentified victim.

Twenty-seven of the murder or attempted murder victims were white, five were Hispanic (two Does), two were Asian, five were of unknown or unlisted race. 254 victims were black.

Of 2005's murders, about half are open. There are 110 victims with cases pending. Overall, 26 of 2005's murder cases (about 7 percent) have been cleared, if you define that as ending in any kind of conviction, or the death being found justified or by the death of the main suspect. Three were cleared by the Year and a day rule (and we all thought it was just an urban legend).

Here are the 141 identified victims of open homicides, the rest are unidentified with no suspect:
Melanie Davis, 54; Louise Blanding, 76; William Brown, 50; Andre Dyer, 37; Anthony Lewis, 36; D'Onte Hopkins, 20; Devon Richardson, 18; Lamont Reid, 43; Ricco McKinney, 29; Theodore Burrell, 21; Eric Pinkney, 19; Lynwood McCaffity, 28; Larry Jackson, 38; Keith Smith, 24; Antwan Taylor, 20; Janerio Richardson, 47; Janice Ruffin, 41; William Brown, 50; Maurice Collick, 43; Travis Coles, 37; Darryl Smith, 19; Raymond Sakievich (W), 46; Everette Owens, 29; Emmanuel Wheele, 20; Leonard Betts, 26; Harold Giddings, (another white guy) 48; Lornell Williams, 31; Michael Goodwin, 20; Jessie Peay, 19; Roman Paige, 16; Sonti Hayes, 30; Steven Ray Kaham, 40; Gary McFadden, 27; Davon Atkinson, 25; Kwesi Owens, 22; Shadrick Woah-Tee, 39; Brandon Allison, 24; Garnett Vinson, 16; Robert Litlle, 88; Nachia Carter, 23; Anthony Warren, 36; Yavonnie Dowell, 20; Deonte Brown, 19; Deonte Pettiford, 19; Montez Gibson, 22; Jabril Jasin, 21; Ralph Arrington, 27; Mark Gardner, 24; John Kendrick, 55; Antonio Fox, 20; Mustafa Aleem, 21; Kevin Dozier, 19; Garry Berrie, 21; Anthony Boyce, 19; Michael Grimes, 27; Bobby Anderson, 35; Kevin Carmody, 36; Caprice Jackson, 31; Tanisha Hawkins, 26; Michael Guy, 20; Antwoine Mclain, 22; Ffloyd Harp,26; Samuel Umstead, 39 (WG #3) Charles Harris, 43; Jamie Parker, 27; Marvin Raines, 18; Lamar Robinson, 26; Donyae Bogues, 30; Roy McCray, 46; Eugene Carr, 23; Desean Dorsey, 28; Clinton Young, 43; Damon Wilder, 21; Tyler Hope, 3; Dante Jordan, 26; Aaron Benefield, 19; Melvin Pretlow, 25; Anthony Jackson, 26, J-Trimae Hyman, 16; Devril Burrell; David Howard, 19, Craig Crowder, 34; Gary Robinson, 28; George Buggs, 31; Dulani Watkins, 22; Donta Chandler, 29; Willie Hubbard, 36; Richard Boroughs, 25; Harry Johnson, 34; Leamon Tyrone, 39; Earl Tilman, 19; William Craig, 58; Darryl Outlaw, 32; Shannon Jemmison, 30; Brandon Lee, 25; Ruthie Melvin, 46; Charles Duvall, 69; Kevin Baylor, 20; Darrius Brown, 21; Anthony McCray, 33; Samuel Shufford, 48; Jerrod Byers, 22; Andrew Faison, 27; Sandy Crawford, 39; Bruce Turner, 36; Shanika Pretlow, 26; Bradley Giddins, 19; Vernon Carter, 24; Andre Grice, 19; Dominic King, 20; Daryl Davis, 28; Kenneth Thomas, 32; Davon Eady, 30; Sherman Downing, 32; Corey Wyatt, 28; Willie Capers, 45; Thomasine Evans, Spencer Penn, 22; Christino Purisima, 27 (Hispanic); Tony Campbell, 51; Raphael Grandy, 18; Don Johnson, 18; Troy Marine, 30; Eric Smith, 39; Ronald Gervin, 22; Byron Bell, 24; Mohamed Barre, 26; Talib Damon, 21; Timothy Ford, 23; Lorenzo Handy, 67, Thaddeus Riley, 43; Michael Dredden, 19; Raynard Thames, 19; Nigel Tyson, 19; Anthony Scott, 50; Adrian Outten, 19; Shanica Artis, 16; Johnathan Coles, 23; Dahuan Jones, 20.

Nine percent of 2005's cases involving a white victim and 56 percent of cases involving a black victim are open.

So where did the Magic Homicide number of '05, 269 (or 272), come from? Anyway, there's the difference of the 19 homicides between what the Medical Examiner and the prosecutor's office say and what the BPolice reported. Who's to say what's true?

Math Dept.

In 2004, 301 people were murdered. Or what it 278? let's say 278.
Of these murders, 97 of the victims' cases ended in the punishment of somebody for something (anything from a handgun violation to Murder One), 34.8 percent.
38 cases are still pending 13.6 percent.
149 homicide cases, or 53.5 percent, remain open.
23 cases were found "justified."

Leonard Hamm earns more than the mayor, or the city's top lawyer.

According to the GBC, in 1995, Baltimore's 50,000 drug addicts were stealing at least $2.5 million worth of goods from citizens and tourists a day. They estimated that treatment was about seven times cheaper than incarceration.

March 10

The triple-murder trial of Derrick Taylor, 27, of the 4000 Block of Ridgecroft Road and Inshallah Owens El, aka Lisa Owens, 29, is scheduled to begin Monday morning before Judge Roger W. Brown. A Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Taylor and Owens February 24, 2005 for three counts of first-degree murder and other counts. Court documents allege that on January 10, 2005 Taylor and Owens shot and killed Nathan Gulliver, 49, Antwon Arthur, 38, and Steven Matthews, 36, at a drug and alcohol recovery house in the at 540 block of West 27th Street.

The murder trial of Coketa S. Diggins, 19, and Terrance A. Smith, 24, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday before Judge Alfred Nance. The Baltimore City Grand jury indicted Diggins and Smith March 11, 2005 for first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Reshawn Myers, 19. Court documents allege Diggins shot and killed Ms. Myers January 20, 2005 in the 5700 block of Chinquapin Parkway, and that Smith ordered Diggins to carry out this shooting.

A narcotics sting went wrong in Jim Kraft's district and an undercover officer shot a male suspect in the torso.

The Rice brothers' co-conspirator, Robert Lee Baker, 59, pled guilty to possession and conspiracy to distribute heroin (30 kilograms = 66 pounds).

Papel secante de Dick: A man stabbed Sidney Manley, 41, and John Harvey, 40, in the head with a pocket knife. Markie Elsey, 21 was arrested for rape, and Joshua Schlothauer, 21, was arrested for arson.

The commander of the BP homicide unit, Major Fahlteich, is in "quite a pickle" after leaving the scene of a (technically illegal) traffic stop after his Crown Vic bumped into a reckless-driving mom's minivan.

I love how Jim Kraft's name is spelled two different ways in this story. Mrs. J comes out a rose, as always. It's hard to mess with her-- she's a little grandma, Shirley from Good Times, a dab of St. Genevieve, elected with a mandate, accessoried for television, locking up bad guys. Time to send flowers. How can anyone be against hiring prosecutors? I'm still so confused...

In Dundalk, a 25-year-old high school teacher is accused of stealing from students' lockers.

Enough about the gays already! Maybe we should worry more about, say...
Carroll County, where Richard B. Davis is charged with raping two girls
... An Eastern Shore man, 54-year-old Leroy Banks, who was grounded for five months for sexually assaulting mentally disabled women in his care.
...And what's behind the sexual assaults at the Naval Academy? ... Ten drinks in 90 minutes.

This just in: a case of massive improper meat storage in Carroll County.

In the Post blotter, a PGC 16-year-old got five years in juvie for murder, a Fox news reporter, Darryn Moore, was arrested for domestic assault, two indecent exposeurs, a father got 20 years for beating his 4-month-old son to death.

BCrime Law of politics: if you're ever unsure what a politician's up to, look at whatever he's accusing his opponent(s) of doing. A cookie for close readers... Jessamy will be runnng for Mayor in '08.

In Annapolis, lawmakers had a ball when a doctor said "testicle."

The Wire is shooting at Guilford and Federal.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Kraft vs. Jessamy vs. Rawlings vs. Clarke vs....

So what's up with the strange behavior of City Councilpeople Jim Kraft and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake? There's a budget meeting that's a total yawn (literally... that guy in the purple shirt needs to cover his mouth), then all the sudden, when Jessamy is in the middle of a sentence, Kraft bangs the gavel and declares the meeting recessed. I've seen the tape of the whole thing and you can't even tell what he was objecting to, it looked almost like he was frantic to get to the bathroom (and contrary to what the Sun says, there's no "shouting match." As Mary Pat Clarke said, "I have no idea what just happened here, other than incredible rudeness."

From what I can gather, unless Kraft had a bad hot dog for dinner, the City Council wants to audit the State's Attorney's office. The State's Attorney's office says, we'll give you any numbers you ask for, and we just gave you a bunch of numbers that you haven't even looked at. Why do you want to spend the cash money to audit us as to opposed to, say, the Police Department (BURN!)?

What's the deal with the City Council, anyway? Do they hold the purse strings of the city? I know they're elected by district, raise money and can do things like vote to pass noise and garbage ordinances, but what their actual powers and responsibilities are in relation to the Police and Prosecutors I have no clue.

UPDATE 3/13: Jessamy's office released this response:
Response to Executive Summary
Hearing on Operations of the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office
Legislative Analysis
March 8, 2006

State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy has begun a review of the legislative analysis offered by the Committee Chairs at Wednesday's City Council hearing. She offers the following preliminary comments and will continue an exhaustive, full-review of the inaccurate data and statements offered in the report. Her analysis will be completed over the next several weeks and highlighted to the citizens of Baltimore and media.

There are several immediate and notable assessments regarding the Executive Summary that should be illuminated:

1. The State's Attorney learned AFTER the hearing Wednesday that the Budget and Public Safety Committees had initiated an independent legislative analysis report for the hearing. The report was not provided to the State's Attorney in advance, during or after the hearing. A State's Attorney staff member obtained a copy from a City Hall staff member the day after the hearing. At no time, before, during or since have the Chairs of the Committees offered the State's Attorney a copy of this report, nor was the State's Attorney aware that the Baltimore Police were asked to prepare a report.

2. The concluding recommendation in the Chair's report states that the hearing should be postponed for two weeks to allow for further analysis. This indicates that there was no intention to proceed with the hearing on Wednesday night. The courteous manner to handle this matter would have been a phone call to the State's Attorney in advance of the hearing to schedule a postponement.

3. The State's Attorney did bring to the hearing a 21-page report with accompanying statistical reports that addressed the correspondence from Councilman Kraft received 3 days earlier. At no point did Councilwoman Blake request any information regarding the budget hearing scheduled. The only requests received were from Councilman Kraft dated March 2 and March 3. The State's Attorney generated a 21-page response within 3-working {sic} days. Copies of the report were brought to the hearing and distributed.

4. A representative from the City Finance Department reported on the record at the Hearing that there had been several productive meetings and phone conversations between the city Finance department and the State's Attorney's Office relative to a caseload study. Discussions about the study were active and underway as reported by Mr. Wacks to the Chair and current discussions centered on how to best draft a Request for Proposal (RFP) that could potentially include the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI).

5. According to press reports, the report was prepared by City Hall and the Police Department, using police statistics, with no input from the State's Attorney's Office. It is curious that the Committee chairs asked a law enforcement agency, the Baltimore Police Department, whose data is currently under scrutiny, to assess the State's Attorney's performance. A preliminary check on this data show numerous errors in a "stealth" database that recorded conviction data – obvious errors include:

Item 1 in the “stealth” database – Deandre Whitehead is a defendant in a well-known 2004 murder case in Baltimore that involved witness intimidation of the state’s 11 yr. old witness. The database lists this case as a nol pros, and evidence of poor performance. In fact, Deandre Whitehead had a jury trial and was found not guilty. The SAME day the city jury reached a not guilty verdict State's Attorney Jessamy called the US Attorney who investigated and indicted the case for Solicitation to Commit a Crime of Violence. Whitehead pled guilty and has been sentenced to 10-years in federal prison.

6. The Committee report references per capita analysis for crime statistics and funding, which is highly irregular for crime analysis in Baltimore, particularly analysis offered by the Baltimore Police Department. This is an unusual departure, since the Baltimore Police Department rarely references trend analysis using per capita assessments of crime. If the police compare per capita trends, they would need to compare our office to efforts in Detroit, the most violent city in the nation, with Baltimore as the second most violent city in the nation. The police would also find that claims of great violent crime reductions significantly overstated when compared to drops in population.

Comparing spending per capita is not accurate unless the jurisdictions are of like size, with similar crime statistics and perform identical functions. In MD, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office is the only jurisdiction operating a 24-hour charging center and a 24-hour war room operation. Additionally, jurisdictions such as NY do no prosecute juveniles or perform other functions performed by Baltimore prosecutors. Using a per capita analysis is a blatant attempt to deceive.

7. Until FY'2006, the only staff increases for the Baltimore City State's Attorney’s Office provided by Mayor O'Malley was {sic} funding for 3 new trial prosecutors. The record setting FY'05 and FY'06 increases noted in the report are actually the result of a January 2005 increase for salary parity and the transfer of 29 old grant positions from grants to the general fund. Some new positions (24-hour expansion of the War Room and establishing the Collateral Unit) were recommended for funding at the Mayor's request and not at the request of the State's Attorney.

8. Over the past 10-years {sic} State's Attorney Jessamy has outlined a very specific plan regarding violent crime reduction in the city, specifically linking guns, drugs and violence. Her 3-pronged approach to crime was first outlined in 1997 in a letter to Mayor Schmoke and has been periodically updated and strengthened by meetings with local, state and federal law enforcement partners as well as citizens, community partners and criminal justice agencies and the implementation of new initiatives. The State's Attorney obtained state and federal grant funding to expand homicide prosecution and create the F.I.V.E (Firearms Investigation Violence Enforcement) Division in 1997 to prosecute non-fatal shooting and weapons violations. She has adjusted the plan to a succession of 7 new police commissioners and acting commissioners under Mayor O’Malley. The most significant update occurred just recently. The State's Attorney Office was recognized as a key motivator and facilitator in the revitalized EXILE felony gun prosecution partnership between the United States Attorney's Office, the Baltimore Police Department and the State's Attorney’s Office as well as numerous federal, state and local law enforcement partners. EXILE was memorialized in a signed Memorandum of Understanding drafted by the State's Attorney's Office.

9. State's Attorney Jessamy meets regularly with the Police Commissioner and his command staff to offer suggestions to:

-Improve the quality of arrests in Baltimore,
-Train officers to improve police investigations
-Coordinate training initiatives to train detectives to testify in court"

March 9

Blotter: Darryl Chase was arrested for the murder of 20-year-old David Anderson, who was shot to death on Father's Day in front of his neices. Anderson threw his body across the girls to shield them from gunfire, and they were unhurt. Also two shootings and an attempted-murder arrest.

John Glover Jr. of Harrisburg, PA was charged with murder in connection to the burning body of Wesley Person, found near 83 last Christmas Eve.

On Tuesday the Feds unsealed the indictment of Jarvis Lloyd Brooks, Eugene Jeffrey Jenkins, Stephen Leroy Cure, Tracy Delong Fletcher and Eric Thomas of Bowie and Charles Edward Harrison of Upper Marlboro for crimes committed in connection with a conspiracy to commit bank larceny by stealing ATMs. Says Rosenstein's office, the two-count indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit bank larceny by stealing several ATMs in various locations in Prince George's County and also attempting to steal construction equipment for use in the thefts.

Cable monopoly Comcast is getting everyone in trouble: first Shiela Dixon, then Kendel Ehrlich, and now the governor himself is being accused of conflict-of-interest for allowing the cable company to direct their corporate taxes to a Delaware holding company, and to lay cable in a protected wetlands area.

In PG County, the main suspect in the murder of Calida Williams, Dernard Mason, was sniped by Corporal Francis A. Masino, who, according to the Post, has been accused of misconduct in the past.

In AA County, Marcus Christian, who stabbed his former Jessup trailer-mate 62 times, was found guilty of second-degree murder. Also, 28-year-old Elizabeth Kiss got two years for illegally obtaining OxyContin.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

March 8

Did you know? You can track the custody status of offenders online, and find out when their upcoming "court event(s)" are.

Curtis Lomax, 22, was fatally stabbed with a mystery implement on the 1200 block of W. North Avenue, bringing the YTD total to 49.

James Reid pled guilty today to one count of witness intimidation. He was sentenced to five years in prison, to be served concurrently with a life sentence he recieved last July. Court documents allege on March 8, 2005 Reid wrote a letter to an associate identifying the victim of a non-fatal shooting and instructed the associate to "deal with" the witness. Reid had been identified as the suspect in the non-fatal shooting.

Ink: Five murders last week-- and for the first time this year (unless you count the week when there were no murders) The Sun managed to report them all!

A teenage girl was stabbed by a illegal cab-driver. Mark B. Walker, 79, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon.

Dept of Bad Excuses: "I didn't do it for that long, you weren't even awake." -- Midshipman Lamar Owens

Five children, including a boy who says he's the son of death-row inmate Vernon Evans Jr., were found home alone in the Pimlico area.

Speaking of child molesters, if Teri Hatcher is typical, that means one in four molestation victims will prosecute-- 30 years after the fact. Which means that there are about 400 child molesters in the 21218.

Correction: Judge John Glenn is not elfin.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

March 7

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services report: 21,721 African-Americans in Baltimore were arrested but not charged in a year (!). Grand Jury report: arrests without merit border on constitutional violation. (Maybe we should just classify them as "enemy combatants.")

Mere days after Ronald Ector was indicted for impersonating a deputy U.S. marshal, scary-looking felon Karl Glenn Salenieks of Crofton was arrested for impersonating an officer and illegally possessing handguns and a taser, among other things. Yipes.

Blotter: Man stabbed in the lower back in the Southeastern, a woman robbed of $40 after being struck on head with metal pipe, a robbed High's, a robbed McDonald's, a stolen Soviet rifle.

A 13-year-old boy robbed a man getting off of a bus in the Northeastern, using a semi-automatic weapon with a laser sight and a 33-round clip.

"Benjie" Evans, wanted for murder in Annapolis, was apprehended.

The Pumpkin and Honey Bunny of Dundalk, James and Carol Sparacco, were arrested and charged with eight counts of armed robbery.

A 26-year-old man, Ramon Pena, was pulled over on 95 for tailgating ... and was arrested when cops found 174 pounds of cocaine bricks (79 kilograms? Welcher Kontinent das WBAL an ist?) and $22,000 in cash in the car.

How cute: in Carroll County a boy faces suspension for bringing brass knuckles to school.

Where are all these pedophiles coming from? Brian Trimble pled guilty to attempting to buy child pornography from a postal inspector.

In Landover, the death of Calida Williams, a 28-year-old mother whose body was found in her burning apartment, was ruled a homicide.

Monday, March 6, 2006

March 6

Should the Rice brothers potentially get away with double murder because they made a plea agreement for a previous bunch of charges? One wouldn't think so, but it sounds like that was the norm ... until Rod J. Rosenstein came to town. Love him.

Blotter: A 17-year-old boy was shot in the back and a woman was shot in the knee in the Northeastern.

In Jessup, 27-year-old James Darnell was indicted on eight counts related to an attempted rape and burglary allegedly commited within a day after he was released on bail while awaiting trial on similar charges.

In Bel Air, trial for involuntary manslaughter is scheduled to start Wednesday for a second defendant, Elaine Bulter, in the case of the 16-month-old boy who died of a methadone overdose.

Sunday, March 5, 2006

March 5

Larry Haynes, 30, was found shot to death on the 2400 block of Jefferson Street. Joseph Schlick, 25, was shot in the head in the Southwestern and remains in "grave" condition. Joseph Schlick, 25, was shot in the head in the Southwest during an argument.

Police are seeking Derrick Lamont Brown, 21, for the murder of Benjamin Philip Evans in Annapolis.

Death-faking, gambling, suspicious fires... Cynthia Jean McKay of the Millersville body-burning case is starting to sound like MD's answer to Sante Kimes. And ladies, should you ever be accused of a horrible crime, try this: "a detective told McKay's then-lawyer that he had planned to question her about the embezzlement and the fire. But McKay became distraught and began to cry."

Human remains were found in Dorchester County.

The arrests at Kawasaki buck a national trend: though Maryland's illegal immigrant population has doubled in the past four years, the INS fines for businesses employing illegal workers about 10 times less frequently than in '92.

In Columbia, an employee at the Lonestar Steakhouse stabbed another worker with (what else?) a steak knife.

Crimes against our culture dept: John Travola has been cast as Edna Turnblad in a Hairspray movie remake.

Saturday, March 4, 2006

March 4

merrittPolice are seeking 36-year-old Irvin Merritt, left, who allegedly slit the throat of Frederica Moseley on N. Bond Street two weeks ago.

Antoine Edward Adams, 32, was acquitted of the robbery and murder of Justin Michael Gaglione, 29, last January in "Lower Waverly" near North Avenue. The "good" news is that Adams is already serving three consecutive life sentences plus 60 years for the murders of Penelope Medina, Theresa Moore and Michael Mick.

Friday, March 3, 2006

March 3

Joseph Miller, 26, was shot to death in front of a house near Druid Hill and Forest Parks. Also in the blotter, Warrant Task Force was busy, arresting a kidnapping rapist, an attempted murderer and an insurance company defrauder. And someone robbed the Little Tavern again (for at least the third time in a year).

A man's body was found in a burning rowhouse on the West side.

A Federal Grand Jury indicted 28-year-old convicted felon Ronald Ector for impersonating a police officer.

Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs and Democrat Delegate Jill Carter are persuing a law to make it a crime for local police departments to knowingly report false crime statistics. They also want whistleblower protections to shield street-level officers who refuse to report false numbers.

The Sun apparently finds it more newsworthy that some tourists can't find a sushi restaurant than that, oh by the way, the three owners of Kawasaki, Tzu Ming Yang, 48, his wife, Jui Fan Lee Yang, 49, and Jack Chang, 41, all face more than 30 years in prison for money laundering and housing undocumented workers in "squalid" conditions.

The Cordish Co. was fined a paltry $800 for allowing underage drinking at Power Plant Live.

All charges have been dropped against Kevin Ackwood, who spent a month in jail and whose dog Trigger was shot to death by Baltimore City Police officers.

Police are looking for armed-and-dangerous Tracy D. Fletcher of Bowie, wanted for stealing ATM machines.

Perv patrol: Paul George Page, a former teacher at Sykesville Middle School in Carroll County, got no jail time for downloading child pornography on school computers during the school day. And in Columbia, students at Cradlerock School reported a flasher.

Messenger Blotter: a man was jumped while getting on the elevator at Union Memorial Hospital. A car was stolen, recovered, then stolen again the next day.

Thursday, March 2, 2006

March 2

Milburn Henson, 42 and wheelchair-bound, was fatally shot in the head. Donte Bellamy, 22, and Duraye Cole, 36, were identified as the two men fatally shot on E. 25th street.

Jayne: Comparing the first two months of this year to last using the Mayor's own numbers, violent crime is up in almost every category: shootings are up 55 percent; robberies 20 percent; burglaries 27 percent; aggravated assault, 6 percent. The only reduction was in homicide: there were four fewer this year.

In Essex, Thomas Rawls, a burglary suspect, died during a struggle with police.

dollarWhat kind of group home would let a mentally impaired man go to the North Avenue McDonald's? Now Nicholas Dollar, 23, of Randallstown, is missing.

Blotter: Derrick Brown, 29, was arrested with intent to distribute marijuana. A man robbed the M&T Bank on South Broadway, plenty of muggings, and ... why do the car thieves seem to favor the late-model American cars? And what's a 'black powder' handgun, like a mini-musket or something?

Michael Branch, 23, got 25 federal years for selling crack. And Grayson Ramsburg Jr., 45, got five years' probabtion for child porn.

Baltimore City School Police recovered the fourth gun of the year on school property, this one a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic at William H. Lemmel Middle School in the Northwest.

Two Catholic-school teachers have been accused of sexually abusing a male student at Our Lady of Pompei High School in the '90s.

A clean-shaven black man with crooked teeth allegedly sexually assaulted two teenage girls in two different incidents last Monday and Tuesday in the Northern.

Police caught an Annapolis 17-year-old, Matthew J. Haarhoff, on the Eastern Shore, and arrested him for first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing and burning of Anthony Fertitta.

The Towson student who was feloniously touched in her sleep talked to the Towerlight about the extremely creepy incident.

In AA County, Linda Lee Nichols got a five-year sentence for the drunk-driving crash that killed two 16-year-old boys, Kevin Durm and David Snyder, of Arnold. After the fatal crash, instead of trying to help the victims, she walked to a convenience store and bought a pack of gum.

In Frederick, an officer shot and killed a suspect. Also, a sex offender Richard Sherry got 18 months' probation for failing to register his address.

In PG County, a second suspect, Sean Wallace, 19, was arrested for kidnapping youngsters and forcing them to rob banks.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

February 29

It looks like the two men murdered yesterday were shot on East 25th Street, but one was driven to Hopkins Hospital and left in the car. Assuming the men were murdered, the incident brings the year's murder total to 43. Amazingly, says the CP, no one was murdered last week.

hayesKenneth J. Lighty, 23, is now formally the second federal death-row prisoner in Maryland. Lightly was convicted of abducting and murdering Eric Hayes, left, who was the son of a DC police lieutenant.

Marcus Bell, 22, was arrested for the attempted murder of Craig Bigger, 49.

Is it un-Christian to sell liquor at a party for a porn star? Not necessarily, according to the experts of Modern Drunkard magazine.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

February 28

There were two murders last night, one on East 25th street and one near Hopkins Hospital.

Allegation: a man was carjacked and beaten. When he reported the incident to the police, they called him a liar, threatened to arrest him, refused to report his vehicle as stolen and made him walk home, injured.

Federal Judge Motz has refused to delay trial for officers Antonio L. Murray and William A. King, accused of shaking down drug addicts, stealing their cash and reselling the drugs on the street.

The City Council approved a resolution backing a task force of "academics" to audit crime statistics.

Blotter: last November's death of George Davis was ruled a homicide, bringing the total number of homicides reported by the coroner's office for 2005 to 276. A man was arrested for the attempted murder of Terrance Devillassee, 23. A man was hit on the head with a gun near Power Plant Live.

Coram nobis: safety valve or legal loophole?

Why does the strip club Night Shift have a van? And why did the driver of said van pick up the attacker of Carl Schoettler and drive him to West Baltimore?

In Harford County, Jonathan Felix Knight, 21 and a suspected member of the Bloods, is being held for attempted murder after a shooting in the Edgewood area.

Police in Towson are seeking the public's help in locating a man who broke into a woman's apartment and attempted to sexually assault her while she was sleeping.

In Baltimore County, a student with a gun was removed from a school bus and arrested.

In Montgomery County, Shirley Lumbao, the mother of two Rockville teenagers, will serve two days in jail because of her sons' truancy.

Monday, February 27, 2006

February 27

A 72-year-old Sun reporter was robbed near City Hall and is in critical condition at Shock Trauma.

In the Blotter, a man was arrested for trying to choke a woman with a phone cord, a man shoved a woman from a moving Pontiac, in Dundalk an SUV driver was shot when he tried to run down a police officer.

The Feds don't mess around. Bryant Warren, 34, got more than 12 years for heroin conspiracy-to-distribute.

In Baltimore County, "Big Thick" John Gaumer was indicted for the murder of Josie Brown.

AA County police have arrested Cynthia Jean McKay, the "girlfriend" of the man whose burned body was found in Millersville.

In Calvert County, prosectors will not seek the death penalty against Graham D. Buckmaster.

More on the Charles County murder/suicide involving Safiyyah Malik and Marvin Marshall.

Thirty years after he killed his wife, mother and three sons in Bethesda, then dumped the bodies in North Carolina, police are still seeking Bradford Bishop.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

February 26

Benjamin Evans, 25, was 2006's third homicide victim in Annapolis.

A lot of burglaries in Cedarcroft.

The WBAL "unreported crimes" story will actually run tomorrow at 6 and 11.

The body burned in Millersville belonged to 50-year-old Anthony Fertitta.

Rabbi David Kaye of Potomac and elementary-school teacher Steven Benoff lost their jobs after being busted by Dateline NBC (and mentioned on Larry King by Judge Judy) for trying to solicit sex from minors online.

A cop on Craigslist rants about "worthless annoying scumbags" and the "miserable process of Balt. City justice."

Saturday, February 25, 2006

February 25

Gene Foreman, 16, pled guilty to the murder of Darrell Winston after he was caught by one of those police cameras.

This story is structured so poorly you have to read it more than once to figure out what's going on. But basically, the defense attorney for one of the McAbier firebombers plans to appeal the conviction, arguing that the case should have been brought by the state, not the Feds, because Edna was snitching to local police, not the FBI. Rod Rosenstein says that because drug trafficking was involved and trafficking is a federal crime, the venue was appropriate. Which, let's hope, may be a sign that the U.S. attorney's office is going to start going after more intimidation cases.

Sigh, another murder-suicide, or possibly a double homicide, this time in Glen Burnie.

Friday, February 24, 2006

February 24

There will be another WBAL "unreported crimes" story aired tonight at 11.

In the Western, a man was stabbed in the neck, arm and shoulder with a kitchen knife. A third teenager, 17-year-old Corey Jones, was arrested for the murder of Kwane Walker.

The O'Malley Administration is stepping up its efforts to boost public confidence in the numbers. Hamm released numbers showing that the police's record of gunshot injuries jibes with what local hospitals and EMTs reported in '05.

In the County, Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged Richard Nelson Foltz IV, 16, for the shooting of Angela Holyfield, 15.

Meanwhile, a sexual assault went blatantly unreported by city police in this story by Jayne Miller. Anne Arundel County police notified City police that they had physical evidence of a sexual assault that took place in the city. The city detective replies that police won't be needing that swab, thanks, because no crime took place.

Felon Alonzo Briscoe got 17 years for a gun charge.

Richard Schildtknecht, 30, got one and a half years in jail for downloading child pornography on his office computer.

In Charles County on Wednesday, Marvin Charles Marshall, 24, shot Safiyah Yasmeen Rashid, 25, and then killed himself.

Three men were arrested for Cecil County's first murder of the year, the stabbing of Jose Rodriquez, 25.

Daniel Lanahan, 27, of Woodlawn, is charged with beating his father Frank in the head and face with a metal pole.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

February 23

MTA: outdated police communications equipment failed during the Harbor Tunnel threat last October, leaving emergency responders unable to communicate with law enforcement.

Ricky K. Wilkins, a senior member of the Bloods, was arrested in Elkridge for stabbing and beheading Terrance J. Williams last September.

James Smith, 19, was arrested and charged with the murder of Brian Sampson, 19. Tyrell Fleming and Davon Jones, both 18, were arrested for attemped murder, accused of shooting William Lowe, 43, of Rosedale.

Carlos Davila, 60, was shot in his home near Pikesville Middle School. Police are seeking a 20-something short Hispanic male suspect with a mustache.

A teenage girl was shot in the chest in Reisterstown.

The body burning in Millersville belonged to a 50-year-old man.

Gerald Jordan stole about $300,000 from an old folks' home.

A day after a Navy quarterback was charged with rape, the naval academy is investigating another sexual assault charge. According to a Defense Department study, 94 women have reported a rape at the Naval Academy in the past 10 years, and 142 female cadettes reported a sexual assault.

What the hell, why bother calling the police at all? Crime reports don't actually accomplish anything, paper and ink won't bring your stolen stuff back, un-rape you or remove that bullet from your lung...

Blogger "Huff" tracked down various online incarnations of "big thick" Christopher Gaumer (aka the myspace murderer), and some (disturbingly naïve) coeds who claim that he liked to drop his drawers in front of his webcam.

"It's about 10 p.m. ... young women sprint toward musty corners of the garage to urinate."

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

February 22

Remember Kevin Clark? Commissioner until November 2004 until fired abruptly after it was revealed that his wife had allegedly beat him about the head with a telephone 14 years prior? Now BAL's Jayne Miller's tracked him down in New York, and he's got not only allegations, but numbers from an internal audit in 2002 that pointed to "significant problems" in rape and robbery numbers that led the crimes to be underreported by 15 to 20 percent. Clark says the Mayor was aware of his concerns, but he was told by the O'Malley administration to drop the issue because it made the Mayor look bad. The mayor's press office responded to the story by calling Clark a liar and disgruntled employee. Meanwhile, Hamm's playing chief bulwark of uncomfortable meetings.

Five murders last week brought the 2006 toll to 40. The Sun reported four of the five.

Michael Lynn, 15, was arrested for the murder of Kwane Walker, 16. Three days after Walker's murder, another 16-year old boy was shot in the stomach on the West side of town. In the Northwestern, a 26-year-old was shot in the face. And on the West side Carrington McNutt, 18, was arrested and charged with attempted murder for shooting Eric Baker, 28.

A 15-year-old high school student stabbed a 16-year-old student shortly after the school day ended at W.E.B. Dubois high school in the Northeast.

Last Friday the BCGJ indicted Anthony Miller for the murders of Jason Convertino and Sean Wisniewski. Miller had been arrested repeatedly and was even charged with two murders, but he got away no less than five times because the State's Attorney's office declined to prosecute.

At a hearing today, Judge Edward Hargadon sentenced Lamar Johnson, 22, to life in prison plus 20 years for first-degree murder and the use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime. On March 26, 2004, Johnson shot Carlos Sawyer, 31, multiple times next to the Tilghman Elementary School and Recreation Center in the 2200 block of McElderry Street as school was being dismissed for the day. After the first shot, while Mr. Sawyer lay in the gutter, and as schoolchildren looked on, Johnson continued shooting.

Kathryn Brown's grinning headshot looks just a little inappropriate next to a story about how a policeman discovered a burning body near Old Mill High School in Millersville, Anne Arundel County.

The grandmother of 17-year-old Jeremiah Brown Hall, accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old boy and forcing him to rob banks says her grandson is no criminal.

Navy football quarterback Lamar Owens Jr. has been charged with rape.

Are ugly teenagers more likely to become criminals, or just more likely to get in trouble?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

February 21

Kwane Walker, age 16, was shot in the stomach and died on Friday.

The body of Dorine Smith, 67, was found in the basement of her West Baltimore home on Saturday, and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Terrence Smith, leader of the gang that firebombed Edna McAbier's house, got 80 years for the attack.

keenanPolice are looking for convicted child rapist and unregistered sex offender Matthew Patrick Keenan of Dundalk (at left).

What a great idea: DUI plates.

Family law = one depressing mess.

Hung-over editor issues honest headline:
"Death Penalty issue gets confusing."
(If you want anything explained you have to ask somebody else.)

Terrance Hawkins of Upper Marlboro took 70 elderly Oprah fans for a ride.

Slow news day: with government offices and courts closed Monday but reporters at work, local papers filled pages with reader mail and transcibed voice messages, and Cheshire's ex wrote an article about how O'Malley's office broke the law by not responding to her letters in a timely fashion.

Monday, February 20, 2006

February 20

New York Daily News: Baltimore's port is "in the hands of a firm owned by a sheikdom suspected of connections to Al Qaeda terrorists, Iraqi insurgents and Iranian flame-throwers." The storm-in-the-Port story is so hot the Mayor made Al-Jazeerah, and Ehrlich jumped on the bandwagon with Pataki to be one of two GOP governors questioning the sale.

Irwin: A 26-year-old man was shot in the leg, a gaudy SUV was 'jacked and liquor and decorative plates were stolen.

Put ya lighters up for Time Magazine's "Looking For A Few Good Snitches", featuring quotes by Mrs. J, prosecutor Lisa Goldberg and Judge John Glynn and a reference to the Boyd/Meadows/Johnson intimidation case among others (and now Clyde is a free man). (Q: If a witness is killed, are their written or sworn statements still admissible in court?)

Baltimore Police embrace the lastest thing: video-tape-recordings of motion-pictures.

"The Centers for the Dignity of Women"-- how made up is that?... Is that where Elizabeth Krum can go for therapy?

Sunday, February 19, 2006

February 19

JZ: in the Flex Squad trial, will it be possible to seat jurors who can honestly "state under oat that they have formed no opinion on this case"?

Co-conspirator Hugo Arnaldo Aguilar-Mejia, 36, pled guilty in federal court to kidnapping 19-year-old Delmy Rivera in Frederick.

A 13-year-old boy was shot in a police officer's home in PG County.

Should felons be allowed to vote?

O to the M, Milkuski and other big-name Democrats are pig-biting mad over the sale of the Port of Baltimore to the Ay-rabs. Shows what I know-- I thought the Port was like a highway tollbooth where federal and state officials dilligently examined containers and collected taxes on their contents. But no ... less than five percent of containers are inspected.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

February 18

After a quiet few days, two people have been murdered: a teenage boy was fatally shot in the stomach on Druid Hill Avenue, and north of Fell's Point.

Fredericka Moseley died from a stab wound to the neck after a violent struggle.

Hamm stands behind the numbers.

In AA County, Savoy Stanley Saunders was found guilty of child abuse and two counts of second-degree murder for shaking his five-month-old son Jeremiah to death. Also, four people attacked and shot a 15-year-old boy.

Oh, classy. MD's perinneal "egomaniacal spectacle" and state comptroller sent an illegible note to the aide he ogled ... and simultaneously sent out Xeroxed copies of the note to the press.

Friday, February 17, 2006

February 17

A dead white female baby was found in a bag in Riverdale Park.

James Reigle, 46 and a five-time sex offender got a federal life sentence for child pornography.

In the first witness-intimidation verdict under the new post-Dawson laws, Clyde Meadows appeared before Judge John Miller yesterday and pled guilty to obstruction of justice. Under the terms of the plea agreement, announced in open court, Meadows had to admit guilt, which he did. Meadows must appear as a State's witness in the case of Amanda Johnson, scheduled for March 27 or 29 (there's confusion about the date since it was written down on the form as the 29th but verbally announced as the 27th...), and Meadows must stay away from the State's witness for the State vs. Timothy Meadows and Kenneth George, scheduled for April 12. Assuming the conditions are met, the agreement calls for Judge Miller to sentence Meadows to a suspended three-year prison term and three years of supervised probation on April 24. Meadows had been being held on bail but was released yesterday under terms of the agreement. That's right, he's out. Super!

Sun editorial: "accuracy in crime reporting is essential to assessing public safety". Which begs the question, how accurate of a sample is the "sampling of crimes" that is the blotter?

The allegation: After dirty doc Marc Fishman took over, conditions at Tamar's House in Park Heights got so bad a woman had to give birth unassisted on the floor.

WTF?! Are you kidding me?! As Baltimore cops were stalking war protestors on York Road, significant parts of The Port of Baltimore were sold to a Dubai company. Says Ruppersberger, "There could be weapons of mass destruction that could come into our ports, so we need to be on top of this." Yeah, ya think?

The story ain't over til we say it is, old man.

oraclEllisHampden residents may be interested to know that the trial of Kenneth "Oracl" Ellis, age 35 and charged with malicious destruction of property, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, in courtroom one, Wabash Avenue District Court.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

February 16

zahidIf you voted Ehrlich you need to send this girl a get-well card and an apology. (right, Michael Williamson).

A man shot in PG County was identified as 20-year-old Tayvonne Bell of Laurel.

Jason Wells, 23, moved to Cape Cod to escape Baltimore's violence, then met his end in Sandwich at the hands of Daniel Prunty in a crazy drama.

cagalRemember Emily Cagal? Her ex-boyfriend was sentenced to life for her murder.

Karja Hansen, 21, was shocked to find out that a guy she dated was not just 'a little bit of a jerk' but the (allegedly) homicidal jerk Christopher Gaumer.

A Jessup man was arrested for the second time in three days for trying to choke the same woman.

Kelley Briggs, the Harford County mom whose child overdosed on methadone, will serve five years.

Bobby Wayne Rhoades was arrested for tampering with baby formula.

The pills-for sex doctor is now also facing a $5 million lawsuit.

Sheila Warham: Hey sluts, you had the chance to be responsible before you took off the pants.

Unshockingly, Duncan is in favor of the crime audit.

A black market for golf gear in Towson?

Thank heaven for little girls, and that Schaefer's ogling was caught on tape! And you can stop the video on individual frames! You can her WillDon say "oh my... "! See the woman to Ehrlich's left bite her nails and look away quickly, and the woman in beige start laughing like, "There goes crazy grandpa again!" Coffeegirl, 24, has her hair down and has on this white sweater that's so tight her boobs are like a front fender, and she sticks her rack right in the old man's face. Ehrlich hugs himself and rocks like a mental patient. A stunning mediation on the frailty of the human connection and the ravages of age. Hello, Murrow.

Power Law.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

February 15

Ink: "Only" two murders* last week, both on the west side of town. Lamont Smith was shot on West Lombard Street, and the body of Linwood Thomas, 48, was discovered in a house near Gwynns Falls Park.

How many books could a book cook cook if a book cook could cook books?

More turmoil in cop-land: the union board of directors ousted their elected leader, Lt. Frederick V. Roussey, and assigned him to the most disheartening job available, liason to the Juvenile Justice Center.

Reginald Williams pled not guilty at his arraignment this morning. A jury trial was scheduled for May 5 before Judge Watts.

Jemini Jones, Brian J. Shaffer and Steven P. Hatley pled not guilty at their arraignment this morning. A jury trial was scheduled for May 31, also before Judge Watts. (Why does Shirley have to do everything around there?)

Rouge SW flex officer Vicki L. Mengel was fined $150 for gambling.

William D. Schaefer, 84, caused a fracas when he ogled one of Ehrlich's office girls as she served him coffee during a Public Works meeting.

News from Far-Flung Regions:
A body believed to once have belonged to an AA County armed robbery suspect was found in the woods near College Park.

A man was shot in downtown Annapolis.

There was a second arrest in the case of the only shooting in Carroll County last year. Also out that way, Kristen Wright, 26-year-old teacher, was charged with heroin posession. (Unless that's a typo, she's one hard-driving junkie to get a Master's degree and start teaching high-school English by 21.)

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Ketterman was found guilty of inviting a 40-year-old neighbor to his house for a beer, then raping her.

*Sun murder reportage score: 1/2 = 50 percent, a solid F. Their quarterly averege so far is a D-minus, which eerily matches the Tribune Co.'s stock valuation. Other bad news for the Sun: the paper's lawsuit against the governor was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

February 14

BAL: Police reported 269 homicides for 2005, but the medical examiner's office reported 275.

Baltimore's 35th homicide victim was a 29-year-old man shot in the 2500 block of W. Baltimore Street.

Abdul Karim Alvez-El, 20, was arrested for the murders of Ricky Medley, 19, and Martrell Brown, 16 (finally Martrell gets in the Sun). Also, Devon B. Harrod, 22, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder in the Feb. 4 shooting of 21-year-old Erica Harris.

Sierra Swann, now 19, pled guilty to the starvation deaths of her one-month-old twin daughters.

Valentines in the wrong box Dept: There's Glen-Burnie-area high school employee Henry Mouzon, 34, who got two months in jail for sex with a 16-year-old student. And James Mark Blankenship, accused of sexual contact with a 13-year-old student at Dundalk MIddle School.
Down Ellicott City way, a six-year-old boy claims he was fondled in a Chick-Fil-A bathroom by a blond man with a goatee who drove a yellow Hummer. And Happy V-Day to all the cheaters out there-- don't get busted!

Are there gangs in Harford County not founded by cows? Sheriffs say so...

The gaming trial of John Anthony Allen, Joshua Timothy Barley, Vicki Lynn Mengel, Michael James Stewart and James Bradley Lukens was scheduled to begin 1:30 this afternoon in courtroom one, North Avenue District Court.

Arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 tomorrow morning for Baltimore police officers Jemini Jones, 28, Brian Shaffer, 31 and Steven Hatley, 27, before Judge Lynn K. Stewart, 215 Mitchell Courthouse. The BCGJ indicted Jones, Shaffer and Hatley January 6 following an independent Grand Jury investigation. It's alleged that on December 27, 2005 following some kind of an investigation by Officers Jones, Shaffer and Hatley involving two women, ages 22 and 18, the officers transported the women back to Southwestern Police District where one officer allegedly had sexual intercourse with the 22-year old female in an office of the District station and the two others did nothing to stop it.

Judge Stewart is also shceduled to preside over the arraignment for Reginald Martinez Williams, 35, also scheduled for 9:30 tomorrow. (Who is in charge of the docket, and why do they keep double-booking this woman?) The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Williams January 23 for first-degree rape, four counts of first-degree sex offense and three counts of second-degree assault. Court documents allege that between December 20-23, 2005 Williams raped and sexually assaulted three victims. Williams allegedly pulled a gun on police officers on December 23, 2005 while they were arresting him and the indictment charges him with three counts of second-degree assault in connection to that incident.

Duncan: Fauxnuts?

duncanThe Duncan ABC/Afro forum (right-- and the kid on his shoulder was a coincidence!) was sleepy and only had like 50 people including the cameraman, a homeless guy sleeping in the back row and about 12 Morgan students who were probably there for the extra credit.
Duncan was actually heart-tuggingly compelling when he said that he was one of 13 kids and had five of his own and his dad was a teacher and his mother believed that religious life was the highest calling and civil service the next-highest and that education was the key to most of the state's social ills. His delivery was extremely well-paced ("who's looking out for" ... two-beat-drop ... "the kids?"). But the only time he got any cadence up was in the intro when he was like, "more than 40 percent of kids in the city don't graduate from high school, and that's just. not. good. enough." Al Sharpton he is not. Then he took about 10 audience questions. The highlight was some 20-year-old wide boy from Silver Spring who rambled about an identity thief who stole his grandma's house which caused the family to become homeless and how he sent some letter to Duncan's office and never got a response.

Not much said about crime, I guess he'd already commented on it earlier in the day and his main platform points are in the Post.

The O'Malley ABC 'fro forum is March 14.

Monday, February 13, 2006

February 13

The man on death row accused of killing eight-year-old Marciana Ringo has just been granted a new sentencing hearing by the Maryland Court of Appeals.

In the blotter, a 27-year-old man was stabbed in the back North of Patterson Park, and a Hopkins student was robbed of a laptop by a man with a kitchen knife while walking less than a mile away in Butcher's Hill.

It's really touching, the sacrifices police officers make for the public good.

Dan Rodericks is all like, LaFawn, get off the reefer.

jayneburnsSkip the Simpsons and tent your own fingers at the Scary-Mommy show: Jayne Miller willl be grilling Hamm re. the crime numbers controversy on tonight's 6 p.m. WBAL newscast. Meanwhile, fecund fomenter Doug Duncan jumped on the city crime issue with both feet on the Eddie Norris show, and scored the endorsement of top prosecutor Mrs. J., though she did concede that she still finds the mayor "cute."

With support like that: "Supporters say Dixon's survived ethics questions before"

Did you know? Maryland's law defining marriage as only being valid between a man and a woman went undramatically into effect 33 years ago.