Monday, November 19, 2012

Two more murders

A man was shot to death on Elgin Ave. in Walbrook on Friday night

Richard Erdeck, 33, from Essex was shot to death in Forest Park yesterday* in the 3900 block of Woodhaven Ave, police say it was a drug deal gone wrong

Kevin Rector Tweets that exactly two-thirds of the shootings so far this year have been nonfatal: Two-to-one ratio, in fact. 320 nf vs. 160 fatal

Luke Broadwater and Scott Calvert investigated the living beejebus out of 'our' speed camera program,* apparently the largest speed-and-red-light camera program in all of North America. They found a whole lot of errors, including mis-calibrated cameras, cameras that are supposed to be near schools but aren't and tickets issued to the wrong person, says Scott Calvert: "One city camera gave out bad speed readings over 7 months -- and the city knew it was off" Councilman Brandon Scott wants a hearing.*

A 20-year-old man, Danzel Carter, was charged with stabbing a 60-year-old woman* in the gut while robbing her near Patterson Park on S. Curley Street. The guy has no criminal record and the victim picked him out of a photo array.

Eleven years for heroin dealer Quinnard Shuler

From JHU security:
UPDATE- ARREST- Commercial Armed Robbery Subway Restaurant, 3233 St. Paul St. – The Baltimore Police have arrested and charged an individual for the November 9th armed robbery of the Subway restaurant. The individual is currently incarcerated.
Attempt Unarmed Robbery of Non-Affiliate 2700 Blk. N. Charles St. (east side) - On Nov. 17th at approximately 1:49 AM, a non-affiliate was walking northbound when a suspect pushed the non-affiliate to the ground from behind and attempted to pull a backpack off the non-affiliate's back. The non-affiliate started yelling at which time the suspect fled the area. The non-affiliate received minor injuries due to the fall. The area was canvassed for the suspect by BPD and Campus Security with negative results. Suspect Description: Male, black, light complexion, 20-25 years of age, medium build, 5’-10”, wearing light blue hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans.
Theft from Auto3400 Blk. Guilford Ave. – On Nov. 15th at 11:00 PM, a JHU graduate student parked her vehicle at this location and left it unlocked. The graduate student returned on Nov. 16th at 9:50 AM and noticed her sunglasses and loose change had been taken from on top of the center console. Investigation continuing. 

Thanks to science, the hand of Hedgepocket Way was determined to have belonged to city resident Darnell William Butler, 24, of the 3800 block of Ferndale Avenue in Gwynn Oak. Butler had prior convictions for theft, and in November of 2009 was sentenced to three years in prison. In June of 2010 his sentence was "reconsidered." In February of 2011 he was pulled over for driving with expired tags, and in May of 2011 he was arrested for driving without a license. In June of this year he was charged with "fraudulently falsifying validation tabs" (whatever that means) and resisting arrest, and in July he was charged with violating his probation. Notably, he didn't have any charges/convictions for violent offenses, guns or drugs. ..update, the Medical Examiner's office has ruled Bulter's death a suicide.

A man was beaten and robbed of $2 in the 200 block of E. 25th

A Baltimore bootlegger pleaded guilty to infringing more than 1,000 software copyrights

"Police break up homelessness sleep-out, but 'nicely' this year"

A police car responding to a call got into an accident with a car full of teens out driving around at 3 a.m. (Apparently city curfew laws are for kids up to and including age 16, though if the driver was on a provisional license he could be in trouble for driving without someone over the age of 18 in the car).

Well, that's nice! The missing girl from Reisterstown, Sasha Samlal, has been found. (Wonder if she'da been found sooner if the bulletin went out less than two months after she was missing?) As with most of the missing-teen-girl cases, no word on where she was or what she was doing.

Out in Towson, the Recher theatre was found blameless by the liquor board* for the melee last September

Sheeit, another attempted carjacking with kids in the car, this one in White Marsh outside the Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Fortunately this time the mom hollered and scared the guy off.

2 comments:

Ben S. said...

Rawlings-Blake's response to the Sun article on speed camera's? "Hey! Fifty percent of the tickets were given to people from outside of the city. That makes it ok."

http://www.baltimorecity.gov/OfficeoftheMayor/NewsMedia/tabid/66/ID/3901/More_than_Half_of_City_Speed_Camera_Tickets_Issued_to_Non-City_Motorists_in_Fiscal_2012.aspx

mb said...

Y'know, I would have no beef with these cameras if they were actually in school zones and if the city got the revenue. But I have a problem with privatizing public functions because it's incentivizing these private companies to do exactly what they're apparently doing, which is to go for profit over public good-- not fixing cameras that are issuing tickets to the wrong people, putting cameras in "gotcha" zones like the bottoms of hills instead of school zones (for instance, Roland Ave and Northern Parkway could really use one near the *five* schools that are right there, instead the cameras are half a mile away) and if the city just can't buy, install and operate cameras themselves and must pay a private company some percentage, any more than like 25-30% seems excessive, couldn't the city have bargained for a better deal?