Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Baltimore Crime

The Sun writes more on the killing of 14-year old Bernard Simon on his porch within the housing projects of Cherry Hill, South Baltimore. His death, the 21st juvenile killed in Baltimore City this year, is "part of a unsettling trend in the city."

Three brothers are being arrested and charged with attempted murder and attempted armed robbery for the botched hold-up of an off-duty officer in which two of would be attackers were shot.

Anne Arundel County police are seeking 23-year old Ronald Francis Dawson II of Glen Burnie for the killing of 18-year old Taveon Jawon Watson on Friday. Dawson's picture is in the print edition, but I can't find it online.

An Ellicot City man Michael F. Zemanick, 53, of Ellicot City is guil for stealing about $4,500 from a Howard County bank. As his 7th robbery conviction in less than ten years he is going to jail for a mandatory 10 years. Zemanick "It's the insanity of the addiction."

A North Carolina man, Ramon Pena, pleaded guilty to hauling some 170 pounds of cocaine on I-95.

Mark Vincent Dyson, 18, pleads guilty to two counts of homicide by motor vehicle for killing two 16-year old friends while driving under the influence of alcohol in 2005. He will serve 18 months in Carrol County Detention Center.

The 18-year old Phillip M. Carter of Baltimore pleaded guilty to two brutal assaults in Baltimore, including one on a 73-year old Sun reporter. He faces up to 30 years at sentencing.

A Woodlawn woman is held in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend.

An Arbutus man surrendered to police for a spate of robberies, and an Ex-Bakery employee is guilty of embezzling $88,000 in Howard County.

Albert Givens is going on trial for the fifth time on the murder and sexual assault his friend's mother, 55 at the time of her death, in Arnold, Anne Arundel County 15 years ago.

Baltimore County is putting police dogs closer to the community.

A Harford Country sherrif's deputy died in a car accident while on duty.

In politics, two Anne Arundel County Democrats who have not conceded their loses in recent local elections for the state house of delegates are going to court to appeal for a paper ballot recount.

In the Queens borough of New York, Mayor Bloomberg has met with the Rev. Al Sharpton and community leaders. He defended Sean Bell, recently killed in a barrage of 50 bullets fired by 5 officers on his wedding day, and said the number of shots fired at unarmed men "unacceptable."

In international crime news, University of Michigan professor Juan Cole says crime in Iraq is so bad it looks like "the seventh level of hell." Meanwhile, Federal Police in the Mexican state of Oaxaca have been battling for control of the state capital city with local protesters who threw the state governor and other local police and politicians out of power over their brutality and corruption.

This post is a try-out for the popular Baltimore Crime web log on crime reports from Baltimore City.

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