Friday, February 15, 2013
The trio allegedly held up Royal Farms, 7-Eleven and High's stores in the city and the county.
(UPDATED, 1:14 p.m.)—Three men have been arrested and charged with robbing 24 convenience stores in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The men were arrested following a high-speed pursuit into Baltimore County after robbing two convenience stores in North Baltimore. They were taken into custody in a parking garage at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. "There is no doubt that these three men would have continued victimizing businesses and store employees if our robbery detectives in the County and the City had not used solid police work to put the pieces together, and then relentlessly pursued this case," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said in the news release. Omar Hance, a 31-year-old resident of Better …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Recent city police figures show a 75 percent rise in homicides.
The Northern District experienced an alarming surge in homicides in 2012, according to the latest police figures updated through Dec. 29. The stats showed that the number of homicides jumped by 12 additional cases in 2012, a 75 percent rise from the previous year. Sixteen homicides were recorded in 2011, versus 28 in 2012. At mid-year the district appeared to be heading for a much higher body count when homicides were up 140 percent compared to the same time in 2011. Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper, the district commander, said late last year that much of the rise in homicides could be attributed to a struggle between the Black Guerilla Family and the Bloods in the Greenmount Avenue and York Road corridor. The district also had its number of …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Communities across the city will see new police leadership.
The Baltimore Police Department has announced major command staff changes heading into the New Year. "Maximizing our most valuable resource—our employees—and ensuring we have the best leadership teams in place to take on the challenges we face in 2013 is the impetus behind these moves," said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, who was installed in his post a few months ago, in a news release. The release reads that the changes are the start of efforts to improve policing with a strategic crime focus, improve intelligence gathering and sharing and a renewed commitment to proactive policing and community engagement. According to the release, command shifts include the following:
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Daniel Pearson, 16, was shot and killed on Nov. 20 on Greenmount Avenue.
The Baltimore police have released stills from video surveillance of the suspected murderers of a 16-year-old boy in hopes of finding the killers. The grainy photos, released by police, show a group of four people walking across Greenmount Avenue through oncoming traffic, pointing weapons toward the west side of the street at about 8 p.m. on Nov. 20. Daniel Pearson, 16, was found at the scene and pronounced dead at an area hospital. A 22-year-old man and a 33-year-old man were also wounded in the shooting. "Homicide detectives are attempting to identify a group of persons of interest who were captured on video surveillance in the area. Anyone with information on the identity of the pictured individuals is asked to contact homicide …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The "Goods For Guns" initiative was planned last month and held Saturday in Baltimore—one day after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
BALTIMORE, MD -- One day after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Baltimore police collected more than 400 guns during the "Goods For Guns" initiative in the city. A total of 461 guns were collected in exchange for approximately $50,000 in gift certificates to a local grocery chain, according to a release from City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young's office. Young announced the initiative Wednesday at City Hall. On his Twitter account, Young said Saturday that planning for the program began before Thanksgiving, and that it took "a true team effort." In a news release, Young said: "Today, I heard from a diverse array of people who just wanted to remove firearms from their homes. These people, both young and old, …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Search and arrest warrants were executed in Baltimore City and Baltimore County on Tuesday.
Law enforcement agencies executed 20 search warrants, and made more than a dozen arrests on Tuesday morning after federal and state indictments for heroin and marijuana distribution were returned against 34 people. The search and arrest warrants were executed in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, and resulted in the seizure of ammunition, suspected heroin pills and tens of thousands of dollars, according to a Baltimore Police Department news release. An investigation of this drug organization began in 2011 and culminated with wiretaps on 10 phone lines on Sept. 2012. Brandon Clark, 25, Anthon Harris, 21, Stanford Stewart, 65, Raheem Baker 21 and five others were indicted on federal drug charges, according to the release. Tyrell Allsup, …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Residents may turn in guns for a $100 certificate no questions asked.
A new Baltimore City program is offering $100 gift certificate to Klein’s ShopRite in exchange for guns, no questions asked. City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced the new program on Wednesday morning. Residents will be able to exchange the firearms in exchange for certificates between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday at the Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corporation’s headquarters on the campus of City College High School, according to a news release. "We have made tremendous strides in reducing gun-related crimes in Baltimore, but we still have a long way to go," Young said in the release. "This new partnership between my office and Klein’s ShopRite is a great example of a public-private partnership helping to …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Two men were reported shot in the 6000 block of Bellona Avenue.
(UPDATE) 9:28 a.m., Friday—Two men were reportedly found shot near the Rosebank and Homeland neighborhoods Thursday night in what police believe was a drug dispute. According to Det. Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman, the victims were found shot in a car at about 10 p.m. Thursday in the 6000 block of Bellona Avenue. The wounded men, one thought to be in his 20s and another in his 40s, were found in a gold Dodge, and are believed to have driven to that location after being shot. He said each man was shot in the arm and was taken to an area hospital. Their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. Sgt. Anthony Smith, a police spokesman, said on Friday morning that detectives investigating the shooting believe it may be the result …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Funeral services for Officer Forrest Taylor will be held at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Friday morning.
Funeral services for Officer Forrest Taylor will be held at The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Wyndhurst on Friday, and could cause traffic delays, according to police. The Baltimore Police Department issued a traffic advisory to motorists to expect delays along Charles Street, which starting at 9 a.m., will be closed between Northern Parkway and Cold Spring Lane. Starting about 12:30 p.m. the procession will leave the church, located at 5200 N. Charles St., and will proceed up Charles Street; to Northern Parkway; to northbound Interstate 83; westbound Interstate 695; then to southbound Interstate 97 on its way to Annapolis. Taylor died earlier this week, after he was injured when his vehicle was struck trying to drive through an …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Ronald Givens, 55, was a possible witness in a Baltimore City firearms and narcotics case.
A grand jury returned indictments last week against four men for allegedly murdering a Baltimore County man who was a possible witness in a narcotics and firearms case. Derius Duncan, 22, Keyon Beads, 30, Clifford Butler Jr., 21, and David Johnson, 23, were all indicted in by the grand jury of Baltimore for attempting to bribe and then murder Ronald Givens, 55, of Lochearn, according to a news release. In March of 2011, Duncan was arrested and charged with firearms and narcotics charges after a “hack”—an unlicensed taxi—operated by Givens was stopped by police. On Oct. 4 2011, Givens was found shot dead outside the home he shared with his mother in Baltimore County, just 22 days before he was set to testify against Duncan. According to the…