Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

April 27, 2006

2 city police officers are indicted in theft and bribery cases

Two Baltimore police officers have been indicted in separate cases on charges of theft, extortion and bribery, the city state's attorney office announced yesterday.

Officer Walter Jackson-Hill, 35, of York, Pa., was indicted on theft, bribery, extortion and obstruction of justice charges stemming from allegations that he took bribes from a suspect in a felony drug case in return for failing to appear at the man's criminal trial. Prosecutors said that Jackson-Hill received bribes -- payments of $400 and $750 -- from the girlfriend of a man he had arrested.

Officer Che Jackson, 35, of the 3800 block of Cassandra Road in Randallstown, was indicted on one count of felony theft. The indictment alleges that Jackson removed a set of 20-inch rims and four tires from a 2000 Cadillac Deville that was seized during a shooting investigation. The tires and rims were found on Jackson's 1999 Cadillac Deville, prosecutors said.

Both men are scheduled for arraignment May 24.

The indictments are the latest in a string of corruption allegations against city police officers.

Three members of the Southwestern District's Flex Squad are facing a May rape trial stemming from a woman's account of being assaulted in the station house. Two detectives have been accused by federal authorities of robbing drug addicts and pressuring dealers to share their profits with them.

Nicole Fuller

Boy arrested on gun charge

A 16-year-old Severn boy was arrested yesterday after taking a loaded handgun to Old Mill High School, Anne Arundel County police said.

Davon Odems of the 1700 block of Barnwood Court was charged as an adult with possession of a concealed deadly weapon on school property, possession of a handgun and carrying a concealed weapon.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a teacher reported hearing one student tell another that a third student had a gun on school property, police said. A police officer stationed at the school searched the student's book bag and found the loaded 9 mm handgun inside, police said.

The student said he was carrying the gun for protection from another student but did not elaborate, said Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas, a police spokesman.

Tony Ruffin, a schools spokesman, said administrators will investigate. Police are also investigating where the student got the handgun and who owns it.

Teen charged in Carroll rape

A 17-year-old Baltimore County teenager is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $500,000 bond after being charged in the rape of a Westminster woman, Carroll County Deputy State's Attorney David P. Daggett said yesterday.

Kenyon J. McCullough of the 3700 block of Campfield Road was charged as an adult Monday with second-degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and theft of less than $500 value, according to court documents. McCullough was taken to Carroll County on Tuesday night from the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in Baltimore County, where he was being held on juvenile burglary charges, court documents say.

McCullough is charged with rape and assault during a party in the first block of Charles St. in Westminster in late January, according to documents. The woman was taken to Carroll Hospital Center, where she was treated, according to the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center.

Laura McCandlish

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