2 officers charged in crimes are suspended

July 15, 2006|By JULIE BYKOWICZ | JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER

Two Baltimore police officers have been suspended after being charged recently in separate crimes in Baltimore County, according to city police officials.

Keosha Buie, a Northern District officer hired in March 2005, and Joseph A. Dicandeloro, a Northwestern District officer since October 2000, will not be paid during their suspensions, said Officer Troy Harris, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department.

Buie, 22, was charged June 30 in Baltimore County District Court with fraud, attempted theft and making a false statement to an officer. Charging documents state Buie reported her 2002 Ford Taurus stolen May 17 from in front of her Catonsville home. That same day, the documents state, city officers found the car ablaze in the 100 block of McPhail St.

Buie filed an insurance claim the next day for $8,000, the documents state. Under oath, she told a city detective June 20 that her car was stolen, but two days later she "admitted to detectives that she made a false police report and false insurance claim to get out of payments on the leased vehicle," the documents said.

She is scheduled for trial Aug. 7 in Towson.

Dicandeloro, 37, of Bowie, was charged July 4 with third- and fourth-degree burglary, stalking and malicious destruction. He is accused of breaking into the Essex home of his ex-girlfriend, Alison McDaniel, while she was away in June and harassing her and her boyfriend, Anthony M. King, with threatening telephone messages. McDaniel is a Northwestern District police officer and King is a former city police officer.

Charging documents state that McDaniel's bedroom was in disarray, personal items were strewn about and photographs of McDaniel and King were torn during two separate burglaries.

Dicandeloro also left McDaniel about 40 minutes of threatening phone messages, including one warning that he was "hunting you down," the documents state. McDaniel said text messages she was sent included the threat that "I will take you and him out," according to the documents.

Dicandeloro is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 4 in Towson.

julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com

Gus G. Sentementes and Nick Shields contributed to this report.

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