Crime Watch


October 04, 2006

Suspect questioned in double shooting

Baltimore homicide detectives were questioning a suspect yesterday in connection with a double shooting in the Broadway East neighborhood that left a 16-year-old boy dead and another young male victim wounded, police said.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said both victims were shot shortly after 9 p.m. Monday by "a lone gunman."

The boy who was killed was identified as Bernard Davis of the 1700 block of North Castle St. He was shot near his home and died during surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital early yesterday, police said.

Harris would not release the name or age of the other victim because he is considered a witness.

Davis' mother, Michelle Faulkner, 37, was home when her son was shot.

"I heard an episode of fireworks," she said. "Then I heard gunshots. I heard my son hollering."

Faulkner peered outside her door and saw the other boy bleeding. She called 911, and while she was talking with an emergency dispatcher, a neighbor yelled and told Faulkner that her son was wounded.

She rushed to her son's side.

"The whole time I was rubbing his hand," she said. "He kept trying to get up. I kept saying, `Lay down.'"

Faulkner said her son was a sophomore at Heritage High School, liked to play football and had a charming smile.

Annie Linskey

Man charged in online sting

A 57-year-old state prison guard on the Eastern Shore appeared in federal court in Baltimore yesterday on charges that he propositioned an undercover agent on the Internet whom he believed was a 15-year-old girl.

A federal grand jury indicted Daniel Charles Trader of Pocomoke City, accusing him of attempting to exploit a minor and distribution and possession of pornographic material depicting minors. The indictment, which was returned Sept. 21, was unsealed yesterday after Trader's arrest.

A judge ordered Trader held in custody until his detention hearing, which is scheduled for Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

The three-count indictment alleges that Trader, a Maryland Division of Correction guard at Eastern Correctional Institute, used a screen name to contact an individual he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. The "girl" was in fact an undercover officer with the Wheaton, Ill., Police Department.

From March 7, 2005, through May 16, 2005, the indictment alleges, Trader initiated more than 30 online chat sessions with the undercover officer, repeatedly engaging in sexually explicit discussions. Trader also is accused of streaming video of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct and encouraging the "girl" to obtain a Web camera to do the same, prosecutors said.

Trader also is accused of sending the undercover agent money to purchase erotic clothing. Finally, the indictment accuses Trader of owning more than 1,700 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Matthew Dolan

Driver flees crash, is arrested

A Severn man who had been under house arrest faces additional charges after crashing his car near a railroad bridge and running from officers, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

About 8:30 p.m. Monday, an officer saw someone driving a black 1997 Saturn on Reece Road without headlights. The driver appeared to be intoxicated, police said, so the officer tried to pull over the driver. However, after going around a curve, the officer saw another car that had been involved in a head-on collision and stopped to aid the motorist.

Police later found the Saturn - which had overturned in the crash - blocking railroad tracks. When police tried to rescue the driver, he fled along the tracks, police said. The man was captured moments later and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police identified the man as Alphonso Milton Scott, 18, of the 1800 block of Blue Jay Court. Court records show that Scott had been charged with assault and handgun violations in June and was placed on home detention, which was later revoked. Scott now faces numerous traffic counts, a police spokeswoman said yesterday.

Officials said three trains were briefly delayed while the car was removed from the tracks.

Anica Butler

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