Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

February 16, 2007

Police charge suspect in nightclub killing

A West Baltimore man suspected in a fatal shooting at a nightclub was arrested yesterday evening after he was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center, city police said.

Eugene D. Parker, 31, of the 500 block of S. Bentalou St., was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder and a handgun offense in the killing Sunday night of a security officer at the club, police said.

The shooting occurred about three hours after the security guard, Harold Robinson, 39, of South Baltimore, and another security officer had ordered several men out of Club International in the 2300 block of W. Baltimore St. for disorderly conduct, being intoxicated and public urination, police said.

On the way out, one of the men told the guards that he would be back later, police said.

At 9 p.m., a man entered the vestibule of the crowded club and shot Robinson in the upper torso, killing him. The shooter fled - pursued by a second security officer, who shot him at least once in the neck.

Parker was being held last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Richard Irwin

Drug dealer is sentenced

A Port Deposit drug dealer was sentenced yesterday to serve nearly nine years in prison after a federal judge convicted him of drug and gun offenses.

Matthew Hughes, 24, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 106 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possessing a firearm in connection with drug dealing and possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal. Hughes, who was arrested in May, pleaded guilty Nov. 6.

Matthew Dolan

Child-porn indictment issued

A 42-year-old Hagerstown man was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on charges of possessing child pornography at his home.

According to court documents, Mark Bartles used Peer to Peer networking software to download and share images of child pornography in November. FBI agents tracked his activities online and found Bartles' computer by tracking down his Internet provider address, authorities said.

The FBI later searched Bartles' home and seized a stack of computer printouts of child pornography and his computer, according to authorities. Federal prosecutors in Baltimore said yesterday that the images Bartles shared or possessed depicted prepubescent children, including toddlers, who were being sexually abused.

Matthew Dolan

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