City / County Digest


August 05, 2008

Central Booking is getting a new warden

A Baltimore woman who has worked in corrections for 30 years is the next warden of the city's Central Booking facility.

Naomi Williams started as a clerk in the Baltimore City jail in 1978. Today, she will be named warden of the Central Booking and Intake Facility at a change of leadership ceremony.

Williams will oversee the facility where every person arrested in Baltimore is taken. State corrections officials said nearly 100,000 people who have been arrested end up at Central Booking for processing.

Williams became a corrections officer a year after she started working at the jail.

Her predecessor, Mitch Franks, retired this year.

Associated Press

Baltimore County


Man shot to death near Gwynn Oak Park

Baltimore County detectives are investigating the fatal shooting last night of a man near Gwynn Oak Park in the Woodlawn community.

Shortly before 9:20 p.m., police from the Woodlawn Precinct responded to a report of a man shot in the 5400 block of Gwynndale Ave. and found the victim, who was pronounced dead a short time later from what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head. A resident said she heard four shots and waited several minutes before going outside, where she saw a man lying on the ground, surrounded by police and medics Other details of the shooting were not available.

Police said that the man's identity was being withheld pending notification of family members. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy and possible recovery of the bullet.


Circuit Court

Two men convicted in three killings

Baltimore Circuit Court juries yesterday convicted two men in separate city killings that left three people dead, according to the city state's attorney's office.

Larry Joseph, 19, of the 900 block of N. Streeper St., was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence, prosecutors said. Circuit Judge Charles G. Bernstein sentenced him to two consecutive life terms in prison plus 40 years.

Prosecutors said that on Sept. 16, Joseph confronted Deion Morris and Channing Myrick in the 3400 block of Belair Road in Northeast Baltimore. Authorities said Joseph shot Myrick five times and Morris 9 times, killing both.

A police camera nearby captured a man confronting the victims and running away. Prosecutors said the footage could not identify the shooter, but the video did help them establish a timeline that, along with testimony from witnesses, helped with the case.

Also yesterday, prosecutors said a jury convicted Derrick Collins, 24, of the 300 block of S. Gilmor St., of first-degree murder in the Dec. 18 killing of 33-year-old Annette Bardney.

Authorities said that Collins tried to strangle Bardney in a back alley in the 700 block of N. Fremont Ave., behind a church. "When he failed to kill her, he picked up a wooden 2x4 and struck her in the head until she was dead," prosecutors said in a statement.

Prosecutors said they matched DNA from the crime scene to Collins.

Prince George's

Upper Marlboro

Bond granted to pair in fatal drag race

A Circuit Court judge granted bond yesterday to two men charged in a February street race crash that killed eight people in Southern Maryland.

Chief Administrative Judge William Missouri set bond at $200,000 for Darren Bullock, 20, and $120,000 bond for Tavon Taylor, 18. Both men are from Waldorf.

Missouri ordered that Bullock abide by whatever restrictions are ordered by pretrial services officials and that his movements be monitored electronically, The Washington Post reported. Taylor would have no restrictions on his movements if his family is able to post bond for him.

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