Crime Briefs


August 13, 2009

City man, 20, fatally shot in head in East Baltimore

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot in the head Tuesday night in East Baltimore, according to city police. The man, identified as Gregory Wilson, was found by officers about 11:16 p.m. in the 2600 block of E. Oliver St. lying on his back suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. Wilson, of the 1100 block of Whitelock St., was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead about midnight. Police have made no arrests in the case. Wilson was set to appear in court later this month on drug distribution and assault charges. There have been 139 homicides this year, compared with 136 at this time last year.

- Justin Fenton and Brent Jones

Two teens sentenced in kidnapping and robbery

Two Baltimore teenagers pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with the October kidnapping, carjacking and armed robbery of a University of Maryland medical student, who was held for eight hours. Sintel Marque Colvin, who turns 18 Saturday, pleaded guilty to armed carjacking, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and kidnapping. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge John Addison Howard sentenced Colvin, of the 300 block of S. Scott St., to 25 years in prison, with all but seven years suspended. Colvin, who has an extensive juvenile arrest record that includes a sustained assault charge, was committed to Department of Juvenile Services supervision two weeks prior to the kidnapping incident, according to court documents. Calls to DJS were not returned. Justin Hopkins, 18, of the 400 block of E. Eager St., pleaded guilty to armed robbery and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. He received a 10-year sentence with all but five years suspended. A third defendant, 50-year-old Joseph Hall, has yet to go to trial.

- Tricia Bishop

Baltimore man charged with soliciting sex from a minor

Maryland State Police said a Baltimore man accused of trying to set up sex with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl has been arrested. The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested Scott Fowble, 30, Wednesday morning and charged him with soliciting a minor. Police said he came to a designated meeting place at about 10 a.m. after weeks of instant messaging and talking online in a chat room with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. But police were waiting for him and took him into custody. He'd been under investigation since June 2009 when he contacted an undercover officer who was posing as a young girl to talk about having sex, police said.

- Associated Press

Dismissal of charges against school counselors upheld

Maryland's second-highest court has upheld the dismissal of reckless endangerment charges against five counselors at a school for troubled juveniles where a Baltimore teen died. The Court of Special Appeals ruled Monday that Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Michael Galloway did not err when he dismissed the indictments. The counselors at Bowling Brook Preparatory School were accused of waiting 41 minutes to call 911 after 17-year-old Isaiah Simmons was restrained by staff and became unresponsive. Lawyers for the counselors argued that the law doesn't allow for charges to be brought for not doing something. The attorney general's office will decide whether to take the case before the Court of Appeals, Maryland's highest court.

Associated Press

Man, adult daughter charged with growing marijuana

The Kent County authorities have charged a man and his adult daughter with growing marijuana. The Kent County Sheriff's Office says narcotics officers saw 63-year-old Geoffrey Armiger and his daughter, Erika, caring for marijuana plants last week outside Pomona. Officials say nine marijuana plants were seized from the 42-year-old woman's property. Authorities say Geoffrey Armiger told officers he had drug paraphernalia at his house near Kingstown in Queen Anne's County, where they found a marijuana plant and evidence of rooms for growing and drying marijuana in an outbuilding. Authorities say the Armingers are charged in Kent County with manufacturing and possessing marijuana and charges are pending in Queen Anne's County.

- Associated Press

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