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By Douglas M. Schmidt | May 24, 2012
For the past three years, Maryland has experienced an unprecedented crime wave of political corruption. The only comparable period in memory would be the 1970s, when a governor was jailed and a sitting U.S. vice president (who had served as governor and Baltimore County executive) resigned in shame. The current offenders have been high-ranking elected officials, and the offenses have been far more serious than simple lapses in judgment. They have involved a level of hubris and ethical depravity that are shocking by any standard.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
A 28-year-old man police have described as a "one-man crime spree" told 911 dispatchers before taking his life that he had "killed all these people" and wanted to get his "story" out. Robert Hopkins made the calls in the early morning of Jan. 10 from the offices of a North Baltimore nonprofit, and police released them Thursday as they continued to investigate the scope of the violence he claimed to have carried out. Authorities said Hopkins broke...
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
A 28-year-old man police have described as a "one-man crime spree" told 911 dispatchers before taking his life that he had "killed all these people" and wanted to get his "story" out. Robert Hopkins made the calls in the early morning of Jan. 10 from the offices of a North Baltimore nonprofit, and police released them Thursday as they continued to investigate the scope of the violence he claimed to have carried out. Authorities said Hopkins broke...
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  SPREE You may face temptations this week and next to go on a little spree, perhaps of shopping, perhaps of drinking, perhaps of overeating. A spree is a burst of indulgence or activity, or perhaps a jolly outing. Because of those senses, editors at The Sun  have tended to shun the terms crime spree  or shooting spree , on the ground that shooting people ought not to be treated like a binge.  But a recent post at Language Log   goes into the etymology of the word as recorded in the American Heritage Dictionary , which shows more complex origins.  It appears to descend from the Scots spreath , for "cattle raid.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | February 19, 1992
A highly publicized crime spree punctuated by three abductions and a murder has captured the imagination of criminals who have committed three other similar but unrelated kidnappings since Sunday, according to Baltimore police.The latest attack occurred about 2 a.m. yesterday when a Diamond Cab driver, David Lee Clack, 30, of the 1100 block of Woodyear Street was robbed of about $200 by a passenger who forced him into the trunk of the cab, said Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a city police spokeswoman.
NEWS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writer | February 18, 1992
A chronology accompanying an article in yesterday's editions gave the incorrect location of two recent kidnappings at city parking garages. The kidnappings took place at the garage at Harbor Park Cinema, 55 Market Place.The Sun regrets the errors.Dontay Carter was finishing a three-year prison term when he allegedly concocted the idea for a deadly crime spree that included a murder, three kidnappings and spending binges with stolen credit cards, according to aedit cards, said the source, who would talk about the case only on the grounds that he not be identified.
NEWS
August 22, 1997
A Hampstead teen-ager who went on a three-day crime spree in February was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in the Carroll County Detention Center.Douglas K. Baker, 16, was charged as an adult in 17 incidents that resulted in 87 charges -- mainly for unauthorized use of motor vehicles, burglary, and auto theft and theft.In one instance, a stolen pickup was found submerged in a Taneytown pond with a block of wood placed on the accelerator.Baker will be placed on five years of probation upon his release, but that term may be extended five years if he fails to make restitution of more than $15,000 to the victims from Hampstead and Westminster, and one from Montgomery County.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1996
A man arrested on drug charges in North Carolina on Sunday is expected to be extradited to Westminster in connection with a recent crime spree in Carroll and other counties, Westminster police said.Arrest warrants were filed for Steven C. Lafferman, 33, and his companion, Paula E. Renehan, 26, of the first block of E. Main St. in Westminster, said Lt. Dean Brewer, a Westminster police spokesman.Extradition papers are being prepared for the couple, who are being held on drug charges in Raleigh, N.C., Brewer said.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Staff Writer Staff writer Alan Craver contributed to this article | October 8, 1992
State police have released a report that offers the most detailed and chilling account so far of former Savage volunteer firefighter James Scott Botschen's alleged crime spree.According to the report, which was released last week, Botschen ordered prostitutes to do bizarre things and attacked or threatened them with a knife. The 16-page report also describes photos confiscated from Botschen that show the undressing and beating of one of his victims."A lot of people we've talked to would like to see this guy behind bars," said state Trooper John Grant, referring to prostitutes and others police have interviewed about Botschen.
NEWS
By Caitlin Francke and Scott Higham and Caitlin Francke and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1999
Kevin Cox, whose case involving a 1996 crime spree was initially dismissed by a Baltimore judge for procedural errors, was picked up by FBI agents Thursday night, hours after he and a co-defendant were indicted on federal charges stemming from the spree.Apparently oblivious to the publicity surrounding his case, Cox reported to a probation office Thursday in Hyattsville. A probation officer called the FBI, and Cox was arrested and transported to a Baltimore County jail in Woodlawn.Yesterday, FBI agents brought Cox to U.S. District Court in Baltimore for his first appearance on the federal indictment, handed up Thursday against Cox and co-defendant Christopher Wills.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
Five teenagers have been arrested in a weeks-long Carroll County "vandalism spree" that caused $20,000 worth of damage to 129 cars and saw more than $5,000 worth of portable electronics, jewelry and other valuables stolen, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. "The only explanation given for this is a case of youthful mischief," said Major Phil Kasten, a sheriff's office spokesman. Police said the teens, all North Carroll High School students between the ages of 14 and 17, began their crime spree on Aug. 4, spending the night shattering car windshields, bending antennas and removing nearly $1,500 worth of valuables and prescription drugs from vehicles parked in residential driveways.
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By Douglas M. Schmidt | May 24, 2012
For the past three years, Maryland has experienced an unprecedented crime wave of political corruption. The only comparable period in memory would be the 1970s, when a governor was jailed and a sitting U.S. vice president (who had served as governor and Baltimore County executive) resigned in shame. The current offenders have been high-ranking elected officials, and the offenses have been far more serious than simple lapses in judgment. They have involved a level of hubris and ethical depravity that are shocking by any standard.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2011
Federal authorities announced Thursday a racketeering indictment charging 35 alleged Bloods gang members with murder, kidnapping and other crimes from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore — a move they said had "dismantled" the gang. Authorities say cells of the South Side Brims coordinated gang activity across the state and region, and court documents offer a tutorial on how modern criminal organizations operate, including posting photos and messages on Facebook, and uploading initiation videos on YouTube.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2011
Violent crimes in Anne Arundel County increased slightly in 2010 while the number of serious property crimes decreased significantly, a development county police attributed largely to the "smarter" tracking of crime trends in recent years. The statistics, released by police on Friday, showed that the total number of crimes in Anne Arundel — everything from homicides to disorderly conduct — decreased by about 3.6 percent in 2010, compared with the previous year. The decrease is in line with a longer-term drop in crime in the county, police said.
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By GUS G. SENTEMENTES and GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER | July 10, 2006
Following a lead that took them to Baltimore County, city police detectives have arrested a man they say is responsible for a spree of brazen armed robberies, carjackings and home invasions over the past two months in Central and North Baltimore. Two detectives went Saturday night to the home of a woman they believed might know the suspect because a call was made to her on a cell phone shortly after it had been stolen. While the detectives were talking to her, a man entered the home, saw the police and fled, crashing through a sliding glass door, police said.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2005
Howard County police say they have halted a crime spree with the arrests of three men accused in a dozen robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles over several months. "With three arrests, we solved multiple crimes," Pfc. Jennifer Reidy, a spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department, said Friday. "It's always great when you could solve a series of crimes in an area by a good investigation." Pieter Deboer, 19, of Ellicott City; James Shannon, 19, of Columbia; and Andrew Buddy Smith, 20, whose address was unknown, were arrested last month after a weeks-long investigation.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1996
A prison escapee who allegedly went on a crime spree in Howard County and Baltimore this week was caught yesterday afternoon after police got a tip he was hiding in a West Baltimore rowhouse.Members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force found Lionel Samuel Wallace, 24, hiding under a pile of clothes in a closet of a house in the first block of N. Fulton Ave., a city police spokesman said.Police said Wallace walked away from a prison work crew Aug. 23. He was serving a five-year sentence for a handgun violation and destruction of property at the Jessup Pre-Release Unit.
FEATURES
By Mark Caro and Mark Caro,Chicago Tribune | February 19, 1993
A killer on the loose. A town paralyzed with anxiety. A massive manhunt turning up precious few clues.Given recent events in Palatine, Ill., where seven people were found dead in a restaurant, a true-crime book with that scenario may seem like the last thing the world needs. But there is nothing pulpish about Alec Wilkinson's account of a man who kills his probation officer and then takes off on an interstate crime spree."A Violent Act" is at once multifaceted and economical -- a taut tale about a psychotic who becomes unhinged and the complex chain of reactions set off by his rampage.
NEWS
February 27, 2003
The Rev. E.V. Hill, 69, longtime pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles who rose from poverty in Texas to become a confidant of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and a power within one of the nation's largest African-American denominations, died of pneumonia Monday. At 21, Mr. Hill became pastor of Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Houston. While there, he was one of seven black pastors in various Southern cities who joined Dr. King in forming the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was to become central to the civil rights struggle.
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