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By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | April 5, 1994
Capt. Howard F. Parrott, a 37-year Baltimore police veteran, took over yesterday as commander of the city homicide unit and said he hopes to bolster morale and to improve office conditions for the detectives.The 59-year-old former head of the vice and fugitive squads said he spent much of his first day familiarizing himself with the 48-member unit -- and its problems."There's no doubt there's some disappointment up here due to the new rotation policy. Some of the guys feel like they're getting shafted.
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August 14, 2014
City police officials have replaced the department's homicide chief in the wake of a string of unsolved murders this summer that shattered what had been a period of relative calm. Maj. Stanley Brandford will take over the homicide unit from Maj. Dennis Smith, who had been running homicide along with the shooting and robbery divisions since April. Putting the unit under separate command is probably the right move given the outsized role homicides play in shaping perceptions of Baltimore.
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By Jim Haner and Jim Haner,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1994
Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier has ordered an audit of the homicide unit's overtime vouchers after discovering that it often pays out 14 times as much in overtime salary in any given month as other police units.Mr. Frazier called the audit by his inspection services office "a routine management survey" that was not prompted by any suspicion of wrongdoing.It comes in the wake of criticism from some homicide detectives who say the new chief's plan to rotate them to patrol jobs could have disastrous consequences.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Baltimore police officials have replaced the commander of the homicide unit as two high-profile cases remain unsolved amid a recent spate of violence that saw a killing a day. Maj. Dennis Smith, asked in April to oversee both homicide and the shooting and robbery units, has been removed from the homicide post, police confirmed. A former homicide commander, Maj. Stanley Brandford, has been pulled from his current assignment running the city's Eastern District and will temporarily oversee the unit again, officials said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2011
The Baltimore Police Department announced a reshuffling of its ranks Friday night, including the selection of a new commander of its homicide unit and a new assignment of the supervisor who helped implement reforms in the sex offense unit. Lt. Col. Garnell Green, a 22-year veteran who has most recently overseen Westside patrol operations, will take control of the homicide unit. The unit has struggled with a sagging clearance rate hovering over 40 percent, and officials undertook a nationwide search to fill the spot.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1999
Frustrated that arrests have been made in fewer than a third of the city's nonfatal shootings this year, Baltimore police are moving detectives who investigate shootings to district stations.Col. Bert L. Shirey, acting police commissioner, said yesterday that 29 detectives, three sergeants and a lieutenant will be transferred Jan. 2 from the homicide unit in police headquarters to the city's nine police districts.Although some soon-to-be transferred detectives are resisting the move, Shirey believes the plan will help the department return to neighborhood policing.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2000
A confidential study of the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit, whose detectives make arrests in less than half the city's slayings, blames the failings on poor supervision and antipathy between detectives and prosecutors. The stinging analysis lists a variety of internal problems that include rotating out experienced investigators, substandard equipment and inadequate staffing of crucial support personnel, such as laboratory technicians and clerks. From broken tape recorders to case folders that are in "abysmal condition -- that is, when they can be located," the report portrays a dysfunctional unit whose detectives are responsible for investigating the most serious of offenses.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1998
Troubled by Baltimore's homicide rate, City Council members are calling for an end to a controversial police department policy of rotating veteran homicide detectives into other jobs.In a resolution passed during last night's meeting, the council said it "demands that the [Mayor Kurt L.] Schmoke administration halt its policy."The resolution's sponsor, Councilman Martin O'Malley, called the policy "foolish" because officers with minimal homicide investigative experience would be responsible for solving some of the city's toughest crimes.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2000
In the squad room of Baltimore's famous homicide unit, the murder board is back, telling a more upbeat story. For years, the wall-sized Formica board symbolized Baltimore's losing battle with violence, captivating viewers of the TV show "Homicide: Life on the Street." Yet frustrated police leaders viewed it as demoralizing, a reminder that killings in the city had spiraled out of control. They removed it two years ago. "It got to be a morale factor," Detective Maj. Robert M. Stanton, commander of the homicide unit, said yesterday.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | March 26, 2008
City police investigators examined yesterday the computer hard drive used by a white commander accused of ordering a black sergeant to watch online Ku Klux Klan videos, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Police Department and the mayor's office, said that the police commissioner briefed Mayor Sheila Dixon on Monday night and yesterday morning on a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint stemming from the alleged incident, but he declined to comment further on the matter.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Baltimore Police confirmed that the former head of the homicide unit is back in that role, at least temporarily.  Maj. Stanley Brandford, who in April was named the commander of the Eastern District after about 16 months in charge of homicide investigations, is "temporarily" overseeing the unit again, a police department spokesman confirmed after receiving inquiries from The Sun. It was not clear why a change was made. Maj. Dennis Smith had been overseeing both the homicide unit and district detective unit - an unusual arrangement - since Brandford was moved.
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By Colin Campbell and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
A man was fatally stabbed in Baltimore's Upton neighborhood Tuesday night after police said he and a family member walked by a large group of men and one of them attacked. The 36-year-old victim has not yet been publicly identified. The incident took place around 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. when the victim and a relative were walking and encountered a group of people. The suspect, described as a black man, tall and slender with dreadlocks, stabbed the victim several times in the torso with an unknown sharp object, police said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
The call to the county homicide detective came in the middle of the night. A man had been gunned down at a bus stop on Eastern Boulevard in Essex. Found on the scene, the victim's cellphone held a message from someone named Ashley. It read simply, "You dead. " Like most homicide victims in Baltimore County, Robert Holiday knew his killer. Witnesses willingly spoke to investigators and testified in court. The result: three convictions in a year and a life sentence for Holiday's former girlfriend, Laquesha "Ashley" Lewis.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
A woman was shot in East Baltimore late Wednesday night and remained in critical condition on Thursday morning, police said. Police responding to reports of a shooting around 11 p.m. found the woman in the 2600 block of Grogan Ave., in the city's Berea neighborhood. Medics treated the victim at the scene, and the homicide unit is investigating the shooting due to the severity of her injuries. Police have not released a suspect description or motive, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2100.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
An 18-year-old man who was shot last month in East Baltimore died on Friday, police said. Gregory Anthony Ware Jr., whose last known address was in the 1000 block of N. Kenwood Ave., was shot in the head at about 8:32 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the 2800 block of E. Eager St. in the Madison-East End neighborhood. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, and died from his injuries just after 9 p.m. Friday. No suspect or motive have been identified in the shooting, which has been upgraded to a homicide.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
One man was killed and another was injured in two separate shootings in Baltimore Sunday night, police said. Police found a man lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his head in the 5100 block of Cordelia Ave. in the Langston Hughes neighborhood just after 8 p.m. The department's homicide unit was dispatched to investigate, and the man was later pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said. The killing was the city's 35th homicide and its 28th shooting death of the year.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1997
In an effort to reduce runaway overtime in the city Police Department's homicide unit, commanders have introduced rules that detectives say hamper their ability to investigate and solve slayings.The rules bar detectives from discussing cases with prosecutors at night or on weekends except in emergencies, restrict the number of detectives who may attend an autopsy and require everyone to get approval from a supervisor before working overtime."To solve cases you have to be on the street," one detective said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2010
In August 2008, a group of friends were walking through the Inner Harbor early in the morning when they heard a scream and a splash. When they turned around, 22-year-old Ankush Gupta was gone. No one saw what happened, nor could the harbor's network of security cameras provide an account. With no evidence of trauma to the body, the only conclusive information investigators had about the Montgomery County man's death was that he had drowned. On Tuesday, city homicide detectives arrested a 20-year-old Curtis Bay man who confessed to pushing Gupta into the water.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
One man was killed and two were severely injured in two shootings in East Baltimore during a snowstorm Thursday night, police said. Two men were shot in the head around 9:15 p.m. at the intersection of North Patterson Park and East North avenues, police said. They were taken to a hospital, where one later died, police said in a news release. In the other incident, around 6 p.m., a man was shot in the head in a car in the city's Belair-Edison neighborhood and taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Police are trying to identify a man found fatally stabbed Wednesday night on Greenmount Avenue.  Officers working in the 2800 block of Greenmount Avenue were flagged down at about 7 p.m. by a citizen who told them a man was lying in the street at East 26th Street and Greenmount Avenue.  The man had been stabbed several times, and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m. Police said he has not been identified and...
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