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By Peter Hermann and Jim Haner and Peter Hermann and Jim Haner,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1999
Baltimore police abolished a much-criticized six-year policy of rotating officers through different assignments, saying yesterday that it crippled the department's effort to investigate homicides and bring killers to justice.Top department commanders said the "rotation" policy was directly responsible for a plummeting homicide arrest rate, which dropped from 70 percent five years ago to below 40 percent today, and an exodus of experienced detectives.The change is one of a series of moves announced yesterday, some of which are linked to Sunday's mass killings of five women in a rowhouse.
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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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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 Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1998
Their silence was atypical.So, Mary K. Edmondson went to the Reservoir Hill home to seek out the daughter and granddaughter she had not heard from for days. She climbed the brick rowhouse's steps to their apartment and used the landlord's key to let herself in.She found what she dreaded she might: her daughter and grandchild bound and stabbed to death.They were the second pair of women slain in the neighborhood in five weeks this summer, leaving residents -- especially women -- wary.Some consider the four killings an unfortunate fluke, but others wonder if the deaths are a sign that the battle their community is waging against violent crime is being lost.
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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 David Simon | April 28, 1991
Not more than 24 hours after suspects in two separate drug slayings were arrested by Baltimore homicide detectives this month, they were returned to the street -- released on bail by District Court judges.Within days:* Witnesses and potential witnesses in the two cases became uncooperative, with some backing away from prior statements and others demanding police protection in a city that has little or no money to spend to ensure the safety of witnesses, police said.* One defendant apparently managed to remove as many as four semiautomatic weapons from his and his girlfriend's town house before detectives could obtain and execute a search warrant.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1996
John Joseph MacGillivary, a veteran city police captain who supervised Baltimore's homicide detectives for a decade, died of cancer Friday at his home in Bel Air. He was 61.Captain MacGillivary began his police career 28 years ago on patrol in the Southern District and was eventually promoted to captain to oversee the homicide unit, where hundreds of murders were solved under his direction."
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | August 8, 2001
At first, Baltimore police couldn't make sense of the savage beating deaths of three homeless men in South Baltimore this spring. They couldn't tell if anything had been stolen. They found no eyewitnesses. And the homeless community didn't trust the detectives. Detectives said yesterday that they unraveled the case by shedding their suits and putting on T-shirts and jeans and going to homeless encampments day after day, asking questions. They donated 70 bags of the homicide unit's clothing to homeless men. They brought bag lunches and then got Esskay Quality Meats to donate 75 pounds of hot dogs for a cookout and Utz Quality Foods to provide hundreds of bags of potato chips.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | July 16, 2005
Donald Franklin Waltemeyer, a retired Baltimore City homicide investigator and most recently an Aberdeen Police Department detective sergeant, died of cancer Monday at his Dundalk home. He was 58. Sergeant Waltemeyer, whose nickname was "Digger," was recalled yesterday as a street-savvy patrolman with a strong work ethic who pursued one of the city's most publicized murder cases of the 1980s. Born in Baltimore and raised in Pimlico, he attended city public schools and served as a sergeant in the Army before joining the Baltimore Police Department in October 1968.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
Though they aren't trumpeting it, the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit has made several recent arrests in killings dating back to last year.  Police spokespeople said they did not know the motives behind the crimes. The arrests are a boost to a unit whose work was questioned just last week at a hearing at City Hall. As of today, the homicide unit's clearance rate is 53 percent.  -The oldest case involves the killing of Justin Marasa, a 22-year-old from Kenya found shot in a vehicle April 8, 2012 in the 1400 block of Holbrook St. Police said William Hunt, 29, has been indicted on murder charges in the killing.  -Garrick Powell Jr., 20, of Gwynn Oak, has been charged with the killing of 21-year-old John Planters, who was found in a grassy lot in the 2200 block of Annapolis Road on Oct. 25, 2012.
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