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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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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 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 Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
A woman was killed and three other women and a man injured in an early-morning shooting that left bullet holes and blood spots across an East Baltimore street, police said. Police responded to a reported shooting in the 700 block of N. Kenwood Ave. in the city's Madison-Eastend neighborhood about 1:27 a.m. Saturday and found the five victims, each suffering from at least one gunshot wound, police said. Donyae Jones, 18, who was shot in the chest, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 2:12 a.m., police said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
A 25-year-old Glen Burnie man was found shot to death early Sunday morning on the front porch of a man that Anne Arundel police say was responsible for the attack. Kendall Arnaz Green was found on the porch of a home in the 400 block of Arbor Drive just before 2 a.m., police said. Matthew Martin Pinkerton, 34, the homeowner, was arrested shortly after and was charged with second-degree murder and other charges in connection with the incident. Anne Arundel police are still investigating a motive, but said the victim and suspect knew each other and characterized it as "a domestic related situation.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 3, 2000
Anne Arundel County homicide detectives identified yesterday the victim in Wednesday's fatal shooting in Meade Village as 26-year-old Dwayne Alvin Macklin. Just before the shooting, about 12: 30 p.m., Macklin, of an unknown address, was seen meeting with a 15- to 20-year-old dark-skinned black man who has a medium build and was wearing a black coat, police said. Police ask anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 410-222-3456 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.
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October 19, 2011
The recent changes in the Baltimore City Police Department's homicide unit have left me shaking my head in wonderment ("Baltimore Police name new homicide commander," Oct. 14). Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III told The Sun last summer that he had removed Major Terrence McLarney from his post as commander of the homicide unit because of a drop in the number of convictions. Major McLarney was a seasoned expert who also possessed a law degree. Most of us understand that conviction is a complex process between investigation and prosecution.
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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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December 25, 2005
Detectives Ray Laslett and Mark Luther Hughes Occupation Both work as detectives in the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit, which investigates suspicious deaths, including kidnappings and other high-profile crimes. In the news They took the lead in arresting a suspect last week in a series of murders, assaults and a rape of mostly elderly residents on the city's west and northwest sides that started in 1999. Career highlights Laslett, 45, joined the Police Department 23 years ago. He started in patrol in the Northwest District, where he spent 13 years.
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