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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 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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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1998
As City Council members prepare to question police homicide commanders today about the declining rate of solved slayings, a homicide squad sergeant is urging regular reviews of cases to improve the unit's accountability.Detective Sgt. Mark Tomlin made the suggestion last month in a memo to Maj. Kathleen Patek, who heads the unit, as a way to improve the clearance rate. A clearance occurs when a slaying is solved, usually by an arrest."In a random sampling of open cases from 1997, it is clear that a breakdown of accountability between supervisors and detectives has caused many cases to be left unattended, or simply pushed to the side," wrote Tomlin, a 19-year veteran of the department who has been a homicide unit supervisor for the past three years.
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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 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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April 25, 1991
From 4 p.m. Saturday to last night, Christopher P. Graul, a 33-year-old Baltimore homicide detective who is married and has two children, had spent less than 20 hours at home.Like most members of the Baltimore police homicide unit, Detective Graul is feeling the strain of the increase in murders. Here is a sample of his recent schedule:.Arrived for work 4 p.m. Saturday. Worked until 9 p.m. Sunday -- 29 hours straight.Home for three hours Sunday night.Returned to work for the midnight to 8 a.m. shift.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1997
A veteran Baltimore police major who once commanded the homicide unit is retiring from the force, effective June 1, amid an investigation into leaked test answers on a promotional exam.Col. Steven A. Crumrine, chief of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, confirmed the move yesterday and said Maj. Goldie S. Phillips Jr., a 24-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave until he retires.Police officials would not comment further, citing the still open investigation, which includes a Southern District officer who is accused of receiving leaked answers.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | September 3, 1993
A 1,000-pound bull escaped from a Northeast Baltimore slaughterhouse yesterday and ran wild for seven blocks before two police officers fired 10 gunshots and killed it, police said.The bull broke free about 11:50 a.m. from a pen at the Charles J. Schmidt & Co. Inc. meatpacking plant in the 2100 block of Harford Road and ran north, police said.Along the way, the animal frightened numerous motorists who were shocked to see a bull running in traffic, but no accidents were reported, police said.
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