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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 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 | 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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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 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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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 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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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 David Simon | October 30, 1991
Daniel W. Shea, a veteran detective who spent his last eight years solving murders and other crimes for the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit, died Saturday at home after a five-month battle with lung cancer. He was 42.Well-read, thoughtful and possessed of an exceptionally dry wit, Danny Shea was as unlikely a candidate for a police career as could be found. A careful student of history and literature, he was as comfortable discussing English poets and Irish rebellions as he was talking about bullet calibers and wound tracks.
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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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