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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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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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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2004
Retired from the Baltimore Police Department's storied homicide unit, Jay C. Landsman Sr. is enjoying phase two of his law enforcement career as a corporal in the Baltimore County police force. He is quick with a smile, still a prince of the wisecrack. Jay C. Landsman Jr. is a second-generation homicide detective, and he is also a corporal in the county Police Department. He is a no-nonsense law enforcement professional, with a military-style haircut and ramrod-straight carriage. The elder Landsman says he is proud that he inspired the Richard Belzer character, sarcastic joker Detective John Munch, on television's Homicide: Life on the Street.
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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 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 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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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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