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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | March 26, 2008
City police investigators examined yesterday the computer hard drive used by a white commander accused of ordering a black sergeant to watch online Ku Klux Klan videos, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Police Department and the mayor's office, said that the police commissioner briefed Mayor Sheila Dixon on Monday night and yesterday morning on a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint stemming from the alleged incident, but he declined to comment further on the matter.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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