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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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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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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 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 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 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 Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2011
A man was shot shortly before 3 p.m. in the Brooklyn Homes, police said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. The incident was in a building off in the 900 block of Herndon Court, police said. The man was shot in the chest and is in "grave condition," said Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman. The homicide unit is on standby, he said. Police have detained two people for questioning who were on the scene, he said, and appeared to be trying to leave the house. The victim's age is not yet know, Guglielmi said.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 21, 2001
In Baltimore City Police probe fatal shooting of Pimlico man, 21 Baltimore police are investigating the fatal shooting Friday evening of a 21-year-old Pimlico man. Quinten Darnell Brown of the 5100 block of Woolverton Ave. was shot several times at 6:18 p.m. in the 3100 block of Spaulding Ave. in Pimlico, police said. He then made his way through a lot to a liquor store at 5117 Park Heights Ave. Brown, who, according to police records, also spelled his first name "Quentin," was taken to Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m., police said.
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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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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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