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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2012
City police made arrests in two recent killings in city neighborhoods rarely in the news for crime, charging a group of men in connection with a home invasion killing in Waverly and charging the father of a Waltherson woman's children in her death. In the most recent case, Tavon Frederick, 35, was fatally shot during a home invasion May 23 in the 3300 block of Westerwald Ave. in Waverly. Two men ­ - Dontre Mitchell, 21, and Donta Dorsey, 23 - were charged in connection with the killing, and police said two others had been identified as suspects.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
Pamela Prowant was shot multiple times in her apartment in Laurel in 1985, lived with paralysis and used a wheelchair for another 27 years, and died in January of what appeared to be natural causes. In April, the office of the chief medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, essentially declaring that the injuries she sustained almost three decades ago caused her death this year while Prowant, in her early 50s, was still relatively young. Prowant's death is the 28th homicide of 2012 in Prince George's, a negative mark on the county's crime books that won't - and legally can't - be erased with a murder conviction.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2011
A 57-year-old prison inmate was found dead Thursday night inside a maximum-security prison cell in Allegany County, state police said. The man was an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland. Division of Correction officials have not released the man's identity because family has not been notified. The man's cell mate told a correctional officer around 6 p.m. Thursday that he thought there was something wrong, police said. Inside the cell, correctional officers found the inmate unresponsive and he was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2011
A 45-year-old man was stabbed to death Wednesday evening in the Northwest Baltimore neighborhood of Central Park Heights, city police said. The stabbing occurred about 8:30 p.m. in an apartment in the 3500 block of Woodland Ave., police said Thursday. The victim, identified as Christopher Gilliam, was stabbed in the neck, torso and thigh, and died at 9:21 p.m. at Sinai Hospital. Police said a woman was taken into custody, and described her as a person of interest, but said no charges have been filed as the investigation continues.
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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 Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2011
After conducting a nationwide search for a new leader for his vaunted but scuffling homicide unit, Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III instead looked inward to a trusted commander who hadn't even applied for the job. Bealefeld chose Lt. Col. Garnell Green, and in an interview the commissioner said Green would have his support to make changes he deems necessary. "I want progress," Bealefeld said. "At the end of the day, I don't have time for excuses. The mayor and the people of the city should expect that the homicide clearance rate improves.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2011
The Baltimore Police Department announced a reshuffling of its ranks Friday night, including the selection of a new commander of its homicide unit and a new assignment of the supervisor who helped implement reforms in the sex offense unit. Lt. Col. Garnell Green, a 22-year veteran who has most recently overseen Westside patrol operations, will take control of the homicide unit. The unit has struggled with a sagging clearance rate hovering over 40 percent, and officials undertook a nationwide search to fill the spot.
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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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