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By Jessica Anderson, Yvonne Wenger and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
- The Dundalk father and daughter sought in a multi-state search were found a day after they inconspicuously checked in at a small South Carolina motel more than 400 miles from where their journey began. Timothy Virts handed over $36 in cash for a single room with his 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn smiling by his side. Colonial Inn co-owner Carol Gause could tell the pair was "a little girl and her daddy. " "I didn't sense anything wrong," said Gause, who rented them Room 101, a single next to the motel office, on Thursday night.
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Dan Rodricks | April 17, 2014
Among the many Baltimore long-timers who had an old, sad anger awakened by the recent mention of Esther Lebowitz in the news was Nick Giangrasso, the detective in charge of the crime scene the day her body was found. "Some cases never leave you," he said, "and that's one of them. The years go by, and something flashes here and there in your memory. " It was 1969, and Giangrasso was a 26-year-old detective. A call came in the middle of a late-September day for a detective to respond to a tree-lined place in Northwest Baltimore that Giangrasso knew as a lover's lane on the edge of Mount Washington, across from Pimlico Race Course . Two police officers had stopped in the shady spot to have lunch in their car; one of them discovered the girl's body in tall grass.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
After being cleared of a murder for which he spent two decades in prison, Sabein C. Burgess spent some of his first free moments in a dingy carryout next to the city courthouse holding his baby granddaughter, with his family and lawyers swarming around. "There were a lot of times I didn't think I was going to get out," Burgess said. But the evidence - gathered over years - had reached a tipping point. Shortly after Burgess' conviction, another man confessed to carrying out the killing with a notorious hit man. Then two years ago, the victim's son, who witnessed the killing as a boy, came forward to say Burgess didn't do it. And the forensic evidence has been challenged as shaky.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
A Baltimore County man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting and stabbing death of a man who was on the phone with 911 when he was attacked in a wooded area of Glen Burnie last January. A jury in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Friday found Eric Banks guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Darren Bell of Curtis Bay, but found him not guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and gun charges. Judge Philip T. Caroom sentenced Banks to the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
Baltimore actor Charles S. Dutton said the murder of John Wood, a retired city sanitation worker who was the inspiration behind the character Dutton played on the 1990s show “Roc,” was difficult to digest. “I wasn't expecting ever in a lifetime that John would go out that way,” Dutton told the Sun on Thursday. Wood, 80, was killed Monday after police said he was in argument that resulted with him taking a punch that caused Wood to fall back and hit his head on a concrete step, which killed him. Police on Wednesday charged Lorenzo Thornton, 25, with second-degree murder.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
An 18-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his father in their home in Dundalk Thursday. Police said Richard J. Washington and his father, Richard A. Washington, 52, got into an argument at their apartment in the 2000 block of Paulette Road at around 1 p.m. before the younger Washington shot his father several times with a large-caliber gun. The younger Washington was taken into custody when police arrived,...
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May 10, 2010
Imagine a world where people drank tea or water or an occasional glass of wine…. Where teenagers, college students and their elders went out for dinner or conversation instead of going "out to drink…" Where drivers were sober and dates weren't passed out, not even knowing they were being raped…. Where jealousies might incite passions but wouldn't be fueled into murderous rages by alcohol… Will people ever learn to avoid drinking and its frequent escalation into being drunk, irresponsible, dangerous, unconscious, dead?
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April 20, 2013
I am shocked and saddened that a newspaper would classify the horrific acts that this man has been accused of doing as an example of "medical malpractice, lax government regulation and dearth of decent health care" ("Kermit Gosnell and the 'liberal media,'" April 16). Really, that's all you can say? You think that is what the "heart of the case" is here? Not the lives of the unborn? What is at the heart of the case is murder plain and simple, and none of the other things you listed concern me one whit when talking about the murder of innocent children.
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March 31, 2011
A Randallstown man has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting Monday of a 19-year-old during what Baltimore County police said was an attempt to steal drugs. Sterling Gregory Lewis, 21, of the 3900 block of Nemo Road was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. According to police, the victim, Willie Cedric Jackson, and a witness met with Lewis about 11:47 p.m. Monday in Randallstown to sell him drugs.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
In his final moments, Darren Bell made a call to 911. "Trace this call, please," he said. "I think I'm about to be killed. " Moments later, a pop and screams can be heard on the 911 recording. "They shot me!" he told the operator. Police say that not long after, they found Bell dying of a gunshot wound and more than 20 knife wounds in a snow-covered patch of woods in the Marley Neck area of Glen Burnie in January 2013. He died at the scene. Police arrested three people they found nearby: Erica Banks, her father Eric Banks and an associate, Tremain Calhoun Jr. Eric Banks of Baltimore County is on trial for murder in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in connection with Bell's death.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
After serving nearly 40 years in prison for a fatal shooting, Walter Lomax was released in 2006 amid questions about his trial. On Wednesday, he celebrated another milestone in his case, as prosecutors formally dropped the charges against him. Lomax, now 67, was sent to prison after being found guilty in the 1968 death of Robert L. Brewer, a night manager of a Brooklyn food market. A judge commuted his sentence eight years ago, citing problems with the evidence that led to his conviction.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
In his final moments, Darren Bell made a call to 911. "Trace this call, please," he said. "I think I'm about to be killed. " Moments later, a pop and screams can be heard on the 911 recording. "They shot me!" he told the operator. Police say that not long after, they found Bell dying of a gunshot wound and more than 20 knife wounds in a snow-covered patch of woods in the Marley Neck area of Glen Burnie in January 2013. He died at the scene. Police arrested three people they found nearby: Erica Banks, her father Eric Banks and an associate, Tremain Calhoun Jr. Eric Banks of Baltimore County is on trial for murder in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in connection with Bell's death.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
In 2006, Baltimore prosecutors agreed to a plea that would send David Thornton to prison for eight years for a pair of murders. The assistant state's attorney assigned the case said that while it was a light sentence, "maybe he can't kill anyone … while he is in prison. " Eight years later and out of prison, police are accusing Thornton of killing again. Thornton, now 40, was arrested March 20 and charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 17-year-old Jowan Henry, who was killed March 8 in the 2600 block of Mura St. in East Baltimore.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
A Washington man who authorities say may be with a missing 8-year-old girl has been charged with his wife's murder. Prince George's County police said Friday they obtained an arrest warrant for Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, of the 2500 block of N Street in Southeast Washington. He is wanted in connection with the death of 51-year-old Andrea Denise Tatum, who was found dead Thursday from a gunshot wound in a motel room on Oxon Hill Road. Investigators believe that Kahlil Tatum may be with Relisha Tenau Rudd, for whom an Amber Alert was issued Thursday.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Two men have been arrested and charged in the shooting and robbery of an Annapolis taxi driver found dead in Crownsville earlier this month, prosecutors said. Michael Juvan Wallace, 23, of Fort Meade, and Trevor Allen Snead, 17, of Faulkner, face murder, assault, armed robbery and other charges in the March 12 killing of Benjamin Delano Kirby, Jr., according to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney. Kirby, 41, was found with a gunshot wound in the head in a driveway near the intersection of Honeysuckle Lane and Generals Highway.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Police charged two men this week in connection with the murder of a Calvert County man in Annapolis last year, and the charges indicate the victim was also robbed amid the fatal shooting. Tahzay Brown, 24, of Glen Burnie, was arrested Sunday and charged with first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery, assault and other charges. Todd Brown, 25, of Annapolis, was arrested two days later and faces the same charges. Police did not say if the two men are related. The charges stem from the April 2013 fatal shooting of John Donnel Ray, 32, of Huntingtown in Calvert County.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | October 8, 2010
The jury has returned guilty verdicts on all counts against Jerome Williams, 17, and Charles McGaney, 22, two of three men who were on trial for the murder of former Baltimore City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris. A third defendant, Gary Collins, 22, was found not guilty of murder, but was found guilty of assault and weapons charges. More to come...
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By Peter Hermann | January 30, 2012
After a 25-year-old man was shot and wounded in Northeast Baltimore, police said residents pointed the arriving officers to an apartment building where they said two or three men had gone after the gunfire. Heavily armed members of the Police Department's tactical team went into the building in the 5900 block of Radecke Ave., in Cedonia. Police said the officers not only found the men hiding in a woman's apartment, but found a gun hidden in an air vent in a bathroom. One of the men was arrested in the shooting, which occurred on Friday.
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By Justin George and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Baltimore police Sgt. Keith Mcneill was sitting in his Toyota Tundra, about to leave the garage where his vehicle had been repaired, when he noticed someone lurking around the East Baltimore business. The off-duty officer called the shop's owner, who had left moments earlier. The man immediately doubled back and returned to Higgs Automotive just in time to hear the gunfire that would pierce the Tundra's doors and leave Mcneill struggling for life. Court documents released Tuesday provided a clearer picture of the circumstances surrounding the shooting Friday - even as a motive remained elusive.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Timothy Virts, accused of killing Bobbie Jo Cortez this month and abducting one of their daughters, will remain in jail pending trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Virts, 38, waived his right to attend a bail hearing and did not appear in court. No attorney was present. The judge complied with a prosecutor's request to continue holding Virts without bail. Police say Virts stabbed 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez in her house in the 3100 Ardee Way in Dundalk earlier this month and fled the area with their 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn Virts.
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