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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | November 21, 2008
They all had stories about The Ranch. Several former residents and neighbors watched the demolition yesterday of the Pall Mall Apartments, nicknamed "The Ranch," and recalled life at the Park Heights complex: the stench of marijuana that pervaded the halls daily, a gang fight where a dozen men beat one man nearly to death, a shootout in the parking lot and the abandoned apartments that housed several makeshift drug factories. Drug dealers "ruled the hallways. You had to go in there holding your nose because the marijuana was so strong," said Viola Bell, who worked at a church on the same block as the apartments and often escorted children after school through the complex.
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By JEAN MARBELLA and JEAN MARBELLA,jean.marbella@baltsun.com | November 23, 2008
It ended not with a bang or even a whimper, but something more like a sigh of resignation. There was the rumble of the dusty yellow Caterpillar machine, clawing down the vacant apartment complex, and cheers from the gathered city officials and nearby residents. But mostly, when the Pall Mall Apartments bit the dust Thursday, what it sounded like was simple failure. Not that anyone was mourning the demolition of the complex on Pimlico Road just south of Cold Spring Lane, which had 31 units and received federal Section 8 vouchers to house the poor.
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By GUS G. SENTEMENTES and GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER | May 11, 2006
Tenisha Alexander's refrigerator hasn't worked for six months. The ceiling above her bathtub is peeling and moldy. And, after moving from one apartment to another in the same building because of rats, she worries that the vermin will soon infiltrate her current two-bedroom apartment, where she lives with her two small children. But Alexander is expecting to move soon. A legal battle between Baltimore housing officials and the property owner has been resolved, with a Circuit Court judge favoring the city's efforts to revoke the building's multifamily dwelling license.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | November 21, 2008
They all had stories about The Ranch. Several former residents and neighbors watched the demolition yesterday of the Pall Mall Apartments, nicknamed "The Ranch," and recalled life at the Park Heights complex: the stench of marijuana that pervaded the halls daily, a gang fight where a dozen men beat one man nearly to death, a shootout in the parking lot and the abandoned apartments that housed several makeshift drug factories. Drug dealers "ruled the hallways. You had to go in there holding your nose because the marijuana was so strong," said Viola Bell, who worked at a church on the same block as the apartments and often escorted children after school through the complex.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun reporter | November 1, 2007
The city's Board of Estimates approved the acquisition of five Northwest Baltimore properties yesterday, including the Pall Mall Apartments, once known for drug activity and shootings. The city bought the Pall Mall Apartments - known as "the ranch" to police - with a $30,100 bid at an auction Oct. 17. Over the past month, the city has acquired four other nearby properties at auctions, three for $10 and one for $15,100. Because the prices were relatively low, the Board of Estimates approved the purchases after the properties were acquired.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1995
A neighborhood fight over pocket money sparked the shooting Monday night that left four adults and five teen-agers wounded in a few chaotic seconds at a Northwest Baltimore LTC street corner, police said yesterday.Some residents continued to blame drugs, but investigators said they were focusing on a teen-ager who stole "a few dollars" from a child, causing a rift between two groups that escalated from a fist-fight to a multiple shooting, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. at Quantico Avenue and Pall Mall Road.
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By JEAN MARBELLA and JEAN MARBELLA,jean.marbella@baltsun.com | November 23, 2008
It ended not with a bang or even a whimper, but something more like a sigh of resignation. There was the rumble of the dusty yellow Caterpillar machine, clawing down the vacant apartment complex, and cheers from the gathered city officials and nearby residents. But mostly, when the Pall Mall Apartments bit the dust Thursday, what it sounded like was simple failure. Not that anyone was mourning the demolition of the complex on Pimlico Road just south of Cold Spring Lane, which had 31 units and received federal Section 8 vouchers to house the poor.
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October 21, 1990
A 57-year-old Northwest Baltimore man died yesterday from heart attack he suffered as he tried to flee from his burning home, officials said.Ernest Turner of the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road died just after 6:30 a.m. at Sinai Hospital.Officials said he had the heart attack an hour earlier as he trie to escape from his home, which had caught fire.They were not able to say what caused the blaze, which is under investigation.
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April 14, 2007
Baltimore police identified yesterday the person whose body was found in the basement of a Northwest Baltimore house as Brent Flanagan, 16, of the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road. The body - which had been stabbed and beaten - was found Thursday after firefighters had extinguished a fire in the house, in the 2600 block of W. Cold Spring Lane, according to city police and fire officials. Flanagan's family declined to comment yesterday. The house fire was confined to a basement apartment, police said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 19, 1996
Responding to a report of a shooting in the Pimlico section of Northwest Baltimore, police last night found the body of a 29-year-old man who died of a gunshot wound to the head.Cleveland McNeil of the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road was shot about 7 p.m. in the 3900 block of W. Belvedere Ave., police said.He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said no arrest was made and they knew of no motive.Pub Date: 12/19/96
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun reporter | November 1, 2007
The city's Board of Estimates approved the acquisition of five Northwest Baltimore properties yesterday, including the Pall Mall Apartments, once known for drug activity and shootings. The city bought the Pall Mall Apartments - known as "the ranch" to police - with a $30,100 bid at an auction Oct. 17. Over the past month, the city has acquired four other nearby properties at auctions, three for $10 and one for $15,100. Because the prices were relatively low, the Board of Estimates approved the purchases after the properties were acquired.
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By GUS G. SENTEMENTES and GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER | May 11, 2006
Tenisha Alexander's refrigerator hasn't worked for six months. The ceiling above her bathtub is peeling and moldy. And, after moving from one apartment to another in the same building because of rats, she worries that the vermin will soon infiltrate her current two-bedroom apartment, where she lives with her two small children. But Alexander is expecting to move soon. A legal battle between Baltimore housing officials and the property owner has been resolved, with a Circuit Court judge favoring the city's efforts to revoke the building's multifamily dwelling license.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1995
A neighborhood fight over pocket money sparked the shooting Monday night that left four adults and five teen-agers wounded in a few chaotic seconds at a Northwest Baltimore LTC street corner, police said yesterday.Some residents continued to blame drugs, but investigators said they were focusing on a teen-ager who stole "a few dollars" from a child, causing a rift between two groups that escalated from a fist-fight to a multiple shooting, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. at Quantico Avenue and Pall Mall Road.
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By Tim Swift and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Two men were wounded by gunfire late Friday in separate incidents, Baltimore police said. Both are expected to survive their injuries. About 11:30 p.m., police found a 29-year-old man shot in the stomach in the 4800 block of Melbourne Ave. in the Beechfield section of Southwest Baltimore. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Just before midnight, officers found an 18-year-old man shot multiple times in the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road in the Greenspring section of Northwest Baltimore.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2005
After years of trying to stanch drug dealing and gun violence at the Pall Mall Apartments in Northwest Baltimore, the city is trying a new approach: It is going after the landlord. In a rare move, city housing officials decided yesterday to revoke the 31-unit building's multifamily dwelling license, saying they had determined it had become a "drug nuisance." From early last year through March, police records show, officers made scores of arrests at or near the apartments and seized 383 vials containing cocaine or heroin, and several guns.
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