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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2011
A 14-year-old girl who accepted a ride in a van in West Baltimore was raped or sexually assaulted by five men on Sunday afternoon, according to city police who are seeking help identifying suspects and finding the vehicle. The attack, first made public by police on Wednesday, occurred about 4:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Leslie St., just off Presstman Street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Police said the girl was seeking directions and got into a van driven by a man in his 20s who offered her a ride.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2011
City police have identified a man who was shot Wednesday afternoon in West Baltimore and later died of his injuries. An officer responded about 3 p.m. to a call for a shooting at North Calhoun and Laurens streets, in the Sandtown-Winchester community, and found the victim, identified as Kareem Randall. A medical crew took Randall to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:48 p.m., police said. liz.kay@baltsun.com Twitter.com/lfkay Text BUSINESS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun Business text alerts
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By Arnie Graf and Chickie Grayson | November 17, 2008
Drive down any number of blocks in the Nehemiah community in West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood and you will find something noticeably absent from the windows and front porches of the community's well-kept homes: Foreclosure signs. Despite the conventional wisdom, this neighborhood is living proof that it is possible for low-income homeowners to avoid foreclosure. There's a reason why more than 500 residents in Sandtown-Winchester enjoy stable homeownership despite annual incomes of only $14,400 to $44,600.
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By Nick Madigan and Richard Irwin and Nick Madigan and Richard Irwin and,nick.madigan@baltsun.com and dick.irwin@baltsun.com | November 3, 2008
City police continued to seek the person who fatally shot an 18-year-old man Saturday night near the victim's Sandtown-Winchester home in West Baltimore. Mark Henson of the 1500 block of N. Carey St. was shot in the head and upper body about 9 p.m. Saturday, police spokesman Troy Harris said yesterday. "We found him lying in the street already being tended to my medics," Harris said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in the slaying.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,Sun reporter | June 29, 2007
A paintbrush in her hand, Winifred Wilson prepared to add another coat of cream-colored paint to the door before her. As brush met wood, she recalled how her family once turned an apartment building into a single-family home. "I'm one of 10 kids," said Wilson, who today is deputy secretary of programs for the Maryland Department of Human Resources. "My father knocked down the walls and then we painted the whole house," she recalled as she worked on the door, which will be hung in a West Baltimore rowhouse completely renovated by volunteers.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,sun reporter | September 17, 2006
The vacant lot off North Fulton Avenue in Sandtown-Winchester was like many in the city -- a dumping ground for discarded bricks, concrete, paper and wire. A neighborhood junkyard. That was before community activists in the West Baltimore neighborhood hatched an idea: Why not, they asked, convert the eyesore into a park, a place where young and old could barbecue, celebrate birthdays or simply enjoy a rare patch of green? Yesterday, that vision took shape as about 100 volunteers set about to transform the lot into the Bruce Street Park, named after the alley that runs alongside the property.
BUSINESS
By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS and JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS,SUN REPORTER | June 27, 2006
In a swirling cloud of plaster dust, hard-hat-wearing teenagers armed with shovels, hammers and crowbars went to battle yesterday with the ruined ceiling of a ruined rowhouse on a block that's almost entirely boarded up. It's a familiar sight in West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, which has seen an unusual amount of investment from nonprofits that make rebuilding their mission. This is a war against crime and decay, fought with rehabbing tools - and like many wars it is long and difficult.
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By JOE BURRIS and JOE BURRIS,SUN REPORTER | January 1, 2006
They've stuck around their neighborhood through the worst of times, when nearly a quarter of the rowhouses in Sandtown-Winchester were boarded shut and the sounds of police sirens and gunfire often drowned out the voices of playful children. So not much in the way of bad news deters residents of this close-knit, 72-square-block community in West Baltimore - even the news that in 2005 it had one of the highest murder totals in the city, tallying 11 homicides through Friday. That number includes one victim who died last year in a crime that occurred the year before - when Sandtown-Winchester had four homicides.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Staff | July 10, 2005
On a block in Sandtown-Winchester cooled by a canopy of sycamores, Mary Day-Smith fills brick planters with pansies, marigolds, coleus, petunias, salvia and begonias. Mary, 10, has grown very attached to the flowers and vegetable plants that have transformed her West Baltimore neighborhood into a verdant oasis. "It's like our own children; that's how fun it is to plant flowers," says Mary, who is working with other kids under the guidance of neighbors Justine Bonner and Barbara Love. Soon, the kids will follow another elder, Rudolph Boston, around the corner to a large community garden plot where he will show them how to sow peanuts.
NEWS
June 5, 2004
Claybrook Francis Jackson, a baker who prepared sweets and pastries, died of a heart attack May 28 while walking on Laurens Street in West Baltimore. The Sandtown-Winchester resident was 61. Born in Baltimore and raised in Sandtown-Winchester, he attended Booker T. Washington Junior High School and Frederick Douglass High School. He served in the Army in Germany, then worked at Catonsville Bakery and Pariser's Bakery on Reisterstown Road, making doughnuts, cakes and buns. He attended Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church.
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