Boy’s fatal stabbing sparks revenge killing

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Justin Fenton (The Baltimore Sun) | June 5, 2011 The body of 13-year-old Tywonde’ Jones lay under a white sheet behind a decrepit vacant home in Northwest Baltimore. He had been stabbed and slashed 228 times. One-hundred and eighty-eight were puncture wounds, some as deep as six inches, piercing his skull, lungs, ribs, liver and […]

The failure of ‘baby booking’

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Michael Nakan | December 27, 2010 Every year, Baltimore City asks: “Why?” Why is the homicide rate in this city so high? Why is there such rampant addiction to drugs? Why are so many kids growing up to be violent criminals? The answer may lie, in part, within the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, whose […]

Group indicted for shipping hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Los Angeles to Baltimore

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FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS 14 FOR SHIPPING HUNDREDS OF POUNDS OF COCAINE FROM LOS ANGELES TO BALTIMORE Ring Allegedly Used Private Jets to Send Drugs East and Return Proceeds to L.A. November 16, 2010 LOS ANGELES – Capping a seven-month investigation into an operation that allegedly used chartered jets to ship hundreds of pounds of […]

Man convicted under Gang Act

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Associated Press Monday, August 9, 2010 BALTIMORE — Prosecutors say a Baltimore man has been convicted of murder and participation in a criminal gang resulting in death. They say it is the first time a state prosecutor has gotten a conviction under Maryland’s 2007 gang statute. Twenty-eight-year-old Dajuan Marshall was convicted Monday of numerous offenses […]

Rapper Wale Avoids Legal Action from the City of Baltimore

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Posted on Tues, July 27, 2010 By Chris Masi STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER Native DC rapper, Wale, recently escaped legal action threatened by Baltimore city officials for the rapper’s use of profanity during a concert. The 25 year old rapper, real name Olubowale Victor Folarin, was under fire for cursing during a performance at the Baltimore’s […]

Two life terms for Maryland gang leader

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Washington Post Editors June 22, 2010 A man described by prosecutors as the leader of a violent Baltimore drug gang has been sentenced to two life terms in federal prison. Thirty-year-old Terrence Richardson was convicted in March on racketeering and drug conspiracy charges. Federal prosecutors say Richardson was the leader of a gang called the […]

Lil Kim Disses Diddy At Baltimore Concert

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Posted Mon. June 7, 2010 By Chris Masi STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER New York rapper Lil Kim took her qualms with Nicki Minaj to the new hights by calling out the female Young Money rapper’s manager, Diddy. Rapping at a concert at the Sonar Nightclub in Baltimore, Kim gave a verbal diss against the rap mogul […]

Police moving quickly on police shooting case

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Peter Hermann (Baltimore Sun) 06/07/10 Baltimore homicide detectives have completed their initial inquiry into Saturday’s fatal shooting by a police officer of an unarmed man in Mount Vernon and plan to meet with city prosecutors Monday to discuss whether criminal charges should be filed. This does not mean that charges are imminent. Prosecutors could demand […]

Find your trigger-happy place?

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New city slogan riffs on crime Peter Hermann (The Baltimore Sun) May 11, 2010 The City That Reads became the City That Bleeds. Get In on It became Get In on Crime. Now we have a new feel-good slogan for the city. A half-million dollars bought “Find Your Happy Place in Baltimore.” It took just […]

Baltimore outreach center employees arrested, accused of gang ties

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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun April 12, 2010 Baltimore officials suspended more than $1 million in city funds for anti-violence programs Monday after workers at a West Baltimore community center that has received taxpayer dollars were accused of operating a front for gang activities. Federal authorities indicted 13 people on heroin distribution charges, including […]

Thousands of surveillance cameras keep Chicago under closer watch than any other US city

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by DON BABWIN (Associated Press) April 6, 2010 CHICAGO (AP) — When the body of Chicago’s school board president was found partially submerged in a river last fall, a bullet wound to the head, cameras helped prove it was a suicide. Friends had speculated someone forced Michael Scott to drive to the river before shooting […]

1 block, 2 families looking for answers to killings

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Justin Fenton (Baltimore Sun) April 2, 2010 BALTIMORE -On opposite sides of one square block in East Baltimore on Wednesday night, two families grieved. On one side, the 1400 block of N. Luzerne Ave., family and friends lit candles at the spot where 16-year-old Charles Bowman was gunned down March 27. On the other, the […]