Daily "Recent Prince George's County News" updates were suspended in early March 2016. They were compiled primarily from retweets of news headlines. Those retweets continue, but in unformatted and unarchived form at PG-Politics-Briefs. To follow such headlines on a current basis, follow @pgpolitics on Twitter.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Gory Prince Georges: Catching up, 15 recent homicides

(Updated 30 Jul 2006)
Having been out of town for several weeks, I have been unable to keep current with news about county homicides. I do expect to catch up with more detailed information, indexes, and mapping later in the year. This posting is a summary of homicides reported since my last detailed posting on June 13.

Editorial comment:

County Executive Jack B. Johnson has recently bragged about reducing violent crime in the county, He cites a reduction in homicides this year compared to the same time last year.

Johnson's claims distort his real record. Even though his term is not yet over, the homicide toll under Johnson already exceeds by over 24% the number of homicides in his predecessor's final term. If this year's rate contiunes through the remaining four and a fraction monts of Johnson's term, he will finish his term with a 33% increase over his predecessor.

The local press seems to think that this long-term increase in the county death toll is progress, or so it has been characterized by both "news" reports and an editorial in the Washington Post. I don't know if this is an example of pro-Johnson bias by the Post, or simply superficial reporting that relies too much on government press releases and not on real research and inviestigation The unfortunate result is the the public is being misled about Johnson's record.

Also, it is difficult to document, but it seems to me that as this year has progressed, the local press has reduced its reporting on homicides in the county. The Examiner published far more about county homicides in early 2005 than it has in 2006. The Post and the Gazette seem to have missed a number of the recent homicides. And the number of detailed stories by the Post seems to have been reduced and replaced by "Briefs" with little analysis or attempt to related homicides to other conty concerns. For an example, see my note below under Corey Oneal Holland, one of several recent vixtims murdered near an otherwise improving retail and restaurant environment. Will customers flock to these improving areas when they turn into homicide centers?

Recent homicides:
  • Edward Bennett Douglass, 24
    • Shot by police, 26 Jul 2006, 11:30 pm
    • Shot at Central Avenue and Addison Road, 20743 (6.068)
      • (Within one mile of DC, 7, 24)
    • Captured in 4900 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, 20746 (6.068)
      • (Within 2 miles of DC, 7, 25)
    • Victim's address: 100 block, Daimler Drive, 20743
      • (Within 2 miles of DC, 7, 24)
    • Sources:
  • Francisco Martinez, 46
    • Stabbed, 23 Jul 2006, 3:25 am
    • Location: 9000 block, 5th Street, 20706 (6.067)
      • (Outside the Beltway, 3, 22)
    • Sources:
  • Anthony Adams, 28
    • Shot, 16 Jul 2006, 3:00 am
    • Location: 9700 block, Good Luck Road, 20706 (6.066)
      • (Outside the Beltway, 4,22)
    • Victim's address: 1700 block, Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC
    • Suspect: Eugene Calvin Leach, 32
      • Last known address: 700 block, Kenyon Street, NW, Washington, DC.
    • Sources:
  • Unidentified man, 34
    • Shot, 11 Jul 2006, 10:15 pm
    • Location: 3700 block, Windom Road, 20722 (6.065)
      • (Less than one mile from DC, 2, 47)
    • Unidentified suspect, 41, arrested
    • Sources:
        • Police said "His identity will be released once his next of kin has been notified," but had not posted an online press release with the information over two weeks later.
      • Gazette, no report found online
      • Post, 27 Jul 2006 (victim not identified)
  • Corey Oneal Holland, 34
    • Shot, 2 Jul 2006, 6:30 pm
    • Location: Pennsylvania Avenue and Donnell Drive, 20747 (6.064)
      • (Inside the Beltway, 6, 25)
      • Violence is rapidly increasing near this main intersection by two recently upgraded shopping centers, including a new Target and several sit-down restaraunts. It is within one mile of six other homicides so far this year and six last year, 1.04 miles from the July 1 murder of Calvin Stith, and less than two blocks from the notorious Powe-Hillian double murder in April, but most of the press did not find any of these facts newsworthy enough to report!
    • Sources:
  • Frederick Morse, 29
    • Shot: 2 Jul 2006, 12:30 am
    • Location: Probably at 37th and Upshur Streets, 20722 (6.063)
      • (Less than one mile from DC, 2, 47)
    • Victim's address: 1100 block, Summit Street, NE, Washington, DC
    • Sources:
  • Christopher Kendall Richard, 19
    • Shot: 1 Jul 2006, 11:49 pm
    • Location: 10100 block, Griff Drive, 20744 (6.062)
      • (Outside the Beltway, 9, 26)
    • Victim's address: 9400 block, Caltor Lane, 20744
      • (Outside the Beltway, 8, 26)
    • Sources:
  • Calvin Lee Stith, 28
    • Shot: 1 Jul 2006, 3:25 am
    • Location: 4400 block Rena Road, 20747 (6.058)
      • (Inside the Beltway, 9, 25)
    • Victim's address: 2700 block, Shipley Terrace, SE, Washington, DC
    • Suspect: Jeffrey Eric Gilmore, 24
    • Sources:
  • Jazmin Jamal Robinson, 29
    • Shot, 24 Jun 2006, 4:30 am
    • Location: 5700 block, Eagle Street, 20743 (6.057)
      • (Less than one mile from DC, 7, 24)
    • Victim's address: E. Henry Street, Linden, NJ
    • Sources:
  • Domingo Duran-Rodriguez, 30
    • Shot, 23 Jun 2006, 11:55 pm
    • Location: 5600 block, Nicholson Street, 20737 (6.056)
      • (Inside the Beltway, 3, 22)
    • Victim's address: 5600 block, Nicholson Street
    • Sources:
      • Police, 26 Jun 2006
      • Gazette, no report found online
      • Post, 25 Jun 2006 (Wiggins).
        • Note: The Post reported that the victim was unidentified and apparently never followed up with a report identifying the victim.
  • Ulises Hercules, 29
    • Shot: 21 Jun 2006, 11:30 pm
    • Location: 4700 block, Hudson Avenue, 20746 (6.055)
      • (Within 2 miles of DC, 7, 25)
      • In 2005 and 2006 there have been twelve homicides within one mile of this location, seven of them within 1,000 feet.
    • Victim's address: 4700 block, Hudson Avenue, 20746
      • (Within 2 miles of DC, 7, 25)
    • Arrest:
      • James Devon Penn, 29
      • Arrested: 23 Jun 2006
      • Suspect's address: 2100 block, Brooks Drive, 20747
        • (Within 2 miles of DC, 7, 24)
    • Sources:
  • Anthony Ameen Littleton, 23
    • Shot, 21 Jun 2006, 6:20 pm
    • Location: 500 block, Birchleaf Avenue, 20743 (6.054)
      • (Within one mile of DC, 7, 24)
    • Victim's address: 7300 block, Joplin Street, 20743
      • (Within one mile of DC, 7, 24)
    • Sources:

1 comment:

  1. D.C., You're absolutely right about Johnson distorting his crime record. Take a look at this view of what he's done on crime: www.Jack-Johnson-Secrets.com/articlesanalysis.html.

    Keep up the good work. You're performing a valuable service.

    ReplyDelete