Slain Officer’s Son Killed

The 22-year-old son of a former Baltimore City police detective died on Friday, April 14, just as his father had ten years earlier, from gunshot wounds. Trayvon Chesley was apparently returning from picking up some food when he was shot and killed in the alley behind his home in the 3900 block of Wabash Avenue. His father, officer Troy Chesley, was killed less than two miles away on January 9, 2007.

Investigators say Trayvon Chesley was shot in the head and the body and died at the scene of the crime. He was the second oldest in his family. His father had been assigned to the Baltimore Police Department’s public housing section, and was involved in undercover drug operations. Officers who knew Troy Chesley say they tried to keep tabs on Trayvon as he grew, but knew that he’d had some run-ins with the law. The younger Chesley was charged with attempted murder in 2013, but was acquitted. He subsequently received an eight year prison sentence on weapons charges.

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Violent Easter Weekend in Baltimore

According to Baltimore police, a pregnant woman and her unborn child were among the homicide victims in the city over the holy weekend. Officers received reports of a domestic dispute in the 4800 block of Claybury Avenue around 3:30 Easter afternoon, and, upon arrival at the scene, found evidence of a shooting, but neither victim nor suspect. Two hours later, the woman and her unborn child were discovered outside a local hospital. Both died from the wounds suffered.

Three other Baltimore residents died violently over the Easter weekend, including:

  • A 25-year-old Brooklyn neighborhood man, who was shot multiple times around noon on Easter Sunday
  • A 57-year-old man slain in a robbery in the Cherry Hill area just before 6 pm on Saturday
  • A 28-year-old man killed around 12:30 am Sunday morning by an unknown gunman in the Oliver neighborhood

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Two People Charged with Hate Crime for Burning Trump Sign

Police in Princess Anne County have charged two Baltimore women with a number of offense, from arson to hate crimes, for burning a Trump for President campaign sign in a shopping center on Carole Lane. Authorities say the fire spread to nearby vegetation, but was put out by local fire officials. The damage was estimated at approximately $800.

Under Maryland law, the destruction of a person’s property can constitute a hate crime. However, the statute specifically says that, when the property belongs to an individual, the destruction must be based on one of the following characteristics of the victim: race, color, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender, disability, national origin or status as homeless. An attorney for the defendants says the women accept responsibility for the arson/destruction of property, but believe that the hate crime allegation is without merit, as the victim does not fall into one of the stated categories, and the women had a protected First Amendment right to free speech to state their political opinions.

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Two People Found Shot in Same Baltimore Neighborhood

Baltimore police say two people were found shot in the Carrollton Ridge section of Baltimore on Monday, April 17. The first shooting occurred in the 1800 block of Wilkens, where the victim, a male, was hit multiple times. The man was taken to the hospital and remained there overnight. No suspect was seen or taken into custody.

Just two and a half hours later, law enforcement officers were in the 200 block of S. Payson answering a call when they reportedly heard gunfire and observed a man firing a gun at another person just up the street. The shooter apparently fled when the officers responded on foot. Police say the victim was shot in the leg and was listed in good condition at a local hospital. The alleged perpetrator could not be found.

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Hanover Man Put on FBI’s Most Wanted List

The FBI has added Bhadreshkumar Patel, a 26-year-old Hanover resident, to its Top 10 Most Wanted List, and is offering as much as $100,000 for information that leads to his arrest. Patel was videotaped working with his wife at a Hanover Dunkin Donuts on April 12, 2015. The videotape shows him walking with her off screen behind some racks in the store, but returning without her. Her body was subsequently discovered with multiple stab wounds.

According to family members, Patel’s wife had told her husband that she wanted to return to her homeland in India and had asked him to buy her a plane ticket. Patel was last seen in New Jersey, the day after the murder, taking a hotel shuttle to Newark Penn Station. Authorities say Patel was in the United States on a visa, but that it had expired. They say he did not have the ability to legally leave the country, so they suspect that he is receiving assistance from friends or family in the New York City area.

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Baltimore Teens Indicted for Gun Crimes, Carjacking

Six Baltimore teens who allegedly broke into a Park Heights storage unit in 2015 and stole more than 60 weapons have been indicted on theft charges, as well as carjacking offenses. State prosecutors say that federal agents conducted an exhaustive investigation over the last year, gathering evidence against the six, who range in age from 17 to 19. All have been charged as adults.

The teenagers all face multiple counts, with some charged with nearly 200 crimes, according to court documents. Authorities say the six repeatedly broke into the storage locker in the 5300 block of Park Heights Avenue and then drove around various neighborhoods attempting to sell the firearms they has stolen. Police reports indicate that the weapons included handguns, shotguns and high-powered rifles. They also contend that some of the weapons sold were used to commit other crimes, including carjackings.

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Charges Dropped in Gun Possession Prosecution Involving Indicted Officer

Charges Dropped in Gun Possession Prosecution Involving Indicted Officer

The first repercussions of the indictment of seven Baltimore police officers on federal racketeering charges have been felt. Authorities say a number of pending criminal prosecutions were abandoned, as the credibility of the officers was perceived to be suspect. In addition, a man serving a three month sentence for gun possession charges was released from jail and all charges were dismissed.

Quinton McNeil, 22, was released from jail midway through a 90 day sentence, after prosecutors determined that the charges against him were based solely on the testimony of two of the indicted officers.

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Baltimore Police Officers Charged with Racketeering

A federal grand jury has indicted seven Baltimore police officers, all members of an elite task force, charging them with theft, extortion, fraud and filing false police reports. One of the officers has also been charged with trafficking drugs. Prosecutors say the seven men often made illegal traffic stops or engaged in illegal search and seizure, taking drugs and cash for personal use or to sell. The indictment alleged that many of the victims had not committed any crime, but were simply victims of wrongdoing by the officers. The indictment also alleges that the policemen submitted bogus overtime, often claiming to be working while they were on vacation. Between them, the seven officers allegedly took home around $400,000 in fraudulent overtime in just one year.

Many local criminal defense attorneys say the arrests jeopardize a number of convictions over the last few years. They say that any case these officers were involved in may be suspect, as the officers’ testimony will likely be considered unreliable.

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Attorney Smith is well-respected among clients and colleagues, earning recognition as a Maryland Super Lawyer, as well as an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System (the top rating possible). Honored as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine, he has also received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He also holds a 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO.

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Man Stabbed to Death in Southeast Baltimore

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Baltimore police say a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death at a Royal Farms store on Fleet Street near South Washington in late January. Witnesses say the man was having an argument with an unknown person when the fight escalated and the suspect pulled a knife, stabbing the victim multiple times. The man was taken to the hospital, but died shortly after arrival.

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Anne Arundel Police Arrest Suspects in Glen Burnie Slaying

Anne Arundel Police Arrest Suspects in Glen Burnie Slaying

Anne Arundel County police arrested a 23-year-old Annapolis man on Thursday, February 1, charging him with first and second degree murder, as well as a number of firearms offenses. A second suspect, a 22-year-old man, was currently being held in the Jessup Correctional Institute on unrelated charges.

According to statements gathered by homicide investigators, the two suspects went to Cedar Furnace Circle and Lacrosse Lane last October 1 to meet with the decedent, supposedly to buy a gun from him. When police arrived around 11:40 that night, they found the victim’s body with multiple bullet wounds to the chest and upper body.

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Attorney Smith is well-respected among clients and colleagues, earningrecognition as a Maryland Super Lawyer, as well as an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System (the top rating possible). Honored as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine, he has alsoreceived the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He also holds a 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO.

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