- The Washington Times - Monday, May 5, 2008


Weekend quieter with police initiative

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier called the weekend quiet after the department’s latest All Hands on Deck initiative.

Chief Lanier was on patrol herself Saturday night. Despite a recent spike in homicides in parts of Northeast, she said other types of crime are down.

The chief had all available officers on patrol for the weekend to emphasize community policing. She said the department is getting positive feedback from the public.

A weekend earlier, a spike in violent crime left four people dead and 11 wounded over a three-day span.

There was a fatal stabbing early yesterday in a usually quiet area on Vermont Avenue Northwest, just blocks from the White House. Police said Biniam Gebretesus, 24, of Philadelphia, was killed near a bank ATM. Another person was stabbed and was in critical condition.

Investigators said there might have been some kind of argument before the attacks.



Man fatally shot in sixth homicide

A 31-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon, the city’s sixth homicide of the year.

Police found Michael Thompson behind a house on Pleasant Street. He had suffered at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Thompson’s wife, Ga’Juanah Holland-Thompson, told the Baltimore Examiner that her husband was about to mark the one-year anniversary of his release from jail. She said he had been through hard times but was turning his life around after being charged with handgun possession and assault.

Annapolis is in danger of surpassing last year’s record total of eight homicides. Last month, Mayor Ellen O. Moyer announced new leadership for the police department in an effort to stem the violence. Michael Pristoop, a former Baltimore police officer, is serving as interim chief.

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