News Briefs 7/22/13

Arrest made in connection to Canton burglaries

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with burglaries in the Canton area.

The 16-year-old suspect cannot be identified because he is a juvenile, said police spokesperson Detective Angela Carter-Watson.

How did police find the suspect?

“He was nice enough to take a picture of himself with a [burglary victim’s] phone and put it on Facebook,” said Carter-Watson, explaining that the suspect allegedly took a phone from a residence and then used that phone to take a picture of himself and post it to the owner’s Facebook page.

She said that the suspect does not live in the Canton area.

The burglaries remain under investigation, she added.

An increased police presence in Canton, with extra car patrols, bicycle patrols and foot patrols is still in effect.

An unusually large volume of burglaries in the Canton area in June and July rattled and enraged residents and prompted a community meeting on Monday with First District Councilman Jim Kraft and Major William Davis, commander of the Southeastern District of the Baltimore Police Department. Kraft is arranging for a follow-up community meeting with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Lt. Colonel Melissa Hyatt now commands all of Area I, which includes the Southeastern District. - Courtesy photo

Police command shuffle includes changes to Southeast

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced a number of promotions and transfers last week.

Kimberly Burris had been made second-in-command of the Southeastern District last year, but as of last Wednesday she was promoted to major and became commander of the Northern District. Burris was awarded a Bronze Star for the arrest of two suspects in a shooting.

Taking her place as captain in the Southeastern District is Brian Hance, a 20-year veteran of the department. Hance has been formally honored for several police actions, including helping a suicidal person and saving a fellow officer from being injured by an armed suspect.

Former Southeastern District Captain Melissa Hyatt, who last year became commander of the Central District, has moved up again to command all of Area I, which includes the Central, Southeastern and Southern Districts. Hyatt has been with the department for 15 years. She earned a Bronze Star for Valor for saving a victim from a car-jacking.

In a written statement, Batts said that the department is “promoting up-and-coming talent that brings to ideas and strengths to our seasoned commanders.”

“These personnel changes make for better management of our most important resource—our people,” he said.

Where the Police Department used to have two primary “areas,” there are now three. Area II covers the Eastern, Northern and Northeastern Districts. Area III is the Western, Northwestern and Southwestern DIstricts.


Another Little Italy restaurant closes its doors

Vino Rosina, 507 S. Exeter St., has announced that it will close its doors for good on Saturday, July 20. The restaurant and wine bar has announced several closing specials on its Facebook page——including $4 beers and half-price bottles of wine every night until it closes.

Vino Rosina is one of several Little Italy establishments to close in recent months. Della Notte Ristorante closed on June 15 of this year.


Police introduce online reporting

The Baltimore City Police Department now offers online reporting  of crimes on its Web site,

The reporting application can be reached by hovering the mouse over “Our Services” in the left column, and then clicking on the “File a Police Report Online” option in the pop-up menu.

Online reporting may not be used for emergencies, incidents that occurred outside Baltimore City limits, or incidents that occurred on state freeways. It also may not be used for incidents in which the suspect can be identified by the victim.

The Web site says that the tool should be used for crimes such as identity theft, theft, vehicle vandalism, illegal dumping, lost property or vandalism to property.

When a report is submitted, the citizen receives a temporary police report case number. Once the report is reviewed and approved, the citizen gets a permanent report number, which must be kept to follow up on the report.


Sweet sounds score 3rd

The Sweet Adelines, Dundalk Chapter, placed third at the annual competition in Ocean City, held by the Atlantic Bay-Mountain Region of Sweet Adelines International in April.

Quartet, GQ, won first place, with Ali Hauger from Dundalk singing lead. Stars of Harmony Quartet—Jessica Saladini, Emily Mast, Victoria Cook and Joanna Akras—won fourth place medals. Megan McKinney, singing with Party Line, placed fifth.

The Dundalk Chorus is always looking for new members, and has openings in all parts of the ensemble. It is a women’s singing organization and welcomes all ages from 18 on up. For more information, call Doris at 410-747-8032, or visit the website,

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