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Thursday, 23 February 2006
To Whom It May Concern #2

AUGUST 21/1980 - THE SUN - 3 held in alleged Charles Village cocaine ring
Raid at an apartment in the 100 block of West 39th Street whose occupant, a 21-year-old medical student, was in the intensive care unit of Union Memorial Hospital being treated for an overdose of cocaine.
(NOTE: Police raided operation after one of the dealers overdosed on his own goods. Had already reported Barnaba to city narcotics downtown prior to raid.)
AUGUST 24 - THE NEWS AMERICAN DATELINE: CITY & COUNTIES - Three indicted on charges of operating cocaine ring.
Operated since early 1979. Charged Edward Baker III, 21, Robert Borucki, 32, and Robert Barnaba, 32. Drugs sold in Charles Village, Towson, and Federal Hill with profit of at least $16,000 a week. Also named as unindicted co-conspirators were three other Hopkins students, a former Hopkins student and a Dade County, Fla. man.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1990 - THE EVENING SUN - Unsolved murders - A Special Report - Second of five weekly articles - Mystery hours stump police by Mike Klingaman
Detective Jim Hagin. Bridget Phillips, murdered May 22, 1989. Bloody footprint 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 Head Edge II shoe. Phillips had eaten a white meat sandwich between home and school.
(NOTE: Phillips could have stopped in house where Mills might have been staying and might have had a sandwich with him. Mills questioned about case, Detective Donald Worden told me lat4er. Baltimore magazine story on crime printed a couple of years later described Bridge at party with occult overtones, perhaps santeria, wearing miniature dolls in her hair. This also might have been after Hopkins Spring Fair where Mills would sometimes troll for fellow occult believers by dealing tarot cards on a blanket between stands and where he also sometimes had a jewelry booth at the fair. Note that Bridget according to her father also had an interest in jewelry (the Phillips family business?).
Uhland ED Hofman, owned, operated bars
Retired in 1980 as owner of The Clark Street Garage. Howard L. Cardin, Baltimore lawyer and longtime friend. Survived by 4 sons, Mark Hofman of Glen Burnie, Edward, Otto and Michael Hofman of Titusville, Florida; a daughter, Sue Hollingsworth of Severa Park. (Wifes name: Betty)
Phillips murder. Police believe the killer brought a weapon, a heavy hammer with a rounded head or another metal object, such as a small, hand-held fire extinguisher. Bridget beaten mercilessly, far more times than necessary to kill her. Killer did not flee immediately. Bits of the victims bone and blood found in the bathroom drain, suggest he cleaned up in the shower. The killer left by the front door, locking it firmly behind him and taking Ms. Phillips key chain, possibly as a keepsake. No other valuables were missing.
(NOTE: When I discussed this case with Klingaman, he asked me if Mills were dirty Did not ask him what he meant, but I remembered that Debbie had told me that Mills was circumcized and that he did not clean himself properly, causing her infections. Thought that if murderer had had sex with Bridget, he might have left smegma behind.Also, he may have taken Bridgets keychain because it may have included a key to where he was living. I had encountered Mills at Johns Hopkins University when he had a jewelry table at the annual flea market in The Glass Pavillion. He brandished a small hammer similar with a rounded head similar to what was described in the police report and which I take to be a tool used in making jewelry.)
SUNDAY, JULY 16, 19995 - THE SUN- Death leaves tangled trail by Jim Haner
Three weeks snce Bill Sirbaugh found body of daughter Keri Red hair. Mark Bell, 30, friend from Louies The Bookstore Cafe. Detective Neverdon assigned to case.
(NOTE; Had story on Neverdon the detective in my files. May have been removed by Erick or someone else. Neverdon may have accosted me recently as I was waiting for the bus in front of Louies The Bookstore Cafe. Television coverage of the time of Keri investigation showed two black homicide detectives interviewing white bar owners in Fells Point which I felt was a bit of PR showboating and possibly because of difference in racial attitudes a bad choice of investigators.Also removed from my files were court papers relating to my conviction and probation for telephone misuse and a letter from Paul Valentine, reporter for The Washington Post, acknowledging receipt of materials from me.)
APRIL 29, 1997 - THE SUN - Hopkins Store to be replaced by Donnas by Jacques Kelly
After 26 years at store, 8 as owner, Barbara Freeman learns her lease will not be renewed.
(NOTE: This would have been about the time my apartment may have been entered by David Mills, who left loose knots in many electrical cords and tight knots in rollupblind cords and shoelaces. This also may have been when Freemans daughter put chewing gum on chair in kitchen and in pack of plastic raincoat. Barbaras then BF Scott who worked at Eddies Liquors at the time was probably also involved and may have been fired by Eddies owner because of his involvement. Believe Scott was a resident of Hampden as are, I believe,the Freemans.)
MARCH 11, 1997 - THE SUN - Drug dealing suspected at Hopkins by Peter Hermann
Drug stash at 100 East 32nd Street. Homicide Detective Neverdon.
(NOTE: Hopkins has 3,400 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students.)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1997 - THE WASHINGTON POST - Slaying of State Senators Associate Remains a Mystery in Baltimore by Doug Struck and David Simon.
Slaying of Senator Larry Young associate.
ROOM FOR RENT In Rowhouse, close to Johns Hopkins U. and Loyola. Walking distance to shops at the Rotunda and not far from the Village of Cross Keys and Mt. Washington. Reasonable Rent. Full use of kitchen. Non-smokers and students preferred. For more information, please contact Dave at 889-0956 or leave a message on machine (after a series of beeps).
Block, Deborah Elise (DB) (1993) I began a relationship with DB in December of 1978 when she was 19 years old and I was 45. This lasted approximately 6 weeks until she returned to David Mills (DM). I first met DB a couple of years earlier when she ad her friend Susan Neville (SP?) moved into an apartment on Calvert Street. I was walking up the street and Susan called me from the porch of the apartment and asked me to help them move some furniture. At that time, I met DBs moher who I remember as wearing slacks and boots. DB was moing intothe city for the adventure of it, I think, and maybe to meet someone. Susan, who was already divorced and who had broken up with her boyfriend Arvin Meyer, would have found DBs beauty useful in attracting men. I later came to think that DBs moher may have had a number of motives for moving her daughter into the city --- as I later said to DB, Do you and your mother compete much? Also, DB had younger siblings /and the Block family may have helped her to move out as a means of protecting her younger brother and sister from DBs witchcraft beliefs. I may have seen DB earlier with Susan in The Clark Street Garage where someone may have said, Thats Susans girlfriend. She thinks shes a witch. Wheres her broom? I asked them. DB met DM very shortly afterwards and afterwards they may have moved into the Calvert Street apartment with Susan and then may have gotten rid of her or Susan may have moved out on her own. (He wouldnt take no for an answer, DB said later to me of DM.) How nice that you finally met someone who believes in the same things you do, DB told me someone in her family, probably a grandparent, said when they learned that DM, her new boyfriend, also believed in the occult.
(NOTE, 1999: Susan married and had three children with a David Gudlaxen who went on to become a software engineer. They are now living in Silicon Valley and Susan, who has family in Baltimore also corresponds regularly with Dolores Moran, a former Clark Street Garage regular who is currently employed by Morgan State University.)
DM REPORT - February 25, 1990, Also made copies July 31, 1995 (This may have been included in a letter to my son, Erick.)
This will tell you why I could no longer publish The Charles Street Paper, probably why I was dismissed from State employment with no unemployment benefits. I share this information with you as a form of insurance which you will also understand when I tell you that I believe the Northern District police are waiting for my money to run out.
This regards my relationship in early 1979 with Deborah Block (DB) who returned to her previous boyfriend David Mills (DM). DM proceeded to marry her, get her addicted to crack cocaine and pimped her to a number of people includng denizens of the bar The Clark Street Garage, some city officials, and members of The Northern District police. I have reason to believe she was transported across the Maryland/D.C. State line to work on the 14th Street strip in The District which at that time included a number of go-go bars. I am enclosing a copy of a letter written by her to me at the time she left me.
A number of City officials were involved to keep her in prostitution. I believe then Mayor now Governor William Donald Schaefer was a customer of hers and I believe he knows I know this. Then States Attorney William Swisher was responsible for removing police surveillance of The Clark Steet Garage owned and operated by Eddie Hoffman. A Northern District polie officer named A.W. Fell attended a luncheon with me at The Baltimore Science Center where he identified me to Mayor Schaefer. An Officer Tinker walked DM and DB past me on Saint Paul Street with his baton at the ready while across the street was a squad car with several officers includng Northern District Captain Mervyn Spiwak who was later named head of Central District by Mayor Schaefer. Witnesses to this action included a Kent Waters and his wife who knew what was occurring. DM introduced DB in my sight in The Homewood Deli to a black officer by the name of Sallee.
I put The Clark Street Garage out of business by maintaining my own surveillance of it from inside while drinking coffee in the bar. I joined The Charles Village Civic Association telling then Association President Tom Hooper that I wanted to do something about drugs in the neighborhood. That led to my helping establish The Charles Villager . (Tom Hooper then was Donor Services Manager of The United Way of Central Maryland.)H
I then established The Chzrles Street Paper as a private venture. Among others, I met with a local builder, C. William Struever, who expressed interest in my sources of funding of which I had hardly any as you know. Struever proceeded, at the instruction, I believe, of Mayor Schaefer, to establish The Charles Street Management Corporation in an effort to put me out of business. This effort succeeded as when I met with Laurie B. Schwartz, the Executive Director of the Corporation, she indicated that no help would be coming to me from the Corporation. I enclose one of the last issues of The Charles Street Paper for April, 1984 which reports on the founding of the Corporation. I believe these actions were taken to forestall my using the paper to report on the situation with DB.
Mayor Schaefer then went on to be elected Governor of the State and C. William Struever was named a member of the Advisory Council of the State Department of Human Resorces for which I worked. I have reason to believe that it is his influence which is responsible for the unusually punitive action in separating me from employment and denying me employment benefits.
All of the police mentioned are still on active duty;DM still lives somewhere in the neighborhood, recently around the corner from me at 3019 North Calvert Street which is the home of the former wife of William West. I spoke to Mr. West recently about his experience with Mills which included many tantrums and much destruction of the house. Wests telephone number is 661-4886
About a year or so ago I had a street confrontation with DM in which he told me there was a bounty on my head. I am inclined to believe him. In the meantime, I am told that the Northern District police are waiting for my money to run out.
(NOTE 1999: No longer true that police named are still employed by the Police Department. Both Sallee and Fell have retired from the Baltimore Police Department and both are now employed by Johns Hopkins University as security personnel.Prior to that, Fell was permanently assigned to the Charles Village area for almost 20 years. Note also that this places Mills in the Charles Village area at the time Phillips was murdered.)

Posted by allan366 at 8:37 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006 5:16 PM EDT
To Whom It May Concern #1
July 24, 1995 (Rekeyboarded 12/13/05)

Kelley Phillips
PO Box 10667
Tallahassee, Florida 30302

Dear Mr. Phillips,

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter by leaving a message on my phone number 792-3919.
At about 5pm on Friday, I received a call from the Baltimore FBI giving me a number here I could call. I want to double check your box number with you on Monday before I send this letter. I will then call them.
I believe the person who murdered your daughter may be a David Mills.
I have known Mills for about twenty years, since we were both patrons of a bar, now closed, called The Clark Street Garage.
In early 1979, his girlfriend broke up with him and she and I dated for about six weeks. She then returned to him and became, I believe, addicted to crack cocaine and probably heroin. They were both involved with the occult, believing themselves to be witches. When we first started dating, she was on her best behavior, but one evening she “changed” on me and I began to think the relationship had no future. Shortly afterwards, she disappeared with Mills for three days and I felt I had to let her go. Although it was painful for me to see what later happened to her, I had a teenage son whom I felt a first responsibility to. They married, and after a couple of years they divorced, and I do not know whether or not she is presently alive.
(Note: 12/13/05:- About 5 years ago, in Donna’s Mount Vernon cafe, Debbie introduced herself to me and to a young man she said was her husband.)
It would be worth noting that in 1980 they were involved with a Robert Barnaba who was arrested on August 19, 1980 for running a drug ring in the neighborhood. Barnaba still lives in the neighborhood and maintains a bank account at the NationsBank branch at 32nd and Saint Paul.
Mills is a jewelry designer and repairer and seems to work as a freelance at a number of firms. He would be known to the trade.I have kept track of him. Sometimes he has a booth at a fair and once when I approached him he picked up a hammer shaped like a small maul which he must use in his work. In the past, I have seen him at Hopkins Spring Fairs laying out tarot cards on a blanket, probably hoping to contact a kindred spirit. He also visits the CHIP house which is a local halfway house for alcoholics; he has been in the recovery movement for a number of years, which also puts him in touch with a number of vulnerable people.
In February or March of 1989 I had a street confrontation with Mills in which he told me he could make a lot of money off me as there was a bounty on my head. He and I had had no particular contact son I assume that he was upset about something other than our relationship. At certain times of the year or under certain circumstances he seems to go into a disturbed state. He is probably schizophrenic.
In February, 1990, he was still living in the neighborhood, around the corner from me at 3019 North Calvert Street which was the former home of William West. I spoke to West about his experience with Mills which included many tantrums and much destruction of the house. Mills had met West’s wife (2005 note: Diane, who also lives in Mount Vernon) at the CHIP house. West’s telephone number was 661-4886.
In November of 1993, I was discussing your daughter’s murder with an Ann Turner (2005 note: original letter wrote Taylor rather than Turner.) and she said someone was boasting about having done it. I did not respond to her comment, but I made a note of the conversation.
In March of 1995, Mills appeared in the neighborhood and seemed to be going onto the Hopkins campus. A couple of times I would come home and find him seated on the curb, glaring at me. At one point, he was laying out tarot cards on a sidewalk table. I have since seen him in the Mount Vernon area which is also where West’s ex-wife now lives. He may be staying with her.
In the past several years, Mills has become friendly with Jimmy Rouse, the son of local millionaire developer James Rouse and until recently the owner of Louie’s The Bookstore Cafe which is where Keri Ann Sirbaugh worked until she was murdered in June in circumstances similar to your daughter’s. I enclose an obituary.
In a bulletin board message posted a couple of years ago, Mills gave a telephone number of 889-0956.
I will be sharing this information with Detective Hagin and the FBI.
As I told you when we first talked, I believe my coming forwards with this information may put me at risk for my personal safety. For that reason, I will be sharing this letter not only with you but with a number of other people in and out of the Baltimore area.
(December 13, 2005 Note: Letter and other material shared with Ross Klatte, 6945 Beggs Road, Nelson, BC V1L6S5, Canada, phone (250) 229-4359, email: From January to March 2006, Klatte and wife will be vacationing in Yelapa, Mexico near Puerto Vallarta. Information discussed with FBI Special Agent Jim Fitzsimmons as Sirbaugh case was being investigated by them. Later this letter was discovered in the Phillips file by retired Homicide detective Donald Worden who was hired to review cold cases. He spoke with Ann Turner.)

Posted by allan366 at 8:32 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2006 11:15 AM EST
Tuesday, 20 December 2005
PICKS & FINDS: Fleet Street's finest
From Evelyn Waugh to Michael Frayn, novelists have portrayed journalists as bibulous, cynical and slothful. But for Christopher Hitchens, the tales of 'unredeemed squalor' and fiddled expenses evoke nostalgia for a vanished age
Christopher Hitchens
Saturday December 03 2005
To see this story with its related links on the Guardian Unlimited Books site, go to

Posted by allan366 at 10:17 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 6 May 2006 10:21 AM EDT
Thursday, 15 December 2005
PICKS & FINDS: James Salter
James Salter seems more like a European writer than an American. The author of six novels, his erotic “A Sport and A Pastime” was selected as a title in The Modern Library in 1995. His short story collection “Dusk” won the Pen/Faulkner Award in 1998 and in 2000 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Never a best seller, he has been honored for his style perhaps as much as anything else and has made a living through teaching and film work. A graduate of West Point, he flew more than 100 missions during the Korean War. “Gods of Tin”, (Shoemaker and Horn, Washington, D.C., 2004, Edited and introduced by Jessica Benton and William Benton) is a narrative of Salter’s Korean War experience including sections from his novels and memoirs as well as sections of a journal he kept during the War. Salter writes: “You lived and died alone, especially in fighters. Fighters. Somehow, despite everything, that word had not become sterile. You slipped into the hollow cockpit and strapped and plugged yourself into the machine. The canopy ground shut and sealed you off. Your oxygen, your very breath, you carried with you into the chilled vacuum, in a steel bottle.” Large numbers of the latest Soviet fighter, the MIG-15, flown mostly by Russians, challenged American control of the air. For American fighter pilots, the tour was 100 combat missions. The War began in 1950 when North Korea invaded the south. A bit later, a friend of mine, tiring of junior high school in North Dakota, attempted to dynamite our school. He was given the choice of reform school or joining the Marines. He chose the Marines and as a large boy, was named BAR man of his squad, carrying the large World War I assault rifle. When an overwhelming number of Chinese “volunteers” crossed into South Korea, my friend took part in the American retreat, exchanging his BAR for a lighter Garand and finally carrying a light carbine. He spent some time walking with the brains of his best friend frozen on his face. The War was easier for me. Unable to afford to continue college, I was unable being eligible for the Draft to find a full time job. I enlisted in the Air Force and as an Air Weather Observer found myself in a war room under an English hill, plotting weather maps for bomb runs we helped plan daily into Russia. My friend survived his first tour of duty, was discharged, came back to North Dakota, spent a few weeks driving a motorcycle around town, an Indian girl on the back, then reenlisted. I sometimes wonder if he has survived our wars between then and now. It is worth noting that the North Koreans twice occupied the South Korean capitol of Seoul. Over the recent Thanksgiving holiday a Baltimore television station had repeat showings of the superb 1989 film “Glory” starring Matthew Broderick as a young white Civil War officer leading America’s first unit of volunteer black soldiers portrayed by such actors as Denzel Washington, Andre Braugher and Morgan Freeman. As much as anything, it is the story of the creation of a fighting unit. It is presently shown as part of American military training. When I went through basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, I found myself with a cross section of America including Southerners with whom we refought the Civil War an argument which could always be ended by saying to the man in the bunk beneath us: “Well, we won”, leaving him grumbling. Also with us were pachucos with their black baggy pants with the silver stripe down the side and their temporarily greasy haircuts, always telling each other what to do to their mothers. As part of our training, we were shown the 1943 film “The Ox-Bow Incident”, about the lynching of three cowboys suspected of the murder of a rancher. When the men were suspended strangling, a lyncher stepped forward with a rifle and put two of them out of their misery, leaving the third, a Mexican played by Anthony Quinn, to die slowly. Our instructor mentioned that Quinn was left to die horribly because he was Mexican, and thus began for many of us an education about discrimination. Some of us continued in the military but many, like Salter, left to return to civilian life. But for many of us the military was a transforming experience, and one that many young people are poorer for never having known. However and whenever our present war in Iraq is resolved, it might well be worth considering some form of national service for young Americans, whether basic military training or some form of civilian service like the Peace Corps or the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. Such service might be rewarded by a modified version of a G.I. Bill helping to finance perhaps two years of Junior College or training in a technical school, helping to close what seems to me a growing gap in American education. And in an America where I see the races growing apart, such a program might help to bring us together again.

Posted by allan366 at 10:47 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 12 June 2007 11:05 AM EDT
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
O'Malley Vs Duncan on Schools
An August 19 column by Barry Rascovar in The Gazette community newspapers calls schools key in governor’s race. The entire article may be viewed at in the archive of Rascovar's columns.

Barry Rascovar is a strategic communications consultant. His Wednesday morning commentaries can be heard on WYPR, 88.1 FM.

The Gazette publishes 35 weekly newspapers in Maryland including a subscription-based weekend edition covering business and politics throughout the state. Part of the Community Newspaper group of Post-Newsweek Media Inc., a division of The Washington Post Company, The Gazette has been publishing weekly newspapers in the Maryland suburbs since 1959. Internet address is

Posted by allan366 at 10:28 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 6 May 2006 10:22 AM EDT
Tuesday, 19 July 2005
To: Maryland Mass Transit official:
Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke gave me your name to receive
comments on planned MTA bus changes. I am also sharing these comments with
others in the Baltimore community who may be interested. I will post this
Email on my weblog which is located at

I first experienced urban mass transit while stationed with the U.S. Air
Force outside London, England. This included heavy rail trains, the London
Underground or Tube and the familiar double-decker red buses that provided
transportation to small communities not served by railroad. Later I lived in
New York City with its dense population served by the extensive subway

I now live in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore and rely
exclusively on the MTA bus system for transportation. I also travel
periodically to Washington, D.C. using the Maryland State MARC train.

I use public transportation because of a combination of preference and
poverty, having been prematurely separated from my employment with the State
of Maryland. If I owned a car, it would probably be a junker for errands,
trips to Washington, and some social occasions.

When I first saw the proposed MTA changes I felt a moment of panic, but when
looking at them in detail, I saw that most of them would work for me. I
would be able, for instance, to take advantage of the increased number 11
buses to Greater Baltimore Medical Center even on weekends, there to connect
with the 55 that would carry me into Towson where I years ago rented a U.S.
Post Office mail box on the possibility that downtown Towson might take off.
This connection would work well for me.

I also am looking forward to the reintroduction of the light rail north of
Mount Royal that would allow me shop the big box stores and attend the
movies at Hunt Valley. When precisely will the light rail be completed?

Some specific suggestions:

NUMBER 61 BUS - Instead of doing away with the 61, let the 11 take its place
by turning west at Northern Parkway and picking up Roland Avenue to
University Parkway and then south.

HAMPDEN SHUTTLE BUG, NUMBER 98 - Instead of doing away with the 98 extend
its area of service to Charles Village by continuing on University Parkway
then south on the Charles Street service drive. This would connect the
Hampden and Charles Village neighborhoods and, if the 98 went down Union
Avenue, to the Woodberry Light Rail stop would give Charles Villagers access
to both the north and south light rail lines.

Although ridership at the moment may be light, I would expect it would grow
when Johns Hopkins University completes its 800 student dorm on Saint Paul
and 33rd Street. At the same location, the development firm on Struever
Brothers, Eccles & Rouse is planning to build luxury condominiums. The
shuttle also provide these populations with transportation to The Rotunda
Shopping Center which is to be renovated.

PUBLIC RELATIONS - I believe the Ehrlich administrations could do a better
job of justifying and promoting these changes. I have several times visited
The William Donald Schaefer Tower on Baltimore Street where a map of the
proposed changes is mounted on an easel. Why not post the changes on the
Internet with an opportunity to make comments?

A similar approach to taking the changes to the community could be to send a
State employee to shopping centers, churches and schools with a computer
displaying the proposed changes. The employee could discuss changes with the
public and enter their comments into a database. A literature rack could
also be made available.

When the complete light rail is back in service, celebrate its return. An
event could be held in the BWI airport at the southern end and the northern
end in Baltimore County with appropriate county officials and publics

Such an event might feature Comptroller William Donald Schaefer wearing a
trolley conductor’s uniform and perhaps ringing a trolley car bell and
conducting a brass band. This would also be a way of recognizing Mr.
Schaefer for initiating the light rail.

Beyond the changes, it might be good to look at destination marketing and
promoting the use of the public transportation system by publics not now
using it. This might include an increased emphasis on MTA security.

Posted by allan366 at 10:32 AM EDT
Wednesday, 13 July 2005
Email to Steiner Radio Show on Proposed Convention Center Hotel
From: Allan In Charles Village

I am against the proposal to build a new city financed convention center hotel. If the demand existed, the private sector would be interested.

Better we have a temporarily underused convention center than a large new hotel and convention center that both need to be filled.

Baltimore might market to smaller conventions combining convention attendance and family vacations.

An interesting promotion might be:


with a list of things a family can do while the father (or mother) attends their convention.

Posted by allan366 at 10:36 AM EDT
Thursday, 14 April 2005
Email To Marc Steiner Show, WYPR - April 13 - Your Show Today on State Group Homes for Children
(NOTE: The Steiner show was discussing BALTIMORE SUN articles on State Group Homes For Children)

As a former public relations director for the Baltimore City Department of
Social Services, I know how difficult it is to recruit homes for foster care
and adoptive children. As part of our recruitment efforts, I even produced a
weekly TV program titled "A Child Is Waiting".

Since that time, I believe communities have changed and recruitment is
undoubtedly more difficult. I suggest the State consider State operated
group homes administered by State employees who would certainly be paid less
than private administrators. You don't have to call them orphanages.

As public relations director for the Maryland Association for Mental Health,
I helped close State mental hospitals. I wonder if those facilities could be
put to use as children's homes. Some of them had rural locations but there
is nothing wrong with that.

The important point made in today's BALTIMORE SUN is that these problems did
not originate with the Ehrlich administration.

Allan Garske

Posted by allan366 at 11:26 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 14 April 2005 11:30 AM EDT
Tuesday, 22 March 2005
I Am Not The Dawson Family
The Dawson family of Baltimore was burned to death for attempting to combat
drug trade in their neighborhood.

For complaining about the drug trade in my Baltimore neighborhood of Charles
Village, I lost a business which was publishing an arts calendar tabloid
called THE CHARLES STREET PAPER in the early 1980s and in 1989 I was fired
from my employment with the State of Maryland.

Posted by allan366 at 11:46 AM EST
Monday, 14 March 2005
Subject: Baltimore's New Police Commissioner March 14, 2005
To: Sheila Dixon, President, Baltimore City Council Dear Ms. Dixon: I note that today the City Council is scheduled to vote on the confirmation of Leonard D. Hamm as Baltimore police commissioner. To view my comments on this appointment, please visit to my weblog at I think Mr. Hamm will be a good choice as he will bring much local experience to the job. I also approve of his tactic of going after high crime individuals in high crime neighborhoods. This tactic seems to be working in Washington, D.C. Let us not forget that when Mayor O'Malley was elected, the Baltimore City Police Department had 50,000 unserved warrants and Homicide detectives had to wait in line to use the unit's sole computer. Also, it was not too long ago that the Baltimore Police Commissioner was appointed by the Governor of Maryland. We certainly do not want to return to those days. I am sharing this Email with my neighborhood contacts, the media, and other elected officials.

Posted by allan366 at 1:21 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 12 June 2007 11:26 AM EDT

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