1874 - Northeastern District History - 1874 - The Northeastern District was first opened at Ashland and Chew Streets (Durham) in 1874 where it remained until 1958/9 when they moved to their present district at 1900 Argonne Drive. The Northeastern District is the largest police district in Baltimore City. It encompasses 16.71 square miles and borders the Northern District, Eastern District, Southeastern District, and two Baltimore County precincts. The Northeast District is home to Morgan State University, Good Samaritan Hospital, Clifton Park Public Golf Course, Mt. Pleasant Public Golf Course, Lake Montebello, and the newly constructed Stadium Place on the grounds of the old Memorial Stadium, which is the site of the new YMCA and senior housing facility.
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1874 - Northeastern District History - 1874 - The Northeastern District was first opened at Ashland and Chew Streets (Durham) in 1874 where it remained until 1958/9 when they moved to their present district at 1900 Argonne Drive.
The Northeastern District is the largest police district in Baltimore City. It encompasses 16.71 square miles and borders the Northern District, Eastern District, Southeastern District, and two Baltimore County precincts.
The Northeast District is home to Morgan State University, Good Samaritan Hospital, Clifton Park Public Golf Course, Mt. Pleasant Public Golf Course, Lake Montebello, and the newly constructed Stadium Place on the grounds of the old Memorial Stadium, which is the site of the new YMCA and senior housing facility.
Arcadia, Armistead Gardens, Belair - Edison, Belair - Parkside, Beverly Hills, Cedmont, Cedonia, Chinquapin Run Park, Christopher, Claremont - Freedom, Clifton Park, Coldstream - Homestead - Montebello, Ednor Gardens-Lakeside, Four by Four, Frankford, Gardenville, Glenham - Bedford, Hamilton Hills, Harford - Echodale - Perring Parkway, Herring Run Park, Hillen, Hollander Ridge, Idlewood, Lauraville, Loch Raven, Lower Herring Run Park, Mayfield, Montebello, Moores Run Park, Moravia - Walther, Morgan Park, Morgan State University, Mount Pleasant Park, New Northwood, North Harford Road, Original Northwood, Overlea, Parkside, Perring Loch, Ramblewood, Stonewood - Pentwood - Winston, Taylor Heights, Waltherson, Westfield, Wilson Heights, Woodbourne Heights, Woodring
1905 - 25 December 1905 - We lost our Brother Police Officer Charles Spitznagle NED
1914 - 02 June 1914 - We lost our Brother Turnkey Carroll E Bond NED
1917 - 22 January 1917 - We lost our Brother Patrolman Michael Burns NED
1934 - 12 February 1934 - We lost our Brother Police Officer John Blank NED
1935 - 22 Nov 1935 - We lost our Brother Patrolman James P. Lennon NED
1936 - 16 February 1936 - We lost our Brother Patrolman Arthur R. Cornthwaite NED
1936 - 28 December 1936 - We lost our Brother Police Officer John T. King, Jr. NED
1937 - 31 December 1937 - We lost our Brother Police Officer Thomas J. Barlow NED
1943 - 7 November 1943 - We lost our Brother Police Officer William S. Knight NED
1946 - 20 November 1946 - We lost our Brother Police Officer Elmer A. Noon NED
1954 - 1 July 1954 - We lost our Brother Police Officer Walter D. Davis NED
1973 - 29 March 1973 - We lost our Brother Police Officer Robert M. Hurley NED
1994 - 14 October 1994 - We lost our Brother Sergeant Richard Harris NED
1997 - 7 May 1997 - We lost our Brother Lieutenant Owen Eugene Sweeney, Jr. NED
2000 - 14 October, 2000 - We lost our Brother Sergeant John David Platt NED
2000 - 14 October, 2000 - We lost our Brother Police Officer Kevin Joseph McCarthy NED
May they Rest In Peace
Late 1950s - Early 1960s
NEGRO IS SHOT TO DEATH BY POLICEMAN
Escaped Convict Fired At While Fleeing From Stolen Automobile
Failed To Order To Halt---Believed Man who Slashed Nurse
March 5, 1939
An escaped Negro convict was shot and killed late yesterday by patrolman Edwin J. Humphreys, of the Northeastern district, as the Negro attempted to drive off in a stolen car that had been spotted by police at North Broadway and Miller street.
The dead man was identified as Edward Turner, 25, who according to police, has a long criminal record and was a fugitive from the Maryland House of Correction, having escaped last July.
Negro Believed Slasher
Captain William J. Forrest, commander of the Northeastern District, said Turner answered the description of the Negro who a week ago broke into a bedroom of a house in the 700 Block North Broadway and assaulted Miss Frances Whelan, a 25-year-old nurse at Sinai Hospital, with a knife. Patrolman Humphreys had been detailed to watch the stolen car after it was discovered parked by Sergeant Michael J. Hoban shortly after the change of shifts at 4 P. M. yesterday.
Ten minutes after Humphreys went on duty, Turner approached. the car climbed in and started the engine. Humphreys ran forward calling to the Negro to halt.
Shot Fired Into Air
Instead, Turner meshed the gears to start the car in motion. A shot in the air failed to stop the Negro, but at the second shot, which Humphreys sent crashing through the window of the car, caused Turner to slam on the brakes and leap out on the far side of the machine.
Turner raced down Miller Street toward North Broadway, which was filled with afternoon shoppers. Patrolman Humphreys paused, took careful aim and fired. The Negro pitched forward, shot through the heart. His body fell almost in the middle of the southbound traffic lane on North Broadway and was barely missed by passing automobiles.
Children See Shooting
The shooting occurred in front of Branch No. 5 of the Enoch Pratt Library at North Broadway and Miller Street. Several children who had heard the shots ran to the windows of their homes and outside in time to witness the shooting.
Turner's body was taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where physicians said he died instantly. Police said the Negro lived in the 1700 block Ashland Avenue.
The car, according to police, was stolen late last month from Mrs. Minnie C. Russell, of the 4400 Block Springdale Avenue. The license plates had been reported stolen from another motorist.
Dr. Paul Schenker, the coroner for the Northeastern district, released Humphreys in the care of Captain Forrest, who temporarily relieved the officer from duty.
Observation - If we look back through newspaper articles over the last 100 or 150 years, we might notice a trend in how a suspect’s race is or isn't reported. If a crime is committed by a white male, or white female, it might say, suspect arrested for theft, robbery, assault etc... But anytime a black man, or woman was arrested going back as far as we can go, up until maybe the late 1990s even the very early 2000s giving us more than a 100 years, maybe even 150 years, of having it so if a black man, or a black woman commits a crime the papers wrote, "Negro, Negress, black male, black female etc." arrested for cutting, shooting, pick pocketing, etc. etc. etc. Talk about brainwashing readers, the only race you ever read of committing crime was African American, not because that was all there was committing crimes, but because the media tells us what they want us to know. They also wrote it so when you read the entire paper of crimes and other incidents, and all you read is one race, before the end of the week you had been reading papers, and all you ever read as far as a description and race was African American. So back then they had those that could read, reading all crime was being done by African Americans. This is how the media worked back then, it would take a while to read through papers to see if it is still being done this way. But they can't change the facts, they were applying tricks used to sway people into buying certain items and using the to buy into the idea of who was responsible for the crime of the times. this is why as responsible citizens we have to fact check even information from the news sources we have been using for years. I was watching the news during the Baltimore Six trials, and after all the charges were dropped on the final officers, one of the reporters said, "I am not sure what kind of crowds we have at Pennsy and North but I would imagine it is or will be a large crowd gathering. First it seemed more like she was trying to create the news, "if no one is there now I am sure they will be gathering their soon!" She should have been fired, what she did was like yelling fire in a crowded theater, she was using her platform to insight a crowd so she would be able to keep her story going and that is not the job of a reporter, they are to report the crime not create it.
An old oak desk once used by the Northeast District in a substation off Belair Road.
This Photograph came with the desk. The desk can be seen above and below this photo, it was used in one of our Northeast District substations on Belair Road. When the substation was closed, around 1958 they gave the desk and chair to the officer that worked it the longest. We purchased it years later from a family member. They gave us the desk, the chair, the photo of his uncle, and his uncle's espantoon (circa 1920s) all for around $250.00
Here we see the inside of the desk has all of it's drawers, compartments hinges etc., still tight and in place. There was an issue with one of the stabilizers on the right side, it had worked itself loose, and Ken didn't want to add a larger screw, so he took, a wooden match stick, and some wood clue, glued everything up, tapped the stick into the hole and let it dry, once dry he taped off the area and sanded it flush, after removing the tape, he used the same screw that came with it, and it worked like a charm. The desk does work itself a little lose once in awhile but is easy enough to just squeeze it back together. The chair is as sturdy as the day it was bought. It has a manufacture's mark on the bottom dating it in the 1920. Speaking of the 1920s the espantoon that came with it is also from the 1920s. From the picture the hats are round, an indication that the picture was taken between 1908 and 1944.
Steve Wilson and Steve Hatchett
Courtesy Photoshop & Kenny Driscoll
Officer retired Gary Smith, Ken's cousin
Officer retired Mike Driscoll, Ken's uncle.
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