Girl, 16, is charged in stabbing of grandfather
A 16-year-old girl has been charged with attempted murder after police said she stabbed her grandfather in the back six times during an argument. On Nov. 19, Iesha Haynes, of the 2500 block of Loyola Southway, is said to have become enraged when confronted about an incident in which the back door of her grandmother's home was kicked in. Police say she punched her grandmother, Marion Odemena, in the face repeatedly, then directed the attacks to her grandfather, Ernest Morris, after he tried to pull them apart. Police wrote in charging documents that she pulled out a long blade knife and stabbed Morris in the upper back after yelling, "Watch me mess him up." She was charged Nov. 20 and turned herself in Wednesday. She has been ordered held without bail.
Homicide by motor vehicle draws term of 18 months
A Carroll County man who pleaded guilty to striking and killing a stranded motorist in Howard County while driving drunk earlier this year was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison. Aleksandr Dyubanov, 46, of Taneytown pleaded guilty in October to homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Yesterday, Howard County Circuit Judge Raymond Kane Jr. sentenced Dyubanov to three years with all but 18 months suspended, plus three years probation. About 11:30 p.m. April 23, Luther Beamer III, 23, of Odenton was putting gasoline into his truck on the shoulder of Route 32 at Deer Hill Road, according to Howard County prosecutors. Dyubanov, whose blood alcohol content was 0.22, crossed the white line and struck Beamer, who died as a result, prosecutors said. During yesterday's sentencing hearing, the victim's father, Luther Beamer Jr., told the judge how difficult his son's death has been on the family.
"The hardest thing is whenever I hear my name, I'm always going to hear his name," said Beamer, a West Virginia resident. Dyubanov addressed the judge and Beamer's family, apologizing for his actions. "Right now it's very difficult for me to live, understanding what I did," he said.
Awaiting sex-case trial, man charged in attack
A 19-year-old city man awaiting trial in a sex-offense case has been charged with rape in a separate incident 16 months ago in Southeast Baltimore, court records show. On July 31, 2006, a woman, then 21, was walking in the 100 block of S. Ann St. in Washington Hill with her 1-year-old child when she was approached by a man who began talking to her, according to the records. The child began to cry and they moved to an alley, where she was threatened with a screwdriver and raped, charging documents allege. Last month, Baltimore Police Detective Caprice Smith contacted the woman, who repeated her account and picked Demetrius Smothers' picture out of a photo array. Smothers, of the 100 block of N. Milton Ave., was being held on sex charges stemming from a May incident and will have a preliminary hearing on the new charges Dec. 30.