The actor Robert Chew, who played the cunning and eloquent Baltimore drug boss Proposition Joe on HBO’s TV drama “The Wire”, has died of heart failure at 52. As well as his television and film work, Chew taught and mentored young actors at Baltimore’s Arena Players. He also coached child performers playing Baltimore City School students in the fourth season of “The Wire.” Show creator David Simon emailed the Baltimore Sun to praise Chew, writing: “Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore… And apart from that, he was a fine and generous man.”
Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, 30, who played a killer of the same name on the hit television series, is among the dozens arrested in the raids carried out by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, Baltimore police and others, police said. Federal and local officials planned to announce the prosecution of a large Baltimore drug gang at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
Local television showed video of Pearson being led by DEA agents from an apartment building downtown to a waiting police van. Police declined to say what charges she faces. (more…)