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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
A 28-year-old Baltimore man was convicted of rape, kidnapping and related offenses this week for assaulting a woman at "knife point in his hack taxi cab," the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Samuel Renard Queen, of the 3500 block of Elmley Ave., faces a maximum of life plus 73 years in prison at his sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled. According to the prosecutors' office, the victim hailed an unlicensed taxi, known as a "hack," after work on the evening of Dec. 6, 2010.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
A 43-year-old cab driver was found shot in the head early Tuesday in Northeast Baltimore, police said. Officials said that police responding to a call of a shooting on the 4400 block of Asbury Ave., in the Belair-Edison neighborhood, around 1:41 a.m. found a Checker Cab vehicle that had been involved in a collision. Inside the car, police said, was a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The man was transported to an area hospital and is listed in critical but stable condition, police said.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
A 38-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to robbing two city cab drivers in the same day, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced Thursday. Dana Gatling called a cab shortly after midnight on April 8, 2010, and put the driver in a choke hold, threatening to kill her if she didn't hand over her cash, prosecutors said. He swiped the woman's $117 and fled on foot, carjacking another cab hours later and dragging the driver 20 feet as the man held on to his taxi.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
By its decision to regulate Uber as a "common carrier" ( "Uber is 'common carrier,' commission rules," Aug. 7), the Maryland Public Service Commission stands athwart the tide of technology and history. Allowed to stand, the ruling would harm Marylanders. Why restrict Uber's freedom of operation at all? The public love Uber's quick, reliable service. Virtually no one is complaining apart from taxicab companies. In our time of the Internet, global positioning systems and smartphones, the PSC's decision to prevent Uber from using its celebrated "surge pricing" to assure prompt service all across the area is nuts.
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December 30, 1991
A man hopped a cab yesterday to hold up a convenience store, but when he called for a cab to make his getaway, he was caught by two police officers -- who arrived in another cab.Anne Arundel County police said they were called to the 7-Eleven in the 500 block of Donaldson Avenue in Severn about 5 a.m. yesterday to investigate an armed robbery.On their way to the store, officers learned that a man had been dropped off at the 7-Eleven by a cab just minutes before the robbery. The same man, police were told, had just called the same cab company for another cab from an address on nearby Myers Drive.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer | March 21, 1994
A city man was arrested yesterday on charges of critically wounding a cab driver during a carjacking. Police said he also exchanged two shots with a police officer and led police on a chase through the streets of Northeast Baltimore.Kevin S. Jackson, 37, of the 1200 block of North Ave., was charged with two counts of assault with intent to kill. Police said he shot cabbie Norman W. Lennon, 56, of the 9800 block of Tolworth Circle in Randallstown about 2:15 p.m. yesterday.Witnesses told police that a man pulled Mr. Lennon from his cab at 33rd Street and Loch Raven Boulevard.
NEWS
December 9, 2003
A collision between a van and a taxicab at a Northwest Baltimore intersection sent 15 people to six area hospitals last night - all with injuries that were not life-threatening, city police said. About 9:30 p.m., the van carrying an unknown number of passengers collided with the cab at Sequoia Avenue and Hilton Road, causing injuries to the passengers and drivers of both. At least seven city Fire Department ambulances responded to the scene. The cause of the accident remained under investigation, police said.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1997
A female passenger robbed an 86-year-old Annapolis cab driver of $40 Tuesday in Truxtun Park in Annapolis after beating him on the head with his own hammer handle, police reported.Howard Diggs, a driver for Reliable Cab who lives in Annapolis, told city police the woman asked to be taken to the park when he picked her up at a shopping center off Forest Drive shortly before 1 p.m.When they arrived, the woman demanded money, but Diggs refused to give her any, police said. In an ensuing struggle, the woman grabbed the headless hammer handle from Diggs and hit him on the head, then grabbed money from his fanny pack and fled, police said.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff | December 30, 1991
Two Anne Arundel County police officers lured a suspected holdup man out of his home yesterday when they showed up in front of his house in a cab that the suspect ordered after he allegedly robbed a convenience store.County police said a man arrived at the 7-Eleven store in the 500 block of Donaldson Ave. in Severn about 5 a.m. yesterday by taxi and after paying the fare entered the store.The man implied he was armed with a gun and ordered a clerk to give him money from the cash register, police said.
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By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun reporter | April 10, 2008
A Baltimore City housing employee was arrested in Annapolis early Tuesday - hours after the legislative session ended - and accused of stealing a taxicab and driving it through a parking lot gate, police and city officials said yesterday. Peter Marcus Dolkart, 36, a special assistant for legislation in Baltimore's Department of Housing and Community Development, was charged with auto theft and a hit and run. There were no injuries. A spokesman for Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration said it is too early to determine whether Dolkart will keep his job. "His supervisors and the housing commissioner were made aware of the incident immediately," said the spokesman, Sterling Clifford.
NEWS
August 4, 2014
Harried commuters will be gratified by the Maryland Public Service Commission's decision last week to require taxicabs operating in Baltimore City to install credit card-reading devices in the back seat where passengers sit. The new rule, which goes into effect at the end of the year, will allow customers to just swipe a Mastercard or Visa to pay the fare rather than having to carry cash. It's a convenience riders in other cities have long enjoyed, and it has probably taken a lot of the anxiety out of hailing a cab. It's about time Baltimore caught up with the trend.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
More than 30 Maryland cab companies filed a lawsuit Thursday against the popular ride-sharing company Uber, alleging antitrust violations and demanding an unspecified amount of damages for upending the state's cab industry. The lawsuit, filed late Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court, joins a string of legal actions against Uber as traditional taxicab companies and regulators across the country confront the company's cheaper and consumer-friendly army of drivers. Led by five major cab companies and their drivers, the lawsuit contends that Uber's surge-pricing model is akin to price-fixing, that its refusal to abide by traditional cab regulations creates an unfair marketplace, and that taken together, the company has interfered with cabdrivers' relationships with their clients.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
A Baltimore man was charged last month with allegedly pimping a teenage girl who had been reported missing in Baltimore County, officials said. Baltimore County police working with federal authorities on a human trafficking initiative were informed that the teenage girl, whose age was not released, had been reported missing in the county and was being featured on a website known for prostitution advertisements, officials said this week. An undercover officer scheduled an appointment for June 20 with the girl, who told him the "donation" would be $200, and arrived to meet the detective in a cab with two other people.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
On a brutally cold January day I waited for a Yellow cab to take my mom to chemotherapy. I had booked the cab the night before on the Yellow cab website. It never showed. Neither did the second cab the dispatcher sent. The next time I used Uber. It worked perfectly, and I have never looked back ( "Make room for ride-sharing," April 28). Uber is popular for one reason: It works and the cab companies don't. Uber provides accountability. You rate the Uber driver on your smartphone by awarding stars.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Anne Arundel County police say they've arrested a Naval Academy midshipman after he allegedly threatened a taxi driver with a butter knife. Police say a cab driver told them he drove two men from a bar in Annapolis to a home on Bay Head Road on the Broadneck Peninsula early Sunday morning. One of the men went into the home to get money for the fare, but returned without enough money, according to police. The two then ran into the house, and one of the men returned with a knife and ran toward the cab driver, who was in the driveway.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | February 10, 2014
The Columbia man alleged to have been the gunman in the armed robbery attempt of a Columbia Flyer taxi driver last March was sentenced to five years in prison last week, the State's Attorney's office announced Monday. Khalid Khahiem Woods, 20, of the 9500 block of Wandering Way, was sentenced in Howard County Circuit Court by Judge Richard S. Bernhardt on Friday after pleading guilty to armed robbery and conspiracy charges in connection with the incident.  Woods is one of four Columbia residents to plead guilty in the crime, which occurred when all four were teenagers.  According to the statement of facts in the case, Woods and the three other teens were picked up by the cab driver on the evening of March 1 at Sweet Fern and asked to go to Sewells Orchard.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1999
One of the attractions of Klines' Cab Co. wasn't the ride in the back of a Packard, the gab of the driver, or a cruise through then-undeveloped Towson.It was calling the dispatch office and talking to Winifred Mary Kline. Passengers always got a pleasant earful with Mrs. Kline -- and a cab to pick them up on time."She had a good personality and knew about a lot of things," said Mary Lerner, a passenger and friend who was a longtime Towson resident and now lives in Baltimore. "Sometimes you'd call and forget that wanting the cab is why you called."
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By Mary C. Schneidau and Mary C. Schneidau,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2004
Taxicab riders in most of Anne Arundel County will pay more for a ride starting next month after the County Council unanimously approved a bill this week to let company owners raise fares. The bill was passed Monday and should take effect late next month. The increases apply to all cab rides that originate in Anne Arundel County, except for Annapolis, where taxi service is regulated by the city. Taxicab company owners had argued that the higher fares would offset soaring gas prices. The increases "were necessary for the industry to stay alive and to be profitable and for them to be able to have the ability to charge a fair price for their services," said Erik Robey, an assistant to County Council Vice Chairman Ronald C. Dillon Jr. With Monday's action, fares will increase: From $1.80 for the first one-seventh of a mile to $2 for the first one-eighth of a mile.
NEWS
November 13, 2013
A revolt is brewing among Baltimore taxi and limo operators, who are protesting a new city tax of 25 cents per passenger that went into effect Oct. 1. The taxi owners claim the new tax will be difficult to collect and that they can't pass the additional cost on to consumers by raising their rates. So, in what they are calling an act of civil disobedience, the companies say they won't pay. Meanwhile, the city is insisting it will take them to court if they don't. Before things get ugly, the city and its cabbies need to take a step back from the hole they are digging for themselves and come up with a way to end the standoff that both sides can live with.
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