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June 17, 2009
Actions speak louder than words. That's why putting more police on the streets around the Inner Harbor and downtown was the only way city police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III was going to allay concerns about safety at Baltimore's premier tourist attraction and in surrounding neighborhoods after a recent rash of seemingly random acts of violence by unruly teenagers. It's one thing to talk about an overall drop in crime in the area, but people can't see a statistic. To really make them feel safe you've got to show them there are more than enough police on duty to keep a lid on things and ensure that everyone has a good time.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | June 10, 2009
The police patrol area is called the Central District, implying center of the city, or downtown. But its borders stretch far beyond, north of North Avenue into Reservoir Hill, west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard past the trendy enclave of Bolton Hill and up the Pennsylvania Avenue drug corridor. City cops list 19 neighborhoods within this urban footprint, but that doesn't begin to explain the diversity of the area's night life, club scene, red-light strip, restaurants, shopping areas, waterfront attractions, upscale hotels, hospitals, universities, corporate headquarters, the convention center and City Hall.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | June 6, 2009
The Police Department ousted its top leadership yesterday in the Central District, a move that comes amid violent attacks in the downtown area and one day after The Baltimore Sun reported that officers had failed to properly handle the robbery of a nanny in Bolton Hill. Maj. John Bailey, a 35-year veteran, and his second in command, Deputy Maj. Avon Mackell, a 21-year veteran, were stripped of their command positions after what sources described as a particularly heated exchange with department leadership after a woman was choked and robbed of an iPod while she walked with a baby Monday afternoon.
NEWS
November 8, 2008
Woman fatally stabbed in downtown Baltimore Baltimore detectives arrested a woman yesterday shortly after police staff monitoring crime cameras watched an attack and directed officers to a fleeing suspect, said Sterling Clifford, a Police Department spokesman. The camera monitors - many of whom are retired police officers - were watching live footage from the areas near The Block, the city's adult entertainment district, and noticed a fight among several women escalating about 2 a.m. yesterday.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2005
Towson University officials said yesterday that the school will not house students as part of a development planned for downtown Towson, pleasing residents who don't want a dormitory in the heart of the county seat. Alan Leberknight, interim vice president and chief financial officer of Towson University, said the decision to reject a bid by Heritage Properties and the Cordish Co. to build a 600-bed dormitory in Towson was based on how much debt the public university system would have had to carry and not on the community's opposition.
NEWS
June 8, 2005
Baltimore City Central District Robbery: A 62-year-old man was accosted by a gunman in the 2000 block of Mount Royal Terrace about 10 p.m. Monday and robbed him of his walletand $12. [
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2004
The renaissance of Bolton Hill has made it one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, with tree-lined streets, a strong community association and stately 19th-century rowhouses that sell for an average price of nearly $240,000. Neighbors are friendly. Police consider it among the city's safest areas. But the comfort zone that Bolton Hill residents have grown accustomed to was attenuated this year when a man committed a string of offenses that escalated from simple burglaries to rape and attempted murder.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2001
As a sign of how much is riding on the $350 million effort to revitalize the west side of downtown, Baltimore police plan to open a substation unlike any other in the city. The 12-officer substation is scheduled to open in November at Howard and Lexington streets, in the basement of the former Hecht's Co. department store building, which will be reborn as 173 apartments with rents of $752 to $1,990 a month. "You'll have almost a complete police station right there at the center of the development they're putting all this money into," said Lt. Col. Steven McMahon, who commanded the Central District for six years and is now nighttime duty commander citywide.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin | June 19, 2001
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Baltimore City Central District Drug arrests: Operation Eastside/Westside, a two-day drug initiative over the weekend, resulted in the arrests of 77 people on various drug charges. Officers also seized large quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and Ecstasy, nearly $5,200 and three vehicles. The initiative directed by Sgts. Bryant D. Moore and Burl A. Tuller took place Friday and Saturday nights and involved undercover drug enforcement unit officers from the nine police districts.
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