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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
Security checkpoints at the two busiest concourses at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport will be temporarily closed at separate times this week to allow for construction, officials said. The two checkpoints serve airline gates for Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, which account for more than 70 percent of the airport's passenger traffic. The Concourse B security checkpoint is scheduled to be closed on Monday from 1 p.m. until Tuesday at 4 a.m. The checkpoint at Concourse A will remain open.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Erin Sharp arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport a little less than two hours before her 9:40 a.m. flight to San Diego on Sunday, timed so that her 11-month-old son would zonk out on the plane and they would arrive home with the afternoon to spare. Instead, Sharp wouldn't leave the Anne Arundel County airport for another nine hours, she said, after an enormous ticketing line for Southwest Airlines caused her and other passengers to miss their flights and the airline couldn't immediately get her onto another.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2012
Two motorists were arrested and charged with drunken driving at a Howard County sobriety checkpoint late Saturday, police said in a statement, adding that officers also arrested two more drivers on other charges. Police said that of the 858 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint - which was in force into the early-morning hours Sunday on eastbound MD Route 175 at Columbia Gateway Drive - seven were pulled over for examination. Two of the drivers were arrested and charged with driving under the influence, police said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
One of the principal security gates at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is being closed in the mornings because of congestion around the adjacent Southwest Airlines ticketing counters, according to airport, airline and Transportation Security Administration officials. The shift started last week after officials found lines at the ticketing counters were blurring into lines at the security gate for Concourse B, particularly during busy morning hours. "It has to do with the safety and commingling of passengers," said TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein, who said entering and exiting through the gate had become a concern.
NEWS
April 23, 1993
Howard County police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend to help curb drunken drivers. The checkpoint is the second this year.The first, on U.S. Route 1 in North Laurel on Jan. 30, led to the arrests of 13 people who were charged with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Last year there were three checkpoints, which netted 42 arrests, police said.Since the program started five years ago, almost 300 people have been charged with drunken or drugged driving, police said.
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March 22, 1994
Howard County police arrested 16 people on a variety of alcohol-related offenses at a sobriety checkpoint in North Laurel on Friday night and early Saturday.About a dozen officers were posted in the 10000 block of U.S. Route 1 from 10:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, when 534 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.Drivers were asked if they had been drinking and those who had slurred speech or who smelled of alcohol were ordered to the side of the road for field sobriety checks, police said.
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July 16, 1997
County police will check for drunken and drugged drivers Friday in Edgewater during their fifth DWI sobriety checkpoint this year.Officers will begin stopping motorists about 11 p.m. Friday and continue through 3 a.m. Saturday. They did not say where they will set up the checkpoint.Police arrested 46 people on charges of driving while intoxicated and seven on drug charges in the first four checkpoints in Annapolis, Brooklyn Park, Maryland City and Pasadena. The program is part of an effort to reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by drunken and drugged drivers by getting them off the streets.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1998
An unidentified man breached a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Airport about 6 p.m. yesterday, forcing the closing of a concourse that serves at least eight commercial airlines.All passengers, flight crews and airport personnel in Pier C, which serves Southwest, Northwest, Continental, American and four other airlines, were evacuated from the area after a man set off one metal detector and failed to go through another, said Lori A. Vidil, spokeswoman for Maryland Transportation Authority Police at the airport.
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December 13, 1993
Maryland State Police stopped 1,085 cars on state Route 140 near Leidy Road this weekend in the third sobriety checkpoint in the past year.The checkpoint occurred from late Friday through early Saturday and resulted in the arrests of four motorists for drunken driving.State police conducted checkpoints in July and last December at the same location.State police say they use that location because of alcohol-related crashes that have occurred in the area.Of the 23 fatalities on Carroll County highways during this year, nine have been alcohol- or drug-related.
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By New York Times News Service | January 10, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint to the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and U.S. military personnel. Suddenly, on that May 2005 day, the copter dropped CS gas, a riot-control substance the U.S. military in Iraq can use only under the strictest conditions and with the approval of top military commanders. An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 U.S. soldiers operating the checkpoint.
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Baltimore Sun staff | October 3, 2013
Baltimore Police are planning a crackdown on drivers who use hand-held phones behind the wheel or fail to use seat belts. Days after a state law took effect tightening restrictions on cellphone use while driving, the department announced that it would set up a checkpoint Friday afternoon to look for violators. Another new law requires all adult passengers to wear seatbelts, and police said they'd be stepping up enforcement on that front as well. The checkpoint will be at Harford Road and The Alameda starting Friday at 5 p.m. "Efforts to enforce the law will be citywide, this checkpoint being the first large scale deployment of officers for that purpose," police said in a news release.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 26, 2013
Howard County police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint is being done to "to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roads," and is part of the initiative aimed at keeping county roads safe, according to a news release. According to police, the checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers who willutilize both marked and unmarked vehicles and will be checking for violations including driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to use seat belts and failure to use child safety seats.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Charges were dropped Monday against a Baltimore County police officer who was stopped during a St. Patrick's weekend sobriety checkpoint in Carroll County. Capt. Matthew McElwee, who turned 44 on Monday, previously headed the Franklin Precinct in Reisterstown. He received citations from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office accusing him of driving while intoxicated and driving while under the influence. Prosecutors dropped the charges. McElwee's attorney, Leonard H. Shapiro, said the state did not have evidence against his client, including blood or breathalyzer tests showing that he was impaired.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
Security checkpoints at the two busiest concourses at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport will be temporarily closed at separate times this week to allow for construction, officials said. The two checkpoints serve airline gates for Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, which account for more than 70 percent of the airport's passenger traffic. The Concourse B security checkpoint is scheduled to be closed on Monday from 1 p.m. until Tuesday at 4 a.m. The checkpoint at Concourse A will remain open.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
A Baltimore County police captain was arrested at a St. Patrick's weekend sobriety checkpoint and has since been moved to administrative duty, the department said in a statement Monday. Capt. Matthew McElwee, 43, of the Franklin Precinct in Reisterstown, received citations from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office accusing him of driving while intoxicated and driving while under the influence. He did not respond to requests for comment Monday. Baltimore County police said he was driving his personal vehicle and was not carrying a weapon at the time.
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Staff Reports | March 17, 2013
David Johnson of Fells Point said he and his wife were awakened early on Sunday morning at about 2 a.m. to the sound of revelers' voices in front of their residence. He said his wife asked the group if they could quiet down. When the couple awoke this morning, they found two large planters at the front stoop smashed, the soil spilling onto the sidewalk. "I guess their response was to smash our planters," said Johnson, who said he reported the incident to Baltimore City police.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | April 10, 2003
ON THE LAST morning of the Maryland legislative session, this bunch of kids, dripping wet, giddy with laughter, ducked out of a leaden morning rain and ran into the modern America: a line that stopped at a security checkpoint in the State House basement and backed up all the way to the door. Uniformed officers went through pocketbooks and school bags. The kids were teen-agers. Some of them looked surprised to be searched and some of them - well, some of them looked surprised at the other kids' sense of surprise.
NEWS
April 26, 1993
Howard County police made 14 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs Friday night and early Saturday at a field sobriety checkpoint on U.S. Route 1 in Laurel.Pfc. John Parrott of the Howard County Police Department said 484 motorists were stopped at the checkpoint. He said 14 arrests is about average for a sobriety checkpoint.
BUSINESS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
Among the knives, real and toy pistols, and other dangerous weapons seized at BWI Marshall Airport, this one stood out: A curving 7-inch arc of jagged teeth with a brass knuckle-style grip. A blogger for the Transportation Security Administration coined the nickname "debrainer" as he enshrined the nasty-looking utensil in the TSA's informal hall of fame. That's the weirdest thing officers said they have confiscated in recent months from carry-on baggage at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, used by more than 22.2 million passengers last year.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2012
Two motorists were arrested and charged with drunken driving at a Howard County sobriety checkpoint late Saturday, police said in a statement, adding that officers also arrested two more drivers on other charges. Police said that of the 858 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint - which was in force into the early-morning hours Sunday on eastbound MD Route 175 at Columbia Gateway Drive - seven were pulled over for examination. Two of the drivers were arrested and charged with driving under the influence, police said.
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