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October 12, 2014
Montgomery County Judge Richard E. Jordan was so appalled by the actions of former Baltimore Police Officer Alec Taylor that he went outside sentencing guidelines to order the man committed to jail for a year - four times the maximum recommendation of three months. Mr. Taylor's crime? Beating a dog to death. The facts of the case are pretty horrific. The officer pummeled "Rocko," a tiny Jack Russell terrier, with a mop, choked him and left him lying on the floor all because the pup had soiled a rug. Mr. Taylor then sent a girlfriend a series of unemotional text messages about the beating, including this one: "Yeah I think he's pretty much dead.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
A Baltimore police officer who authorities say shot a man who attacked him in Middle River last month has been cleared of wrongdoing, Baltimore County police said Thursday. The officer was justified in his actions during the Sept. 20 incident on Red Rose Farm Road, State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's office said. The officer was identified as Officer Michael Nolan-Anderson by the city police department and by Shellenberger's office. County police say Nolan-Anderson had gotten off work and was driving about 12:30 a.m. when one of two intoxicated men "somehow damaged the mirror on his vehicle.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Four men, including a Baltimore City police officer, were arrested in a prostitution sting in Baltimore County, police said. Police said the sting involved the men "coming to a Baltimore County location, soliciting prostitution and offering money to undercover detectives. " Sgt. Kevin Lamont Simmons, 40; Edward Yuditsky, 42; Trevor William Joseph Barnes, 44; and Mark Kane, 48; were each charged with two counts of general prostitution. Kane, of the 6100 block of Patrick Dr., in Eldersburg, also faces drug charges and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $5,000 bail.
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January 10, 2014
Services for Bishop Lee Robinson Sr., the city's first African-American police commissioner, who also led two state agencies, will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Coppin State University Physical Education Complex, Gwynn Falls Parkway and Warwick Ave. Mr. Robinson died Monday at age 86. Mr. Robinson steadily rose through the ranks of the city Police Department until being named commissioner in 1984. He was named the state's secretary of public safety and correctional services in 1987 and held that post for 10 years.
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January 3, 2014
In reference to the editorial, "A lost year" (Jan. 1), I agree that Baltimore's police department and mayor must continue to improve their tactics to reduce homicides and violent crime. But it is very obvious to me that several factors contribute tremendously to the violent crime rate in Baltimore. It is a very simple equation: guns + drugs + poverty = violent crime and murder. No need to understand complex quantum physics equations. The city police department must continue to do its part, but any success in curtailing violent crime will be dependent on containing guns, drugs and poverty.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
As he ends his first year on the job, Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts is facing questions about whether he is taking too long to remake the agency and develop a crime-fighting strategy. But others say he is being candid about the city's problems and deserves more time to make progress. Batts, 53, said in a wide-ranging interview that he has been making improvements to the agency of nearly 3,000 officers, though not as quickly as he would like. He plans to keep a relentless focus on gangs and address issues of attrition and low pay for officers.
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June 20, 2013
With warmer weather and an expected increase in violence approaching, the Baltimore Police Department is burning through its overtime budget at a record clip and stressing the physical capacities of its officers to the limit. City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says the problem stems from a large number of vacancies among the department's sworn officers and frequent turnover as experienced members of the force leave for higher-paying jobs in the suburbs. Yet it's not at all clear that plugging the gaps with officers on overtime is sustainable — either economically or as a crime-fighting strategy.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
An Annapolis man was charged with indecent exposure linked to several incidents in an area surrounding Forest Hills Avenue, the city police department said Tuesday. Miguel Avelar Medina, 29, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of indecent exposure and three counts of fourth-degree sex offense, police said. Medina was arrested in Wheaton. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Brenda J. Clayburn, a founder and later president of the City Union of Baltimore who was also a longtime city Police Department supervisor, died Sunday of undetermined causes at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 63. "She had recently been sick, and we are waiting the results of an autopsy," said her daughter, Shirley Y. Cooper, who lives in Baltimore. "I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Brenda Clayburn. Brenda was a strong advocate for the thousands of city employees she represented, and she cared deeply for their welfare," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement Monday.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2013
Baltimore Police have made an arrest in the death of a woman in the 300 block of E. North Avenue late Friday night. On Sunday afternoon, police said Darren Ruffin, 47, has been arrested and charged with homicide in the incident. Police said they responded at about 11:49 on Jan. 18 for a reported aggravated assault. Police allege that Ruffin had been involved in an argument with the victim, Melissa Davis, 44, and during the course of incident Davis was stabbed, police said. She later succumbed to her injuries, and Ruffin was subsequently arrested.
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