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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Baltimore school officials are working to fill hundreds of teacher vacancies in the weeks before the school year starts, according to information presented to the school board Tuesday. With less than one month before the first day of school Aug. 25, the district was actively recruiting teachers to fill 211 vacancies. The high-need areas are in science, math, and special education. The city's number of vacancies far exceeds other area districts. In Baltimore County, which recently held a large job fair, officials reported 32 teacher vacancies, and Anne Arundel currently has 88. City school officials did not respond to inquiries about this year's vacancies.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
An independent panel created to review last year's in-custody death of Tyrone West determined that Baltimore police officers did not use excessive force but made tactical errors that "potentially aggravated the situation" and did not follow basic policies. West, 44, died on July 18, 2013, after police and witnesses said he fought with officers after being pulled over while driving through Northeast Baltimore. West's family has maintained that, based on accounts from witnesses, he was beaten to death by the officers, though an autopsy determined he died because of a heart condition exacerbated by the struggle with police and the summer heat.
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By Justin Fenton and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Devastated parents and distressed police and political leaders took to the streets Saturday to plead with the Waverly community to help catch the killers of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, whose shooting death has galvanized the city to stop a surge of violence in the past week. In a city where residents are often reluctant to cooperate or fear intimidation, their mantra was: "Say something. " "She meant a lot to everybody, especially me," the toddler's mother, 21-year-old Nina Epps, said Saturday.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
During a June meeting of leaders from Baltimore's law enforcement and judicial circles, city police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts gave a report on crime that included a surprising statistic. Half of all cars stolen in Baltimore had their keys left in the ignition, he said. The comments were made as he informed officials that car thefts had increased 4 percent compared with the same period last year. This month, he repeated the same "50 percent" estimate to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, which includes local judges, prison officials, federal and state prosecutors.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Police investigating an alleged domestic dispute at the Bel Air home of a retired Baltimore police officer last month found a gun that had been seized by city police and stored as evidence, authorities said Wednesday. Officers were called to the Dunsinnan Trail home of retired Baltimore Police Lt. Col. Dan Lioi on June 15, according to a spokeswoman for the Harford County sheriff's office. Following standard practice in cases involving allegations of domestic violence, spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said, police took five guns from Lioi's home.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
The city police investigation into the alleged rape of a Morgan State University student earlier this year remains open, contrary to a report by the university last week. The U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation into Morgan's handling of the reported sexual assault late last month amid heightened scrutiny of the way universities nationwide respond when students say they are raped. The federal investigations are nearly always the result of a formal complaint. In the Morgan case, a female student told university officials on March 20 that she had been raped in off-campus student housing three weeks prior by a fellow student.
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July 2, 2014
Increasingly concerned about incidents involving the Baltimore police, I read the article concerning the review board and its lack of authority ( "Civilian police review board floundering," June 30). I would not want the police to think nobody cares or is watching or think that its business as usual when officers go looking for trouble and get no real discipline. Two men in Northwood say they have been stopped and beaten by the same two cops and now have joined in a civil suit.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
A man was killed and three other people were injured in separate shootings in Baltimore over the weekend, city police said Sunday. The homicide happened in the 500 block of Richwood Avenue. Police, dispatched just after 4:15 a.m. Sunday, found a man shot in the head. He was pronounced dead just before 5 a.m. at an area hospital. Two hours earlier, police found a woman shot in the stomach in the unit block of North Abington Avenue. She was taken to a hospital, treated and released, police said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Baltimore Police detectives have made arrests in two recent shootings that occurred on the city's west side - both along Edmondson Avenue. Tymel Harris, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder in the May 22 killing of 19-year-old Jerard Monroe, which occurred in the 2800 block of Edmondson Ave., near where the road connects with Route 40. Police said Monroe was standing in the block when a man shot him numerous times; 10 shell casings were...
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May 31, 2014
As a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit against Baltimore City Police Officers ("Police officers aren't above the law," May 29), I feel violated knowing that these officers intentionally intimidated and threatened me. After the police officers threatened me with arrest for handing out free recipe books, I was walking back to my car when they approached me again and detained me on the street. When I asked why they had stopped me and demanded to see my identification, they stated that they were conducting an investigation and led me to believe that if I didn't comply, I would be arrested.
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