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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
A man found not breathing Sunday at the intersection of Baltimore and President streets has died, city police said. Officers were called at 5:45 p.m. to the area of the Shot Tower, where fire department personnel pronounced the man dead. The unidentified man is believed to be 36-years old, police said. Officers found no visible signs of foul play or trauma to the body. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
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February 10, 2014
Of the ideas for reducing violence in Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's State of the City address, the one with the greatest potential for immediate impact on Baltimore's skyrocketing homicide rate is her commitment to fully pursuing a set of crime fighting strategies known as Operation Ceasefire. Developed in Boston in the 1990s, Ceasefire is based on what is by now a familiar premise in Baltimore, that a disproportionate amount of violence is committed by a small and inter-related set of people.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Police were searching Saturday for two suspects in the shooting of a man in an attempted robbery in the city's northeast neighborhood of Waltherson, Baltimore police said. Officers were called at 10:18 p.m. Friday to the 5000 block of Belair Road, where they found a man with gunshot wounds to his leg and back. He was taken to an area hospital, treated for his injuries and is in stable condition. Police said he had been walking in the 5300 block of Belair Road when he was approached by two men. One pulled out a handgun and tried to rob him. The victim did not cooperate and was shot multiple times.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
Just three of Baltimore's 235 homicides in 2013 have a known drug motive, and police say 30 of the victims were verified gang members, year-end statistics show. As the year came to a close with an increase in homicides and shootings, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said in television interviews that up to 85 percent of the victims of the city's gun violence were black men involved in the drug trade. He was not available for further comment. Black males made up 84 percent of the city's homicide victims in 2013.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
With Baltimore police taking (and accepting) flak recently for failing to track and analyze its officers' use of the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic, another agency has the data and isn't doing much with it, either. State law requires police agencies to forward a copy of every stop-and-frisk report to the Maryland State Police, which receives them at irregular intervals and does not sort them or enter them into a database. The agency keeps the reports for one year before tossing them, said spokeswoman Elena Wendell-Russo.
NEWS
December 14, 2013
A fter days of furious searching for Marcus "Chip" Lesane, missing and presumed dead, Baltimore homicide detectives brought his childhood friend -- the last person to see him alive -- into an interrogation room. They spent eight hours questioning him, but Dawnta Baskerville wasn't talking. There was another option left. They opened the door to the chilly, brightly lit room and let in Lesane's older brother, then stepped back as he took a seat across from Baskerville. Robert Lesane was no cop, and the 29-year-old shuttle bus driver's law enforcement experience consisted of watching "The First 48," the reality series about detective work.
NEWS
December 5, 2013
Unfortunately, The Sun's recent article outlining a consultant's report on the police department that cost the citizens of Baltimore City close to $300,000 for a document that articulates the very initiatives many of its state legislators had already spearheaded came as no surprise. City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young had every right to be upset, if not livid ( "Council president unhappy with Baltimore police plan," Nov. 25). Though I'm sure most residents would point to Mr. Young's earlier vote on the Board of Estimates approving the expenditure, I am certain that he believed it would move us past what we already knew and give the Baltimore City Police Department a more detailed blueprint for success.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
A 37-year-old man shot to death in Southwest Baltimore Saturday has been identified as Demetrius Beatty, city police said Sunday. Police released no further information about the slaying, which they say occurred in the 4200 block Wooldridge Ave. Officers responded about 2:45 p.m. to a report of gunshots at the intersection of Kevin Road and Cranston Avenue, where they found the victim with a gunshot would to his head. He was transported to an area hospital, where he died. Homicide detectives were still investigating.
NEWS
November 24, 2013
Annapolis police say they responded to four burglaries on Saturday between 10:17 p.m. and 10:48 p.m. at businesses in Annapolis. The burglaries occurred at the Subway at 1 Park Place, McCormick Paints at 3 Old Solomons Island Road, Insane Car Audio at 1991 West Street and Dunkin' Donuts at 2004 West Street were broken into. An additional burglary as a gas station in the 2000 block of West Street was also reported to Anne Arundel County Police. Annapolis police said the burglaries all occurred within minutes of each other, and in each case money and property was stolen.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
Shots were fired near Calverton Elementary/Middle School Baltimore on Tuesday evening, according to schools officials. City schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster said the incident took place across the street from a school and that someone shot at a moving car. House-Foster said the incident took place somewhere on Whitmore Avenue but declined to provide further details, saying city police were handling the investigation. Baltimore police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert said police got a call reporting the sound of gunshots at about 6 p.m. near Calverton, at 1100 Whitmore Ave., and said no victim was found at the scene.
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