By Katie V. Jones | December 16, 2012
It soon became obvious last weekend at the Westminster Senior Center that there are certainly different approaches to wrapping presents. Westminster Police Chief Jeffrey Spaulding had a no nonsense approach, cutting fast and flipping a box quickly. Detective John Emminizer was more meticulous, helping his 7-year-old companion, Caleb, even the sides and wrap tight. "I do all the gift wrapping at home," Emminizer said with pride. "I'm a perfectionist when it comes to wrapping.
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2012
When an Anne Arundel County councilman vowed recently to subpoena the county's new police chief to discuss an investigation within the department, Larry W. Tolliver said the legal demand wasn't necessary. Just call me, the chief said. That low-key approach represents a marked shift from Tolliver's beleaguered predecessor, who appeared before the council after he was subpoenaed and its chairman said its members would consider seeking his arrest if he didn't respond; he came with his attorney and revealed little, citing a continuing grand jury investigation.
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Baltimore's Show Your Soft Side campaign has featured the likes of rock stars and pro athletes to convey its message of kindness to animals. But its newest and arguably most popular poster showcases an ordinary city beat cop. The new ad featuring Officer Dan Waskiewicz was only released late Monday, but according to campaign organizers, it's already gone viral. The ad shows Waskiewicz, in uniform, getting a big, sloppy, wet kiss on the cheek from his dog, Bo. The accompanying copy: "When Officer Waz was called out to take down a dangerous dog in Baltimore City, he did the unthinkable.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2012
Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, the executive producers of "Homicide: Life on the Street," return to prime time tonight on BBC America with "Copper," starring Tom Weston-Jones. (That's Weston-Jones sitting with them in the picture above, taken in California where they were promoting the series.) Set in 1864 in New York, the series is cop drama meets frontier saga, and I like it. I loved "Homicide," "Oz" and Levinson's last TV effort, "You Don't Know Jack," a docu-drama look at Dr. Jack Kevorkian, starring Al Pacino, for HBO. But I hated "The Jury," a series the duo did for Fox. They've had some failed projects since "Homicide" and "Oz," but I think "Copper" could be a winner.
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2012
Police officers convicted of a crime in Maryland and sentenced to state prison are typically housed in segregated areas for their safety, far from most other inmates. But those prosecuted in U.S. District Court and sent to federal prison - like the 15 Baltimore officers recently convicted in a kickback scheme - will, for the most part, be thrown in with the rest of the convicts. "Whether [inmates are] high profile, law enforcement, whatever the case may be, we aim to treat them like anybody else," said Chris Burke, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Dan Rodricks | July 28, 2012
Nobody asked me, but ... It probably wasn't the greatest idea - opening an Asian buffet in Little Italy. Somebody tried that this summer at the corner of Albemarle and Pratt, in what used to be Velleggia's restaurant. They put up a sign and a dragon statue and opened the doors for lunch and dinner. That was in June. Next thing I knew, the place was dark. Just goes to show: One should never try to sell wontons where people are looking for ravioli. Ravioli always wins. -o- Now that a federal judge's ruling will make it possible for more Marylanders to carry handguns, we should require them to display their licenses on their outer garments or hats.
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
As the search for Baltimore's next top cop plods along, at least one candidate appears to be openly campaigning for the post - and has a well-known supporter.  Stanford "Neill" Franklin, who had a 33-year law enforcement career in Maryland and is now executive director of a national group of police against drug prohibition , seems to want the job. A web article appeared this week featuring endorsements for Franklin , including one from...
July 14, 2012
It's a sad day when the politicians turn their backs on the people who risk their lives each and every day for people ("Police union urges agency overhaul," July 11). Police officers and firefighters injured in the line of duty no longer get a cost-of-living raise of any kind until they are 55 years old, and even then it's a paltry 1 percent. While the politicians enhance their own pension packages and give themselves raises, the people who put their lives on the line each and every day are told to make do with what they have.
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Not long after boarding a boat with an Annapolis police officer this week, DeSean Turner, 11, boasted that he would catch at least 40 fish, but he refused to touch the worms without using needle-nose pliers. The other boy on the boat, 13-year-old Jordan Bowdry, set a goal to touch neither a wiggly worm nor a flopping fish the entire day. To Sgt. Kevin Krauss, they were the ideal pair of fishing companions: boys picked from Annapolis neighborhoods where an officer's presence usually means trouble.
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