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By Baltimoresun.com Staff and Baltimoresun.com Staff,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM | March 7, 2005
The Baltimore County Police Department will have extra officers on patrol next week to discourage drinking and driving around St. Patrick's Day, authorities announced today. According to the department, the extra officers, known as "saturation patrols," will target county roads seen as problem areas Tuesday through Saturday. St. Patrick's Day is Thursday, March 17. Police said the officers will be looking for impaired, reckless and aggressive drivers and will stop any speeders or tailgaters.
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By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS | March 28, 2008
What do you want to know about a neighborhood before you sign a sales contract or apartment lease? Lots of things, probably - but safety and schools top the list if you're like most people. You'll need to do your own research. The federal Fair Housing Act prevents real estate agents from giving you information about school quality or other factors that boil down to characterizing a neighborhood. "Realtors refer anyone who is interested in what goes on in the schools to the Board of Education," said Debbie Hager, director of communications for the Maryland Association of Realtors.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
Zachary Stephan spent his fourth birthday yesterday not at the Discovery Zone or McDonald's but in the custody of a police officer.He had mixed feelings about it."It's sorta fun," Zach told the officer, his father, Cpl. Christopher Stephan, who had taken Zach and his 2-year-old brother, Jake, to the "Bring Your Kids to Work Day" sponsored by Baltimore County Police Department.Corporal Stephan and his sons arrived in midmorning at the event, held at the police and fire headquarters, the Public Safety Building, on East Joppa Road in Towson.
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By NICK SHIELDS and NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER | June 1, 2006
For Baltimore County police officers out on patrol, backup is just a radio call away. Most of the time. Like many law enforcement agencies, the county Police Department contends with scattered "dead zones," where many of their radios lose the signal. To combat this problem, the agency has bought more than a half-million dollars' worth of new, stronger radios over the past two years. Police cruisers used to patrol areas where the signal is weak have been outfitted with the new radios. County officials declined to specifically identify the areas where radio reception is a problem because of concern that the information could be used by criminals and that officers could be endangered.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1999
The Baltimore County Police Department is among 149 agencies whose use of federal funding intended to put more officers on the street is being questioned by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice, officials said yesterday.The inspector general's report, made public this week, summarizes an extensive two-year audit completed last fall of how local police agencies used grants issued under the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994 -- part of President Clinton's promise to put 100,000 new officers on America's streets.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1996
Plans for a no-holds-barred motor race from Towson to Ocean City on Memorial Day weekend may have been scuttled, but Baltimore County officials say they remain on watch to quash such a race before anyone would see the finish line.For a $100 entrance fee paid to unnamed organizers, racers in the "First Annual Cannonball Run" were told to leave from an after-hours club in Towson between midnight May 25 and 3 a.m., and to arrive at an Ocean City restaurant by 6 a.m. May 26.Featuring a racing car and the 55 mph speed limit in a circle with a diagonal slash through it, a flier asks, "And how fast can you get there?"
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By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2006
The family of a Rosedale woman killed in January when her car was hit by a police cruiser has tentatively settled a multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuit filed against the officer and the Baltimore County Police Department, a lawyer representing the victim's children said yesterday. Bonnie Pappas, 45, was killed Jan. 8 after an officer responding to a 911 call broad-sided her car as she drove across Pulaski Highway near Lorraine Avenue in Rosedale. Baltimore County prosecutors decided last month not to file criminal charges against Ray Pabon, a patrol officer assigned to the White Marsh precinct who drove the cruiser that struck the woman's car. Bill Toohey, a spokesman with the county Police Department, said that an internal administrative investigation into the crash is continuing and that he could not discuss whether disciplinary action had been taken against Pabon, who returned to work after recovering from injuries.
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October 12, 1994
Harford County badly needs to establish professionalism in its law enforcement agency, particularly in the leadership. The best way to achieve that is to create a county police department separate from the sheriff's office.Harford voters will get to make that choice Nov. 8. We strongly urge approval of ballot Question A in order to stop the political merry-go-round on this vital issue of public safety.A professional police chief, appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the County Council, will best serve Harford's interests as a rapidly growing and increasingly urbanized county.
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By Linda Linley and Linda Linley,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2003
Baltimore County police are working with Canadian authorities investigating a fraudulent lottery scheme that bilked a 90-year-old Towson woman out of $30,000 during the past year, officials said yesterday. In addition to the Towson case, at least two similar schemes have been reported in the county in recent weeks, said Bill Toohey, a spokesman for the county Police Department. One case involves Canada and the other Israel. Both apparently targeted the elderly. Toohey said the Towson victim was first notified by mail that she had won $1 million, but had to pay taxes and fees to collect the cash.
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