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By NICK SHIELDS and NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER | April 13, 2006
For more than a decade, jeweler Marc Schauder was a regular at the Baltimore County police auctions of stolen goods and other unclaimed items. He would join the crowd outside the police headquarters on Joppa Road and look for a bargain. He still remembers his biggest coup. He bought a 6-carat diamond for about $7,000 - and, he says, sold it a week later for more than twice as much. "It was something people looked forward to every year," Schauder said. But the annual police auction in Baltimore County has gone online.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2000
A Greektown developer outbid eight others at an auction yesterday morning for one of Towson's most recognizable landmarks: a two-story Spanish colonial brick building with baroque spiraled columns that has served as a police precinct for 73 years. The historic building was sold for $335,000 to Towson Station LLC, which is owned and managed by developer Thomas Rafailides and his son, Hermes. Rafailides said he plans to use Towson Station as a second location for his development companies in Highlandtown.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1997
An article in Tuesday's Howard County edition of The Sun incorrectly identified the school at which Diana Stover, of Glenelg Country School, teaches.The Sun regrets the error.On a cold day in December 1995, Detective Cpl. Charles E. Jacobs encountered the charred remains of a body burned beyond recognition inside a smoldering barn in western Howard County. A tooth and a small section of an internal organ were all police investigators could find that was not burned to cinders.But just a month later, Jacobs made his identification -- a suicidal former drug addict who had set himself and the barn on fire that wintry day.It was such tenacity that prompted the Howard County Police Department and the county's Chamber of Commerce to name the 31-year-old detective their Police Officer of the Year.
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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 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 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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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1999
By this time next year, the Baltimore County Fire Department could face $3 million in retirement costs, the county fire chief said yesterday, with 217 firefighters, administrators and office personnel eligible to leave by June 30, 2000.Fire Chief John F. O'Neill told County Council members at a budget hearing that of the 217 employees, 23 are due to retire by July 1 of this year. He argued that the 6 percent pay raise proposed for firefighters in the budget negotiations this year should cut back on the number of firefighters who will retire in the coming year.
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