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By JORGE VALENCIA and JORGE VALENCIA,Special to The Sun | January 13, 2008
The Anne Arundel County police officers union is taking its challenge of a ban on visible tattoos to a federal arbitrator after months of disagreement with the department's administration. In hopes of negotiating a new policy, officials with the Fraternal Order of Police have met three times with the chief, Col. James E. Teare Sr., since he began requiring officers to cover up their body art. The union president said Teare's only concession was to spare tattooed officers in long-sleeve uniforms from wearing ties.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1995
A helicopter giveaway program by the U.S. Department of Defense has caught the eye of County Executive John G. Gary, who wants a half-dozen of the aircraft for law and zoning enforcement.Last year, as the Department of Defense tightened its belt, more than 1,100 Bell Jet Rangers were declared surplus and removed from the Army's inventory.Project Northstar was created to help fight the drug war, and 152 of the helicopters were given to law enforcement agencies around the nation.Mr. Gary wants six helicopters -- four operational and two for spare parts -- to turn the Police Department's one-man aviation program into a full-fledged aviation unit.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | July 9, 2003
After being unemployed for little more than 24 hours, half of the 16 Anne Arundel County police officers laid off Monday will start work today with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, while all but two others head to local police departments. "I had never gone a day in my life without working," said Steve Haney, a 28-year-old Towson University graduate who said he was "ecstatic" the day he was offered a job with Anne Arundel County. Haney signed an employment agreement with the transportation authority June 30 - less than two weeks after County Executive Janet S. Owens ordered the termination of 16 police officers and two clerical workers as a way to come up with $1.5 million when the County Council rejected her wage freeze plan.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | August 20, 2009
A proposal to install speed monitoring cameras in Baltimore County school zones drew the ire of many residents attending a meeting with officials Wednesday at the Towson Library. About 25 speakers expressed their opinions, with most being opposed to the cameras. Del. Bill Frank said this is "Big Brother run amok." But his legislative colleague Steve Lafferty said, "If you're against this legislation, you're concerned less about children than you are about making a statement." Police Chief Jim Johnson gave statistics to show that the technology works and decreases speed-related accidents.
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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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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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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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