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June 1, 2011
With respect to the use of surveillance cameras, both state and local governments have their priorities set for monetary gain rather than public safety. Red-light and speed-camera surveillance using high resolution cameras leave no doubt about the identity of the offending vehicle. The offender receives a citation stating that if the fine is paid, no points will be added to his driving record, and no increase will be made to his insurance rates. In other words, pay the fine and everyone forgets about it. What does this have to do with public safety?
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By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
A man who was shot in a Northwest Baltimore robbery in 1993 died last week, upgrading his case to a homicide, Baltimore police said Monday. The robbery took place on Aug. 2, 1993, when Baltimore police say Kevin Lamar Coley shot Donald Gillums in the torso during a robbery in the 3000 block of N. Hilton Street in Forest Park. Gillums survived and lived 21 years until he died Aug. 24 at the age of 57. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Oct. 7 that his death came as a result of complications from his gunshot wound.
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NEWS
July 27, 2013
The statistics Thomas F. Schaller quoted about murder cases and drug arrests have to be flawed, I think ( "A welcome call for soul-searching about race," July 24). I am willing to bet that what drives them are that the blacks on trial for murder and arrested for drugs, have rap sheets as long as my arms. Just like sweet little Trayvon Martin's two suspensions from school for violations that should have led to arrests are never mentioned in The Sun. At least The Sun has written that only 52 percent of black males graduate from high school in four years.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
The president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus said he is "deeply disturbed" by two crimes reported against members of the campus community Monday night and will hold a public safety town hall next week. The incidents -- a robbery of a nursing student and an attempted robbery of a hospital employee -- have prompted campus police to add additional police and security officers, who will wear reflective vests on foot or on Segways, President Jay A. Perman said in an e-mail to employees and students.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
The most deadly terrorist attack on America since Sept. 11, 2011 was by Nadal Hassan, who killed 13 people. Unbelievably, this attack took place at an Army base where for safety reasons no one was allowed to protect themselves. The military police were supposed to do all the protecting. Shamefully, that's not quite how it worked out. It happened that the only one with a gun was a female police officer who responded to a 911 call. Anyone with a gun could have stopped Mr. Hassan in Texas or Jared Lee Loughner in Arizona.
NEWS
June 27, 2013
The solution to Baltimore's crime problem ("Amid wave of 27 Baltimore shootings, police press for tips," June 26) is as simple as A, B and C. A. Put more feet on the street. It has been demonstrated before that more police on the street beat deters neighborhood crime. To accommodate this, sell half the patrol cars and take air conditioning out of the rest. B. Strengthen a regional coalition of law enforcement agencies in the city and surrounding jurisdictions to improve communication and cooperation.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Neither the Constitution nor the wisest of laws will secure the liberty or happiness of a people whose manners are corrupt. Passing new restrictions on guns will not reduce crime. Patrick Henry
NEWS
January 5, 2014
So, after decades of literal open-warfare in the city driven by the drug trade, it takes a transplanted police commissioner from that bastion of safety, Oakland, Calif., to tell us that crime in the city is primarily limited to those who live and operate in the drug culture and that the "good guys and gals" should feel safe ("Batts: Crime dropped for 'everyday citizens' in 2013," Dec. 31). I can't wait for the new fire chief from the mega-metropolis of Lincoln, Neb., to tell us that the increased fire deaths in the city are primarily the result of smoke inhalation.
NEWS
August 13, 2014
Regarding your recent report on vacant housing in Baltimore, yes, vacant houses are a problem, but don't confuse them with the problem of homelessness ( "Baltimore vacants are linked to crime, as are other indicators," Aug. 7). Broken windows, boarded up doors, and overgrown weeds devalue surrounding homes. However, most people are homeless because they cannot afford the costs associated with housing. Homelessness itself is not a crime nor does it necessarily lead to criminal activity.
NEWS
December 1, 2011
Regarding your report of the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in Baltimore: As a 16-year-old girl myself, I feel the city is not getting much better dealing with crime ("DNA links man to rape of girl, 13, in October," Nov. 29). Day after day, I see headlines about some young girl or boy being kidnapped or raped and it makes me feel that nowhere is safe. The girl that was raped was just coming from a friend's house and going to the store, minding her own business, and then some disgusting man comes and decides to push her into a vacant dwelling and rape her. I just do not understand why men can't leave little kids alone and stop instilling fear and emotional pain on their lives.
NEWS
October 6, 2014
McKenzie Elliott was only 3 years old when, on Aug. 1, 2014, she was struck and killed by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting in Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood. The incident sparked outrage throughout the city and pledges from officials and police that the little girl's killer would be brought to justice. But to date, nobody has been charged with her killing. Matt Jablow brings you the story in this week's Crime Scene video.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
Sportswriter Peter Schmuck suggests that Michael Phelps "could face public ridicule and lose a ton of sponsorship money for his latest indiscretion," as if this might be the most important result of his irresponsible actions ( " Michael Phelps ' arrest is last thing Baltimore needed," Sept. 30). Why did Mr. Schmuck not address the irreparable damage that could have been inflicted on the families of any of the potential victims of Mr. Phelps' "indiscretion"? For that matter, why did Mr. Schmuck even refer to Mr. Phelps' action as an "indiscretion" rather than what it really was - a criminal act?
NEWS
October 1, 2014
I just finished reading the article, "Michael Brown's parents come to Baltimore to help information initiative," Sept. 28," and I thought that I missed something in it so I read it four more times. Lo-and-behold, I did not miss anything. I just thought that perhaps the grieving parents - and I sincerely pray not only for their grief to be lessened by the many graces of God but also for the repose of their son's soul - might have thought to address that fact that since their son met an untimely death, so have over 10,000 other blacks shot and/or knifed to death in the many crime-ridden streets of our nation's cities.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Letter writer Irwin E. Weiss could not be further from the truth when he refers to Israel's recent invasion of Gaza as its "recent war of defense" ("Compare and contrast: Israel in Gaza, U.S. in Syria," Sept. 25). In fact, it was Israel that purposefully initiated the violence against Hamas in order to prevent a reconciliation between the rival Palestinian governments of Fatah and Hamas from taking place. Israel carried out bombing raids, a military incursion, 17 killings and mass arrests - all before Hamas fired a single rocket.
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By Mary K. Tilghman and mtilghman@tribune.com | October 1, 2014
The following is compiled from police reports from the Towson and Cockeysville precincts. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. A man armed with a handgun robbed a woman in the Ravenwood Shopping Center parking lot in the 8000 block of Loch Raven Boulevard of cash, cellphone on Sept. 24 at 6:45 p.m., police reports state. The man also struck the woman in her face with the gun the reports state. Towson Midhurst Road and Blenheim Road , 10:30 p.m. Sept.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Hampden residents are threatening to leave their famous 34th Street Christmas lights off in an effort to get the city's attention after a recent string of violent crimes in the neighborhood. A 67-year-old man was attacked and beaten unconscious Monday afternoon while picking up trash from the sidewalk at the corner of Falls Road and West 36th Street, police said. Three hours later, a man with a gun held up a Subway restaurant on Falls Road. Bob Hosier, who claims to have started the Northeast Baltimore holiday tradition more than 60 years ago, said he worries about the safety of the tourists who flock each year to see the hub cap Christmas tree and big red lighted crab.
NEWS
August 18, 2010
The Monday morning quarterbacks have been criticizing Judge John Addison Howard incessantly for being overly lenient and failing to jail John Wagner for violating his probation ("Plea deal puts robber back on street," Aug. 8). Mr. Wagner has subsequently been charged with the death of Stephen Pitcairn. While I can not discuss the specifics of the Wagner case, as the lawyer who supervises the Violation of Probation Unit of the Office of the Public Defender for Baltimore City, I can speak to what kind of jurist Judge Howard is when it comes to the people he places on probation.
NEWS
July 4, 2014
There were 700 pedestrian deaths and injuries in Baltimore last year, nearly three times the 235 homicides ( "Walk this way," June 30). Baltimore has twice the pedestrian death rate as the national average. Yet, we pay it no mind. Every day, I see people speeding through busy city streets, driving through crosswalks blaring their horns when pedestrians are legally crossing, driving in reverse when they miss their turns, double parking and doing whatever they please with no worries about being pulled over.
NEWS
September 29, 2014
Bridget Phillips was a 22-year-old graduate student at Johns Hopkins University when she was found beaten to death on March 22, 1989 in the doorway of her off-campus apartment.  She wasn't robbed or sexually assaulted, leading police to believe she knew her attacker. But, as Matt Jablow tells you in this week's 'Crime Scene' cold case story, the police are still seeking clues to her killer 25 years later.
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