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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,annie.linskey@baltsun.com | October 24, 2008
A swarm of dirt bikers terrorized Michele Rosenberg as she rode down McCulloh Street, ramming her car with such relentlessness that she and her husband drove directly to the Northwest police station, where a sergeant said there was little he could do. Police say their options have been limited as they grapple with the nagging problem of dirt bikes in Baltimore. It's too dangerous to chase them, they say. And while it is illegal to drive the vehicles in the city, there have been few ways to crack down on the young men who routinely ignore the rules, taunting law enforcement and threatening residents such as the Rosenbergs.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Baltimore police are investigating whether officers used excessive force in the arrest of a pair of West Baltimore brothers Sunday, the department said. Officers say that one man punched an officer as the two resisted arrest, while witnesses alleged that officers used unnecessary force in detaining the men following a dirt bike crash in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Charles Peters had just crashed his dirt bike into a tree on Laurens Street at about 1 p.m. when police arrived.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Baltimore police say they plan to crack down on the city's notorious dirt bike riders, pledging to infiltrate the groups using social media and undercover officers in an effort to disrupt the packs of riders. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the popularity of the documentary "12 O'clock Boys" - a reference to the high-flying wheelie pose that riders strive to achieve - has "glorified" dirt bike riding and drawn enthusiasts from other states. It is illegal to operate the motorized bikes anywhere in Baltimore.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
A 28-year-old Westminster man was critically injured in Sykesville on Sunday in a dirt bike accident, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Officials said that at about 5 p.m., deputies and rescue personnel from the Sykesville Volunteer Fire Company were called to Poole and Cherrytree roads in the northern part of Sykesville west of Route 32 for a report of a motor vehicle crash, and found a Yamaha dirt bike on the southbound shoulder. Officials said they believe the driver was traveling south on Poole Road and lost control, causing him to be ejected off the dirt bike.
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June 5, 2010
They ride in groups of two, three or a dozen at a time, gleefully popping wheelies on congested city streets, swarming around startled motorists or blithely sailing through stop signals at busy intersections. Hell's Angels? No, just your garden-variety Baltimore dirt bikers, a native species that seem to delight in thumbing their noses at both the law and common courtesy on the road. Baltimore police were again confronted with the bikers' lawless antics Wednesday, when an unlicensed teenage rider and his passenger ran a red light and slammed into a sedan at a West Baltimore intersection.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2010
The driver of a dirt bike plowed through a red light at a West Baltimore intersection Wednesday and broadsided a red sedan, but the most serious injuries suffered by the car's driver didn't come from the crash, according to city police. A department spokesman said a passenger on the dirt bike quickly hid the cycle in an alley and then returned with friends who beat up the car's driver so severely that he had to be rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. The teenage bike passenger was arrested and faces assault charges.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
A young boy is suffering from massive head and face trauma after being struck Wednesday night by a dirt bike in Brooklyn, police said. The 6-year-old remains at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, police said. Around 6:30 p.m., the boy was standing in a field along the 4200 block of 10th St. when he was hit, according to a statement from Detective Jeremy Silbert, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department. The driver stopped briefly after hitting the boy but then fled, he said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Detective Hassan Rasheed had been watching the Northwest Baltimore repair shop for weeks as men brought dirt bikes in and out for repairs. Now police, intent on cracking down on illegal bikes, were prepared to move in. Armed with a search-and-seizure warrant, Rasheed and a team of officers gathered up 16 bikes. Some had been reported stolen. As the officers combed the West Belvedere Avenue repair shop, a crowd gathered outside the barbed-wire-topped fence. "I'm sure everyone's [angry]
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police say a 12-year-old was seriously injured in an accident on Saturday when the dirt bike he was driving on a road collided with a passenger van. The boy, who was not identified, sustained serious injuries, but they were not considered life-threatening, police said, and he is expected to recover. He was taken to a local hospital, police said. The incident occurred at about 2:34 p.m. Saturday, in the 500 block of Friendship Road, Friendship. Police said they responded to a call and found two vehicles had collided.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 31, 2013
A Forest Hill gas station suffered extensive fire damage after a dirt bike crashed into the building, fire investigators and the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company said. The fire at Forest Hill Exxon, at 2000 Rock Spring Road, was reported at 11:19 p.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, which said the building was closed at the time. On its Facebook page, the Bel Air VFC posted: "A dirt bike crashed into the building, catching fire and the fire then extended inside.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
The idea of providing an alternative venue for those who recklessly operate their dirt bikes in the city can be likened to providing sidewalks for the same people ( "Scofflaws on two wheels (and sometimes one)," May 15). How frequently do we encounter these same people walking in the street in large groups, ignoring the sidewalks? The alternative sites would be ignored for the thrill of creating danger and disruption on streets. The idea that the only harm caused by these riders is when officials pursue them is ludicrous.
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May 19, 2014
Regarding your editorial about dirt bikes and how they should be handled, you seem unable to understand that there is a way to stop the dirt bike madness on the streets and also generate money for Baltimore City ( "Scofflaws on two wheels (and sometimes one)," May 15). Granted, dirt bikes are illegal. But they also have conversion kits for lights and signals and can be converted and inspected by state officials, then registered just like a moped or motorcycle. There should be a minimum age of 17 for a cyclist license and a helmet law for all riders.
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May 15, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is right to crack down on the city's notorious dirt bike riders by using social media and undercover officers to prevent them from disrupting traffic and putting motorists and pedestrians at risk. The unlicensed, unregistered two-wheeled menaces are famous for swarming intersections with dozens of vehicles a time, running red lights with impunity and recklessly zipping in and out of traffic lanes, forcing drivers to maneuver wildly to avoid collisions.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Baltimore police say they plan to crack down on the city's notorious dirt bike riders, pledging to infiltrate the groups using social media and undercover officers in an effort to disrupt the packs of riders. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the popularity of the documentary "12 O'clock Boys" - a reference to the high-flying wheelie pose that riders strive to achieve - has "glorified" dirt bike riding and drawn enthusiasts from other states. It is illegal to operate the motorized bikes anywhere in Baltimore.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Seduction and rebellion are at the heart of "12 O'Clock Boys," Maryland Institute College of Art alum Lotfy Nathan's extraordinary exploration of Baltimore's outlaw dirt bike culture, as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy desperately yearning to be part of it. For three years, beginning in spring 2010, Nathan and his cameras track the youngster, who goes by the nickname Pug. The camera watches as Pug is seduced by the speed, by the outrageousness and...
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Baltimore County police are continuing to investigate an attempted armed robbery where the suspects tried to steal dirt bikes as they were being loaded onto a truck in July. Police released on Friday a photo of a man they believe has information about the attempted robbery, where a gun was held to the victim's head in an industrial area in the 6900 block of Quad Ave., not far from Interstate 95, on July 28. The gunman fled into nearby woods and fired several rounds - striking the victim's truck - as the victim chased after him, police said.
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By Brent Jones, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2010
The breaking point for Steve Herlth came when he saw about 25 dirt bike riders swarm around him on West Baltimore's Hilton Parkway, popping wheelies, creating a racket and showing no regard for surrounding traffic. That surreal scene led Herlth to start a campaign urging residents in his Southwest Baltimore community to turn in the youths and adults who own the illegal cycles. But his yearlong work — and the efforts of authorities — has not stemmed a problem that bedevils Baltimore each summer and threatens to worsen when schools let out soon.
NEWS
August 15, 2013
Aberdeen Aberdeen police reports: A window was vandalized in the 200 block of Darlington Avenue on Tuesday. Someone stole basketball equipment in the 600 block of Webb Street on Tuesday. Diapers were stolen from Rite Aid, in the first block of West Bel Air Avenue, on Tuesday. Someone damaged a parked car by riding into it on a bike in the 100 block of Darlington Avenue on Tuesday. A home was broken into in the 400 block of Clover Street, as reported Tuesday.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 31, 2013
A Forest Hill gas station suffered extensive fire damage after a dirt bike crashed into the building, fire investigators and the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company said. The fire at Forest Hill Exxon, at 2000 Rock Spring Road, was reported at 11:19 p.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, which said the building was closed at the time. On its Facebook page, the Bel Air VFC posted: "A dirt bike crashed into the building, catching fire and the fire then extended inside.
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