By Luke Broadwater and Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Last March, Baltimore issued a speed camera ticket to a bus company after one of its yellow buses was clocked going 42 mph on Harford Road. But the city voided that $40 citation after concluding the vehicle's actual speed was just 26 mph - below the 30 mph limit. That erroneous ticket is among a number of problems that city transportation officials knew about but did not disclose publicly when they suspended the speed and red-light camera program last April, according to internal city documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The documents come to light as the City Council presses Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to turn over reams of records to a council committee investigating the troubled camera program, which operated from 2009 until last April.
The Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, or DILP, working in cooperation with the Department of Information Systems, has made technology enhancements that will now allow DILP to migrate from traditional file storage to electronic storage of construction documents. Because of limited file storage space, DILP's practice had been to discard a large percentage of submitted documents after 180 days from the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. The new electronic storage retrieval system will alleviate the need for maintain paper or "hard" copies of approved plans and will assist DILP inspectors in accessing documents while in the field on assignments.
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2011
Federal agents seized documents related to insurance claims during a search earlier this year of a Rosedale auto body shop, possibly indicating that a corruption probe into a towing scheme that has ensnared 30 city police officers may now be broadened to include insurance fraud. According to court documents that were recently made public, boxes of documents and other items were seized during searches conducted at Majestic Auto Repair Shop and the Rosedale home of one of the shop's owners, who has been charged with paying kickbacks to city police officers for steering business his way. Prosecutors say that officers who responded to car accidents got $300 for each damaged car they sent to Majestic.
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2012
Debt buyers have sued thousands of Marylanders over the years without showing much proof that the companies owned the debt — or that the consumers owed it. But that changed this month. Under new rules, debt buyers — who purchase old consumer debt and then try to collect — must provide greater evidence of their claims when suing consumers in Maryland courts. Consumer lawyers and debt buyers say it's too early to know whether these new filing requirements will permanently reduce collection lawsuits that have inundated the courts in recent years.
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
Anne Arundel County police released hundreds of documents this week regarding media inquiries on topics as broad as gang investigations, cold cases and school shootings, but none of those are any use to the group looking into allegations against County Executive John R. Leopold, ACLU officials said. In response to a public information request made by the American Civil Liberties Union and area newspapers, police provided reams of documents detailing how the police department interacts with the media - but little information about Leopold and an "enemies" list the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland alleges he kept.
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2011
An Owings Mills High School graduate who is being held in military detention at Guantanamo Bay showed his willingness to become an al-Qaida martyr by participating in a plot to assassinate Pakistan's president, the government alleges in classified documents obtained by media outlets. The government also believes Majid Khan, who moved with his family from Pakistan to Baltimore County in 1996, was involved in funneling money used in a 2003 bombing of a Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, according to the documents provided to news outlets this week by WikiLeaks, a group opposed to government secrecy.
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon's city pension deal rankled many in 2010 - even sparking a small protest outside City Hall - but she did not get a free pass after being found guilty of embezzlement and perjury charges. To keep her $83,000 a year payout, Dixon had to donate $45,000 to charity, do 500 hours of community service and not seek office. Last week, Dixon was charged with a probation violation after falling almost $14,000 behind on the required payments, according to state records.
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2011
The FBI raided Barry H. Landau's Manhattan apartment twice, hauling out thousands of documents that authorities say link him to a theft scheme involving historical artifacts pilfered from libraries and museums in Baltimore, elsewhere in the United States and in the United Kingdom. But agents didn't take everything from his $2,700-a-month rent-controlled apartment. The 63-year-old who was arrested in Baltimore in July is seeking permission from a federal judge to sell some of his prized artifacts to pay his rent and other "everyday living expenses" while he is out on bail awaiting trial.
By Tricia Bishop and Peter Hermann | June 27, 2012
Barry H. Landau, the once-esteemed collector of presidential memorabilia, was sentenced seven years in federal prison Wednesday for stealing thousands of historic documents from archives and libraries in Baltimore and up the East Coast. The 64-year-old was also ordered to pay roughly $46,000 in restitution. No sentencing date is yet set for his 25-year-old accomplice, Jason James Savedoff, who, like Landau, has pleaded guilty to theft of major artwork and conspiracy charges. More than 10,000 “objects of cultural heritage” worth more than $1 million - including letters signed by George Washington, John Hancock, John Adams, Karl Marx, Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte - were recovered from Landau's Manhattan apartment, according to court records.
The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
The former owner of the Senator Theatre told a police officer "he wished to be arrested in an attempt to get the media involved," according to charging documents in the Aug. 13 incident outside the Baltimore cinema. Tom Kiefaber was arrested that day and charged with trespassing. Below is the text of the charging document; it also appears as a related item (see left). There are seven charges filed against Kiefaber by James "Buzz" Cusack, current operator of the Senator: five counts of trespassing, one count of harassment and an accusation of illegal dumping (at the Senator on Aug. 8)
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