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March 24, 2013
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts is still relatively new on his job, so it's probably unfair to make too much of his unfortunate response to a question last week about the recent spate of gun violence that left nine people dead on the city's west side. "Though we're having a spike in homicides," Mr. Batts said, "our organization is working better, faster and smoother, and you can see it in the overall stats. " There was nothing factually wrong in Mr. Batts' answer; department statistics show an 8 percent drop in crimes of all types over this time last year.
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By Barry Considine | February 24, 2014
In 1982, the late Gov. William Donald Schaefer was running for his last term as mayor. He held one of those big dinners that politicians are famous for at P.J. Crickets on Pratt St. All the political leaders were there. I was the chef that evening and can honestly tell you this: When I arrived at the restaurant that afternoon, I climbed in to the back of my blue VW Mini-Camper and smoked a bowl of marijuana. That evening many of the attendees stuck their heads into the kitchen to thank the chef for the wonderful meal they had enjoyed.
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NEWS
August 11, 1991
No one ever said fighting crime would be easy.But dozens of communities are waging teir own war againstdrugs and crime every day,sharing the frustrations of uniformed police.Those who are persistent or angry enough can gain some satisfaction from the headway they make even if that progress is initially measured in organizing a previously passive neighborhood.Bernadette Devone is organizing Rosemont,a West Baltimore neighborhood which hit the headlines recently when six-year-old Tiffany Smith was killed by a stray bullet from a savage shoot-out between drug hoodlums.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur plans to propose what she calls a "transformational" approach to fighting crime on Wednesday, in which she would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and use the governor's clemency and pardon powers to cut the prison population. Mizeur will introduce a detailed plan calling for a holistic approach to reducing crime, including social and educational programs as well as law enforcement strategies. "We cannot settle on 'tough on crime' after the fact - we need to stop crime before it occurs," she says in a 13-page plan.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | July 1, 1999
Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said yesterday that she will not run for mayor.Jessamy ended two months of speculation over whether she would join the seven-candidate Democratic field trying to succeed departing Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke in December.The 50-year-old prosecutor, who won re-election to a four-year term last year unopposed, said fighting crime is more important than seeking higher office."The state's attorney's office is underfunded and understaffed," Jessamy said in announcing her decision.
NEWS
March 26, 1997
TANEYTOWN IS the crime "hot spot" of Carroll County? That's the opinion of county Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown, who tipped the governor's office to pick the northwest Carroll town for a cut of $3.5 million in federal and state crime prevention grants.Not that Taneytown is rocked by crime waves or fighting a hard-core problem.Rather, the incorporated city of nearly 5,000 residents is willing to take a pro-active role toward community and social problems that can foster criminal activity.
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By GUS G. SENTEMENTES and GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER | April 4, 2006
They gathered in a parking lot in Cherry Hill, held hands in the brisk early evening, and said a brief prayer for their neighborhood. Then they began walking. Some were elderly, some were young. Some walked unaided, while two puttered along on electric scooters. Their common purpose: reclaiming a neighborhood, where many of them grew up and raised families, from crime and disorder. Around South Baltimore, groups of residents have persevered over the past two years in walking the streets of their neighborhoods, from Federal Hill to Otterbein, from Brooklyn to Sharp-Leadenhall, in a modest partnership with the Baltimore Police Department.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1999
A speech Monday night by Democratic mayoral nominee Martin O'Malley, in which he urged Baltimore police officers to adopt a tough stance on fighting crime, has two influential ministers worried that the candidate's rhetoric will encourage abuse."
NEWS
August 31, 1996
HOPE THAT ANYTHING fruitful would come out of a City Council trip to study New York City's successful "zero tolerance" anti-crime policy looked bleak when a skeptical Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier sent his own delegation to New York. But the situation became totally depressing after the leader of the council group, Martin O'Malley, came back to town with no plans to discuss with the chief what the council fact-finding team had found.When it comes to combating crime, we expect city officials to cooperate, not play politics.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
To pretend that Vi Ripken's experiences are a statistical fluke is to miss yet another opportunity to come to grip with the reality we all need to face ("Aberdeen perplexed by attacks on Vi Ripken," Oct. 16). These upsetting criminal acts are not a statistical anomaly. Ms. Ripken's alleged attacker, Jesse Bowen, has reportedly had 12 prior arrests, four of which resulted in convictions, and had been out on $7,500 bail at the time of the most recent incident. Violence is and has been spreading across our nation.
NEWS
October 12, 2013
Retired state police captain Leigh Maddox is absolutely right about Gov. Martin O'Malley's misplaced emphasis on law enforcement ( "O'Malley is wrong: More arrests mean more crime," Oct. 7). When it comes to drugs, an increase in arrests could actually increase crime. Attempts to limit supply while drug demand remains constant only increase the profitability of trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase their criminal activity to feed desperate habits.
NEWS
September 27, 2013
After seeing the security tapes of the Navy Yard shooter in the hallways, it's hard to believe the building's surveillance cameras are not monitored in real time. Had this been the case, the shooter could have been stopped long before he killed so many. Many office buildings and high rise condominium buildings do this, so why not the Navy Yard? Some are quick to blame guns, but look at the lack of security at what is supposed to be a very secure place. This outcome could have been much different.
NEWS
September 25, 2013
Police activity has little or no effect on crime rates ( "Baltimore Police ditch 'stop and frisk' in name but not practice," Sept. 23). Crime is basically driven by economics. People on the economic edge of survival turn to crime to keep from falling into abject poverty. The poorer the people, the greater the incentive for crime. Baltimore has a lot of people on the economic edge, and the city is also a hub of the illegal drug business, which can be a way out of poverty. The combination ensures a high crime rate.
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By Zach Sparks, For The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
When passersby drive through West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester community, they won't see flags symbolizing unity or notice traces of an affluent town. What they will see is a neighborhood once riddled with drug trade and prostitution, now being transformed with the help of activists like Pastor C.W. Harris. A native of Sandtown-Winchester, Harris is one of 15 BMe Leadership Award recipients being recognized as black men doing their part to better Baltimore. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, BMe (Black Male Engagement)
NEWS
March 24, 2013
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts is still relatively new on his job, so it's probably unfair to make too much of his unfortunate response to a question last week about the recent spate of gun violence that left nine people dead on the city's west side. "Though we're having a spike in homicides," Mr. Batts said, "our organization is working better, faster and smoother, and you can see it in the overall stats. " There was nothing factually wrong in Mr. Batts' answer; department statistics show an 8 percent drop in crimes of all types over this time last year.
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By Dutch Ruppersberger | February 12, 2013
It's like a recurring bad dream. March: Hackers allegedly steal the credit card numbers from 1.5 million Visa and MasterCard customers by breaking into the computer systems of the company's payment processor in New York. The thieves stockpiled the stolen credit card numbers for months before beginning to use them. August: Cyber attackers disrupt production from Saudi Aramco, the world's largest exporter of crude oil, taking out 30,000 computers in the process, according to press reports.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
Jon J. Grow, a former Baltimore police detective who became a nationally recognized bunco expert and co-founded and served as executive director of the National Association of Bunco Investigators, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his Parkton home. He was 70. The word "bunco" is derived from the Spanish word for banking and means a swindling game. Mr. Grow's work targeted the con artists, swindlers, pickpockets and confidence men and women who preyed primarily on the elderly and trusting.
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