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September 16, 2013
Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Ashford Place, 14900 block, Sept. 4. Forced entry burglary. Eighth Street, 800 block, Sept. 4. Theft from motor vehicle. Scott Adam Court, 9100 block, Sept. 3. Robbery with firearm. Staggers Road, 14900 block, Sept.
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October 6, 2014
In 2013, I retired as the Commander of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division. Before that, I ran the Maryland State Police Firearms Enforcement Section and the Gang Enforcement Unit. I was also a homicide investigator, drug investigator and criminal investigator for most of my career. I understand crime and I understand violence. I strongly support efforts to reduce violence in the state of Maryland. But the fact is that we are not focusing on real solutions. I can assure you that bad laws do not make us any safer.
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SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2012
Hindered by cold, wet and windy weather at the start of the state's two-week firearm deer hunting season, as well as an abundance of acorns, fewer deer were taken this year, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Though hunters took more than 36,000 deer during the two-week firearm season that ended Dec. 8, there was a nearly 20percent drop in the state's most populous region and a 12 percent drop throughout the rest of the state. Brian Eyler, deer project leader for the DNR, said last month that officials hoped for a harvest of between 40,000 and 50,000 of the state's minimum estimated population of about 230,000 deer.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Witnesses said a man fired gunshots at three men after they assaulted and chased him near Catonsville High School on Wednesday night, Baltimore County police said. Police dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. found the man in his early 20s bleeding from his injuries, although not shot or stabbed, in the 200 block of Bloomsbury Ave. between the high school and the Bloomsbury Community Center, department spokesman Sean Vinson said. A gun was found nearby, Vinson said. The man had been running from three men, who ran in turn after he shot at them, witnesses told police.
NEWS
February 2, 2000
Howard County police have charged a suspect in connection with an incident last week in which five shots were fired into the Savage firehouse on Lincoln Street. Shaun P. Gormley, 20, was taken into custody Thursday, police said, and charged with reckless endangerment, assault, destruction of property and discharging a firearm in a metropolitan area. No one was injured in the Jan. 26 incident. Police said several firearms were recovered from Gormley's car and his Prince George's County home in the 9000 block of Briarchip St., Laurel.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1995
A Sykesville man who was placed on probation after pleading guilty in June to charges of beating his 15-year-old daughter won permission yesterday to use a firearm for recreational purposes.William Howard Poole, 46, of the 4800 block of Woodbine Road, asked Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to dismiss one of the conditions of probation that prohibits his possessing, carrying or using a firearm.Mr. Poole was given probation before judgment on the charges of battery and resisting arrest and placed on three years of probation.
TRAVEL
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Maryland Transportation Authority Police arrested a Florida man Sunday morning after security agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage at BWI Marshall Airport. Michael Menlo Smith, 58, was found with a 9 mm Glock 17, loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, and two magazines with another 10 rounds each, according to police and the Transportation Security Administration. Police confiscated the firearm and ammunition and arrested the man. There was no impact on airport operations, according to TSA. Smith told police he forgot the firearm was in his luggage, spokesman Sgt. Kirk Perez said.
NEWS
By Roger Twigg x | September 15, 1991
City police are notifying gun shop owners and sales outlets in Baltimore to comply with a recently enacted city ordinance aimed at protecting children from firearm injuries.Dennis S. Hill, a police spokesman, said letters have been mailed the nine gun-shop operators and other sales outlets in the city advising them of the change in law.Some parts of the ordinance, which requires all firearm owners to keep their weapons secure from children, apply directly to shop owners, Mr. Hill said.The spokesman said the law requires that the shop owners offer to sell or give the firearm purchaser a trigger lock or similar device to prevent the firearm from discharging accidentally.
NEWS
By Matthew Dolan | November 3, 2007
A member of the Bloods gang received a 10-year-prison sentence yesterday in federal court in Baltimore after his conviction on a gun possession charge. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Lanikko Santiago, 26, of Baltimore, to the prison term followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. According to the testimony presented at his two day trial, Santiago was a passenger in the rear seat of a vehicle on Nov. 8, 2006 that was pulled over by Baltimore City Police detectives for a traffic stop.
NEWS
May 30, 2013
The ignoramuses who preach that guns don't kill people fail to understand or admit that it is the finger on the trigger of the firearm that kills people - even a 16-month-old child. Will they ever learn? Clyde R. Shallenberger
NEWS
February 11, 2014
Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Elaine Court, 9100 block, Feb. 2. Robbery with firearm/aggravated assault. Irving Street, 100 block, Jan. 29. Theft. Marshall Avenue, 9100 block, Jan. 29. Shoplifting. B Street, Unit block, Jan. 29. Forced-entry burglary. Chestnut Court, 14000 block, Jan. 28. Forced-entry burglary.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The Transportation Security Administration identified and seized more firearms at U.S. airports in 2013 than in any year since records have been kept - including more than two dozen at airports in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Nationwide, the TSA caught 1,813 guns at airport checkpoints in 2013, a 16.5 percent increase over the 1,556 guns it captured in 2012, it announced Friday. The TSA screened nearly 639 million passengers in 2013, about 1.1 million more than last year.
NEWS
January 13, 2014
It's unfortunate that hundreds of guns purchased in the weeks before Maryland's stricter firearms regulations went into effect last year ended up in the hands of people who should never have been allowed to own them. Most of the weapons have since been recovered, but one was sold to a man later accused of using it in a carjacking in Prince George's County, and others were purchased by people with criminal records, a history of mental illness or other disqualifying factors. Yet the fault for those failures doesn't lie with the law or with state police efforts to complete thousands of background checks on gun license applicants in a timely fashion.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | December 26, 2013
Et cetera 2-week firearm deer harvest up from 2012 Hunters reported killing 36,942 deer during the statewide, two-week firearm deer season, which ended Dec. 14, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said. This harvest represents a 2percent increase compared with the 36,127 deer killed during the 2012 season. Overall, hunters reported seeing more deer than last year in many parts of the state, but challenging weather reduced the harvest slightly. Region A deer hunters reported 4,179 deer harvested, up 5 percent; the Region B deer harvest increased 2 percent, to 32,763.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
I read your recent editorial on gun violence and wondered why cities like Chicago and Washington were not mentioned ( "Reducing gun deaths," Dec. 10). These locales historically have had draconian gun laws, yet also high levels of gun violence. If the logic in the article was valid, these locations should be the safest in the country, but they are not. The last section discussing the mental health restriction on gun ownership suggests it could prevent a tragedy like the one at Sandy Hook.
NEWS
December 16, 2013
Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Scott Adam Court, 9100 block, Dec. 8. Theft from motor vehicle Braygreen Road, 7800 block, Dec. 7. Forced-entry burglary. Lauren Lane, 14100 block, Dec. 7. Theft. Chapel Cove Drive, 7900 block, Dec. 6. Forced-entry burglary. Spring House Lane, 9300 block, Dec. 6. Theft of motor vehicle parts/accessories.
NEWS
By From staff reports | July 5, 2008
A Gwynn Oak man previously convicted of drug and firearm offenses was found guilty Wednesday of violating his probation and was sentenced by a Baltimore Circuit Court judge to three years in jail. Quentin Benjamin Adams, 19, also faced a charge of failing to comply with the terms of the Gun Registry Act. But that charge was dropped after the probation violation. Adams pleaded guilty in February to illegal drug and firearm possession and was sentenced to three months in jail. He was required to register as a gun offender under a new law which took effect this year.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 14, 1997
Two Westminster brothers, 8 and 14, are awaiting a juvenile hearing after they were arrested on charges of burglary, stealing two rifles and related offenses, police said.The boys were arrested Wednesday afternoon after police were called to Ain't That A Frame, a downtown art gallery and framing shop where a burglary was reported in progress, said Lt. Randy Barnes, a Westminster police spokesman.When police arrived about 3: 15 p.m., they found the boys being held by store employees, who reported seeing the 8-year-old walking from a storage area with a .22-caliber rifle protruding from his pants leg, Barnes said.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
A veteran Baltimore County police officer has been charged with failing to secure a firearm after his 11-year-old son handled his service weapon, firing it into a bedroom door, according to the department. Officer Timothy Kennedy's son grabbed his father's gun he had left on an armoire in his bedroom and discharged the gun into a bedroom door on Oct.11, police said. No one was injured, but Kennedy's wife reported the incident to the department the next day, prompting an investigation.
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