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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2011
Baltimore police are investigating an unarmed robbery in which the victim said his attackers were impersonating police officers - at least the fifth such incident in recent months. Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said police do not believe a single group of people is committing the similar crimes, which have taken place across the city. He referred to the latest attack as a "copycat" incident, though he stressed that residents should be alert and report suspicious activity.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
As the murder trial of a man Baltimore police labeled "Public Enemy No. 1" started this week, a prosecutor added a new twist to the case: Ramon Rodriguez was murdered, she said, because his killer had discovered he was helping police with an investigation. When authorities named Capone Chase as their most-wanted fugitive in July 2013, they made no mention that his victim was a police informant. They focused instead on the brutal details of the crime: The 21-year-old Rodriguez on his knees, shot through the head at a Greektown playground.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
A mother and two infants escaped without injury after a tree fell on a building in Greektown late Saturday night, a city fire spokesman said. Firefighters responded to the 5100 block of Fait Avenue just after 11:15 p.m., said Chief Kevin Cartwright. The family was staying at a neighbor's house, he said. liz.kay@baltsun.com
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
The Southeastern District was clobbered with robberies for the week ending Aug. 23, Police Department statistics show - part of a wave that saw 83 robberies across the city. That was a 17 percent increase over the previous week. Canton alone saw seven robberies, comprising four incidents. Three people were robbed in Fells Point, while two robberies each were reported in Greektown, Highlandtown, Butcher's Hill, and the Patterson Park Neighborhood. Downtown also saw six robberies, while the Northeastern District experienced 13. The Southwestern District saw the fewest, with three robberies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2009
Less accessible to tourists than Little Italy, Greektown has experienced more ups and downs but has been steadily resurgent of late, and even with the arrival of places like the Habanero Grill, it still feels like a family affair here. After more than 20 years, the Acropolis remains something of the eternal middle child in the neighborhood. It might never attain the elder status of an Ikaros, the Greek restaurant that most defines Greektown to outsiders. But neither was it ever a bargain-dining find like Samos or a foodie darling like Zorba's, two of its younger neighbors.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
An elderly Greektown woman was attacked Friday night by a pit bull, whose owner has surrendered the dog to animal control officials. A year-old pit bull named Blue, owned by Henrietta Rouzer of the 700 block of Ponca St., bit the woman, who was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to city officials, who did not have information about the woman's condition Sunday. The dog is being kept at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, said Brian Schleter, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Health Department, which oversees the Bureau of Animal Control.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
A man was fatally shot in Baltimore's Greektown neighborhood on Saturday night, said police, who have an arrest warrant for a suspect. The man, identified as Ramon Rodriguez, 21, was shot near the intersection of Gough Street and South Lehigh Street, a location adjacent to a playground. "All parties involved in this incident knew each other," Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, wrote in an email. "This homicide is not believed to [have been] retaliatory or related to the recent levels of violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2010
I get it, I get it. I get why people have been telling me for years about Zorba's, occasionally expressing bafflement, bordering on anger, that I'd never been. Zorba's turned out to be just my kind of place, but it wasn't what I was expecting. The full name of this Greektown favorite is Zorba's Bar & Grill, and the first floor behaves as much like a neighborhood bar as it does a restaurant. It's typical Baltimore nondescript: a bar up front, tables grouped in the back, but with one outstanding feature — the clear glass at the back with a view into the kitchen, where Zorba's signature rotisseries are spinning over charcoal flames.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
In Greek, "Yasou" means "health to you. " It's used as a greeting and a toast, like "Cheers!" At Yasou Greek Bistro, there's plenty of reason to toast. With simple, nicely cooked takes on Greek specialties and friendly service, the busy Hunt Valley restaurant is a good choice for diners in search of top-notch Greek food without the drive to Greektown. Yasou occupies a small space in a shopping center on York Road, where Cockeysville meets Hunt Valley. Inside, clean white paint and shiny tables give the year-old restaurant a brand-new feeling.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
A two-alarm fire in Greektown damaged six row homes and displaced as many as a dozen people Tuesday afternoon, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department. Medics checked out a few residents while firefighters fought the blaze from the roof, but the department said no one was seriously injured. The fire started just after 2 p.m. in the 600 block of Oldham St., department spokesman Ian Brennan said. Investigators have not yet released a cause or damage estimates. Responding firefighters upgraded the fire to a second alarm within 10 minutes of arriving and closed off the block for most of Tuesday afternoon.
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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | August 28, 2014
Baltimore City elicits genuine pride from its residents. Every neighborhood is unique, and generations of families have stayed here because they were not willing to give up on this great city. After decades of population decline, Baltimore is finally growing again. We did not get here by accident, nor did we get here by thinking small. I am determined to grow Baltimore by continuing to build projects that will sustain Baltimore well into the future. Thousands of local jobs are being created through projects like the recently opened Horseshoe Baltimore Casino.
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December 19, 2013
For what reason is Highlandtown now called Canton? I live in Harford County now but grew up in Highlandtown near Haussner's restaurant and Eastern Avenue. I went to school at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Highlandtown. Highlandtown was in the higher elevation in Baltimore with boundaries that included Hudson Street and Fait Street up to Dean Street and the underpass next to Greektown and from Pratt and Baltimore Streets to Patterson Park Avenue and around the park. Canton was always further south down to Boston Street and the water.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
A two-alarm fire in Greektown damaged six row homes and displaced as many as a dozen people Tuesday afternoon, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department. Medics checked out a few residents while firefighters fought the blaze from the roof, but the department said no one was seriously injured. The fire started just after 2 p.m. in the 600 block of Oldham St., department spokesman Ian Brennan said. Investigators have not yet released a cause or damage estimates. Responding firefighters upgraded the fire to a second alarm within 10 minutes of arriving and closed off the block for most of Tuesday afternoon.
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By Justin George and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
A 19-year-old man suspected of killing another man at a playground in Greektown this month was captured early Thursday. Capone Chase, whom Baltimore police had publicized as the city's "Public Enemy No. 1," was arrested without incident about 4:45 a.m. in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in the city's Upton neighborhood, police said. According to an arrest warrant, Chase and another man lured 21-year-old Ramon Rodriguez to the 4600 block of Gough St. in Greektown on July 13, then made him kneel and empty his pockets before fatally shooting him. "We highlighted him because he was responsible for a cold-blooded, calculated murder in the middle of a playground used by children," police spokesman Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk said.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
A local playground in Greektown, a safe place for neighborhood children to have fun and play with others and a place for parents to enjoy the company of other neighborhood parents, has become a murder site ("Police seek suspect in Greektown fatal shooting," July 15). The senseless killing in Baltimore has come to a small playground where just a few weeks ago the neighborhood members were engaged in a neighborhood event painting flower pots, planting flowers and distributing them to neighbors on the 300 block of South Lehigh Street.
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Dan Rodricks | July 17, 2013
It was so hot the petals of the plastic flower someone left on the spot where Ramon Rodriguez fell had melted on the playground at the end of South Lehigh Street. The petals had been scattered on the spot, and by Wednesday afternoon they appeared as red and white smears in the searing July sun. The candles had melted, too. Wax from some of the 50 votive candles his friends and relatives had placed outside the playground swirled into white and red puddles on the sidewalk. A bench next to the chain-link fence that surrounds the playground had become another of those horribly familiar memorials people in the city create after a killing.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2010
A 22-year-old woman was injured early Saturday after a vehicle fleeing police drove onto the sidewalk after the second night of the Greek folk festival, police said. Police were called to the 4800 block of Eastern Ave. about 2 a.m. after a woman said a man who made a lewd comment at her pulled out a handgun and pointed it at her and her boyfriend, according to an incident report. As witnesses notified security for the Greek Folk Festival, the man and three others fled in a 1999 BMW. With the 500 block of S. Ponca St. closed to traffic because of the festival, the car veered onto the sidewalk and up a ramp in front of St. Nicholas Church.
NEWS
June 15, 2011
Please allow me to clarify People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' position on pit bulls in light of Sal Grifasi's letter to the editor ("When pit bulls have more rights than humans," June 12). PETA supports measures that protect both pit bulls and humans, including bans on breeding or acquiring new pit bulls (provided that such laws grandfather-in registered, well-cared for, spayed and neutereddogs) and strict regulations on the keeping of pit bulls. Such laws would only have a serious impact on people who are exploiting pit bulls.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
A man was fatally shot in Baltimore's Greektown neighborhood on Saturday night, said police, who have an arrest warrant for a suspect. The man, identified as Ramon Rodriguez, 21, was shot near the intersection of Gough Street and South Lehigh Street, a location adjacent to a playground. "All parties involved in this incident knew each other," Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, wrote in an email. "This homicide is not believed to [have been] retaliatory or related to the recent levels of violence.
HEALTH
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
A large section of brick facade fell off a National Institutes of Health research facility on the Southeast Baltimore campus of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, reviving concerns about a building that opened two years late because of other problems. The incident, in which no one was injured, also has raised questions about safety in a city with many large buildings - but no laws requiring their exterior walls to be inspected as they age. Experts say such problems are relatively rare, but could become more common as building standards change.
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