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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Big Brother is watching you — through your smart meter? One complaint about the technology, as electric and gas utilities roll it out here and across the country, is that it offers another way for government agencies — or hackers — to snoop on us. The American Civil Liberties Union notes that at least some utilities have turned over customer data after legal demands. San Diego Gas & Electric, required by California regulators to report annually on privacy issues, said it disclosed 3,056 customers' records last year, some of which could have included "energy usage data of varying granularities.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
A case focusing national attention on the use of deadly force by off-duty law enforcement ended Wednesday when a New Jersey detective was acquitted of murder in a fatal roadside shooting last year along Route 3 in Millersville. It took an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury about six hours to find Joseph Lamont Walker not guilty on charges of first- and second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and handgun violations in the death in June 2013 of Lansdowne resident Joseph Dale Harvey Jr. "The jury was able to see this for what it was — a father who was forced to defend his family, including his wife and his children, who were under attack on the side of the road," said defense attorney Charles N. Curlett Jr. "The prosecution's theory of the case that this was an act of murder ... is simply wrong.
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July 16, 2014
I applaud Rep. Andy Harris for his press release expressing disagreement with using a military facility in Westminster to house illegal immigrant children ( "Harris opposes Carroll County immigrant shelter," July 11). In Carroll County there is no room for illegal aliens, and they are not welcome. There should be no room for illegal aliens in the state of Maryland. Illegal aliens take jobs from American citizens and tax our public schools, public health system, hospitals and law enforcement.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Law enforcement agencies across Maryland are no longer required to collect and report the race of drivers in traffic stops to the state because legislators didn't notice a 3-year-old law expiring. Police, sheriff's departments and other similar agencies also no longer have to provide the state with information about their SWAT deployments as another expiring law had stipulated. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland decried the lapses, especially the lifting of the requirement to track traffic stops by race.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
As many prepare for Fourth of July cookouts or head to the Shore, law enforcement agencies across the state are beefing up patrols - to monitor large crowds at fireworks celebrations and ramp up DUI enforcement. Officers plan to be out in force on Friday at the Inner Harbor, where crowds congregate for fireworks, and throughout the region in what police say is one of their busiest days of the year. "We're working really hard to ensure that this is the best Fourth of July celebration that we've had in the history of Baltimore," said Col. Darryl DeSousa, the city's chief of patrol.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Police officials marked the formal grand opening Friday of the Howard County Police Museum. The museum, located inside the Howard County Welcome Center on Main Street in Ellicott City, includes exhibits on fallen officers, vintage uniforms, past chiefs of police and antique weapons. "We need to capture the history of this agency," said Howard County Police Chief William McMahon, who is retiring from the top job next week. Retired Howard County Sergeant Larry Corum, who was heavily involved in the project, said the museum shows how far the department has come over the course of its 61-year history.
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By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
M&T Bank has been ordered to forfeit $560,000 in drug proceeds laundered through its Perry Hall branch. The forfeiture was ordered by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar in the wake of a case in which a teller at that branch collaborated with a member of a drug-trafficking organization in Maryland to convert small-denomination bills into $100 bills without filing required currency transactions reports. Federal law requires transactions involving more than $10,000 to be reported and filed with the Internal Revenue Service, which did not occur.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
A Severna Park man was arrested Sunday after police allege that he impersonated a law enforcement officer after being stopped in a Taco Bell drive-through lane. Police had expected the man was intoxicated. Robert Knickerbocker, 47, of the 100 block of Cedar Road, faces driving while intoxicated and police impersonation charges, and was issued five traffic citations, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Responding to a call in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway at around 2 a.m., officers saw the driver of a Mercedes 300D repeatedly sounding the horn of his vehicle.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
About eight years ago, a local business executive asked Colt Bracken, a Baltimore County police detective, if he'd be interested in working a second job as a personal driver. Bracken jumped at the opportunity and since then has turned the venture - mainly through word of mouth - into a growing business, he said. His company, Security Dawgs, now employs more than a dozen off-duty and retired law enforcement officers from around the region as part-time drivers and to provide security.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
The daily parking garage at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was closed Wednesday night and may remain closed Thursday after an undisclosed incident Wednesday night. BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean said Maryland Transportation Authority police are investigating an incident that occurred between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Wednesday at the garage. He declined to elaborate on the incident. Dean said the garage was temporarily closed, but that passenger traffic at the airport was not impacted.
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