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By Scott Dance, Justin Fenton and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy wrote an apology letter to his wife before wrapping a plastic bag around his head Monday and pumping it with helium, killing himself in the basement of his Towson-area home, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation. Along with the letter, he left behind multiple hard drives, computers and servers that police have seized and are scrutinizing, police said. More than 300 of Levy's current and former patients have contacted officers, fearing that they are pictured in images he is accused of secretly capturing, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Wednesday.
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September 27, 2014
Regarding your editorial "Cops and cameras" (Sept. 24), in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., many city councils and police departments across the country are considering or outfitting their officers with body cameras. Requiring officers to wear body cameras makes sense. It will make them think twice before resorting to more aggressive tactics in dealing with citizens during street stops and calls for service. And since some interactions between police and the public may lead to charges of officer misconduct, the video feed may help police department internal affairs investigators, judges and juries make more informed decisions regarding an appropriate disposition.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
R&B singer Mario, the Baltimore-born performer whose struggle with his heroin-addicted mother formed the basis of an MTV documentary, was arrested early Friday after she told police that he struck her and destroyed their Fells Point apartment. The 24-year-old, whose full name is Mario Dewar Barrett, was charged with one count of second-degree assault and released after posting $50,000 bond. An attorney representing the singer called the arrest "an unfortunate incident between a loving son and a mother who continues to struggle with a devastating addiction.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A Middle River man who accused a Baltimore police officer of assault and battery will receive nearly $50,000 in a settlement approved Wednesday by the city's spending panel. Charles Faulkner accused Officer Daniel Hersl of battering his face with a police radio and his fists during an arrest Sept. 1, 2010, in the 1900 block of Wolfe St., according to court records and a settlement memo. The Board of Estimates approved the settlement without discussion, although City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young voted to reject the agreement.
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July 18, 2011
The Harford County Chamber of Commerce recently elected its officers for 2011-12. Steven L. Wiseman, a certified public accountant and vice president of Wiseman Associates, is chairman; Robin Sommer, owner of Images of Sommer, is chair-elect; Brenda Morrison, vice president for marketing, development and community relations at Harford Community College is vice chair of administration; and Paul Balsamo, a certified public accountant and president of...
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2012
Police officers convicted of a crime in Maryland and sentenced to state prison are typically housed in segregated areas for their safety, far from most other inmates. But those prosecuted in U.S. District Court and sent to federal prison - like the 15 Baltimore officers recently convicted in a kickback scheme - will, for the most part, be thrown in with the rest of the convicts. "Whether [inmates are] high profile, law enforcement, whatever the case may be, we aim to treat them like anybody else," said Chris Burke, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
Four Baltimore police officers have been suspended as part of an investigation stemming from the conviction of an officer for conspiring with a drug informant to orchestrate arrests, according to sources with knowledge of the case. Anthony Guglielmi, the agency's chief spokesman, confirmed that the four officers were suspended from the Northwest District, where Richburg had worked in a special plainclothes unit. He declined to identify the officers or say why they were suspended.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Few of the officers assigned to Baltimore County's Woodlawn Precinct ever met Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero, but they all know his story. Every day, they pass pictures of the officer and his family as they walk through the station's halls. One image shows his daughter, Holly, wearing his cap and seated at his desk the day his wife came to clean it out for the last time. Prothero died 13 years ago, shot three times responding to a jewelry store robbery while working a second job as a security guard.
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By Justin Fenton and Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2011
To compensate for the arrest or suspension of more than two dozen officers in an alleged towing company scam, Baltimore Police will pull uniformed officers away from an initiative that contributed to a profound reduction in violent crime in the Southeastern District. A team of mostly rookies hired with stimulus funds last year, which had been used for foot patrols in areas including downtown and a high-crime corridor in the Southeast, will be reassigned to squad cars in the Northeast, where a large number of the implicated city police officers worked.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | August 13, 2013
County Executive Ken Ulman recognized two Maryland Transportation Authority police officers last week for bravery during a stop along I-95 in Howard County that got caught up in a chain-reaction accident. On Nov. 21, 2012, around 10:21 p.m., Cpl. Timothy Morandi and Officer Jonathan Slusar were on duty on I-95 South near the exit for Route 100 when they pulled over a car they suspected was stolen. As the officers questioned the suspect outside the vehicle, an impaired driver ran into their patrol cars.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
Legislation introduced Monday in the City Council would require every Baltimore police officer to wear a body camera within a year. Though the proposal leaves many questions unanswered regarding how evidence from the devices could be used, who would have access to it and, not insignificantly, how the new equipment would be paid for, we think on balance that the benefits of the technology far outweigh the costs both in terms of improving police-community relations...
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By Justin George and Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was charged with second-degree assault and has been suspended from his job after Baltimore police said he threatened to shoot someone during an argument outside a Canton bar on Saturday. Prince George's County Police said patrol officer Michael O'Connell, a three-year veteran, has been suspended with pay. Baltimore police got a missing-person call at 2:44 a.m. to a bar in the 2900 block of O'Donnell St., according to the arrest report.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A group of investors plans to buy commercial real estate services firm Cassidy Turley and combine it with DTZ, creating a global real estate network, Cassidy Turley said Monday. Terms of the deal, expected to close at the end of the year, were not disclosed. The combined firm, which will use the DTZ brand, represents some $2.9 billion in revenue and more than 28,200 total employees, Cassidy Turley said in a statement. The Cassidy Turley brand launched in 2010, roughly two years after four groups, including former Baltimore-based Colliers Pinkard, joined to create a larger real estate network.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Baltimore's spending panel is asked Wednesday to approve about $4,700 in back pay for a city police sergeant who was suspended without pay after allegedly pointing a gun at her 20-year-old son's head. The Board of Estimates will vote whether to pay back salary to Robin Blackmon while she was suspended for about a month in 2013, under an agreement with the Police Department and the union. The board also is asked to provide back pay of about $105,000 to Carlos M. Vila, a former police sergeant accused of secretly recording a conversation with a judge.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A traffic officer has been released from the hospital after being seriously injured by a car near Oriole Park at Camden Yards before Wednesday night's game, Baltimore police said Thursday. The officer, a civilian working in Special Traffic Enforcement for the Department of Transportation, was hospitalized in serious condition after the accident at Howard and Lombard streets around 6:23 p.m. The driver of the car was issued traffic citations, police said. The car had been traveling west on Lombard, and the driver stayed at the scene, police said.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Attorneys for a Baltimore police officer accused of slitting the throat of a shar-pei in June took the rare step Wednesday of writing an outside-the-court letter directly to Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, asking him to drop the case. The attorneys for Officer Jeffrey Bolger argue the case was filed prematurely amid a storm of public criticism and a pre-investigatory rush to react by police and prosecutors, and that information uncovered since clears Bolger of wrongdoing.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Two families who say they are linked through police brutality filed separate lawsuits against the Baltimore Police Department on Monday, alleging that two officers involved in an in-custody death should not have been on duty. Abdul Salaam, 36, says he was beaten in July 2013 after a traffic stop by Officers Nicholas Chapman and Jorge Bernardez-Ruiz and that he never got a response to his complaint filed with internal affairs. Those officers would be implicated less than three weeks later in the death of 44-year-old Tyrone West while he was in police custody.
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November 3, 2011
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Carroll/Howard installed officers for the 2011-2012 year at the Oct. 13 general membership meeting held at the Best Western Westminster Conference Center. Steve Aquino, President of NAIFA-MD installed the officers. Pictured from left, in the front row, is Roger Diehl , Past President, IFAPAC and National Committee Chair; Harvey Tegeler , President and Professional Development Chair; and Karen Palmer , Secretary and Public Relations Chair; and in the back row, Mark Darrell , Board of Director and Sponsorship/Program Chair; Brenda Myers , Board of Director and Community Service Chair; Gillian Lotz , President-Elect and Board of Director; Jim Kelly , Board of Director; Robert Zimmer , Treasurer; and Steve Aquino , Board of Director and Membership Chair.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake criticized the Police Department's handling of a high-profile police brutality investigation on Wednesday, and said she had directed the police commissioner to develop a "comprehensive" plan to address brutality in the agency. Speaking to reporters at City Hall, the mayor said top commanders should have quickly seen a video of an officer repeatedly punching a man, and should have moved immediately to take the officer off the street. "It is outrageous," Rawlings-Blake said of the conduct of the officer shown in the video, whom authorities have identified as Officer Vincent E. Cosom.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Boutique investment firm Hardesty Capital Management moved this month from its longtime home in Mount Vernon to a new office in Hunt Valley, which it said offers more modern conveniences and room to grow, while being closer to its customer base of wealthy Maryland families. The firm has looked to add clients, even as the rising stock market has helped drive its assets under management to more than $900 million, a record for the business. President Chad Meyer, who was hired as chief marketing officer last year, said the 14-person firm is looking to hire more people on the investment side to handle the increased funds, as well as staff that would help bring in business from other parts of Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.
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