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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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By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
When Spencer and Katie Perry moved into their four-bedroom Colonial home in Ellicott City this year, they finally had the space they wanted for a home office. But there was one problem: the only furniture they had for the room was a folding plastic table Spencer had bought in college, a television and TV stand, and a large leather office chair. They had no art for the walls, no cabinets for their papers and no way to control the tangle of computer cords that were playthings for their kitten, Gadget.
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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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August 28, 2014
Police departments in Maryland and across the country are weighing the costs and benefits of using unmanned aerial vehicles as aids in the fight against crime. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the new technology's potential impact on citizens' privacy rights as well as safety concerns related to their sharing airspace with civilian and military aircraft. Those issues will all require careful study before drones can be deployed as a widely available law-enforcement tool.
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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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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 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.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Baltimore County police identified a man who was shot by officers in Windsor Mill on Sunday after he allegedly assaulted a woman and attempted to run officers down with his car. Police charged 29-year-old Elisha Rayfield Pridgeon with attempted first-degree murder and related charges in the confrontation early Sunday. Officers who were called to the 3700 block of Old Milford Mill Road on a report of a man assaulting a woman used Tasers and batons to subdue Pridgeon, but said they didn't work.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
A new state audit says Maryland's public defender's office is failing to properly document whether its clients are poor enough to need its help. The periodic review by the state's Office of Legislative Audits, released Thursday, also found the office is struggling with cost overruns and heavy workloads for attorneys, and needs to do more to put resources where they are most needed. Those findings and questions about client screenings have been raised in previous audits. The state Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation to poor people charged with crimes.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Johns Hopkins University will host a former North Korean detainee, the hiker whose accident was adapted into the movie "127 Hours," and actors from "Breaking Bad" and "The Office," among several other speakers this fall. The university's annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium will feature journalist Laura Ling, who was detained in North Korea in 2009; former National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon; hiker Aron Ralston; RJ Mitte, who played Flynn on "Breaking Bad"; and B.J. Novak, who played Ryan on "The Office.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Baltimore County police continue to look for the suspect in a Lansdowne stabbing, along with his missing girlfriend. Police said Rony Leonel Deleon, 28, is wanted in a stabbing at a home in the 3000 block of Bero Road in Lansdowne on Wednesday. Police are also searching for Deleon's girlfriend, Damaris Noemi Chavez-Calderon, 24. Police said they want to confirm that she is unharmed but it is unclear if the two are together. Chavez-Calderon is Hispanic, 5'5" and 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
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August 27, 2014
What if it turns out that Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo. police officer, acted in self-defense and is exonerated ( "The $1,070 message," Aug. 26)? What would you say about his behavior then? The donation issue aside, The Sun appears to have already condemned Mr. Wilson. Your comment is irresponsible and divisive. If Officer Wilson's actions are proven lawful, The Sun and many others will be left with a lot of egg on your faces. Lenny Stetz, Parkville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Cpl. Kam Cooke | August 26, 2014
African American Officers of the Anne Arundel County Police Department were shocked and taken back by the donation to the defense fund for Officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, Mo., by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 Board of Directors. While we appreciate the support that the union offers to officers in need, there comes a time where leaders must take a step back and look at the totality of their decisions. This decision appeared to lack any regard for the many men and women of color, and even others with regard to the topic of Ferguson, Mo. The fact is that no criminal charges have been filed, and the facts of the case have not been fully released.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
One of the first traits police recruiters ought to look for in their candidates is empathy. After all, at the heart of law enforcement is understanding the behavior of human beings and without some insight into what motivates their actions - for good or ill - it would be impossible to gain their trust or anticipate their conflicts, let alone protect and serve them. That's one of the reasons it's so disappointing to read that the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 which represents police officers in Anne Arundel County, has chosen to donate $1,070 to an online defense fund for Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, an incident that has drawn national attention and continues to stir rioting and protests in that St. Louis suburb.
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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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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.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
A group of African-American police officers in Anne Arundel County said Monday they were "shocked" by their union's donation to a white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. In a letter to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, which represents Anne Arundel's rank-and-file police, the officers blasted the decision to donate to a fund for Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Mo., police department. "While we appreciate the support that the union offers to officers in need, there comes a time where leaders must take a step back and look at the totality of their decisions," wrote Cpl. Kam Cooke, a bike patrol officer and acting president of Anne Arundel's Black Police Officers Association.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis has criticized his officers' union for making a donation in support of a Missouri police officer who fatally shot a teenager. The Anne Arundel County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, which represents the county's rank-and-file officers, donated $1,070 this week to an online campaign supporting Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The shooting has sparked a series of protests and unrest in the suburb of St. Louis.
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