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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
As the Howard County trial of a man accused of shooting a police officer began Tuesday, federal authorities also waded into the case by filing a gun charge against the defendant. State authorities are seeking to prove Stephon Prather, 30, exchanged gunfire with police in October wounding officer Steven Houk. Prather, who police said opened fire without warning, was on the loose overnight after the shooting but was eventually arrested near the scene on Route 1. Prather was himself hurt and was walking with sticks serving as makeshift crutches when police found him, according to court documents.
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Tim Wheeler | July 14, 2014
Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington Monday after they blocked entrances to the federal commission reviewing a proposed natural gas export terminal and liquefaction plant in Southern Maryland. Protesters opposed to exporting liquefied natural gas through Cove Point in Lusby sat down in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 's headquarters. Some held signs, including one calling the agency the "Fracking Expansion Rubberstamp Commission" and another warning that the project was "risky business.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
An employee at the Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inappropriately stored thousands of documents - including some that contained Social Security data - according to testimony from an inspector general to be made public on Monday. About 8,000 documents, including claims folders, unprocessed mail and Social Security information of dead or incarcerated veterans were stored in an employee's office for "an extensive period of time," according to testimony from Linda A. Halliday, an assistant inspector general, that was reviewed by The Baltimore Sun. The incident is one of several examples included in a scathing assessment of the department that Halliday will offer in a hearing Monday before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
Ravens starting cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Saturday night after an incident at The Greene Turtle in Towson, according to Baltimore County police. Police said Smith, 25, was cited for failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer. Ravens team officials are aware of the incident involving Smith. "We're gathering information about this," Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne said.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
— The father of the American teen who was allegedly beaten by Israeli police last week has filed a formal complaint against authorities there, advocates said Tuesday, and relatives in Maryland demanded that he be allowed to return to the United States. Fifteen-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir was visiting family in East Jerusalem when a cousin was abducted and burned to death last Wednesday. The killing came in apparent retaliation for the abduction and deaths of three Israeli teens last month.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
A Baltimore City schools police officer pleaded guilty Monday to drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court, and faces no less than five years in prison. Napoleon McLain Jr., 31, a four-year veteran whose father was a longtime Baltimore Police homicide detective, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and drug possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. According to his plea agreement, McLain sold cocaine to a confidential source, who was working with authorities, on four occasions between December 2012 and August 2013.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
Management at the Baltimore jail held "town hall meetings" with Black Guerrilla Family gang members to get tips on how to better operate the institution, a former corrections officer told the FBI as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. The allegation, contained in recently filed court documents, is the latest portrayal of the gang's extensive influence at the jail before federal authorities stepped in last year. Since then, 14 corrections officers and 10 gang members have pleaded guilty.
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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.
NEWS
July 2, 2014
Increasingly concerned about incidents involving the Baltimore police, I read the article concerning the review board and its lack of authority ( "Civilian police review board floundering," June 30). I would not want the police to think nobody cares or is watching or think that its business as usual when officers go looking for trouble and get no real discipline. Two men in Northwood say they have been stopped and beaten by the same two cops and now have joined in a civil suit.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
A year after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pledged to reinvigorate the city's civilian police review board, panel members say nothing much has changed. That's hardly surprising. The board still lacks the power to investigate citizens' complaints of police misconduct in a timely fashion, and its recommendations are routinely ignored by the department. A panel so toothless that even its own members publicly wonder whether their efforts are a complete waste of time obviously isn't accomplishing its mission as a mediator of police-community relations.
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