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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Lawyers for a Baltimore police officer said he was legally authorized to kill a shar-pei in June and was acting to protect the unborn child of a woman the dog had bitten — an argument the bite victim said she was shocked to hear. Jeffrey Bolger, a 22-year veteran, is charged with slitting the throat of the dog, named Nala. Bolger is alleged to have killed the dog even though it already had been brought under control with a dog pole. Bolger appeared in court Thursday, and his attorney entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf to two counts of animal mutilation, one of animal cruelty and one of misconduct in office.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
Baltimore's top lawyer said Wednesday that the state's attorney's office has partnered with the city inspector general to investigate allegations that the Mayor's Office of Information Technology paid contractual employees for work they didn't perform. City Solicitor George A. Nilson, who supervises city Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr., confirmed that Baltimore prosecutors are now involved in the probe. "They have been working together," Nilson said. "I do know that the investigation is not 100 percent complete.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Katharine W. Dougherty, a retired University of Maryland, Baltimore County office worker, died Aug. 28 at her Millersville home of chronic myeloid leukemia. She was 77. The daughter of G. Theodore Weis, a Baltimore City psychiatric court clerk, and Gladys D. Weis, who took over her husband's job after his death, the former Katharine Amelia Weis was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. She left Eastern High School in the 11th grade and took a job in the admissions office at the Johns Hopkins University.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Anne Arundel County police have arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery committed by people who claimed to be county police officers. Police said on Aug. 23 at about 10:30 p.m., four people were walking on a path in the area of Kent Road in the Glen Burnie area when they were stopped by two males who claimed to be Anne Arundel County officers. Neither of the suspects displayed items that would portray them as officers, but the suspects did show handguns and demanded property from the victims, according to police.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Fed up with rodents and flooding, about half of the members of Baltimore's law department are leaving their ground-level offices at City Hall for a renovated facility in downtown Baltimore. The $306,000 cost of the renovations was approved Wednesday by the city's Board of Estimates. About 50 law department employees will move from City Hall to two floors on city-owned property at 7 E. Redwood St. "It became an environmental challenge," said City Solicitor George Nilson of the ground-level offices.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Baltimore's spending panel is asked to approve a $40,000 settlement on charges that city officers falsely arrested a man and committed assault and battery against him at his Glen Oaks apartment. Alex Dickson, the plaintiff in the case, received significant injuries to his teeth, nose and ribs after three officers came to his apartment on Aug. 13, 2010 with his girlfriend under the terms of a protective order so she could retrieve some personal items. When the group arrived, Dickson used his body to block Officer James Wilder from crossing the threshold when Wilder grabbed Dickson and placed him under arrest, according to the settlement memo presented to the Board of Estimates.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Baltimore police are investigating whether officers used excessive force in the arrest of a pair of West Baltimore brothers Sunday, the department said. Officers say that one man punched an officer as the two resisted arrest, while witnesses alleged that officers used unnecessary force in detaining the men following a dirt bike crash in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Charles Peters had just crashed his dirt bike into a tree on Laurens Street at about 1 p.m. when police arrived.
FEATURES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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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