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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
A second officer has been suspended as the Baltimore Police Department investigates a case in which a dog's throat was slit. Officer Thomas Schmidt, a 24-year veteran assigned to the Emergency Services unit, was placed on paid administrative leave after police say he held down a Shar-Pei while a fellow officer, Jeffrey Bolger, slit the dog's throat. Bolger, a Special Operations Section officer hired by the department in 1992, was released on his own recognizance Thursday morning after being charged the night before with aggravated animal cruelty, animal cruelty and malfeasance in office.
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SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Though the Washington Redskins have faced down past legal challenges to their controversial name, the NFL team's defiant battle took a new twist Wednesday against a backdrop of growing political opposition. Efforts to force a change of the Redskins nickname gained momentum when the U.S. Patent Office canceled the team's trademark on its name, terming it "disparaging of Native Americans. " The effect of the 2-1 ruling is symbolic for the time being, because the Redskins can retain their trademark while appealing the decision.
NEWS
Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Annapolis police say an officer used a nasal application of naloxone - a medicine used to reverse the symptoms of a heroin overdose - just minutes after being trained on the substance as part of a departmental program. Police said that on Monday, just 10 minutes after completing naloxone training, Officer Justin Goods responded to the unit block of Amos Garrett Boulevard in Annapolis for a report of a possible heroin overdose. He found a 24-year-old man displaying symptoms that included being unresponsive, not breathing and turning blue.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The Social Security Administration applies inconsistent criteria when deciding whether to close its field offices, and it rarely involves local officials or the public in the process, a Senate committee says in a bipartisan report to be released Wednesday. The Woodlawn-based agency, which serves nearly 57 million beneficiaries, often fails to adequately study the impact that closing an office has on a community and whether people can easily access the next-closest site — factors Social Security says are priorities — the Senate Special Committee on Aging found.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A man who was shot to death by a police officer in Northwest Baltimore on Sunday was holding a "true-to-life replica gun" at the time, police said Tuesday. The officer, identified as Dean McFadden, 44, heard shots and arrived at the 5000 block of Beaufort Ave. to find two men shooting at each other in the street, police said. He got out of his car and shot one of the suspects, Eric Harris, 30, who was taken to a hospital and later died. The other suspect ran away and has not been found.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Car-sharing company Zipcar has expanded quickly in its four years in Baltimore, scaling up from an initial fleet of 27 cars to more than 200 vehicles. The Boston-based company announced Monday the opening of a new office in Harbor East, next to a new on-street city bike corral. The company has more than doubled its workforce to seven employees, said spokeswoman Lindsay Wester, and expanded throughout the city from its beginnings around the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
An Anne Arundel County police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in killing the dog of a Glen Burnie family, whose lawyer said they are disappointed in the outcome. Officer Rodney Price had been canvassing the neighborhood in February as part of a burglary investigation when he encountered Vern, a 4-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, while leaving the Reeves family's yard when no one answered the door. The home on Lombardee Circle was not related to the burglary Price was investigating.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
A patrol officer came upon a shootout between two men on a Northwest Baltimore street Sunday afternoon and fired multiple shots, killing one while the other escaped, police said. The officer, a two-year veteran of the force who was not immediately identified, arrived at the 5000 block of Beaufort Ave. in the Central Park Heights neighborhood around 4 p.m. and saw the two men shooting at each other, Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said. The officer fired multiple shots, hitting one of the men, who was taken to a hospital and later died, Rodriguez said.
BUSINESS
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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