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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2013
In the years Officer Gary Hatch has patrolled the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, he's been kicked in the shins and pushed and has engaged in a fistfight that bloodied his nose. It's a record he laments. "I was involved in, like, six or seven really good fights last year," said Hatch, vice chairman of the U.S. Park Police Fraternal Order of Police. "I tased a guy twice. " Violence against Park Police, rangers and other employees at national parks, forests and wildlife refuges is on the rise, according to a group that represents federal workers . Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility found a 43 percent jump in violent incidents against Park Police in 2012.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
A man fatally shot by police in Morrell Park last week refused orders to drop a .357-caliber revolver, according to court records, telling officers, "You're going to have to shoot me. " The man, 22-year-old Bernard Lofton of Parkville, was shot by officers who had been called to the 1800 block of Spence St. for a report that two men wearing police tactical vests had entered an apartment. Homicide detectives continue to investigate the shooting, and the officers are on routine suspension with pay. The account is contained within charging documents for 30-year-old Brandon Smith, of Owings Mills, who police say was with Lofton and was found hiding in the apartment's bathroom after the shooting.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 29, 2002
GREENBELT - A federal grand jury indicted a Silver Spring woman yesterday on murder charges in the death of a U.S. Park Police officer who was struck and killed Aug. 10 at the scene of an earlier fatal accident on Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Jovada P. Welch, 20, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and related traffic offenses, including driving under the influence. She was charged in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt because the victim, Hakim Farthing, was a federal officer and the incident occurred on federal land.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
A man was robbed at knifepoint in Brooklyn Park Sunday afternoon, according to Anne Arundel County Police. A 56-year-old man was walking home from a grocery store in the 5300 block of Brookwood Road around 1:42 p.m. when a man ran up to him, waved a knife and demanded his wallet, police said. The robber fled the scene after the victim handed him the wallet. Officers arrested Elisha Jamal Ransome, 18, of the 2900 block of Crystal Palace Lane after canvassing the area for a suspect.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2000
A 24-year Takoma Park police department veteran admitted yesterday to helping cover up unprovoked attacks, one involving a Prince George's County police dog, on two homeless burglary suspects. Sgt. Dennis Bonn pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to being an accessory after the fact in the 1995 incident. Bonn, who retired from the police force Nov. 1, also agreed to cooperate with related federal civil rights prosecutions. Two Prince George's County officers and a former Takoma Park officer face charges in the case.
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By Jim Haner and Jim Haner,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1995
Convictions in more than 600 cases involving everything from drunken driving to murder are at risk because a flawed county law left police with no arrest power, a Prince George's County defense attorney charges.The claim by Suitland lawyer G. Richard Collins is now under review by a district court judge."Any jurisdiction that made the same mistake that was made here in P.G. County would have the same problem," Mr. Collins said. "You could have lawyers asking for all kinds of convictions to be overturned."
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By Jim Haner and Jim Haner,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1995
Convictions in more than 600 cases involving everything from drunken driving to murder are at risk because a flawed county law left police with no arrest power, a Prince George's County defense attorney charges.The claim by Suitland lawyer G. Richard Collins now is under review by a District Court judge."Any jurisdiction that made the same mistake that was made here in PG County would have the same problem," Mr. Collins said. "You could have lawyers asking for all kinds of convictions to be overturned."
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By New York Times News Service | August 1, 1993
WASHINGTON -- FBI agents interviewed White House staff members Thursday afternoon about a delay in the handling of a torn-up note written by Vincent W. Foster Jr., the White House aide who was found dead July 20, a Justice Department spokesman said yesterday.The FBI lent some agents to the U.S. Park Police to try to learn why the note, found Monday in Mr. Foster's briefcase by a colleague, was not given to the Park Police until Tuesday night, said Carl Stern, the spokesman.The Park Police are investigating the circumstances of Mr. Foster's death from a gunshot wound in a roadside park in suburban Virginia.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 27, 1996
MARYLAND CITY -- A driver was killed yesterday when a vehicle left the northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Route 198, entered the median strip, struck a bridge abutment and burst into flames, U.S. Park Police in Washington reported.Park Police said the driver, whose body was severely burned, was transported by an Anne Arundel County ambulance to Laurel Regional Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival shortly after the accident at 10 a.m.It was not immediately known if the victim was male or female.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1996
U.S. Park Police yesterday released the names of three young Washington women whose bodies were found at the edge of a wildlife refuge near Laurel, but continued to be tight-lipped about possible motives or suspects in the killings.The bodies of Tamika Black, 19, of Northwest Washington; Tanji Jackson, 21, of Northeast Washington; and Mishonn Chinn, 23, of Southeast Washington, were found about 4:30 a.m. Saturday by a motorist in a public road next to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, a 13,000-acre tract in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
A Virginia rock climber was arrested on Jan. 8 after police accused him of killing a friend by striking him in the head with a claw hammer at a Maryland park in late December. David DiPaolo, 31, of Bristow, Va. faces a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of Geoffrey Farrar, 69, of Arlington, Va. U.S. Park Police said Farrar was found suffering major head trauma at around 2 p.m. Dec. 28 near a Potomac River tributary at the base of a rock face at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park in Bethesda.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2013
In the years Officer Gary Hatch has patrolled the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, he's been kicked in the shins and pushed and has engaged in a fistfight that bloodied his nose. It's a record he laments. "I was involved in, like, six or seven really good fights last year," said Hatch, vice chairman of the U.S. Park Police Fraternal Order of Police. "I tased a guy twice. " Violence against Park Police, rangers and other employees at national parks, forests and wildlife refuges is on the rise, according to a group that represents federal workers . Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility found a 43 percent jump in violent incidents against Park Police in 2012.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
The National Park Service has announced that it no longer needs to furlough U.S. Park Police. The announcement came after Park Police officers — who patrol the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and several sites in Maryland — had served three of 14 planned furlough days. The National Park Service said savings from those three unpaid days off, combined with other cost-cutting measures and a thorough review of the budget, have "significantly improved" the agency's financial situation and made it possible to end the furloughs for the rest of the fiscal year.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Baltimore police seized three assault rifles and more than 7,000 rounds of ammunition in a drug raid on an East Baltimore house just north of Patterson Park. Francisco G. Milos, 29, reportedly told officers he had the weapons because he was "preparing for the war," according to charging documents. When one of the arresting officers, Sgt. Lennardo Bailey, asked him who was going to be part of the war, Milos did not reply, police say. The search warrant was executed on the home in the 100 block of N. Kenwood Ave. in the Baltimore-Linwood neighborhood at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the result of an investigation that included undercover purchases of marijuana from the location, police said.
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By Kevin Rector and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
One man was killed and two were injured in three separate shootings in Baltimore on Sunday, according to city police. Officers responded about 3:38 p.m. to the 3000 block of Wolcott Avenue for a report of a shooting and found a man with at least one gunshot wound to the upper body, said Detective Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman. The man was transported to an area hospital, where he died, Silbert said. Police had not released the man's name as of late Sunday. An investigation led police to believe the shooting occurred in the 3900 block of Woodhaven Avenue, on the edge of the Forest Park neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
A Hagerstown toddler is expected to recover from a gunshot wound to the chest suffered when a handgun he found in a parking lot discharged, family members said. Police said the 3-year-old boy, who was not identified, was playing with his 7-year-old sister Friday morning in a parking lot on West Franklin Street in Hagerstown when they found the gun, a .22-caliber Beretta, in the weeds. The gun fired and the young girl ran to alert her parents, police said. The boy was taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, police said, adding that the extent of his injuries were not known.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Jackie Powder and Laura Barnhardt and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2002
Two teen-agers died in a fiery car crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway early yesterday after being chased for five miles by U.S. Park Police, authorities said. A 17-year-old passenger in the Dodge Neon survived the accident near Route 32, where the car sped out of control and hit a tree before igniting, police said. The crash closed the northbound lanes of the parkway between Routes 198 and 32 for five hours. The pursuit began about 3 a.m. near the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, police officials said.
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By Katherine Richards and Gregory P. Kane and Katherine Richards and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writers | October 26, 1994
Three juvenile offenders who escaped from the District of Columbia's Oak Hill/Forest Haven youth detention complex near Laurel yesterday afternoon were recaptured within two hours, U.S. Park Police said, though another remained at large.It is unclear why the youths, whom Park Police said were from Oak Hill, the maximum-security part of the facility, were able to walk away from Forest Haven, which is minimum-security.U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., criticized district officials for not acting in accordance with an early warning agreement to notify community officials about escapes.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
An Anne Arundel County police surveillance team has charged two men with drug possession in a Brooklyn Park neighborhood. Kevin Charles Brown, 32, of the 6000 block of Amberwood Court in the city's Frankford neighborhood, faces two counts of heroin possession and one count of intent to distribute. Dale Charles Edge, 30, of the 100 block of Lincoln Ave. in Glen Burnie, was charged with possession of heroin. Officers, responding to numerous residents' complaints of drug activity, set up surveillance Tuesday in the area near First Avenue and Ritchie Highway.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
A person was fatally shot Wednesday night in the 4700 block of Windsor Mill Road, in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, police said. Police were notified of the shooting at 9:05 p.m. No other information, including the sex or age of the victim, was immediately available from police. steve.kilar@baltsun.com twitter.com/stevekilar
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