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December 22, 2011
Having been assigned to Precinct 11 in Essex for the last four years until my retirement in November, I am very familiar with the school resource officers at Chesapeake High School who were involved in the use of pepper spray to break up a fight between two students ("How much force is too much?" Dec. 16). Both officers have been at the school for years; they know and care about the kids and work well with the administration. And you can be assured that In the Baltimore County Police Department, every incident like this one is critiqued and evaluated to see if the officers acted properly, whether additional training is needed and whether things should be done differently in the future.
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By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Hours before an employee at an Ulta Beauty store in Annapolis was pepper-sprayed on Friday in a robbery, an employee at another Ulta location in Elkridge was assaulted by two women who attempted to steal items from that store, according to police. Howard County police say a woman entered the store in the 8200 block of Gateway Overlook Drive around 12:10 p.m. Friday and tried to leave with bags of merchandise. When the store manager confronted the suspect, the woman assaulted the manager, police said.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
Three Overlea High School students were taken to a Baltimore County hospital to be evaluated after school resource officers used pepper spray to break up a fight, a county school spokesman said. About 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, two male students started fighting in the cafeteria, said the spokesman, Charles Herndon. Three school officers responded and used the spray, which then affected other students, according to Baltimore County police. Of the 11 students who complained of being affected, most of whom were in a nearby classroom, 10 were taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, Herndon said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
An employee at a cosmetics store in Annapolis was pepper sprayed after trying to confront a suspected shoplifter on Friday, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Two suspects are now being sought in relation to the incident - on shoplifting and second-degree assault charges - and a string of other thefts from other Ulta Beauty stores in the area, police said Sunday. The incident Friday occurred at the Ulta Beauty in the Harbor Center shopping center in the 2500 block of Solomons Island Road, police said.
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By Peter Hermann | December 14, 2011
With all the attention to the ouster of Occupy Baltimore, we've been a bit behind in updating some crime. So here is a wrapup of some of the lastest: No criminal charges will be filed against the Howard County police officers who shot and killed an Elkridge teen in November, county prosecutors said Tuesday. Prosecutors decided that "the actions of the officers in using deadly force were justified," Howard State's Attorney Dario J. Broccolino said in memo sent to police. If only Baltimore prosecutors would publicly defend their decisions in such a manner.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
An employee at a cosmetics store in Annapolis was pepper sprayed after trying to confront a suspected shoplifter on Friday, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Two suspects are now being sought in relation to the incident - on shoplifting and second-degree assault charges - and a string of other thefts from other Ulta Beauty stores in the area, police said Sunday. The incident Friday occurred at the Ulta Beauty in the Harbor Center shopping center in the 2500 block of Solomons Island Road, police said.
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By Nick Shields and Laura Barnhardt and Nick Shields and Laura Barnhardt,Sun Reporters | October 24, 2006
Two teenagers were charged with assault yesterday after a fight that sparked the evacuation of an Owings Mills area high school and sent six students to the hospital when police used pepper spray to quell the brawl, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly before 11:15 a.m., when two officers responded to a fight between the male students, ages 17 and 18, in a second-floor hallway at New Town High School, Baltimore County police said. "Because they could not control the two, they had to resort to pepper spray to get them under control and into custody," said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman.
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By Steve Kilar and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
A school security officer used pepper spray to break up a fight between two students at an Essex high school, causing the school to be evacuated and sending 16 students to the hospital Tuesday morning, officials said. About 11:30 a.m., two students started a fight in the front lobby of Chesapeake High School, in the 1800 block of Turkey Point Road, according to a statement from Baltimore County police. A school resource officer saw two boys fighting as they were leaving lunch and attempted to break up the fight.
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August 8, 1999
A Wal-Mart in Catonsville closed yesterday evening after pepper spray was discharged in the store. Eight customers were treated at the scene for skin and eye irritation.Baltimore County police and fire personnel were called to the store at 6205 Baltimore National Pike about 6: 15 p.m. None of the injured customers sought further medical treatment, police said.Police have no suspects in the incident. The store was expected to reopen today, police said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 6, 1998
A 20-year-old woman was robbed and doused with pepper spray after leaving work Wednesday night in Columbia, authorities said yesterday.About 10: 20 p.m., Howard County police said, the Ellicott City woman was approached on a parking lot in the 5500 block of Sterrett Place by two men dressed in camouflage.One showed a small handgun, police said, and told the woman to "give me the purse." After she did, the other man sprayed her with pepper spray, and the pair fled in an older-model Volkswagen Jetta.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Baltimore County police were called early Saturday to the Torrent Lounge in Towson, which opened Friday, after someone discharged pepper spray inside, causing some patrons to cough and vomit. Officers were called at 12:44 a.m. to the nightclub in the 500 block of York Road for a disturbance. Police said a customer discharged a can of pepper spray inside the club. A medic unit also responded, but police officials said no one was taken to the hospital. Police issued one man a citation for disorderly conduct after he got into a fight with other patrons over who discharged the spray.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
A woman pepper sprayed more than two dozen people after being confronted trying to steal a pair of boots at Arundel Mills Mall Sunday afternoon, Anne Arundel police said. The woman, who police identified as Cierra Bianca Scott, 24, of the 5000 block of Brookwood Rd. in Baltimore, ran with the boots after spraying the pepper spray in the store. She then pulled a knife on a security guard who stopped her outside Off Broadway Shoes in the mall around 3:45 p.m., police said. The security guard took the knife from her, and she sprayed him with the pepper spray, police said.
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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 Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
Baltimore County Police shot a suspect early Sunday morning after officers said the man attempted to strike them with a vehicle as he tried to escape. About 6 a.m., Baltimore County Police received a report of a woman screaming in the 3700 block of Old Milford Mill Road in Windsor Mill. Police said a man was attempting to attack the woman who was walking nearby. Armed with a knife, the man refused to comply with the officers' commands to put down the weapon, police said. Police officers used Tasers, pepper spray and ASP batons in an attempt to subdue the man and take him into custody.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
A man who police said was acting erratically died Friday night in Gaithersburg after he refused officers' orders and was struck with a Taser. Police were called to the 8800 block of Cross County Pl. at about 6:10 p.m. for a report of a 51-year-old man "acting strangely" - standing in a parked pickup truck, yelling, and crawling on other vehicles. Officers who arrived on the scene said he jumped onto an SUV and continued to act strangely, and the officer hit him with pepper spray, police said.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun and By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
Anne Arundel County Fire Department officials said a Freon leak Tuesday morning at the Trader Joe's in Annapolis sent two people to the hospital and caused an evacuation of the store. Two hours later, though, the store in the 100 block of Jennifer Road was deemed safe and was reopened, according to fire officials. The incident was reported at about 10:45 a.m., according to fire department Division Chief Kevin Swindle. He said the first unit on the scene found three people suffering respiratory trouble, attributed to an “irritating odor,” he said.
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By New York Times News Service | June 19, 1995
/TC SAN FRANCISCO -- A type of tear gas made from cayenne peppers is not a benign police tool but a potential killer, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said yesterday in a report on pepper spray.The report said that as of the end of May, 26 people who had been sprayed with the liquid had died in police custody in California. These deaths had occurred since October 1992 when the state's attorney general, Dan Lungren, certified pepper spray for use by law-enforcement officers.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
A woman pepper sprayed more than two dozen people after being confronted trying to steal a pair of boots at Arundel Mills Mall Sunday afternoon, Anne Arundel police said. The woman, who police identified as Cierra Bianca Scott, 24, of the 5000 block of Brookwood Rd. in Baltimore, ran with the boots after spraying the pepper spray in the store. She then pulled a knife on a security guard who stopped her outside Off Broadway Shoes in the mall around 3:45 p.m., police said. The security guard took the knife from her, and she sprayed him with the pepper spray, police said.
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By Carrie Wells and Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Shortly after it was clear the Ravens were headed for the Super Bowl, the massive crowds that had made it to Federal Hill bars poured into the street to celebrate. They jumped up and down, cried, screamed in joy. Strangers hugged strangers, and couples kissed in the middle of the throng. A few people crowd-surfed, and one man climbed into a tree. "Super Bowl, Super Bowl," was the chant. The crowd, estimated in the hundreds, primarily congregated on South Charles Street, outside Mother's Federal Hill Grille and Mad River Bar & Grille.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
The Towson melee that left one person wounded in a shooting and led to seven people being charged came after a charity clothing drive brought a capacity crowd to the Recher Theater. Baltimore County police said today that several fights broke out early Sunday among people who were unable to get into the event. Four were arrested for disorderly conduct or failing to follow a lawful order; three were arrested for assaulting officers. Theater owner Brian Recher said the event, sponsored by fraternity Theta Mu Mu, featured a DJ and a clothing drive to benefit Goodwill.
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