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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2000
A 19-year-old honors student convicted of strangling his girlfriend and burying her in a shallow grave because she broke up with him was sentenced in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Adnan Masud Syed maintained his innocence at his sentencing on first-degree murder and kidnapping convictions, even as his attorney asked Judge Wanda K. Heard for mercy when punishing Syed because the killing was "a crime of passion." "He made a bad decision," Syed's attorney, Charles H. Dorsey III, told Heard.
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Staff Reports and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Maryland State Police say they and federal authorities are investigating a 12-year-old boy who allegedly shined a laser light at a state police helicopter on Sunday night near the Carroll and Howard county line. Police said the helicopter, based in Frederick, was returning from a medevac mission when, in the vicinity of MD Route 27 and MD Route 144 near Mount Airy, a green flash illuminated the cockpit of the aircraft. Police said three more flashes, consistent with that of a laser pointer, were detected.
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By Justin Fenton, Tricia Bishop and Nick Madigan and Baltimore Sun reporters | March 9, 2010
At her husband's viewing Friday, Karla Porter, the grieving widow, shook hands and received words of consolation from the mourners. She passed out bookmarks with a wildflower to plant in William "Ray" Porter's memory, and a letter, signed in his name, urging that all of his organs be donated to help others. But between the viewing and the funeral the next day, Baltimore County police descended on Porter's home and the homes of five others, including two of her siblings and a nephew, charging them all with Ray Porter's murder.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
The sharp reduction in violent crime that occurred on Martin O'Malley's watch as mayor of Baltimore is a central theme of the speech he gives as he travels the country and lays the groundwork for a presidential campaign. But ongoing criticism from the city's current mayor could focus attention on an aspect of O'Malley's crime-fighting record he never mentions in New Hampshire or Iowa: A soaring arrest rate during his tenure in Baltimore that angered civil rights groups and locked the city into a yearslong legal dispute.
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August 28, 2014
Police departments in Maryland and across the country are weighing the costs and benefits of using unmanned aerial vehicles as aids in the fight against crime. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the new technology's potential impact on citizens' privacy rights as well as safety concerns related to their sharing airspace with civilian and military aircraft. Those issues will all require careful study before drones can be deployed as a widely available law-enforcement tool.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2012
The number of serious violent crimes not reported to police fell from 50 percent to 42 percent from 1994 to 2010, but in recent years the percentage of crimes unreported because of concerns about police has doubled, according to a study released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  Highlights from the report include:  -Rape and sexual assault continue to be unlikely to be reported to police at a startling rate - 65 percent went unreported...
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Baltimore County police say they are investigating a weekend confrontation between an officer and a man filming an arrest in downtown Towson, footage of which was posted online and spread Tuesday. The 2 minute, 24-second video shows Baltimore County officers and Maryland State Police making an arrest as a crowd around them shouts profanities. Officers approach the person filming, telling him that he is distracting them. When the person filming asks what law he is violating, an officer gets up close and tells him to "shut your [expletive mouth]
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A morning bank robbery and the ensuing search for suspects in the area shut down a stretch of Pratt Street on Friday.  Police said that two men robbed at gunpoint the Hopkins Federal Savings Bank at the corner of East Pratt and South Eaton streets at about 8:30 a.m. No one was reported injured and the suspects fled on foot. Police received a tip that the suspects were inside a nearby apartment building, and officers shut down the area and called in the SWAT team. At 1 p.m., officers were still searching the rooftops of homes on the street with the help of a city fire truck, as the helicopter unit swirled overhead.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Anne Arundel County police said Wednesday evening they had located a high school principal who was sought after relatives expressed concern he hadn't been seen since early Tuesday. Police said in a statement that Marc Procaccini, a Millersville resident and principal at Southern High School in Harwood, had been located and was safe. Police had sought to contact Procaccini, 39, after a relative told officials they hadn't seen nor heard from him since 2 a.m. Tuesday. Anne Arundel County Public Schools School spokesman Bob Mosier had confirmed that Procaccini requested and been granted leave from Southern High, but did not give specifics.
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October 19, 1990
POSSESSION CHARGED TO MAN IN FREETOWNAn Annapolis man was charged with possession of cocaine Wednesday after police said he sold the drug to two undercover detectives in Freetown Village.Roger Harry Scott, 29, of the 1400 block Log Inn Road, was charged with distribution of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia after the 11 p.m.incident.The police said undercover detectives Wayne Vernon and Mike Chandler were riding through Freetown Village when they were flagged down by a man.They parked their car on Wenlow Road, and the man asked what they were looking for.The detectives told the man they wanted a $30 rock of crack cocaine.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Baltimore City Police said they arrested two men Saturday who allegedly attempted to rob teenagers at gunpoint and stole their dirt bikes. Police spokesman Det. Ruganzu Howard said the spouse of a police officer watched as the men held up the teens near the 2700 block Waterview Avenue. The teens ran away and swam across a drainage lake in the Westpoint neighborhood of south Baltimore to escape. Howard said police used a helicopter to help catch the men. Brandon Hall, 27, and Thomas Smothers, 24, were both arrested and charged with armed robbery.
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Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2014
It wasn't long after Ashley Overbey won approval for a $63,000 settlement from Baltimore's government that anonymous critics began their assault against her on the Internet. Commenting on news accounts of the settlement - which ended her lawsuit alleging police brutality - they accused the 27-year-old of initiating her arrest to get a big payout. She responded, defending herself and recounting details of the incident - a move that led the city to withhold $31,500 from Overbey's payout this week.
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Sports Digest | October 9, 2014
Boxing Crews wins Police Athletic League middleweight title Franchon Crews of Baltimore captured the National Police Athletic League middleweight championship Saturday in Oxnard, Calif., winning by technical knockout in the second round against former Baltimorean Danielle Mitchell , now of North Hollywood, Calif. In the 165-pound semifinals, Crews won by TKO over Kira De Morales of San Pedro, Calif. Next, Crews will help her husband and training partner, Glenn Dezurn of Baltimore, prepare for his fifth professional fight, set for Oct. 24 in Somerset, N.J. Colleges Cirovski suspended for violating Big Ten sportsmanship policy Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski was suspended one game Wednesday by the Big Ten Conference for violations of the conference's sportsmanship policy after the team's 3-2 overtime loss to Northwestern on Sunday.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Baltimore County police continue to search for a 24-year-old man who they believe shot his girlfriend's ex-husband with a BB gun at Hereford High School in Parkton Wednesday night. Police on Thursday morning said they have an arrest warrant for the suspect, Ernesto Alexander Piche, of the 19900 block of Gunpowder Road in Manchester. The victim had gone to the school to see his son, where he and Piche got into an argument in the parking lot next to some athletic fields, police said.
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By Mark Puente and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Although Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review allegations of brutality in the Police Department, some civic leaders called Thursday for a more far-reaching — and hard-hitting — federal investigation. Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the NAACP's Baltimore branch, said the police force needs more than the "collaborative review" that city and federal leaders have agreed upon. If city leaders care about improving the department's relationship with residents, the probe "should be a civil rights investigation," she said.
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By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Andy Joyce drove his tow truck just after midnight to a West Baltimore service call, where he met a mother and small child waiting with their disabled vehicle. It was Nov. 1, 2010, and the 23-year-old had only worked a few weeks for Gordon Kelly's Quick Response towing company. It was the end of his shift. The mother and child got a ride from someone as Joyce lowered his truck's bed to tow the Dodge Durango near Mosher Street and Druid Hill Avenue. About two hours later, a passerby noticed the truck's door open, engine running, and Joyce slumped inside.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Baltmore police released the names of two men killed during the weekend. Enoch Richardson, 36, was shot in the head at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at 4230 Berger Ave. in the Frankford neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, police said. Another man was shot in the hand. Michael Kirksey Jr., 30, was shot in the head shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday at 100 N. Gilmor St. in the Franklin Square neighborhood of West Baltimore, police said. Police had no suspects in either shooting. matthew.brown@baltsun.com twitter.com/matthewhaybrown
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October 8, 2014
Where are the cameras? We know bad cops exist. We know their actions have cost this city millions in court costs and degraded the police department's public image. Message received (" Call in the feds ," Oct. 6). Our leaders have abandoned the search for a solution that is already on the table: "CopCams. " The mayor and police chief are "reviewing" the idea, but what's to review? Many of us own smartphones with video. A quick trip to the Internet reveals helmet cameras and a full array of other video tools.
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Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A U.S. Department of Justice official promised Wednesday that his agency's months-long investigation of police brutality in Baltimore would be a "candid" assessment, and federal lawmakers threw their support behind the probe. Ronald L. Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, said he met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts in Arkansas on Wednesday at a U.S. Conference of Mayors event focused on police misconduct.
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