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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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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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By Peter Hermann and Young Chang and Peter Hermann and Young Chang,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1999
The body of a young woman found Tuesday buried in a shallow grave in Baltimore's Leakin Park was identified yesterday as an 18-year-old Woodlawn Senior High School student who disappeared nearly four weeks ago. Hae Min Lee was last seen Jan. 13 driving away from the Baltimore County school in a gray 1998 Nissan Sentra, on her way to get her 6-year-old niece and go to work at a LensCrafters store. "We thought she would come back," said her uncle Tae Soo Kim. Baltimore police said a man out walking found the grave, which was about 100 feet off Franklintown Road in the secluded West Baltimore park -- about a mile from Woodlawn High.
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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 Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2000
An 18-year-old Baltimore County man was convicted yesterday of killing his former girlfriend, a Woodlawn High School student, and burying her in a shallow grave because she broke up with him. After a six-week trial, the jury deliberated only two hours before finding Adnan Masud Syed guilty of strangling Hae Min Lee, 18. Syed sat calmly after the verdict was read, resting his arm on the back of his attorney's chair. Then he turned to his distraught family and friends, many wearing traditional Muslim head scarves, and told them not to worry.
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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 Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
The Essex man killed Sunday in Northwest Baltimore's Forest Park neighborhood may have been involved in an illicit drug deal, police said. Richard Erdek, 33, of Valley Orb Court, was found at 3:38 p.m. in an alley behind the 3900 of block Woodhaven Ave., near Garrison Boulevard. He was unresponsive from a gunshot wound to the chest when police located him in the driver's seat of his vehicle. The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:16 p.m., police said.
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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 Justin Fenton and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Two men were killed and two others wounded in separate incidents in Baltimore late Thursday and Friday. One of the victims died after being beaten and set on fire. About 2 a.m. Friday, Fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said someone called 911 to report an alley fire in the rear of the 4200 block of Shamrock Ave. in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. Firefighters discovered a body on fire when they arrived, he said. The victim was identified by police as Nathaniel Quarterman, 54, whose last known address was in the 4200 block Shamrock Ave. Police said an investigation determined that the man had been involved in a fight inside of a home before his body was found on fire.
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By Justin George and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2012
UPDATE:   Baltimore police say they have charged a 20-year-old Washington man in the shooting Friday at   Morgan State University . Keith Robertson, of the 4900 block of G St. SE, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and handgun charges, according to the department. Police said he provided a confession in the afternoon incident that wounded a student on the semester's last day of classes. The man injured in the incident is Tyrell Okoro, a 20-year-old member of the football team from Queens New York, said Morgan spokesman Clinton R. Coleman Jr. Okoro is a sophomore offensive lineman, according to the university's website.
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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 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 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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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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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Baltimore County police were investigating a fatal accident that occurred Friday night in Glen Arm at Harford Road and Factory Road, the agency said. Word of the accident was posted to the county police department's social media accounts at around 8:30 p.m., but additional information was not immediately available.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Baltimore County police are investigating after officers found a man dead in the parking lot of a Gwynn Oak bar late Friday night as a homicide. The victim, identified as Donyue Fason, 22, of Catonsville was found suffering from trauma to his upper body in the parking lot of BJ Mallard's, in the 1100 block of Ingleside Avenue, about 11:45 p.m. He was pronounced dead on the scene and police did not elaborate on the nature of his injuries. Police did not release further information about a possible motive, suspects, or whether the death was connected to the bar. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A two-alarm fire in Baltimore City on Wednesday morning has sent a police officer to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center due to possible smoke inhalation, city fire department officials said. Capt. Roman Clark said that the blaze occurred at an apartment-style building with six units that were all vacant due to renovations. Officials said that the incident occurred at the 3400 block of Woodbrook Avenue near Mondawmin Mall. Clark added that a firefighter suffered minor injuries during the incident and was transported to a local hospital.
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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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