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By Peter Hermann and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 7, 2011
From the Baltimore Crime Beat blog: The Baltimore police commander who heads the homicide unit was suspended today after he abandoned his unmarked cruiser on the side of I-95 near Route 32 in Howard County, city police confirmed. Maj. Terrence P. McLarney apparently ran off an exit ramp in Sunday night's rain storm. State Police said his car went into a ditch and there was minor damage to the front bumper. Another motorists called police to report seeing the vehicle off the road.
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By Justin George and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Baltimore pastor Jamal H. Bryant was among protesters arrested in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday, as he and other clergy demonstrated against police brutality and misconduct. Bryant was on the front lines of a crowd of hundreds of protesters and faith leaders marching from a church to the Police Department in Ferguson, the town where unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police two months ago. In a tweet posted Monday afternoon, Bryant said he had been released. "Just released from St Louis county!"
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By Peter Hermann | April 18, 2012
Note: This blog post should have made it clear that Hite has been named interim chief until a final selection is made. Rick Hite spent more than three decades in the Baltimore Police Department, and many years as the voice of an association of black officers. Now, he has his own department to run, named chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department . He takes over after a scandal -- the former chief resigned on Tuesday after a blood sample taken from a suspended cop was mishandled . While in Baltimore, Hite was an outspoken advocate not only of his colleagues but of the city's youth.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | April 10, 2014
Capt. Jay Landsman Jr., the Towson precinct's fourth commander in 22 months, hopes to bring the communication skills gleaned in two decades on the job and the policing background of a third-generation officer to his new role as Towson's top cop. "This is a great spot to be," Landsman, who began on April 1, said during his whirlwind first week on the job. "I'm happy to be here, and I hope that comes across when I go to these community meetings....
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 21, 2014
Towson precinct's police commander during a community meeting Thursday urged residents to be vigilant in their communities, because the area is experiencing an increase in daytime residential burglaries. "Take it back to your communities, and make sure you watch your neighbor's homes if you are home all day, because that's what's increasing now," Capt. Richard Howard told a collection of community leaders at Thursday's monthly Greater Towson Council of Community Associations meeting at the Pickersgill Retirement Community.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2010
Alvin Williams' summer is pretty much over. The 5-year-old can't run around with his friends. Instead, he sits in a folding chair on the front porch of his grandfather's house off York Road in North Baltimore, his broken right leg wrapped in a cast and propped up on another chair. His leg was broken when a Baltimore police cruiser ran over it last week. This week, a top department officer, whose command includes boats in the harbor and the detectives who investigate traffic accidents, paid Alvin a visit.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2011
A handgun reported stolen from a politically connected Southeast Baltimore businessman is registered to a top Baltimore police commander, and police are investigating how the business owner came into possession of the weapon, The Baltimore Sun has learned. On March 26, Nicolas Ramos, owner of Arcos Restaurant on South Broadway, called police to report that someone had rifled through his office and taken a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver from a storage case in a closet, according to a copy of the police report.
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By Peter Hermann and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
On a warm, breezy afternoon, as East Baltimoreans mourn the shooting death of the "little flower" of Darley Park, police Maj. Melvin T. Russell is right where he wants to be — smack in the middle of a crowd of children, teachers, parents and neighbors. It could be a scene fraught with tension. An officer under Russell's command has been suspended and is the subject of an intense police investigation, amid allegations that the rifle used to kill 13-year-old Monae Turnage was found in the officer's car. But Russell focuses on the vigil — he picks up a child and jokes with the mother, spreads handshakes and hugs.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2004
Wilbert T. Hanley, a retired state police commander who helped establish its aviation division and held other positions during a 35-year career, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Perry Hall resident was 90. Mr. Hanley was born in Baltimore and raised near the Cross Street Market. He attended city schools and served during the 1930s on the old Baltimore Park Police Department. Appointed to the state police in 1941, Mr. Hanley spent his early years assigned to the Randallstown barracks and on motorcycle patrol.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1998
William E. Armstrong, a retired Baltimore City police commander who earned a reputation for helping children through his work in the Police Boys Club, died of heart disease Friday at his home in Pasadena. He was 78.Born and raised on Streeper Street in East Baltimore, Mr. Armstrong earned a law degree by attending night classes at the University of Baltimore, graduating magna cum laude in 1963.He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in his 27 years with the city Police Department."The thing that I heard most along those years was that he was humane, that he made sure people got an even break," said his wife of 56 years, the former Helen Kroll.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 21, 2014
Towson precinct's police commander during a community meeting Thursday urged residents to be vigilant in their communities, because the area is experiencing an increase in daytime residential burglaries. "Take it back to your communities, and make sure you watch your neighbor's homes if you are home all day, because that's what's increasing now," Capt. Richard Howard told a collection of community leaders at Thursday's monthly Greater Towson Council of Community Associations meeting at the Pickersgill Retirement Community.
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By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
What was the hardest lesson you've learned so far? The importance of leadership and guidance. "In a job as tricky as this, people need that. I've always tried to make myself available for people. " What's a fact about yourself that will surprise people? She's a vegetarian and likes to bake. What do you do to relax? Running, often accompanied by her shepherd-mix dog. "I love to exercise," she said. Your (other) dream job would be: "I always thought if the Police Department didn't work out I might be a firefighter.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
The Baltimore Police Department promoted 15 commanders Tuesday and put new faces at the helms of four patrol districts and key investigative units - moves that drew concerns from some City Council members, who called for continuity following a violent summer outburst that saw dozens shot. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the shake-up marks the end - for now - of a reorganization that has been continuing since he took over the department last fall. He said he sought to promote "up-and-coming talent" while tweaking or adding roles to better respond to community concerns.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
More than two dozen burglaries and attempted burglaries have been reported in the past 30 days in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood, a significant jump from what residents usually face. In one case, a woman was sleeping on her couch in the 3200 block of Elliott St. on Sunday when she was awoken by an intruder, who stole her phone, police said. Later, the suspect posted a picture of himself holding a gun on the woman's Facebook page, said Maj. William Davis, police commander of the Southeastern District.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
A 27-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department is taking over as the new chief of police in Ocean City. Lt. Col. Ross Buzzuro, a respected commander who began his career in Baltimore as a police cadet in 1985, will start the new job on July 2. "I am honored to serve the residents and visitors of Ocean City as Chief of Police," said Buzzuro.  "As Chief, I understand a key component of public safety is partnering with the community and...
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Baltimore County police named an interim commander of the Franklin Precinct in Reisterstown Monday, after the former captain was charged with driving while intoxicated last month. Capt. James P. Monahan will leave the county's intelligence unit and move to Precinct 3 starting next Monday, according to a department statement. Before working in intelligence, he supervised the homicide unit and has been with the department since 1988. Lt. Sam Houston, who is currently in the intelligence unit and has been with the department since 2002, will take over that unit.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1999
Maj. Bessie R. Norris, a retired Baltimore police commander who was a trailblazer for women and blacks, died March 26 of Parkinson's disease at home in McBee, S.C. She was 65.Major Norris, a former Northwest Baltimore resident who had lived in McBee since the early 1990s, joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1964.During her career, Major Norris compiled a string of firsts: The first woman to be named a shift commander in a police district.The first black woman to earn the rank of major.
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By Jim Haner and Jim Haner,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2000
Maj. Harry A. Sizelove, a decorated Baltimore police commander who helped steer the department through troubled fiscal times in the 1980s, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital of cardiac arrest. He was 52. At the time of his death, Major Sizelove was deputy commissioner of the state Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, and a pivotal figure in the modernization of Baltimore's city jail. "The Harry Sizeloves of the world cannot be replaced," said LaMont Flanagan, commissioner of the division.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
For the third time in less than two months, the Baltimore Police Department is looking for a new director of training - but they say the current search was always part of their plan. After a shooting at an unauthorized training drill in February that seriously injured a recruit, the department suspended and removed the commander of the unit, Maj. Eric Russell. His replacement, Maj. Joe Smith, surprised the top brass by informing them that he was retiring just days later. Quickly, the agency announced it had moved Lt. Col. Ross Buzzuro into the position.  There's now a job posting for the position , uploaded today, on the website of website of the International Chiefs of Police.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Two of the Baltimore Police Department's top commanders have notified the department that they intend to retire, moves that come as Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts prepares to reshape the agency in coming weeks. The commanders are Col. Jesse Oden, the chief of criminal investigations, and Maj. John Hess, who lead the Violent Crimes Impact Section. One of the commanders is Col. Jesse Oden, the chief of criminal investigations, who filed retirement paperwork around the time Batts took over, then was talked into staying . He told superiors this week that he will retire after all, ending a 33-year career.
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