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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | February 11, 2010
With the city in an all-hands-on-deck mode during Wednesday's storm, the Baltimore Police Department is keeping a patrol officer on a security detail outside former Mayor Sheila Dixon's Southwest Baltimore home. A police cruiser with its lights flashing could be seen outside the home of Dixon, who on Feb. 4 accepted a plea agreement calling for her to step down and pay $45,000 to charity while keeping her pension. Police said such security details are an "operational priority" and that Dixon's is being maintained during an indefinite transition phase.
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January 31, 2010
A man who jumped out of a crashed car and stole a police cruiser in Upper Marlboro is dead after crashing the cruiser into a tree. Prince George's County police say the incident unfolded about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. when Kenneth Ray Taylor, 28, stole the police cruiser after officers stopped to check on a single-car crash near Croom Road. Taylor crashed the cruiser into a tree, and the car burst into flames. Officers tried to extinguish the fire but needed help from county firefighters. Taylor was pronounced dead shortly after.
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by Don Markus and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 21, 2010
A Howard County Circuit Court jury rejected a civil lawsuit against six Baltimore police officers brought by the mother of a 9-year-old boy arrested for illegally riding a dirt bike and who was later handcuffed to a bench at police headquarters. Judge Diane Leasure sent the case to the jury Thursday morning after determining that two of the officers acted unlawfully in arresting the boy because they didn't witness the incident. Nonetheless, Lakisha Dinkins' suit for more than $700,000 in compensatory damages was soundly denied.
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January 30, 2008
Victim slain in shooting is identified Baltimore County police identified yesterday the victim of a fatal shooting Monday night in Dundalk as Joshua Gibson, 16, of the 7800 block of Meath Road. Police were called to Church and Searles roads by a passer-by who saw Gibson and thought he had been hit by a vehicle. When officers arrived about 9:30 p.m. and attempted CPR, they found that he had been shot several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police they had heard several gunshots shortly before the police arrived, and saw a young male fleeing the scene.
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January 6, 2008
An Annapolis man driving a stolen car struck a police cruiser before driving through several back yards and dinging a second cruiser in an attempt to flee, city police said. Officers tried to pull over Marlin Simms, 30, of Cove Road in a Honda Element around 4:50 p.m. Dec. 29 after finding that county police had listed the car as stolen. He refused to stop, however, and made a U-turn, hitting the cruiser in the process. He then fled, with police cars pursuing on Taylor Avenue, across Rowe Boulevard, and onto Genessee Street, then through the back yards of residences to get onto Glenwood Street, where he continued to Clay and Pleasant Street.
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November 17, 2007
Baltimore : Schools Teachers to vote on partial contract Baltimore Teachers Union members are slated to vote next week on a new contract giving a raise to teachers and aides but leaving unresolved the impasse over proposed changes affecting planning time. The vote is slated from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Polytechnic Institute. The city school board and the union have agreed on all provisions of a new contract except planning time and a small segment involving health care, according to the BTU. Brent Jones Carroll County : McDaniel College Three are arrested in dorm robbery Three Westminster men have been arrested in an armed robbery this week in a dormitory room at McDaniel College, police said yesterday.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun reporter | November 16, 2007
The mother of a Carroll County man struck and killed by a police cruiser last year has filed an application for charges against the state trooper driving the car. Jeane Blizzard submitted the application to Carroll County District Court on Wednesday, and it was forwarded to the state's attorney's office, said her attorney, David Ellin. Blizzard's son, Randy L. Rakes, was killed last November. Rakes, 38, had been walking along Route 140 with a friend near midnight when the two decided to cross the road, according to a Maryland State Police crash report.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | August 14, 2007
An Anne Arundel County police officer who was arresting a Crofton man on a charge of drunken driving was struck by another driver who was also suspected of being intoxicated, police said yesterday. Officer Alex Swartz, 36, was climbing back into his cruiser early Saturday when he was sideswiped by a Saturn Ion that hit his lower body and nearly ripped off his driver's side door, said Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a county police spokesman. Swartz, a three-year member of the agency, was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center for a severely sprained or possibly fractured ankle, Shawkey said.
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By Richard Irwin | August 2, 2007
Four people, including two police officers, were injured last night when a police cruiser was struck by another vehicle on an East Baltimore street. The cruiser turned over, trapping a police trainee, his training officer and two pedestrians. Initial reports said an Eastern District police trainee was driving a police car in the 2400 block of Llwelyn Ave. at North Montford Avenue about 11:15 p.m. when his cruiser was struck by a car being pursued by another police cruiser. Police said a pregnant woman and a child were struck by the car as it overturned and were trapped along with the officers.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,sun reporter | August 1, 2007
Baltimore police said yesterday that information from neighborhood residents enabled them to quickly find and arrest a 26-year-old East Baltimore man who they believe opened fire on a police cruiser and wounded two officers. "From the beginning we were getting very good cooperation from local residents - helping their Police Department to identify the suspect and recover evidence," said acting Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III at a brief news conference yesterday. "When we get [cooperation]
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