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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Amid a bloody start to the New Year following a violent 2013, City Council members asked police leaders at a hearing Tuesday whether they've changed something for the worse. "Baltimore has come too far to let the violence of years past return," said Councilman Brandon Scott, the vice chair of the public safety committee. He called last year a "failure" that citizens shared with police. The first six days of 2014 saw eight homicides across the city. And while many other large cities saw continued reductions last year, Baltimore recorded 235 homicides, the highest number in four years.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Baltimore County police detained three people Wednesday after county officers and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at a Towson home as part of a narcotics investigation. Police said the raid occurred about 10:15 a.m. in the 700 block of Walker Ave. and involved police, county Fire Department personnel and federal agents. Two men and a woman were arrested, according to police, but charges had not been filed as of Wednesday evening. Police did not identify those arrested.
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By David Simon and David Simon,Staff Writer Staff writer Ann Lolordo contributed to this article | October 22, 1992
A special city grand jury is hearing testimony about the performance of Baltimore police officials and prosecutors during 1990 murder investigation that involved state Sen. Larry Young, according to sources familiar with the grand jury probe.Specifically, the grand jury is looking into whether high-ranking police officials may have attempted to thwart the investigation by compromising the role of a confidential informant, the sources say.Police sources say Senator Young is regarded as a central figure, but not a suspect in the investigation into the May 1990 death of Marvin Moore, a West Baltimore minister and close friend of the senator.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
Frank J. "Gus" Vogel, an official of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, died of cancer Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Chase resident was 60. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Frank John Vogel and Margaret Vogel. He was a graduate of Parkville High School, where he played baseball and football. He earned an associate's degree at Essex Community College. Mr. Vogel was a statistician for an insurance business before joining the Maryland Transportation Authority Police in 1993.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2003
Ragina C. Averella, the public face of the Baltimore Police Department for the last three years, was removed from her job Wednesday afternoon as the agency's director of public affairs, police officials said yesterday. Police officials said Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark wanted to bring in his own person with a stronger background in communications and public affairs. Averella was offered an opportunity to become a police officer again. "I'm appreciative of the service Ragina Averella gave to this agency," Clark said in a statement.
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2004
Standing before an orange billboard in Southwest Baltimore, Mayor Martin O'Malley and police officials unveiled yesterday a new anonymous tip line that they predicted will lead to better investigations of drug dealers. "We've made a lot of progress over the past year in pushing the open-air drug markets off our streets. ... We still have a long way to go," O'Malley said. In addition to changing the phone number to 666-DRUG (410-666-3784), the mayor and police said they are changing how it operates.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2002
Despite a substantial increase in police manpower in Baltimore's Eastern District, that crime-ridden part of the city has experienced a 70 percent increase in homicides from January through last month. Significantly reducing homicides has been a central theme of Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris' administration and an initiative in the Eastern District was one of his first projects aimed at achieving that goal. Norris poured more than 100 extra officers into that district two years ago in what police later called a successful drive that reduced homicides by nearly one-third last year.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | January 18, 2002
A veteran civilian employee of the Baltimore Police Department might have played a role in keeping officers from making hundreds of court appearances, police officials said yesterday. The clerk, who joined the force in 1986, was in charge of receiving summonses for officers in the special operations units, police officials said. Hundreds of summonses, which alert officers to court appearances, were found stuffed in the clerk's desk Wednesday by a lieutenant who was checking into why officers were missing court, police officials said.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2002
A Baltimore police officer faces a suspension hearing today after he was allegedly caught on videotape hitting a spectator on the Pimlico Race Course infield at the Preakness on Saturday, police officials said. Officer Troy Chesley, an eight-year veteran, works for specialized tactical units that patrol some of Baltimore's roughest neighborhoods. He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of his hearing. Police learned about the alleged incident when employees of cable television sports network ESPN approached police officials late Saturday night, said Col. John McEntee, commander of the department's patrol divisions.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2003
A veteran Baltimore police officer was placed on administrative duties yesterday after a brief internal hearing into allegations that she falsely arrested an 18-year-old man on drug charges last week, police officials said. Jacqueline Folio, 41, who joined the department in 1989, will be transferred from the Southeastern District to juvenile detention duties pending the outcome of the agency's internal disciplinary process, police officials said. Folio, who also lost her police powers, could not be reached for comment.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Amid a bloody start to the New Year following a violent 2013, City Council members asked police leaders at a hearing Tuesday whether they've changed something for the worse. "Baltimore has come too far to let the violence of years past return," said Councilman Brandon Scott, the vice chair of the public safety committee. He called last year a "failure" that citizens shared with police. The first six days of 2014 saw eight homicides across the city. And while many other large cities saw continued reductions last year, Baltimore recorded 235 homicides, the highest number in four years.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
Police say a man who may have been trying to break up a large fight among high school students was fatally stabbed in Northwest Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon. About 3 p.m., officers found two males injured from stab wounds at Belle Avenue and Garrison Boulevard, near Forest Park High School. One man was pronounced dead at 3:34 p.m. at a local hospital. On Thursday, police identified the victim as 25-year-old Durrell Gaskins, whose last known address was in the 4000 block of Belle Ave. The other male was treated and released from the hospital, police said.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Baltimore police are looking for arsonists responsible for throwing about a dozen crude incendiary devices at buildings since late April. One of the homes hit by the devices - made from bottles and jugs - belonged to a Muslim family in North Baltimore. A preliminary investigation suggested that the incident was hate-related, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. But investigators now believe it was one in a series of attacks on apparently random places. "There's a Muslim family who's had an incident and we've talked to them at length," said Baltimore police Sgt. Dennis Raftery, who leads arson investigations.
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By Justin Fenton and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
The Baltimore Police Department is asking the city for $285,000 to hire a Massachusetts-based consultant — the highest of five bidders — to recommend how the department should be run. But a city councilman is questioning the need for a consultant. And he says he's concerned that the department is bypassing lower bidders for a company with ties to former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton, an ally of Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. "In these tough economic times, we have to think about saving taxpayer dollars," said Councilman Brandon Scott, who has called for a hearing on the contract.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
A frequent critic of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration was arrested and jailed Wednesday morning when she tried to enter City Hall to attend a public meeting. Officers told the activist, Kim A. Trueheart, 55, of Baltimore, that she had been banned from the building. Trueheart was held at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Facility on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct until Thursday morning, when she was released, the facility confirmed. "I'm home ... Thank you lord!
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
Maryland State Police Homicide officials on Tuesday said they have identified victims in Monday's triple shooting in Port Deposit that also left the suspected gunman injured. A statement issued Tuesday by the State Police said that one of the victims, Timothy S. Hammons, 48, of the 200 block of Craigstown Road in Port Deposit, suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim, Eileen L. Roland, 56, of the 2400 block of Philadelphia Road in Edgewood, suffered a gunshot wound and was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center by a State Police helicopter with life-threatening injuries.
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By Ann LoLordo t | October 24, 1991
To keep 50 foot patrol officers on Baltimore's streets without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime, city police officials have ordered administrative staff and plainclothes detectives into uniform and placed them on the neighborhood beats.The decision was an attempt to maintain the patrols -- a favorite of communities, politicians and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke -- in the face of ever-increasing pressures to cut costs and save money, police officials said yesterday.The department spent $525,000 in overtime to staff the foot patrols from July 1, when they began, through the latter part of September, the police said.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2002
Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris issued a memo to officers yesterday reminding them to take copies of drug analysis reports to court, a week after prosecutors complained that hundreds of cases have been dropped, dismissed or postponed because they never received test results. "We want them to come to court prepared," said Kristen Mahoney, who oversees grants and government relations for the Police Department. Police officials also said they are addressing another dispute that flared between prosecutors and police in recent weeks: officers failing to appear in court.
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By Justin Fenton and Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2012
A Baltimore blogger wanted on a court-issued warrant refused to come out of his home for hours, broadcasting his discussion with a police negotiator live on the Internet before turning himself in peacefully. Frank James MacArthur, 47, was taken into custody outside his home in the 600 block of McKewin Ave. at about 11 p.m. - timed, he said, for local news stations - after a standoff lasting more than five hours and which involved the department's SWAT team. Police were there to serve a warrant issued in June by his probation agent stemming from a 2009 gun case and another for subsequent failure to appear in court, according to court records, and the situation was ratcheted up after police said MacArthur made threatening statements to officers over social media.
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