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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
A bomb threat at the Lowe's store at Westview Shopping Center in Catonsville caused the store to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore County police said. An unidentified person called the store in the 5900 block of Baltimore National Pike just after 4 p.m. and said there was a bomb in the store, and store management immediately evacuated the building, police said. Police responded shortly after with bomb-sniffing dogs, said Louise Rogers-Feher, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
Two weeks after Violet Ripken was abducted at gunpoint, she said it was "too soon to share any thoughts" about the ordeal as she took in a game Wednesday night at the Aberdeen stadium named for her famous baseball family. Ripken, the 74-year-old mother of Orioles "Ironman" Cal Ripken Jr. and widow of former Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr., came out of Conrad's Crabs restaurant at Ripken Stadium shortly after the start of the Aberdeen IronBirds game and smiled as she chatted with an usher, her hand on his arm. Approached by a reporter, she spoke briefly before being escorted away by the usher.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Authorities investigating the strange circumstances of Violet R. Ripken's abduction hope that tips made in response to grainy images of the suspect will lead to an arrest. "We are attempting to look at other sources of video, photos" to release publicly, FBI spokesman Special Agent Richard Wolf said Monday. He would not say where authorities might be looking for surveillance footage, or where the suspect might have stopped during his daylong ride with Ripken in Ripken's 1998 Lincoln Town Car. Last week, Aberdeen police released two images of a man wearing an orange baseball cap and light-colored shirt standing in front of what appears to be a business.
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By Yvonne Wenger, Justin Fenton and Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Bound and abducted in her own vehicle, Violet Ripken was gone for 12 hours before her disappearance was reported to authorities. And amid an intensive search, she was quietly dropped off by her kidnapper on her secluded Harford County street. A neighbor, Erik Snyder, 28, was arriving home from an overnight shift at a local warehouse when he saw a woman waving a white sweater out of a car window. "There's a woman who's tied up in a car down the street," he told nearby officers, who "zoomed over" to free the 74-year-old mother of Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Police are trying to piece together why she was taken - and whether her kidnapper even realized who he had been ferrying around Central Maryland for nearly a day. According to Gus Kowalewski, 72, a longtime neighbor who spoke to Vi Ripken about the ordeal, the man confronted her in her garage between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday, blindfolded her and forced her into her 1998 Lincoln Town Car at gunpoint.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
Howard County police detectives searched the office of the Columbia Housing Corporation on Wednesday in an investigation involving an employee, a lawyer representing the nonprofit agency said in a statement. Thomas Meachum, of Columbia, said in an email that the agency "provided the information and documentation requested by the Police Department, and will continue to provide any other information the Department feels it needs to conduct its investigation of the employee. The employee in question has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
NEWS
June 13, 2012
Once again our elected leaders in Baltimore have shown that you don't have to be the brightest bulb in the room to have enough common sense to appoint a search committee to find a new city police chief. Two or three of the panel members now lead their own police forces, so they know what best practices are and what it takes to lead the fight against crime. Joe Heming
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By Peter Hermann | May 24, 2012
Baltimore police are seeking help in identifying a possible suspect in the April 24 shooting death of a 59-year-old man who was shot while sitting on the front porch of a home in West Baltimore. Police identified the victim as Floyd Dorsey, of the 4100 block of Norfolk Ave. He was shot about 10:45 p.m. that night in the 2500 block of Harlem Ave., and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Authorities have released few details on the shooting. They said a man approached Dorsey, shot him and ran away.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2012
Baltimore County police are searching for the driver of a white sports-utility vehicle that did not stop after striking a 15-year-old Dundalk boy riding his bike on the shoulder of North Point Boulevard early Saturday morning. The boy, Jason Watson, suffered severe injuries after the vehicle swerved into the west shoulder of the roadway's southbound lanes and struck him at 12:17 a.m. Saturday, police said. Watson was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he remained in stable condition Tuesday night.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2012
An Anne Arundel County Police officer was flown to Shock Trauma after being struck in a multi-vehicle accident on Aris T. Allen Boulevard Sunday night. Cpl. Kevin Mont pulled over a vehicle about 9:17 p.m. near Riva Road, Annapolis, stopping in the left lane with his emergency lights flashing, police said. He got out to ask the driver to pull over to the right shoulder, and as he was walking back to his vehicle, a white Toyota Celica that had stopped behind the police vehicle was struck by a fast-moving Acura RL, witnesses told police.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
Baltimore police are searching for three people involved in a March 18 beating of a tourist that attracted widespread attention after a video of the incident went viral on the Internet. The video showed a 31-year-old man from Arlington, Va., being surrounded in the 100 block of N. Calvert St. by a crowd of people, then struck multiple times, stripped of his clothes and robbed. The three suspects, whom police released images of seemingly taken from the online video, are wanted on assault and robbery charges, police said.
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