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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | September 1, 1991
Almost 29,000 Harford residents would be shifted into new County Council districts next year to resolve inequities in voter representation under a plan a redistricting commission has recommended.The changes in council district boundaries would affect 28,887 people -- almost 16 percent of the county's 182,132 residents.Most county voters wouldn't even notice the difference when they go to the polls in 1994, the next time council elections are to be held, said Rita Dather, administrator for the county Board of Elections.
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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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May 23, 1996
A delegation of police officers and government officials from Argentina visited the Baltimore County Police Department yesterday to learn about U.S. law enforcement, from working with police dogs to community patrols.The 30-member group is on a two-week program in the United States to learn about the operations of a police force in a democracy. After a briefing on community policing, the group toured the White Marsh Precinct and saw demonstrations by the department's tactical and police dog units.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | March 25, 2014
Baltimore County officials gathered Tuesday to unveil $3.7 million in school security improvements, including a OneView camera system that will make security footage available in real time to county police as well as to the county schools' Department of School Safety and Security. During a press conference held at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz called the camera system as well as other improvements at county schools "a series of proactive measures" taken to enhance safety in county schools.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 1, 1997
A 32-year-old Southwest Baltimore man escaped from police custody at the Wilkens Precinct yesterday, Baltimore County police reported.William Paul Anthony of the 2500 block of Marbourne Ave. was being held at the precinct on charges of theft and failure to appear, according to police.Police said Anthony identified himself as another prisoner, signed for the prisoner's belongings and was released about 2 p.m.When recaptured, Anthony will be charged with escape and another theft offense, county police said.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | September 10, 1994
More Baltimore County police will be working from local precincts under a decentralization plan announced yesterday by top county officials.The reorganization is a continuation of the trend toward "community policing" begun a decade ago by former Chief Cornelius J. Behan, but yesterday's plan goes much further.At a news conference, Police Chief Michael D. Gambrill and County Executive Roger B. Hayden said 122 more officers will be working from the county's nine precinct stations. Combined with efforts to hire private companies to transport prisoners and write parking tickets and the hiring of more civilians and police cadets to free uniformed officers for patrol, the plan will put more officers on the streets than ever, they said.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | December 1, 2001
The longest-serving precinct captain during the tenure of Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan leaves Garrison Precinct today to take the same position in Wilkens Precinct. Capt. Stephen Vaughan, who is credited with reducing crime and forging tight bonds with the community during his 5 1/2 years at Garrison, replaces Capt. John A. Spiroff as commander at Wilkens, in the southwestern part of the county. Spiroff has been given administrative duties in police headquarters while commanders review his recent conviction for reckless driving.
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By DAN THANH DANG and DAN THANH DANG,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Patrick Gilbert and Liz Atwood contributed to this article | October 13, 1995
Indecent exposure, assault, a faked gunshot wound -- the list reads like a police blotter.But each of the incidents, which occurred within the past 12 months, involved Baltimore County Police officers from the Essex Precinct. And this week, the precinct suffered another blow, as an 11-year veteran was charged with assaulting and kidnapping a United Parcel Service driver in Timonium.As precinct commanders redouble efforts to remind officers that misconduct will not be tolerated, each troubling incident puts the integrity of the department and its officers at stake.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2001
Baltimore County police Capt. Stephen Vaughan can still remember the dread he felt the first time he entered the Wilkens Precinct as a youth. "I had to come here to retrieve my BB gun from an irate citizen who confiscated it," he recalled. Vaughan grew up in Arbutus and Catonsville and has returned to his roots after recently being named commander of the Wilkens Precinct. The assignment brings the career of the 27-year police veteran full-circle. "When you grow up someplace," he said, "it really is a homecoming."
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1996
After serving most of his police career in Essex, Capt. Jim Johnson had cleaned out his office and was headed for a prestigious new assignment -- commander of the Baltimore County police training academy.He faced one barrier, however. Residents didn't want him to leave."Working Essex, where we have lots of problems, wasn't a job for Captain Johnson, it was his life," says Susan Widerman, president of the Walnut Grove Neighborhood Association. "If he went, we would have felt kind of helpless."
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2013
Baltimore County police on Tuesday identified the officer who shot and killed a Cockeysville man after police said he refused to drop a knife. The department identified the officer as Officer First Class Gibbons, a 19-year veteran assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct Patrol Division. Baltimore County does not provide officers' first names in such cases in keeping with a police union agreement, but online salary records show that Officer Gould Gibbons III has been a member of the department since 1994.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Charges were dropped Monday against a Baltimore County police officer who was stopped during a St. Patrick's weekend sobriety checkpoint in Carroll County. Capt. Matthew McElwee, who turned 44 on Monday, previously headed the Franklin Precinct in Reisterstown. He received citations from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office accusing him of driving while intoxicated and driving while under the influence. Prosecutors dropped the charges. McElwee's attorney, Leonard H. Shapiro, said the state did not have evidence against his client, including blood or breathalyzer tests showing that he was impaired.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
The Baltimore County police union and some Dundalk residents are protesting a plan to move the North Point Police Precinct from a centrally located building to an outlying post in the northern part of the district on Eastern Boulevard. Critics say the change could mean officers will take longer to respond to emergencies and keep some away from their posts in the southeastern part of the county, though the police chief said the new location offers better access to major roads. The issue is playing out amid a larger debate over the county's plan to sell the North Point Government Center on Merritt Boulevard and Holabird Avenue, which is now home to the precinct.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
A Baltimore County police captain who was recently reassigned from the Woodlawn Precinct this month is being investigated by the department's internal affairs section, a spokeswoman confirmed. Capt. Andre K. Davis, who was reassigned to the Community Resources Section, is the subject of the investigation, police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said. "I can't comment on or offer the details of that complaint because it is a personnel matter," she said Tuesday in an email. Davis, reached by phone, denied any wrongdoing and would not comment further about the allegations.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Two officers have been given awards for valor by the Baltimore County Police Foundation for their role in an incident in which one shot and killed a Texas man allegedly involved in a Dundalk burglary. North Point Precinct officers Jacob T. Heins, a 12-year veteran, and Phillip G. Twisdale, with six years on the force, have returned to their jobs after county prosecutors declined to charge them in the incident that killed 22-year-old Joshua Michael Lopez. Both were hailed at an awards dinner in Hunt Valley "for their bravery and heroism during a life or death struggle," according to the program of the Tuesday event held by the foundation.
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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 Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2001
Baltimore County police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will name a second African-American lieutenant and the only female precinct commander when he promotes 14 members of the department this week. Officials say Sgt. Robert O. McCullough's promotion highlights the department's attempts to improve its lackluster record of promoting minorities into the top ranks. He will join Lt. Richard Howard as the department's highest-ranking African-Americans. "This is one more step forward in our efforts to have a department that reflects the county's diversity," said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2001
Baltimore County police Capt. Stephen Vaughan can still remember the dread he felt the first time he entered the Wilkens Precinct as a youth. "I had to come here to retrieve my BB gun from an irate citizen who confiscated it," he recalled. Vaughan grew up in Arbutus and Catonsville and has returned to his roots after recently being named commander of the Wilkens Precinct. The assignment brings the career of the 27-year police veteran full-circle. "When you grow up someplace," he said, "it really is a homecoming."
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
A Baltimore County police captain was arrested at a St. Patrick's weekend sobriety checkpoint and has since been moved to administrative duty, the department said in a statement Monday. Capt. Matthew McElwee, 43, of the Franklin Precinct in Reisterstown, received citations from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office accusing him of driving while intoxicated and driving while under the influence. He did not respond to requests for comment Monday. Baltimore County police said he was driving his personal vehicle and was not carrying a weapon at the time.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
State officials are investigating complaints about long lines at polls that left some voters waiting for two hours on Election Day despite lower than expected turnout. Baltimore elections officials and the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union also received complaints from voters who said they cast a ballot in the 2008 election but found that their names were not listed on voter rolls Tuesday. State elections officials plan to investigate each of the roughly dozen cases identified.
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