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September 7, 1994
County police could reveal as early as next week the results of their investigation of an employee who admitted to helping his girlfriend purchase illegal drugs while he worked in the department's evidence property room. Officials should attempt to clear up what so far has looked like a cover-up. Public trust is badly eroded when law enforcement officers attempt to hide their actions behind a cloak of secrecy.In this case, the police department has refused to release details of the matter because this would violate confidential personnel records.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Ten-year-old Michael Patrick Finnerty hadn't been the same since his bike was stolen by another juvenile in East Baltimore. Tamara Hatcher knew she could fix that.  Finnerty beamed as Hatcher, a victim liaison with the Baltimore Police Department, and other police officials surprised him with a new bike on Tuesday afternoon, just a few days before his birthday. He hopped on the seat and took off down the street, as his mother, Cathy Martin, watched from the porch. "Just overwhelmed," Martin said of her reaction, as her son jumped a curb and pedaled down his street through the rain.  Hatcher came across Finnerty's case while sifting through recent robbery reports.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | July 31, 1994
County Police Chief James N. Robey says the department's property room where drugs, guns, jewelry and other evidence is stored "has not been compromised" by courtroom testimony that a former clerk helped his girlfriend buy heroin in Baltimore in the spring."
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By Steven Stanek and Steven Stanek,Sun Reporter | June 21, 2008
Stolen electronics, a repossessed truck, perhaps even a drug dealer's bling can now be yours with the click of a mouse button. Thousands of dollars of stolen and forfeited property that used to languish in Maryland's police agency warehouses - from equipment used to grow marijuana plants to power generators - is being auctioned online to the highest bidder. Jurisdictions across Maryland are joining about 1,300 others nationwide on PropertyRoom.com, an eBay-style auction house that specializes in selling seized contraband for local governments.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1997
The investigation into state Trooper John M. Hurley began 19 months ago when a prison inmate found a marijuana pipe while picking through recycled cardboard at an Anne Arundel County garbage dump.It ended yesterday when the decorated officer -- a one-time nominee for The Sun's law enforcement officer of the year award -- couldn't account for 166 pounds of marijuana he was entrusted to store in six drug cases dating to 1995.Hurley pleaded guilty to misconduct in office and could be sentenced to 18 months in jail under the terms of a proposed plea agreement, according to his attorney.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | July 29, 1994
A defense attorney went to court yesterday to demand the personnel records of a former clerk in the county Police Department's property room -- where drugs are stored -- who admitted participating in a Baltimore drug deal last spring.Clarke Ahlers of Columbia argued during a Howard Circuit Court hearing that the records, including the findings of a Police Department internal affairs investigation of the civilian employee, should be provided for him to prepare the defense of a client accused of dealing drugs.
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By Alan J. Craver and James M. Coram and Alan J. Craver and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writers | August 4, 1994
A defense attorney charged in court papers filed Monday that a county Police Department employee distributed drugs while working as a property room clerk whose duties included handling narcotics in the agency's property room.Clarke Ahlers of Columbia wants a Howard Circuit Court judge to review police reports of the investigation into the clerk's actions to determine if they should be turned over to him.Mr. Ahlers said in his request to Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. that he wants the reports because of questions over the clerk's credibility as a witness in his client's case.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 20, 2004
SALISBURY - Three prison inmates assigned to a weekend cleanup detail at the state police barracks here have been accused of stealing money, cocaine and marijuana from the property room. The charges have prompted officials to suspend the use of low-security prison laborers at barracks in the state until the incident has been investigated. Richard C. Harris, 45, of Haines, Fla., has been charged with 10 counts of conspiracy and burglary in what police say was the theft of $3,150, about 4 grams of cocaine and 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | April 29, 1993
The police department had the procedures necessary to prevent an $8,000 theft in the property department discovered last year, but did not follow them, the county auditor said yesterday."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 3, 2004
NEW YORK - Of the thousands of items salvaged from the World Trade Center disaster - children's photographs and melted credit cards, paperweights and plaques - the families who come to the property room at Police Headquarters are most often in search of one thing: wedding rings, golden symbols of infinity. The next most popular items are watches and earrings, necklaces and bracelets - precious objects intended to last, albeit not amid ashes. To find them, the families bring receipts, hand-drawn pictures, insurance papers, even souvenir wedding videotapes.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 3, 2004
NEW YORK - Of the thousands of items salvaged from the World Trade Center disaster - children's photographs and melted credit cards, paperweights and plaques - the families who come to the property room at Police Headquarters are most often in search of one thing: wedding rings, golden symbols of infinity. The next most popular items are watches and earrings, necklaces and bracelets - precious objects intended to last, albeit not amid ashes. To find them, the families bring receipts, hand-drawn pictures, insurance papers, even souvenir wedding videotapes.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 20, 2004
SALISBURY - Three prison inmates assigned to a weekend cleanup detail at the state police barracks here have been accused of stealing money, cocaine and marijuana from the property room. The charges have prompted officials to suspend the use of low-security prison laborers at barracks in the state until the incident has been investigated. Richard C. Harris, 45, of Haines, Fla., has been charged with 10 counts of conspiracy and burglary in what police say was the theft of $3,150, about 4 grams of cocaine and 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1997
The investigation into state Trooper John M. Hurley began 19 months ago when a prison inmate found a marijuana pipe while picking through recycled cardboard at an Anne Arundel County garbage dump.It ended yesterday when the decorated officer -- a one-time nominee for The Sun's law enforcement officer of the year award -- couldn't account for 166 pounds of marijuana he was entrusted to store in six drug cases dating to 1995.Hurley pleaded guilty to misconduct in office and could be sentenced to 18 months in jail under the terms of a proposed plea agreement, according to his attorney.
NEWS
September 7, 1994
County police could reveal as early as next week the results of their investigation of an employee who admitted to helping his girlfriend purchase illegal drugs while he worked in the department's evidence property room. Officials should attempt to clear up what so far has looked like a cover-up. Public trust is badly eroded when law enforcement officers attempt to hide their actions behind a cloak of secrecy.In this case, the police department has refused to release details of the matter because this would violate confidential personnel records.
NEWS
By Alan J. Craver and James M. Coram and Alan J. Craver and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writers | August 4, 1994
A defense attorney charged in court papers filed Monday that a county Police Department employee distributed drugs while working as a property room clerk whose duties included handling narcotics in the agency's property room.Clarke Ahlers of Columbia wants a Howard Circuit Court judge to review police reports of the investigation into the clerk's actions to determine if they should be turned over to him.Mr. Ahlers said in his request to Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. that he wants the reports because of questions over the clerk's credibility as a witness in his client's case.
NEWS
By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | July 31, 1994
County Police Chief James N. Robey says the department's property room where drugs, guns, jewelry and other evidence is stored "has not been compromised" by courtroom testimony that a former clerk helped his girlfriend buy heroin in Baltimore in the spring."
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Ten-year-old Michael Patrick Finnerty hadn't been the same since his bike was stolen by another juvenile in East Baltimore. Tamara Hatcher knew she could fix that.  Finnerty beamed as Hatcher, a victim liaison with the Baltimore Police Department, and other police officials surprised him with a new bike on Tuesday afternoon, just a few days before his birthday. He hopped on the seat and took off down the street, as his mother, Cathy Martin, watched from the porch. "Just overwhelmed," Martin said of her reaction, as her son jumped a curb and pedaled down his street through the rain.  Hatcher came across Finnerty's case while sifting through recent robbery reports.
NEWS
By Steven Stanek and Steven Stanek,Sun Reporter | June 21, 2008
Stolen electronics, a repossessed truck, perhaps even a drug dealer's bling can now be yours with the click of a mouse button. Thousands of dollars of stolen and forfeited property that used to languish in Maryland's police agency warehouses - from equipment used to grow marijuana plants to power generators - is being auctioned online to the highest bidder. Jurisdictions across Maryland are joining about 1,300 others nationwide on PropertyRoom.com, an eBay-style auction house that specializes in selling seized contraband for local governments.
NEWS
By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | July 29, 1994
A defense attorney went to court yesterday to demand the personnel records of a former clerk in the county Police Department's property room -- where drugs are stored -- who admitted participating in a Baltimore drug deal last spring.Clarke Ahlers of Columbia argued during a Howard Circuit Court hearing that the records, including the findings of a Police Department internal affairs investigation of the civilian employee, should be provided for him to prepare the defense of a client accused of dealing drugs.
NEWS
By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | April 29, 1993
The police department had the procedures necessary to prevent an $8,000 theft in the property department discovered last year, but did not follow them, the county auditor said yesterday."
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