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By John B. O'Donnell, Jim Haner and Kimberly A.C. Wilson and John B. O'Donnell, Jim Haner and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN STAFF | October 1, 2002
During a long-ago April in which a young Edward T. Norris marked his first birthday, Officer Stephen B. Tabeling was summoned to police headquarters to hear praise of his fine work. Now, 41 years after Police Commissioner James M. Hepbron congratulated the young patrolman, Norris is the commissioner and Tabeling is helping him lift the Police Department out of a funk that recently found the homicide squad unable to solve six out of every 10 murders. Tabeling retired in 1979 after a distinguished quarter-century career that included five years as a lieutenant in homicide.
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By David Simon and David Simon,Sun Staff Writer | February 7, 1994
A photo caption in yesterday's Sun incorrectly described the assignment of several police officers seen making a street sweep. The officers, shown arresting a man wanted on a warrant, were from the Northwestern District.The Sun regrets the errors.In assessing the Baltimore Police Department's war on drugs, consider the case of Rodney Curtis, who inhabits one drug corner in one neighborhood of a beleaguered city.Arrested at Fayette and Mount streets in July, Curtis, 19, was soon released and then arrested again for loitering at the West Baltimore corner a month later.
NEWS
By Michael James and Peter Hermann | October 2, 1994
In January, Thomas C. Frazier took over the 2,900-member Baltimore Police Department, an agency dogged by brutality complaints, petty corruption, and internal strife fueled by racial friction.The city was reeling from its second-straight record-setting year for homicides.Some 353 people were slain in Baltimore in 1993 -- up from 335 the year before -- as drug dealers brazenly took over neighborhoods and police morale plummeted under Commissioner Edward V. Woods.Frustrated by the carnage, politicians and community leaders turned up the heat on Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Mr. Woods.
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2000
In the squad room of Baltimore's famous homicide unit, the murder board is back, telling a more upbeat story. For years, the wall-sized Formica board symbolized Baltimore's losing battle with violence, captivating viewers of the TV show "Homicide: Life on the Street." Yet frustrated police leaders viewed it as demoralizing, a reminder that killings in the city had spiraled out of control. They removed it two years ago. "It got to be a morale factor," Detective Maj. Robert M. Stanton, commander of the homicide unit, said yesterday.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1998
Five veteran Baltimore homicide detectives have either quit or been transferred in recent weeks, a venting of talent that upsets the city's top prosecutor, who is worried that more murders may go unsolved.The detectives, who had investigated slayings for a combined 88 years, left because of a controversial rotation policy in which officers are moved every few years. It was implemented for the first time in the homicide unit last month.Police union officials say that if the rotations continue as scheduled, nearly all homicide investigators will have less than four years of experience within six months.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1995
It is midmorning, and Baltimore's police chief is at his desk, scanning a list of items seized in drug raids. He's looking for a lawn mower. And a grill.A scavenger hunt may not fit the image of Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier and his tough stance on violent crime, but for this self-described "social worker with a gun," it's exactly the image he wants to project.Obtaining items for the force's youth choir or a neighborhood cleanup, he says, is crucial to the mission of making Baltimore safer.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | March 26, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles roster thinned out a little Monday, with several players being sent out of camp including right-hander Brad Bergesen, who pitched in 34 games with the Orioles last year. The Orioles have not yet announced the cuts, but they also include infielder Steve Tolleson, outfielder Scott Beerer and catcher John Hester - all non-roster invitees - who were sent to minor-league camp. Bergesen was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to be a starter. Also optioned to Triple-A Norfolk were pitcher Jason Berken, who made his spring debut Sunday after dealing with a hamstring issue, and Matt Antonelli, who batted .194 in 31 at-bats this spring.
NEWS
By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | January 17, 2006
Responding to allegations of corruption in a district station house, Baltimore's police commissioner said yesterday that he is committed to restoring the "internal integrity" of the department and has begun implementing safeguards aimed at keeping officers honest. Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm, speaking publicly for the first time about the arrest and suspension of several officers from the "flex squad" in the city's Southwestern District, said he has reinstated procedures that were in use when he left the Police Department in 1996 but were later eliminated.
NEWS
By Jim Haner and Jim Haner,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1994
Thomas C. Frazier, Baltimore's new police chief, promised yesterday reforms to revive the troubled department -- including creating an intelligence unit, beefing up street patrols and adding investigators to the depleted sex-crimes unit."
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By Richard H.P. Sia and Richard H.P. Sia,Washington Bureau of The Sun | September 12, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf, already well in excess of 100,000 personnel, will continue indefinitely and may lead to a larger, more permanent commitment of American forces to the region than first anticipated, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said yesterday.Mr. Cheney, testifying on Capitol Hill for the first time since U.S. forces began moving to the region Aug. 7, said the added cost of Operation Desert Shield would be about $15 billion for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 -- more than $1 billion a month if the crisis continues for the entire year.
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