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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | February 10, 2010
With the city in an all-hands-on-deck mode during the third powerful winter storm of the season, the Baltimore Police Department is keeping a patrol officer on a security detail outside former Mayor Sheila Dixon's Southwest Baltimore home. A patrol car with its lights flashing could be seen outside of the home of Dixon, who resigned Feb. 4 after accepting a plea agreement calling for her to step down and pay $45,000 to charity while keeping her pension. Police said such security details are an "operational priority" and that Dixon's remains as part of an indefinite transition phase.
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September 23, 2014
There's simply no excuse for the Secret Service to have allowed an apparently deranged man to vault over the White House fence on Friday then sprint across the lawn and actually enter the president's residence through an unlocked door before he was tackled and apprehended. Heads should roll for a breach of security of this magnitude at what ought to be one of the country's most heavily guarded facilities. But it shouldn't come at the expense of the public's access to a historic site that symbolizes the nation's tradition of open governance and accountability to the citizens it serves.
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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | February 11, 2010
With the city in an all-hands-on-deck mode during Wednesday's storm, the Baltimore Police Department is keeping a patrol officer on a security detail outside former Mayor Sheila Dixon's Southwest Baltimore home. A police cruiser with its lights flashing could be seen outside the home of Dixon, who on Feb. 4 accepted a plea agreement calling for her to step down and pay $45,000 to charity while keeping her pension. Police said such security details are an "operational priority" and that Dixon's is being maintained during an indefinite transition phase.
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June 12, 2014
I went out of town for a few days, and look what happened. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake takes a walk to show that it is safe at the Inner Harbor ( "Rawlings-Blake, Batts stroll to show safe harbor," June 4). It appears that her well-intentioned display has caused a firestorm of comments. I count at least eight letters to the editor so far, with all writers making snarky comments about her security patrol. The majority of the letter writers are from the suburbs. Let's take a deep breath, folks, and think this through.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, who is the subject of an investigation by the state prosecutor's office into whether he misused his security detail during last year's election, has removed the officers from the detail and created a new unit to supply executive protection. Leopold also changed the jobs of two other employees: Leopold's secretary, Patty Medlin, has been transferred to a secretarial job in governmental affairs. Sue Wilson, who was the secretary for Leopold's chief of staff, has taken Medlin's position.
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March 8, 2012
I certainly hope School Board President Neil Duke isn't implying that schools CEO Andrés Alonso is the only school department employee whose work "takes place both after hours and in troubled parts of the city," and thus requires security ("Overtime costing schools millions," March 2). I am a teacher in the city, and several times a week I am asked by my female colleagues at our Southwest Baltimore school to walk them to their cars in an unpatrolled, poorly lit parking lot after having stayed in the building until well past sundown working.
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January 23, 2013
With all the gun violence in Baltimore, I discovered that there is only one gun shop in the entire city. That one gun shop only services police, not ordinary citizens. Where are the thugs getting their guns? Gov. Martin O'Malley's zeal to curb guns has incorporated the Newtown tragedy into his mission. I must ask myself, where was he prior to Newtown? I feel he is manipulating gun control and the Newtown tragedy for his political aspirations. I do believe a number of Maryland citizens might agree with me. Governor O'Malley and gun control enthusiasts don't understand or won't understand why folks own guns.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,Sun reporter | December 18, 2006
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, who has moved to cut spending in his first two weeks in office, plans to continue using a police security detail that costs at least $125,000 a year and that drew criticism during the fall campaign. Leopold, a former state delegate known for knocking on thousands of doors and waving campaign signs from the sides of county roads, took a skeptical stance during the fall campaign toward keeping a security detail that cost an estimated $1 million during the eight-year tenure of Democrat Janet S. Owens.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has hired a prominent attorney with ties to the state Democratic Party to represent him, as the state prosecutor's office investigates whether Leopold improperly used his county-funded security detail to work on his recent campaign. Bruce L. Marcus, who is counsel for the Maryland Democratic State Central Committee and represented the Maryland Jockey Club in last year's fight over a planned slots parlor in Anne Arundel, is representing Leopold, a Republican.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | April 18, 1992
Private security guards will soon have an unusual assignment -- guarding police officers and civilians at the city Police Department's headquarters at 601 E. Fayette St.And while the security guards are guarding police headquarters, some police officers will be earning overtime pay while moonlighting as guards at other municipal buildings.The security guards will take their posts at headquarters July 1. They will replace the building's security detail, which is now made up of regular police officers who are on limited duty because of illnesses or injuries.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
As his security detail struggled with an armed man this month, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts held a gun to the suspect's head and punched him in the face before gaining control of the man's weapon, court documents show. Batts and his three-member security detail arrested Alante Moultrie, 20, on May 16 in the 2300 block of E. Monument St., shortly after they left the scene of a police-involved shooting. Moultrie is being held without bond on drug and gun charges. According to charging documents, Batts' driver pulled over for an unspecified reason and members of the detail - dressed in suits - approached six men standing in front of a deli.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley left Tuesday for a five-day trip to Europe that includes a "congressional pilgrimage" to northern Ireland and a conference in Amsterdam. The governor, whose Irish heritage inspired his Celtic rock band and his taste in poetry, will first visit Dublin along with civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia as part of a 50-person delegation to learn about the island's historic divide and reconciliation efforts, organizers said. O'Malley then plans to attend a conference on progressive governance in Amsterdam on Thursday and Friday before returning to Ireland, his office spokeswoman said.
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By J.H. Snider | December 16, 2013
In countries such as Russia and Iran, the public can vote in elections, but the elections are often viewed as less than fully democratic because the courts can eliminate opponents of the ruling regime from running for office. In America, courts have historically played a minimal role in narrowing the field of candidates. But Maryland appears on the verge of setting a precedent to change that. Last January, in a highly publicized trial, Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold, then Maryland's most senior Republican office holder, was convicted of misconduct in office.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, will announce his running mate Monday as he attempts to move beyond controversies that have plagued his campaign for governor, including allegations that he routinely pressed his security detail to drive unsafely. As Gansler was planning to introduce Prince George's County Del. Jolene Ivey as his choice for lieutenant governor, his campaign was scrambling to put out a political brush fire caused by reports that the attorney general routinely told his state police drivers to speed, run red lights and use lights and sirens on the way to appointments.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura A. Neuman has launched an investigation into allegations that county Police Chief Larry Tolliver used homophobic slurs and retaliated against officers whose testimony led to her predecessor's criminal conviction for misconduct. County Councilman Jamie Benoit called for the investigation in a letter to Neuman in which he recounted allegations from officers that Tolliver moved the detectives to less desirable positions and used the anti-gay term "fag.
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By J.H. Snider | January 29, 2013
Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney today found Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold guilty on two counts of misconduct for using his executive security detail for personal and political gain. Reports of his sexual escapades and urinary malfunctions have filled the public with disgust. I've attended every day of the trial. Most remarkable for me is the vague law on which the indictment against Mr. Leopold was based. Maryland's state prosecutor based his case on Mr. Leopold's general fiduciary responsibility to the public rather than the violation of clear, specific rules.
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November 1, 2011
A member of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's security detail and a motorist were injured Monday evening in an accident on the Jones Falls Expressway, according to a statement from Det. Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman. The officer was southbound in an unmarked SUV about 8:30, returning to City Hall, when the vehicle was struck at the Guilford Avenue exit by another vehicle, the statement said. The mayor was not in the SUV. Both drivers were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of injuries police called non-life threatening.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Gus G. Sentementes and Julie Bykowicz and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun Reporters | January 25, 2007
Two Baltimore police officers who had been on the security detail of the city's top prosecutor were reassigned yesterday, a day after one was seen in a courtroom congratulating a police officer who had just been acquitted of rape charges. Byron J. Conaway, an officer for eight years, and Samuel D. Bowden, an officer for 14 years, were removed from State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy's office, Police Department spokesman Matt Jablow said. Jablow would not say why the transfer occurred, and two representatives for the state's attorney's office declined to comment.
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January 23, 2013
With all the gun violence in Baltimore, I discovered that there is only one gun shop in the entire city. That one gun shop only services police, not ordinary citizens. Where are the thugs getting their guns? Gov. Martin O'Malley's zeal to curb guns has incorporated the Newtown tragedy into his mission. I must ask myself, where was he prior to Newtown? I feel he is manipulating gun control and the Newtown tragedy for his political aspirations. I do believe a number of Maryland citizens might agree with me. Governor O'Malley and gun control enthusiasts don't understand or won't understand why folks own guns.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Crying as she testified, a former scheduler for Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold told a judge Friday that she emptied her boss' urinary catheter bag several times during the workday and went along with planting signs for his 2010 re-election campaign because she feared for her job. "It was my experience that you don't tell him no because then he considered you unloyal," said Patricia Medlin, a 15-year county employee. "People lost their jobs. I've seen it. " Medlin was among the first witnesses in the trial of the Republican county executive, who is accused of using county police officers and staff members to perform personal and political tasks for him. Anne Arundel police Cpl. Joseph Pazulski, a member of Leopold's taxpayer-funded security detail, testified that he, too, planted campaign signs while on duty.
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