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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | January 19, 2001
George E. Andrew, a Baltimore policeman who swung a maul the way Babe Ruth swung a bat during a vice squad career of bashing the doors of bookmaking parlors, porn theaters and brothels, died Monday from complications of renal failure at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. He was 86. Like his colorful uncle, Capt. Alexander Emerson, who headed the squad during the 1940s and 1950s and was known as the "Man With a Maul," Mr. Andrew was feared by gamblers and others who operated outside the law. During his 14-year tenure as head of the vice squad, the longtime Catonsville resident was proud that he had worn out 25 or 30 mauls in pursuit of justice.
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By Kevin Rector | May 15, 2013
Welcome to Gay Matters, a new home for gay news and commentary at The Baltimore Sun. As website real estate, this blog is something new and perhaps long overdue. But we've been doing this work -- covering news relevant to the gay community -- for a very long time. I took a look back -- all the way back to microfilm -- and found the evidence. In 1955, for example, there were 162 men and women arrested on charges of disorderly conduct at the Pepper Hill Club on North Gay Street in "the largest night-club raid ever made in Baltimore," after male patrons among the club's largely gay clientele were seen kissing each other.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | June 14, 1999
The vice squad of the Baltimore Police Department is criticizing mayoral candidate A. Robert Kaufman's call to legalize prostitution in the city.Two weeks ago, Kaufman, a 68-year-old Walbrook Junction Democrat, called prostitution a "victimless" crime that should be regulated by the city Health Department. Founder of the City Wide Coalition citizens group pushing for insurance reform, Kaufman said creating a red-light district for prostitution would help change Baltimore's standing as a city with a high rate of venereal disease.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 7, 2004
On a wintry January day in 1954, an 18-year-old from South Baltimore started his first day on the job as a telephone clerk in the city's Southern Police District. In those days, that was the place where kids who wanted to be police officers grew into the job. Over the next 50 years, Julius O. Neveker Sr. saw a bit of everything when it came to the seamy sides of the city. He saw bloody stabbing scenes. He saw the damage done during the street riots of 1968. He saw commissioners and mayors come and go. And, on one memorable night some 30 years ago, while he was a member of the city vice squad, he helped round up more than 100 female impersonators on prostitution charges.
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By Scott Wilson and Scott Wilson,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Tom Bowman contributed to this article | August 13, 1997
Capt. Michael W. John, chief spokesman for Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton, was arrested last weekend and charged with soliciting an undercover male police officer to have sex.Anne Arundel County police arrested John at 11: 40 p.m. Friday near an adult video and book store in Annapolis that has been the target of a two-week vice squad operation. John, 43, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of solicitation that together carry a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1998
The Block.The mere mention of the two words conjures up images of shadows melding in dimly lighted corners of strip bars long accused of cloaking prostitution and drugs.But last month, three Block bars agreed to pay $5,400 in fines for a series of infractions -- the least of which included: "dancer removing top to expose breasts." In addition, the number of cases against Block bars heard by the city's Board of Liquor Licenses has almost doubled in the past year, with fines rising by 71 percent to $26,000, the most in recent memory.
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June 22, 1994
* K. T. Stevens, 74, a theater, film and television actress and theatrical-union official, died of lung cancer June 13 at her home in Brentwood, Calif. Ms. Stevens, the former wife of film actor Hugh Marlowe, played leading roles in such films as "Address Unknown" (1944), and "Vice Squad" (1953). More recently, she appeared in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1969). Her television credits include appearances on several soap operas.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2001
Complaints about a large group of aggressive prostitutes on a stretch of North Calvert Street prompted a police sweep netting 18 arrests by early yesterday -- most of them males wearing women's clothing, authorities said. Sgt. Craig Gentile, the Central District vice squad commander, said the department had received complaints in the past two weeks from more than a dozen people -- including several transvestites who live in the neighborhood -- about loud, often vulgar, skimpily dressed people soliciting motorists and pedestrians along a four-block stretch of Calvert from Read to Preston streets.
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By NATHAN MILLER | July 25, 1993
Washington. -- Rumors of widespread homosexuality at U.S. Navy bases . . .Witch hunts for gays in the military . . .Entrapment of homosexuals . . .Dishonorable discharges and long prison terms . . .These topics seem ripped from today's headlines but in reality they reflect the military attitude toward homosexuals in the past. Although gay leaders may attack the Pentagon's solution to the question of homosexuals in the military -- not to question recruits LTC about their sexual preferences and to discharge gays only if they come out of the closet -- it seems almost benign when measured against past practices.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 7, 2004
On a wintry January day in 1954, an 18-year-old from South Baltimore started his first day on the job as a telephone clerk in the city's Southern Police District. In those days, that was the place where kids who wanted to be police officers grew into the job. Over the next 50 years, Julius O. Neveker Sr. saw a bit of everything when it came to the seamy sides of the city. He saw bloody stabbing scenes. He saw the damage done during the street riots of 1968. He saw commissioners and mayors come and go. And, on one memorable night some 30 years ago, while he was a member of the city vice squad, he helped round up more than 100 female impersonators on prostitution charges.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2002
The author of The Gangs of New York, the 1928 book Martin Scorsese mined for his new movie, ignited one of H.L. Mencken's great free speech fights against comstocks, pecksniffs and wowsers. Herbert Asbury first shot to fame when a story he wrote got Mencken's American Mercury banned in Boston. The Boston vice squad arrested the great man himself April 5, 1926, on The Common when he sold a copy of the forbidden journal to the Rev. J. Frank Chase, secretary of the New England Watch and Ward Society.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2001
Complaints about a large group of aggressive prostitutes on a stretch of North Calvert Street prompted a police sweep netting 18 arrests by early yesterday -- most of them males wearing women's clothing, authorities said. Sgt. Craig Gentile, the Central District vice squad commander, said the department had received complaints in the past two weeks from more than a dozen people -- including several transvestites who live in the neighborhood -- about loud, often vulgar, skimpily dressed people soliciting motorists and pedestrians along a four-block stretch of Calvert from Read to Preston streets.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2001
A city police lieutenant who was supposed to be at work was instead at a West Baltimore club packed with strippers when it was raided early Sunday by authorities who allege alcohol was being sold illegally, police sources said yesterday. Lt. John M. Mack, a 17-year veteran, was ordered to desk duty and was relieved of his gun and badge. Department sources said Mack was scheduled to work from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. supervising detectives in the Northwestern District when Ronnie's West Side Gallery, in the 2100 block of W. Lanvale St., was raided about 1:50 a.m. The sources also said that Mack's 9 mm Glock handgun was found behind the establishment's bar - a violation of the department's strict guidelines governing the proper handling of weapons.
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By Michael Olesker | January 21, 2001
GEORGE ANDREW, the old city vice squad cop who got away from us last week, at 86, won't need his trusty 16-pound maul to get through heaven's doors. The angels are waiting for George. He played by all the ancient rules of morality when he was barging in on Baltimore's bookmakers and porno theaters. The problem was the old rules had shifted, and the guys like Andrew had to work with them while society figured out new ones. Into the 1970s, he went after a generation of guys taking bets on three-digit numbers - gambling was immoral, the state declared self-righteously - and he was flabbergasted when the state itself, checking the profit margins, decided to become the biggest lottery operator of them all. He staged raids on North Avenue on a theater showing the porno movie "Deep Throat" - and he never imagined a time when such a movie would seem tame compared to the stuff available on any home computer.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | January 19, 2001
George E. Andrew, a Baltimore policeman who swung a maul the way Babe Ruth swung a bat during a vice squad career of bashing the doors of bookmaking parlors, porn theaters and brothels, died Monday from complications of renal failure at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. He was 86. Like his colorful uncle, Capt. Alexander Emerson, who headed the squad during the 1940s and 1950s and was known as the "Man With a Maul," Mr. Andrew was feared by gamblers and others who operated outside the law. During his 14-year tenure as head of the vice squad, the longtime Catonsville resident was proud that he had worn out 25 or 30 mauls in pursuit of justice.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2000
Patricia McGlauflin Mullen Beauchamp, a retired Baltimore police colonel, died of leukemia Friday at her Abingdon home. She was 55. Mrs. Beauchamp was the first woman appointed to the Baltimore Police Department's command staff. She was instrumental in developing policies that made the agency more sensitive to adults and children who were victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Mrs. Beauchamp joined the department as a civilian employee in 1963. After seven years as chief of the community services bureau, she retired as a colonel in 1994.
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By Kevin Rector | May 15, 2013
Welcome to Gay Matters, a new home for gay news and commentary at The Baltimore Sun. As website real estate, this blog is something new and perhaps long overdue. But we've been doing this work -- covering news relevant to the gay community -- for a very long time. I took a look back -- all the way back to microfilm -- and found the evidence. In 1955, for example, there were 162 men and women arrested on charges of disorderly conduct at the Pepper Hill Club on North Gay Street in "the largest night-club raid ever made in Baltimore," after male patrons among the club's largely gay clientele were seen kissing each other.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin | August 24, 1998
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes in Baltimore and Baltimore County.Southeastern DistrictArrests: Vice squad officers arrested a Silver Spring husband and wife in The Apex Cinema in the 100 block of S. Broadway on Friday night and charged them with indecent exposure. The couple and four male patrons in the theater, which shows adult movies, also were charged with attempting to perform sex acts in a public place. Lt. George Klein, head of the district's vice squad, said the six were arrested when the husband used a tiny flashlight with a red lens to signal men in the theater who wanted to have sex with his wife.
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | June 14, 1999
The vice squad of the Baltimore Police Department is criticizing mayoral candidate A. Robert Kaufman's call to legalize prostitution in the city.Two weeks ago, Kaufman, a 68-year-old Walbrook Junction Democrat, called prostitution a "victimless" crime that should be regulated by the city Health Department. Founder of the City Wide Coalition citizens group pushing for insurance reform, Kaufman said creating a red-light district for prostitution would help change Baltimore's standing as a city with a high rate of venereal disease.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin | August 24, 1998
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes in Baltimore and Baltimore County.Southeastern DistrictArrests: Vice squad officers arrested a Silver Spring husband and wife in The Apex Cinema in the 100 block of S. Broadway on Friday night and charged them with indecent exposure. The couple and four male patrons in the theater, which shows adult movies, also were charged with attempting to perform sex acts in a public place. Lt. George Klein, head of the district's vice squad, said the six were arrested when the husband used a tiny flashlight with a red lens to signal men in the theater who wanted to have sex with his wife.
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