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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Amid the unfolding jail scandal in Baltimore right now, there are two things relevant to the gay community that I want to bring up. I'm not sure if there are any connections between the two, or if one affects the other. But viewed together, they do present some interesting questions. First: Non-heterosexual inmates in jails and prisons across the country reported a far greater degree of sexual victimization in the last two years than their straight counterparts, according to a study released by the U.S. Department of Justice last week.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
When Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman first suggested withholding state tax refunds from people who have open warrants nearly three years ago, critics said it was a foolish pursuit. "One of the criticisms I got was, 'How many criminals have jobs where they are going to get a tax refund?'" he recalled. He couldn't say. Now he can. "There were 396," he told the County Council during a recent budget hearing. This past tax season - the first with the program fully in effect - that's the number of letters the state comptroller's office sent, telling people if they wanted their money, they'd have to clear their open Anne Arundel County warrants.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455. Art Museum Drive Unit block, between 6 and 7:55 p.m. April 25. Bag, dictophone, headphones. medical record and papers stolen from vehicle. West Belvedere Aveue 2400 block at 8 a.m. April 23. Unattended costume jewelry stolen during vendor event.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
Authorities from Baltimore and Howard counties entered a Reisterstown home using a "no-knock" warrant before a resident attacked an officer with a sword last year, according to newly released police records. An officer fought back, fatally shooting the man. Police say such warrants, which allow officers to enter a home without announcing their presence, are necessary when dealing with high-risk subjects. But critics argued at the time that such cases illustrate the danger of taking residents by surprise.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
A Baltimore City police sergeant faces up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted Friday of perjury and malfeasance for using false information to obtain a search and seizure warrant. Sgt. Dennis W. Workley, who joined the force in 1996, was charged with the misdemeanors last May after a complaint to the department spurred a months-long, joint investigation by the city police's internal affairs unit and state's attorney's office. In a statement Friday, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the department, which initiated the investigation, "has an obligation to preserve the public trust.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2013
A jury declared Tuesday that it was hopelessly deadlocked over the case of a Baltimore police officer accused of secretly tape-recording a judge. The impasse triggered a mistrial that leaves the sergeant's fate uncertain. Sgt. Carlos M. Vila, an 18-year-veteran police officer, was charged with recording a telephone argument with a judge designated to sign search warrants after normal business hours. Prosecutors said the recording violated the state's wiretap laws. Vila wanted District Judge Joan B. Gordon to sign a warrant on a Saturday night to search a car in which a shooting victim had been found.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2013
Law enforcement officials are watching a test program in Anne Arundel County that entices people with open criminal warrants to turn themselves in — so they can get their state tax refunds. Thus far, the results of dangling a refund as bait have stunned the sheriff who pitched the one-year pilot project. "If I had gotten 10, that would be good, too. But 134? That's huge," said Sheriff Ron Bateman. "It's baseball season, and this is a grand slam. " Under the measure adopted last year, and which went into practical effect with the current tax season, the comptroller's office blocks Maryland tax refunds of residents of Anne Arundel County, and others, who have unserved warrants in Anne Arundel.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
Lawyers for Baltimore say a group of Westport residents seeking an injunction to stop construction of the Horseshoe Casino along Russell Street have no legal standing and are being used by a shadowy organization more concerned with delaying the facility opening than environmental factors. In a response filed Tuesday, city solicitors Matthew W. Nayden and Daniel J. Sparaco dismissed the group's claim that the city and the Maryland Department of the Environment colluded to allow CBAC Gaming to avoid following protocol for publicly discussing and planning cleanup of the site.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Baltimore police moved Monday to increase foot patrols over the next month and conduct street sweeps of violent fugitives after a weekend that saw six people killed and continued a violent start to 2013. Baltimore has recorded 35 homicides this year, a 40 percent increase over the same period in 2012. The spike made for the deadliest January and February in the city in four years. The increase has been particularly alarming to residents of West Baltimore, which has been the scene of 11 killings since Jan. 1. Two men were killed within five blocks of each other there Saturday and Sunday.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
Facing first-degree murder and other charges stemming from a fatal shooting Dec. 12, Clarence Eugene Johnson III of Annapolis turned himself in Wednesday to the law enforcement officials, Annapolis police said. Police responded to a report of a shooting at a home in the 1400 block of Tyler Avenue around 9:20 p.m. Joseph Johnson III , 33, of Brooklyn - no relation to Clarence Johnson - had been shot and killed. Jana Jackson, 31, was seriously wounded. Police had issued a warrant for Clarence Johnson in connection to the case, and his attorney said Tuesday that his client maintained his innocence.
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