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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 11, 2000
Baltimore's police commissioner promoted 40 officers at a ceremony at City Hall Plaza last night and named a new commander for the Western District, his first change of a station house leader since he was confirmed in May. Lt. Paula T. Johnson, a 15-year veteran, was elevated to the rank of major; she joins 25 other majors and is the only female African-American to hold that post in the 3,200-member department. She will replace Maj. Kenneth Blackwell, a 31-year veteran who has led the Western District since June 1998.
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September 4, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police say a man who is legally blind was attacked and robbed as he walked along a street in Severn early Thursday. Police said at about 12:35 a.m., officers were called to the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive in Severn for report of strong arm robbery. There a 25-year-old man, who is legally blind, told officers that he was walking along Pioneer Drive when he was attacked by multiple suspects - one grabbed the man from behind and began to choke him while another when into the victim's pocket and removed an undisclosed amount of cash.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2000
Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris said last night that he has identified the officer who mailed an anonymous letter of complaint to his home and that the officer has been transferred to a desk job. The 48-year-old veteran Western District sergeant, whose name was not released, faces administrative misconduct charges for using a police computer to get the commissioner's address, Norris said. "Sending the letter to my home was clearly done to harass and annoy," Norris said.
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By Ian Duncan and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Baltimore police are investigating two shootings that occurred Wednesday evening in southeast and West Baltimore and left two men in the hospital. Officers first responded at 5:12 p.m. to the 400 block of N. Bouldin St. in the Ellwood Park/Monument neighborhood for a report of a man shot in the back. They found an unidentified 30-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his back. He was transported to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday evening.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2001
Baltimore police officials were growing concerned about a recent spike in burglaries in the Western District -- especially after they realized 40 fugitives lived in the district who were wanted on burglary charges. "We want to get some of these guys off the streets," said Maj. Antonio Williams, commander of the Western District, which has seen a 31 percent increase in burglaries over last year. So Williams and Capt. Gary D'Addario formed a warrant task force of six officers in an effort to arrest burglary suspects and some of the more than 2,600 fugitives who are wanted for various crimes and are believed to be living in the district, Williams said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2010
A 20-year-old man was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon in front of a small corner church in West Baltimore, police said. The man, who was identified Thursday at Marcus Brown, was shot multiple times at West Lanvale and North Payson streets, in the Midtown-Edmondson neighborhood, at about 12:45 p.m. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and pronounced dead before 1:30 p.m. At the scene, a bike lay on its side as wind pushed evidence markers...
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October 10, 1990
Seventeen people were arrested overnight on drug possession and handgun charges as city police from Western District's Drug Enforcement Unit conducted "Operation Zebra."Police said 15 people were charged with drug possession and two others were charged with handgun violations.Those arrested were being held at the Western District today awaiting bail hearings.The exact locations of the raids were not released, but they were said to be throughout the district, which includes areas between Fremont Avenue and Poplar Grove Street.
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By Richard Irwin | December 21, 1992
BALTIMORE CITYTHEFT: Western District -- Someone entered a 1988 Jeep Cherokee while it was parked in the 2000 block of N. Monroe St. Saturday and stole a set of jumper cables and $2.ROBBERY: Western District -- A deliveryman for Murray's fuel and oil in the 1300 block of Bloomingdale Road was standing at the back of his truck in the 2000 block of Winchester St. Sunday afternoon when two men, one armed with a handgun, ordered him to give up his money....
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By The following accounts were compiled by Richard Irwin from police records in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County | December 8, 1992
BURGLARY: Western District -- A 20-inch TV, telephone, pool table and an electronic game, all valued at $400, were stolen Sunday evening from a house in the 300 block of N. Carrollton Ave. by someone who entered through the basement door.
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June 22, 2003
Northern District 939 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park 410-222-6135 Eastern District 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena 410-222-6145 Western District 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton 410-222-6155 Southern District 2972 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater 410-222-1961 Headquarters 8495 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Baltimore's nearly $2.2 million proposal to reduce violent crime received preliminary approval from the City Council Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. The proposal would support Operation CeaseFire, a program aimed at reducing recidivism rates among violent offenders; and a youth center to hold minors who break curfew; and includes $1.2 million in city gambling revenue for overtime and staffing in high-crime areas. As the mayor stressed the need for the supplemental funding at a Monday evening news conference at City Hall, she said less than 1 percent of Western District residents committed more than 60 percent of the killings and more than 70 percent of the nonfatal shootings in that area.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Odis Lee Sistrunk Jr., a retired Baltimore police lieutenant colonel known as the "Big O," died of undetermined causes May 19 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 65. Born in Steubenville, Ohio, he was the son of Odis Lee Sistrunk Sr., a steelworker, and Winnie Mae Sistrunk, a homemaker. He was a 1968 graduate of Steubenville High School, where he played on the basketball team. He joined the Job Corps in New York and responded to an ad that said Baltimore was recruiting police cadets.
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By Angie Reyburn | April 28, 2014
adrnews@aol.com 301-648-5410 Spring has finally sprung and Earth Day may be over but protecting our environment and preserving our land is an ongoing process. On Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Scenic Rivers Land Trust will be celebrating its 25th birthday with a garden party fundraiser at Hidden View Farm, located at 702 Defense Highway, in Crownsville. For detailed information, go to srlt.org. For those not familiar with the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, here is a brief description.
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Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
A 20-year-old woman was treated for a graze wound to the chest after she was hit by a bullet while standing in the street early Sunday morning. Officers responded to an area hospital at about 1:45 a.m. for a report of a walk-in shooting victim. The woman, who was not identified, said was she was standing in the 2400 block of W. Franklin Street when she heard a gunshot and realized she had been shot. Detectives from the Western district are investigating. Andrea.walker@baltsun.com
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Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
An 18-year-old man was found in his crashed car in West Baltimore Saturday night with a gunshot wound to his head, Baltimore police said. Officers investigating a car accident at 8:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Cooks Lane found the unidentified man. The car had crashed into a telephone pole. The victim is being treated at an area hospital. Detectives with the Southwest district are investigating. Several hours later, a 20-year-old woman was treated for a graze wound to the chest after she was hit by a bullet while standing in the street early Sunday morning.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
City police were investigating an afternoon fatal shooting in West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. The shooting was reported by the department at about 4:45 p.m., and police said an unidentified man had died from his injuries. Details were not immediately available. The Western District has seen seven killings in the past month and 39 homicides for the year, easily the most of any of the city's nine police districts. Homicides in the police department's Western District had been slashed significantly in recent years; after recording 54 murders in 2003 and 41 as recently as 2007, the number of murders dropped to 24 in 2011.
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By Richard Irwin | March 2, 1994
Baltimore CityTHEFT: Western District -- A 40-foot aluminum extension ladder valued at $400 was stolen from Marco Inc. in the 2000 block of W. Fayette St. Monday.THEFT: Western District -- A 37-year-old woman was arrested Monday when she tried to leave the Farm Fresh store at Mondawmin Mall without paying for several cans of evaporated milk and a roll of paper towels.ROBBERY: Western District -- A gunman wearing dark clothing and a ski mask robbed the Dynasty Lounge in the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave. of nearly $300 Monday.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
The Baltimore Police Department is short almost one-sixth of the officers it should have as it girds for warmer weather and increased violence - prompting top brass to once again exceed their overtime budget to fill patrol cars. "At the most problematic time for crime, we have a high vacancy rate," Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts told the City Council at a budget hearing earlier this month about the city's fiscal plan for the year that begins in July. Batts blamed the staffing shortage on challenges retaining officers as he asked the City Council to approve his budget proposal, which includes $20 million for overtime - an amount the department has exceeded in the past two fiscal years.
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