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Shooting victims allege in lawsuit that Baltimore police hold their keys, cash long after needed, victimizing them twice

Shooting victims allege in lawsuit that Baltimore police hold their keys, cash long after needed, victimizing them twice

Baltimore police unconstitutionally seize and hold the car keys, money and clothes of shooting victims for months without establishing their value as evidence in criminal investigations, according to a federal lawsuit. Two Baltimore City residents and a Baltimore County resident say they were the victims of shootings in the city and that investigating officers took their valuables and haven’t returned them. The suit names the department, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, former commissioners Gary Tuggle and Darryl De Sousa as well as some named and unnamed detectives and officers....

Apr 14
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A record number of fatal overdoses ravaged Maryland in 2020, ‘exacerbated’ by COVID pandemic, report shows

A record number of fatal overdoses ravaged Maryland in 2020, ‘exacerbated’ by COVID pandemic, report shows

More than 2,700 people in Maryland died from drug and alcohol overdoses last year, the most ever recorded in a single year as fatalities jumped during the heart of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new state report. A by Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center shows that 2,773 people died to drug and alcohol overdoses, 394 more than in 2019 and 376 more than the previous record set in 2018, when 2,406 people died from overdoses. Advertisement The overwhelming majority of deaths — 2,499 — came from opioid-related overdoses. The bulk of those overdoses were attributed to fentanyl,...

Apr 13
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Baltimore will keep homeless in hotels through June, but hasn’t tapped federal money set aside to pay for it

Baltimore will keep homeless in hotels through June, but hasn’t tapped federal money set aside to pay for it

Baltimore will continue housing about 500 homeless residents in hotel rooms at least through June, extending a program designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, even though it has not yet applied for $35 million in federal money that would pay for it. Tisha Edwards, the acting director of the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services, said the city made the decision in early March to extend its contracts with local hotels rather than let them expire while and hospitalizations. Advertisement “As long as there is a need, we are more than willing to make those hotels available,” Edwards said of...

Apr 8
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Boy, 14, charged in fatal shooting of 15-year-old in Northwest Baltimore

Boy, 14, charged in fatal shooting of 15-year-old in Northwest Baltimore

Homicide detectives have charged a 14-year-old boy with the fatal shooting last week of a 15-year-old in Northwest Baltimore. Police identified the suspect as Damonyae Malone, and he was arrested Monday night. He is charged with killing Jaileel Jones, who was shot on March 4 in the 5100 block of Chalgrove Ave. Jaileel was Advertisement Maryland court records state that Malone has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as attempted murder, assault and weapons offenses. In a release that did not name Malone, police said that he knew Jones and that “this incident stemmed...

Mar 9
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Baltimore Police trainee arrested and charged with harassing women who wouldn’t invite him to party, court records show

Baltimore Police trainee arrested and charged with harassing women who wouldn’t invite him to party, court records show

A Baltimore Police officer trainee was fired after being arrested and charged with harassment and assault after three women told authorities the officer had chased after them and struck their car when they declined to invite him to a party, according to charging documents. Jordan Ali, a 22-year-old Baltimore Police trainee hired in March 2020, was arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of harassment and one count of reckless endangerment, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed Sunday. Advertisement Charging documents state that Ali was...

Feb 7
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At least 9 Maryland residents arrested in connection with riots at U.S. Capitol, including man charged with carrying gun on grounds

At least 9 Maryland residents arrested in connection with riots at U.S. Capitol, including man charged with carrying gun on grounds

At least nine Marylanders were arrested in the riots at the U.S. Capitol, including a 33-year-old man facing charges for allegedly carrying a pistol and high-capacity magazine onto Capitol grounds. D.C. police announced the arrests of about 70 people in allThose arrested had traveled from Arizona, Oregon, Florida and other states, police said. Advertisement One Maryland man, 33-year-old Christopher Alberts, was arrested after he was seen carrying the pistol without a license and the high-capacity magazine, according to D.C. police. It’s illegal to carry guns onto the Capitol grounds....

January 7, 2021
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‘Stop golfing and concede’: Trump and Maryland Gov. Hogan spar again after president criticizes South Korean tests

‘Stop golfing and concede’: Trump and Maryland Gov. Hogan spar again after president criticizes South Korean tests

President Donald Trump again took aim at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in a tweet Sunday morning, bringing attention to questions surrounding a batch of coronavirus tests the state bought from a South Korean company. The Republican president tweeted a link to a post on the Breitbart website Sunday that referenced a Washington Post article, which reported on ongoing questions about the tests that were slow to be put into use and had to be replaced. Advertisement “This RINO will never make the grade,” Trump wrote, using an acronym for “Republican in Name Only.” “Hogan is just as bad as the flawed...

November 22, 2020
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Baltimore police fatally shoot suspect in exchange of gunfire that also injured officer, commissioner says

Baltimore police fatally shoot suspect in exchange of gunfire that also injured officer, commissioner says

Baltimore police shot and killed a person in an exchange of gunfire that also wounded an officer Monday morning, Commissioner Michael Harrison said. Harrison said an unidentified suspect was shot multiple times by Baltimore police officers after the man shot an officer in the upper thigh in the city’s Rosemont neighborhood. Advertisement Members of the department’s Warrant Apprehension Task Force were in an unmarked vehicle doing surveillance as part of a domestic violence investigation at the intersection of North Ellamont Street and Westwood Avenue around 9:41 a.m. when the shooting...

November 9, 2020
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Maryland Senate committee holds hearing on reforming police while trying to define what that means

Maryland Senate committee holds hearing on reforming police while trying to define what that means

Amid the growing national debate over police brutality and race relations, a Maryland Senate committee convened Tuesdayto discuss a slew of potential police reform legislation in advance of next year’s General Assembly. Tuesday’s Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing lasted five hours and touched on seven different pieces of legislation, ranging from establishing a use-of-force policy for all of Maryland’s police departments to eliminating no-knock warrants. Advertisement In a sometimes-tense meeting punctuated with accusations of anti-police sentiment and partisan tactics, chairman Will...

September 23, 2020
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At least 46 shot, including 12 who died, in Baltimore during eight-day stretch of surging violence

At least 46 shot, including 12 who died, in Baltimore during eight-day stretch of surging violence

As violence fluctuated this summer in Baltimore, the most recent week in September left at least 46 people shot throughout the city — 12 of them dead since last Sunday, Sept. 6, according to Baltimore police data. Baltimore police confirmed on Sunday that from Sept. 6 to Sept. 13, 34 people were injured in shootings and 12 others were killed. when 12 people had been shot, two others were killed and one person was fatally stabbed. The latest shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of N. Calhoun St., where a 47-year-old man was injured. Advertisement On Friday, the hearts of...

September 14, 2020
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