From the archives: Baltimore's weirdest news stories

From the archives: Baltimore's weirdest news stories

Parts of girl's body found in 4 sewers

Parts of girl's body found in 4 sewers

Murder committed only hours before, coroners believe.

Snakehead eradication begins in Crofton

August 19, 2002

Snakehead eradication begins in Crofton

As T-shirt vendors hawked their wares and the curious made a detour from their Sunday morning coffee run, a small boat bobbed in Maryland's most famous pond, spraying the first batch of chemicals that scientists hope will kill the voracious northern snakehead.

Fugitive father caught in Baltimore

August 3, 2008

Fugitive father caught in Baltimore

An international manhunt for a New England man accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter a week ago came to an end yesterday afternoon when FBI agents arrested the fugitive and rescued the girl in Mount Vernon, officials said.

'Unusual' typifies Melvin Perkins's campaign

October 22, 1978

'Unusual' typifies Melvin Perkins's campaign

The Armistead is a hotel just off The Block where winos, prostitutes and poor old people without homes can get a cheap bed and a roof over their heads.

'Homicide' actors deliver an arresting performance

October 8, 1996

'Homicide' actors deliver an arresting performance

Richard Belzer and Clark Johnson aren't real Baltimore cops, they just play them on TV.But the two cast members of "Homicide: Life on the Street" got a taste of real street life yesterday when a man suspected of shoplifting at a North Avenue pharmacy crashed the set during a rehearsal of an arrest scene and surrendered to them.

Salsbury missing as federal agents search his home

August 15, 1970

Salsbury missing as federal agents search his home

Julius Salsbury, a major gambling figure on The Block, jumped bail and apparently fled the state yesterday only hours before a federal judge struck down his appeal and ordered him to start a 15-year prison term.

DNA testing could solve condos' messy mystery

May 15, 2010

DNA testing could solve condos' messy mystery

Someone of the canine persuasion has been leaving his business all over the Scarlett Place condominiums near the Inner Harbor. And the condo board says the only way to find the culprit: mandated DNA tests for every dog in the building.

Edith, the Toothless

December 17, 1982

Edith, the Toothless

Dental history of sorts was made in Baltimore yesterday when movie star Edith Massey lost her last remaining tooth.

300 occupants vacate homes over cavern

June 11, 1951

300 occupants vacate homes over cavern

With only a thin crust of concrete separating their home from collapse into a great underground pit, 20 persons yesterday abandoned their houses in the 600 block East Clement Street.

Police seize fourth 'Deep Throat'; judge sets hearing Friday on appeal

May 30, 1974

Police seize fourth 'Deep Throat'; judge sets hearing Friday on appeal

"Deep Throat" was showing in two Baltimore locations yesterday morning -- at a North Avenue movie theater and in the courtroom of Judge James W. Murphy.

Cordova gets burned

May 23, 2002

Cordova gets burned

Oroiles manager Mike Hargrove did not put left fielder Marty Cordova in the lineup yesterday because Cordova has been advised to stay out of the sun after burning his face in a tanning bed Monday.

Officials worry after drugs are found in gumballs

July 29, 2006

Officials worry after drugs are found in gumballs

Most of the time, police aren't surprised when they find a ballpoint pen crammed with cocaine, or illicit pills stashed in a secret compartment of a running shoe. But when a bag full of smiley-faced gumballs hollowed out and stuffed like mushrooms with marijuana were confiscated early this year at a Howard County high school and last week in Northern Virginia, it took authorities by surprise.

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