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  • Police arrest Baltimore dirt bike "godfather," allege he maintained a "chop shop"

    Police arrest Baltimore dirt bike "godfather," allege he maintained a "chop shop"

    In a continuing attempt to crack down on dirt bike riding on city streets, Baltimore Police recently charged several riders including a man considered the "godfather of the 12 O'Clock Boys," who they say was maintaining a "chop shop" for stolen bikes and parts. Court records show 40-year-old Dawayne...

  • Head Start bus collides with car; no injuries to students

    Head Start bus collides with car; no injuries to students

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Police in Hagerstown say no students were hurt when a Head Start bus collided with a car. Spokeswoman Heather Aleshire says the driver of the car, a Nissan Sentra, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after the crash shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday a few blocks east...

  • Delaware prison warden placed on leave after inmate uprising

    Delaware prison warden placed on leave after inmate uprising

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The warden of a Delaware prison where inmates staged an uprising and hostage taking in which a prison guard was killed has been placed on leave. Department of Correction officials said Tuesday that David Pierce, warden of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, has been placed on...

  • Man, 22, charged in New Year's Eve shooting in Baltimore

    Man, 22, charged in New Year's Eve shooting in Baltimore

    A 22-year-old Windsor Mill man was arrested Monday in connection with a New Year's Eve shooting in Baltimore, police said Tuesday. Jevontay Johnson, of the 2600 block of Hallam Court, is charged with attempted murder in the shooting, in which a 32-year-old man was shot in the back in the first...

  • Politics aside, General Assembly Democrats see areas of agreement in Hogan's agenda

    Politics aside, General Assembly Democrats see areas of agreement in Hogan's agenda

    Amid the partisan sniping between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrats who run the General Assembly, lawmakers are holding hearings on a number of administration proposals likely to gain bipartisan support. Hogan's top priority is repealing what he calls the "road kill bill," the transportation...

  • Missing Carroll County woman found dead in her car

    Missing Carroll County woman found dead in her car

    A Carroll County woman who was missing for more than two weeks was found dead in her car in Reisterstown on Monday, hours after her parents spoke at a news conference to plead for her to return. Kristin Marie Spurrier, 25, who had been missing since Feb. 4, was found dead around 4 p.m. in the area...

  • Baltimore County police investigating two shootings

    Baltimore County police investigating two shootings

    Baltimore County police are investigating two shootings Sunday and early Monday morning. On Sunday, a man took himself to MedStar Franklin Square Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body, and told police he had been shot along Route 40 by an unknown suspect. The 24-year-old victim was released...

  • Person shot in Odenton

    Person shot in Odenton

    A person was shot and injured in Odenton on Monday evening, police said. The victim was found around 6 p.m. in the 1300 block of Tenbrook Road in the Chapelgate community, according to police. The victim was taken to a hospital and was alert and conscious and in stable condition, police said. The...

  • Guinness makes its pitch to Maryland lawmakers

    Guinness makes its pitch to Maryland lawmakers

    The owner of Guinness beer made a pitch to state lawmakers Monday to increase the amount of beer that can be sold at the brewery it's planning to open in Relay. The Guinness brewery will draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and help "create a Maryland beer halo" that will boost the beer industry,...

  • Same sex marriage laws associated with drop in suicide rates among high school students, Hopkins study finds

    Same sex marriage laws associated with drop in suicide rates among high school students, Hopkins study finds

    States that legalized same-sex marriage before it became federal law two years ago saw a sharp decline in suicide attempts by high school students, according to an analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers compared the suicide rates of 32 states...

  • Drone racing league coming to Baltimore

    Drone racing league coming to Baltimore

    Drones conduct surveillance and airstrikes, take pictures of crops and real estate, and soon may deliver Amazon orders and even pizza. It's only natural that people already have begun racing them. Racing leagues have sprung up around the world, and this spring one will come to Baltimore. Global...

  • Body found in burning house in Baltimore

    Body found in burning house in Baltimore

    A man was found dead in a burning house in Northwest Baltimore on Monday afternoon, the city fire department said. The man was found before 4 p.m. in the 4600 block of Pall Mall Road in the Parklane neighborhood. The vacant two-story duplex had heavy fire showing from the second floor, according...

  • Barnes & Noble will close Towson store in May

    Barnes & Noble will close Towson store in May

    Barnes & Noble said Monday it will close its Towson store at the end of May. "The property is going through a major re-development, which would not allow for us to remain in place during the construction," David Deason, vice president of development at Barnes & Noble, said in an email. The Towson...

  • Medifast's Take Shape For Life changes name to Optavia

    Medifast's Take Shape For Life changes name to Optavia

    Weight loss company Medifast Inc. said Monday it plans to change the name of its direct selling subsidiary to Optavia from Take Shape For Life in July and introduced new "clean label" food products under the new brand name. The newest Optavia Essentials Fueling products, including bars, shakes...

  • Terps center Michal Cekovsky will miss rest of season after fracturing ankle

    Terps center Michal Cekovsky will miss rest of season after fracturing ankle

    Late-season injuries often impact the outcome of seasons for college basketball teams, and No. 24 Maryland will now be dealing with one of its own. A day after junior center Michal Cekovsky appeared to roll his left ankle late in a 71-60 loss at Wisconsin, the team announced that the 7-1 Slovakian...

  • Morgan, Coppin, UMES join coalition partnering with U.S. to advance research in energy

    Morgan, Coppin, UMES join coalition partnering with U.S. to advance research in energy

    Morgan and Coppin state universities and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore have joined a national coalition of historically black colleges partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy to foster joint research projects, student internships and expanded access to solar power. The coalition...

  • Marilyn Mosby, with growing coalition, pushes sexual assault legislation for fourth year

    Marilyn Mosby, with growing coalition, pushes sexual assault legislation for fourth year

    As an upstart candidate for Baltimore state's attorney, Marilyn Mosby went to Annapolis in 2013 pushing a bill to help prosecute repeat sex offenders. Filed late in the session, it had just one sponsor and went nowhere. This year, Mosby is back for a fourth try, with passage in the Senate last...

  • Baltimore prepares to launch $12 million youth fund

    Baltimore prepares to launch $12 million youth fund

    Baltimore officials are preparing to launch a new $12 million fund for children and teens that will be one of the city's largest distributors of grant money. City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young will convene a 34-member task force Tuesday to create a framework for sending money to community...

  • Man shot near Mondawmin

    Man shot near Mondawmin

    A man was shot in the leg in the Mondawmin area on Monday afternoon, Baltimore police said. The victim was found around 3:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of North Payson Street, police said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police did not have further details on the circumstances. Two other...

  • Solar jobs soar as Maryland prioritizes renewable energy

    Solar jobs soar as Maryland prioritizes renewable energy

    Matt McDonough and his crew rolled up to the Brooklyn Park home around 8 a.m., unloaded their ladders, harnesses and tools, and got to work tiling another roof with solar panels. It was a typical workday for the four-man team. They don't talk much as they check electrical connections and begin hauling...

  • Hopkins Bloomberg study: Parents not keeping opioids away from children, teenagers

    Hopkins Bloomberg study: Parents not keeping opioids away from children, teenagers

    Parents are leaving their opioid prescriptions out in the open, on counters and dressers, inadvertently giving children, especially teenagers, easy access to the pills, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers surveyed 681 adults who use the...

  • Man's body found in Middle River

    Man's body found in Middle River

    Baltimore County police said they found a man's body in Middle River on Sunday evening. Authorities were called around 5:30 p.m. for a report of a body floating in the water at Midthorne Park, near the first block of Whitethorn Way. The man was later pronounced dead at MedStar Franklin Square Hospital....

  • Spotlighting a press for older writers

    Spotlighting a press for older writers

    By any standard, Henry Morgenthau III has led an extraordinary life. His father, Henry Morgenthau Jr., was secretary of the treasury under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression. His grandfather was the U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I. And Morgenthau...

  • College students show off power, creativity of software systems at Hopkins hackathon

    College students show off power, creativity of software systems at Hopkins hackathon

    Teams of college students from across the country gathered at the Johns Hopkins University's biannual HopHacks event Sunday to show off. They built software to help people seek out money lenders from remote parts of the world, even if they can't read or write. An app that uses technology known as...

  • Melo Trimble gets little help as Maryland loses at Wisconsin, 71-60

    Melo Trimble gets little help as Maryland loses at Wisconsin, 71-60

    This was what many expected from the Maryland men’s basketball team this season, before three freshmen starters showed that the Terps were more than just junior guard Melo Trimble.

  • Man shot in Perryman, Harford County Sheriff's Office says

    Man shot in Perryman, Harford County Sheriff's Office says

    A man was injured in a shooting Sunday afternoon in the Perryman area of Harford County, the sheriff's office said. The man was found around 12:48 p.m. in the 200 block of Mayberry Drive in Aberdeen, according to deputies. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he is expected to survive. Deputies...

  • Baltimore County man charged with assault in Aberdeen

    Baltimore County man charged with assault in Aberdeen

    A Baltimore County man has been charged with allegedly trying to run over an Aberdeen man Saturday evening, city police said. Aberdeen police officers responded shortly before 5 p.m. to the 600 block of Walker Street for a motor vehicle collision. They determined that a 41-year-old man who lived...

  • Man shot on MTA bus in Baltimore

    Man shot on MTA bus in Baltimore

    A 21-year-old man was hospitalized late Saturday after being shot while on an MTA bus in Baltimore, police said. Police learned the man was in an argument with a woman while on the No. 27 Maryland Transit Administration bus when the woman pulled a handgun and shot the man at least once in "upper...

  • Bird crashes into cab of truck, injuring driver on I-95 near Havre de Grace

    Bird crashes into cab of truck, injuring driver on I-95 near Havre de Grace

    A truck driver was hospitalized after a large bird crashed through the windshield of his cab Sunday morning in Havre de Grace. The Susquehanna Hose Company volunteer fire department in Havre de Grace responded just after 8 a.m. to the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, where the truck had come to...

  • Guinness enters Maryland lawmakers' beer debate

    Guinness enters Maryland lawmakers' beer debate

    A battle over beer is brewing in Annapolis. State lawmakers are faced with competing proposals to change the rules for breweries, which have exploded in popularity in recent years as drinkers turn away from mass-produced corporate beers in favor of craft brews. And there's a big new player in the...

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