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Hundreds demonstrate against Baltimore violence

10:22 PM EDT, July 11, 2014

Hundreds demonstrate against Baltimore violence

As hundreds of men marching against violence Friday night along Baltimore's North Avenue passed Gina Williams' vehicle, she applauded.

Lured by woman, Owings Mills man stabbed 60 times, police say

8:21 PM EDT, July 8, 2014

Lured by woman, Owings Mills man stabbed 60 times, police say

A woman lured an Owings Mills man into a robbery with the promise of sex, then, with an accomplice, stabbed him 60 times, her co-defendant allegedly told Baltimore police this week.

Reisterstown man appeared to plot to kill Del. judge, authorities say

5:12 PM EDT, July 11, 2014

Reisterstown man appeared to plot to kill Del. judge, authorities say

The founder of an embattled Sparks-based insurance company appears to have been plotting to kill a Delaware judge overseeing the liquidation of his business, recording himself on a trip to scout out his targets and acquiring a cache of weapons, federal authorities allege in court filings.

City schools officer pleads guilty to federal drug-dealing charge

8:08 PM EDT, July 7, 2014

City schools officer pleads guilty to federal drug-dealing charge

A Baltimore City schools police officer pleaded guilty Monday to drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court, and faces no less than five years in prison.

As Baltimore crime declines, officials seek to change perception

7:02 PM EDT, July 8, 2014

As Baltimore crime declines, officials seek to change perception

By any measure, statistics show crime has been dropping in Baltimore. Yet many residents, like Vincent McCoy, say they don't feel it.

A son dead, another son charged with the crime

6:35 PM EDT, July 4, 2014

A son dead, another son charged with the crime

In five decades growing up and living in Baltimore's crime-plagued west side, Gordon Wilder had never lost a relative to violence. The news in May that his first-born had been gunned down in a secluded area during a robbery sent a paralyzing jolt through his body, bringing him to his knees.

Police investigate shooting north of Green Mount Cemetery

5:56 PM EDT, July 3, 2014

Police investigate shooting north of Green Mount Cemetery

City police were investigating the shooting of a man Thursday afternoon in East Baltimore just north of Green Mount Cemetery.

After an uptick, Baltimore homicides return to trend of decline

10:28 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

After an uptick, Baltimore homicides return to trend of decline

One year after one of Baltimore's most violent summers, this July opened with one of the lowest midyear homicide counts in three decades.

2 shot, wounded in East Baltimore

9:58 AM EDT, July 3, 2014

2 shot, wounded in East Baltimore

Two men were expected to survive after being shot Wednesday afternoon in East Baltimore near the Church Square shopping center.

Batts tasks independent team to investigate police intimidation case

6:10 PM EDT, June 30, 2014

Batts tasks independent team to investigate police intimidation case

Four investigators from agencies outside Baltimore are working to determine who left a dead rat on the car windshield of an officer who was cooperating with prosecutors on a police brutality case.

City civilian review board still flounders

8:03 PM EDT, June 29, 2014

City civilian review board still flounders

One year after city officials pledged to reinvigorate Baltimore's police civilian review board, members say their work feels insignificant and they are still seeking more authority.

Rawlings-Blake eyes bigger role for police civilian review board

6:46 PM EDT, July 2, 2014

Rawlings-Blake eyes bigger role for police civilian review board

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has asked her senior team to explore giving Baltimore's police civilian review board a "more impactful" role in the police disciplinary process.

Robbery victim shot at after giving chase in Mount Vernon

9:12 PM EDT, June 27, 2014

Robbery victim shot at after giving chase in Mount Vernon

A robbery victim was shot at near downtown Baltimore after giving chase to his attacker, resulting in a car crash that stalled the light rail for more than an hour.

'Public Enemy No. 1' charged again – in jail

6:32 PM EDT, June 30, 2014

'Public Enemy No. 1' charged again – in jail

A Baltimore man dubbed "Public Enemy No. 1" by city police last summer after being linked to a string of shootings is in trouble again — this time accused of stabbing another inmate in the head in an argument over using the telephone, court records show.

Man accused of shooting Baltimore officer faces federal charges

6:49 PM EDT, June 27, 2014

Man accused of shooting Baltimore officer faces federal charges

The 34-year-old man charged with shooting and critically wounding an off-duty Baltimore police officer this year has been indicted in federal court on drug and weapons charges, according to court records unsealed this week.

Bernstein files complaint over Mosby mailer

7:33 PM EDT, June 23, 2014

Bernstein files complaint over Mosby mailer

The campaign of Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections over a mailer sent in support of challenger Marilyn Mosby.

Family of man who died in Baltimore police custody files lawsuit

9:47 PM EDT, June 23, 2014

Family of man who died in Baltimore police custody files lawsuit

Two families who say they are linked through police brutality filed separate lawsuits against the Baltimore Police Department on Monday, alleging that two officers involved in an in-custody death should not have been on duty.

Police: Suspect shot man in front of own children

6:28 PM EDT, June 27, 2014

Police: Suspect shot man in front of own children

A man who died after being shot Thursday in a Northwest Baltimore grocery store parking lot was shot while inside a vehicle with the suspect — and the suspect's two children, police said.

Volunteer Baltimore County officer to remain suspended after video incident

5:14 PM EDT, June 20, 2014

Volunteer Baltimore County officer to remain suspended after video incident

A volunteer Baltimore County police officer who was videotaped in February telling a citizen he had "lost" his right to free speech will remain with the program but cannot return to patrol duties, Police Chief Jim Johnson said Friday.

Baltimore's police commissioner forges a hands-on image

6:25 PM EDT, June 27, 2014

Baltimore's police commissioner forges a hands-on image

When Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts appeared at a recent town hall, a woman stood to ask about police brutality, a touchy topic for both residents and officers. She said she worried for her young nephew, who was frequently stopped by police.

Steer loose in streets of Baltimore, then shot by police

8:27 PM EDT, June 13, 2014

Steer loose in streets of Baltimore, then shot by police

A 780-pound steer headed for slaughter in West Baltimore seized a chance at freedom Friday, leaping a barbed-wire fence and taking a brisk two-mile walk along North Avenue that ended when the animal was gunned down by police in Mid-Town Belvedere.

Man charged in more than 20 downtown car break-ins

6:01 PM EDT, June 12, 2014

Man charged in more than 20 downtown car break-ins

A 57-year-old man was hit with 88 criminal charges this week in connection with more than 20 car break-ins that occurred over less than a month this spring in downtown Baltimore.

Man shot, wounded near Old Town Mall

3:48 PM EDT, June 9, 2014

Man shot, wounded near Old Town Mall

City police were investigating a shooting Monday afternoon at the Old Town Mall, the blighted outdoor shopping center that officials have pledged to redevelop.

Baltimore Police to post 'use of force' cases online

9:32 PM EDT, June 10, 2014

Baltimore Police to post 'use of force' cases online

The Baltimore Police Department says it will begin to post a log of its investigations into serious use of force by officers online, and for the first time will ask the city's civilian review board to look at shootings involving its officers and deaths of people in custody.

Man shot by police Friday was chasing robber

10:25 PM EDT, June 9, 2014

Man shot by police Friday was chasing robber

A man who was shot by a Baltimore Police officer on Friday morning in West Baltimore was at the time fighting with a man who had just robbed him at gunpoint, police said Monday.

Man jumped in Patterson Park by teenagers who were filming attack

3:49 PM EDT, June 6, 2014

Man jumped in Patterson Park by teenagers who were filming attack

A man was assaulted on Thursday night in Patterson Park by a group of teenagers, one of whom was filming the attack, according to a police report.

City police make arrests in two Edmondson Avenue shootings

7:12 PM EDT, June 4, 2014

City police make arrests in two Edmondson Avenue shootings

Baltimore Police detectives have made arrests in two recent shootings that occurred on the city's west side — both along Edmondson Avenue.

Police arrest driver in killing of 12-year-old while eluding officers

8:53 PM EDT, June 6, 2014

Police arrest driver in killing of 12-year-old while eluding officers

Baltimore police said Friday they have arrested a man sought in connection with the deaths of two youths in as many days last week — a violent sequence that had investigators scrambling to identify a suspect based only on vague witness descriptions.

Two killed in Baltimore overnight; six slain to start June

9:56 PM EDT, June 3, 2014

Two killed in Baltimore overnight; six slain to start June

Standing on the sidewalk in Reservoir Hill where his son was shot to death Monday night, Dale Webb Sr. tried to channel his grief into constructive things, like getting the locks changed for the other tenants who live in the home.

Woman charged with running down three is held without bail

10:41 AM EDT, June 9, 2014

Woman charged with running down three is held without bail

The 28-year-old woman accused of intentionally running down three people in West Baltimore, killing two of them, including a toddler, was ordered held without bond at a bail review hearing Friday.

Transgender woman killed Tuesday in Northeast Baltimore

7:52 PM EDT, June 4, 2014

Transgender woman killed Tuesday in Northeast Baltimore

Baltimore police acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that a homicide victim found early Tuesday in a field in Northeast Baltimore was a transgender woman, but details surrounding the case remained scarce.

Baltimore 'dine and dasher' gets bill: five years in prison

7:07 PM EDT, May 30, 2014

Baltimore 'dine and dasher' gets bill: five years in prison

Baltimore's notorious "dine and dasher," accused of repeatedly faking seizures to get out of paying restaurant tabs, got a hefty bill on Friday from a city judge: five years in prison.

7-year-old survivor of Tuesday crash is home with shaken family

8:04 PM EDT, May 29, 2014

7-year-old survivor of Tuesday crash is home with shaken family

Hours after being released from the hospital Thursday afternoon, 7-year-old Nevaeh Green sat on her mother's lap at a relative's house, fidgeting with a plastic baggie. The girl remained too shaken up to talk about what had happened two nights earlier

Police report Baltimore's second triple shooting in as many days

12:32 AM EDT, May 23, 2014

Police report Baltimore's second triple shooting in as many days

Six people were wounded in separate triple shootings in Baltimore late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. And late Thursday, two more men were shot in the city, bringing the total to eight shooting victims in a 24-hour span.

Body found in Inner Harbor near Under Armour headquarters

3:17 PM EDT, June 3, 2014

Body found in Inner Harbor near Under Armour headquarters

A body was pulled from the Inner Harbor Tuesday afternoon near Under Armour headquarters — at least the 11th time since October that someone has been found dead in the waters around downtown.

Woman, 2-year-old dead after driver intentionally hit them with vehicle

10:31 PM EDT, May 28, 2014

Woman, 2-year-old dead after driver intentionally hit them with vehicle

Joshua Carter Sr. paced the sidewalk outside the New Union Baptist Church on West Franklin Street on Wednesday afternoon. He was still wearing a pink hospital wristband and concealing tearful eyes behind his sunglasses. Wrapped around his head was his 2-year-old son's favorite blanket.

After teen's death, police restrict response to hospital emergencies

9:25 PM EDT, May 21, 2014

After teen's death, police restrict response to hospital emergencies

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said he wants police supervisors to evaluate whether to send officers to emergency calls at hospitals and mental health facilities, a move that brought concern from a major hospital system and the Maryland Hospital Association.

Three people killed, two others wounded in Baltimore

7:42 PM EDT, June 2, 2014

Three people killed, two others wounded in Baltimore

Baltimore homicide detectives were investigating two killings late Sunday night and a third that occurred Monday, while two other people were reported shot and wounded.

Police continue hunt for suspect in shooting, crash

7:23 PM EDT, May 29, 2014

Police continue hunt for suspect in shooting, crash

Baltimore police continued to search Thursday for the person suspected of shooting a 16-year-old boy Monday and killing a 12-year-old girl in a crash while fleeing officers the next day.

Police union approves contract to increase pay, cut vacant positions

10:48 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Police union approves contract to increase pay, cut vacant positions

Baltimore's police union Tuesday night approved a contract that increases officer pay by 13 percent and reorganizes the department to add 300 officers available for emergencies, its president said.

Marylanders will be able to text 911 within months, officials say

3:14 PM EDT, May 17, 2014

Marylanders will be able to text 911 within months, officials say

When you call 911, you want to speak with a dispatcher as soon as possible. But what if, at that moment or in general, you aren't able to speak at all?

Teen dies after Taser shock at Baltimore hospital

7:30 PM EDT, May 15, 2014

Teen dies after Taser shock at Baltimore hospital

Baltimore police said Thursday they are investigating the death of a 19-year-old hospital patient who went into a coma after being struck with an officer's Taser during a struggle with police and security staff at Good Samaritan Hospital last week.

City police to eliminate 212 vacant officer positions

7:44 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

City police to eliminate 212 vacant officer positions

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday that he'll eliminate 212 officer positions — all vacant — from the department, marking the first significant reduction in the ranks in decades.

Ray Rice avoids trial on assault charge, accepted into program

7:49 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Ray Rice avoids trial on assault charge, accepted into program

Ravens running back Ray Rice has been accepted into a diversionary program that could allow him to clear his record of charges that he knocked his then-fiancee unconscious in a New Jersey casino, but he could still face discipline from the NFL.

Foster youth was Tased five times at Good Samaritan Hospital

10:18 PM EDT, May 19, 2014

Foster youth was Tased five times at Good Samaritan Hospital

A city police officer used his Taser five times to subdue a heavily medicated 19-year-old man who was fighting staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and later died, according to his family's attorney and an account from a law enforcement source.

Baltimore police commissioner punched, held man at gunpoint

8:15 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

Baltimore police commissioner punched, held man at gunpoint

As his security detail struggled with an armed man this month, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts held a gun to the suspect's head and punched him in the face before gaining control of the man's weapon, court documents show.

Baltimore police shoot man after stop, witnesses said

8:19 PM EDT, May 16, 2014

Baltimore police shoot man after stop, witnesses said

A man stopped by police while riding a bicycle through East Baltimore's Johnston Square neighborhood Friday afternoon was shot by officers after he tried to flee. Police said a gun was recovered from the scene.

Jury acquits Baltimore detective on perjury, misconduct charges

9:00 PM EDT, May 14, 2014

Jury acquits Baltimore detective on perjury, misconduct charges

A Baltimore police detective was acquitted Wednesday of charges that he had lied to get a warrant to search a Northwest Baltimore home in 2012.

Two gunned down in Baltimore overnight Sunday

10:56 AM EDT, May 12, 2014

Two gunned down in Baltimore overnight Sunday

Two men were gunned down in separate incidents overnight Sunday in Baltimore as the city's murder toll continued to climb amid rising temperatures.

Three arrested in North Baltimore robberies, police say

8:09 PM EDT, May 13, 2014

Three arrested in North Baltimore robberies, police say

Three teenagers who were arrested fleeing the scene of a break-in Monday might be responsible for a weekend wave of robberies and other incidents across North Baltimore, police said.

City police promise dirt bike crackdown

6:40 AM EDT, May 14, 2014

City police promise dirt bike crackdown

Baltimore police say they plan to crack down on the city's notorious dirt bike riders, pledging to infiltrate the groups using social media and undercover officers in an effort to disrupt the packs of riders.

Police identify woman found dead in Glen Burnie medical building

9:36 PM EDT, May 12, 2014

Police identify woman found dead in Glen Burnie medical building

Anne Arundel County police said a woman who was found dead in a medical office building in Glen Burnie Monday was a custodian who cleaned the building's offices.

DJS employee arrested in shooting incident outside Hickey School

6:16 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

DJS employee arrested in shooting incident outside Hickey School

A 29-year-old Department of Juvenile Services employee and her 39-year-old boyfriend have been arrested after shots were fired Thursday night in the parking lot of a youth detention facility in Baltimore County, state police said.

Girl, 17, made up story about Reisterstown shooting

9:20 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

Girl, 17, made up story about Reisterstown shooting

A 17-year-old girl who reported being shot Thursday in a robbery in Reisterstown made the story up, Baltimore County police said Friday.

Blood marks the spot of Wilkens Avenue murder

3:03 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

Blood marks the spot of Wilkens Avenue murder

As late morning rolled on along Wilkens Avenue in Southwest Baltimore, there were few obvious hints of the violence that had occurred just hours earlier.

Kenyan immigrant, 36, stabbed to death in downtown Baltimore

7:32 PM EDT, May 8, 2014

Kenyan immigrant, 36, stabbed to death in downtown Baltimore

Hunched over the kitchen table in an East Baltimore row home, E'Lexus Cole carefully arranged photographs of David Mbugua into a collage. It was important that she get the close-up photo, the one with him wearing a black knit hat, in the middle. Everyone agreed it was the best.

Two people killed in separate Baltimore incidents overnight Tuesday

10:35 AM EDT, May 7, 2014

Two people killed in separate Baltimore incidents overnight Tuesday

Two more people were killed Tuesday night in separate incidents in Baltimore, continuing a violent start to May.

Hopkins under fire over not disclosing alleged rape

11:38 PM EDT, May 2, 2014

Hopkins under fire over not disclosing alleged rape

The Johns Hopkins University has come under fire for not disclosing to the campus an alleged rape at a fraternity house, leading a group of students to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and others to stage a protest Friday.

Ray Rice case in N.J. highlights debate over courtroom cameras

8:56 AM EDT, May 4, 2014

Ray Rice case in N.J. highlights debate over courtroom cameras

As he walked into the Atlantic County, N.J., courthouse for his arraignment on assault charges, Ravens running back Ray Rice was followed by television cameras. Inside was no relief from their lenses, either, with cameras rolling and photographers snapping pictures as the All-Pro pleaded not guilty.

Injuries climb to nine in building collapse at old Bethlehem Steel plant

10:50 PM EDT, May 5, 2014

Injuries climb to nine in building collapse at old Bethlehem Steel plant

Nine workers were hospitalized Monday after the roof gave way on a building at the former steel mill in Sparrows Point, disrupting work on the lengthy dismantling of the Baltimore County industrial complex.

Ray Rice pleads not guilty to Atlantic City assault charges

7:40 PM EDT, May 1, 2014

Ray Rice pleads not guilty to Atlantic City assault charges

Ravens running back Ray Rice rejected a plea offer Thursday that would spare him jail time on charges that he assaulted his then-fiancee, and instead asked the court to put him in a program under which he could eventually clear his record.

Baltimore police contract calls for raises, fewer positions

11:40 AM EDT, May 1, 2014

Baltimore police contract calls for raises, fewer positions

A tentative agreement between Baltimore and its police union would cut vacant positions from the department while raising officer pay, a shift intended to stop officers from leaving for better-paying agencies.

Man arrested in double shooting at E. Baltimore nail salon

4:03 PM EDT, May 6, 2014

Man arrested in double shooting at E. Baltimore nail salon

A man was arrested and charged in a double shooting in an East Baltimore nail salon Monday that left a 34-year-old woman dead and a 26-year-old man in critical condition.

City officer charged in Pa. fired 14 shots at man

6:24 PM EDT, April 30, 2014

City officer charged in Pa. fired 14 shots at man

The off-duty Baltimore police officer charged this week with shooting a man outside his home in York, Pa., fired 14 shots and had been exchanging text messages with the victim's wife, according to court documents.

Man charged in Baltimore killing, but victim's identity unknown

7:18 PM EDT, April 28, 2014

Man charged in Baltimore killing, but victim's identity unknown

Police and prosecutors are confident that Michael Bernard Small killed a woman over the weekend — they say he told them as much, and was arrested and charged.

Police seek tips in Howard Co. man's killing in Baltimore

7:42 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

Police seek tips in Howard Co. man's killing in Baltimore

Homicide detectives are searching for clues in the killing of a 31-year-old Howard County man found dead in his own vehicle last week in Northeast Baltimore.

Baltimore police announce new top commanders after departures

7:59 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

Baltimore police announce new top commanders after departures

Making up for a wave of recent departures, Baltimore police announced promotions Friday to fill some top-level positions.

Reward offered in killing of Edmondson-Westside student leader

10:59 PM EDT, April 20, 2014

Reward offered in killing of Edmondson-Westside student leader

Baltimore Police are offering a reward in return for information in last week's killing of a talented, 17-year-old, soon-to-be Edmondson-Westside High School graduate who was trying to improve the community for his peers while eyeing a career in the military.

Gunfire may be four times as common as reported, contractor says

9:57 PM EDT, April 20, 2014

Gunfire may be four times as common as reported, contractor says

For every gunshot report taken by Baltimore police, there could be four more they haven't heard about, according to the company behind a high-tech system that city officials hope will help curb the illegal use of firearms.

Youth leader gunned down on Baltimore's west side

10:49 AM EDT, April 18, 2014

Youth leader gunned down on Baltimore's west side

Michael Mayfield did it all: The Baltimore teenager was a member of his school's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, played baritone horn in the band, was a force on the mound for the baseball team, and was a youth ambassador and peer mediator.

Off-duty Baltimore officer shoots man in Pennsylvania

9:05 PM EDT, April 29, 2014

Off-duty Baltimore officer shoots man in Pennsylvania

An off-duty Baltimore police officer was charged Tuesday in Pennsylvania with attempted homicide after police there said he shot a man multiple times outside the officer's home.

Gansler sues BP over alleged spill-related pension loss

12:48 PM EDT, April 21, 2014

Gansler sues BP over alleged spill-related pension loss

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has filed a lawsuit against oil company BP over investment losses following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, alleging that the state's pension fund lost millions after the company misled the public about its safety protocols.

Man killed in shooting in NW Baltimore

8:24 PM EDT, April 16, 2014

Man killed in shooting in NW Baltimore

A man was shot and killed on the northern edge of Gwynns Falls Park Wednesday evening, police said.

Man found dead of gunshot wound in Johns Hopkins Hospital bathroom

6:57 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

Man found dead of gunshot wound in Johns Hopkins Hospital bathroom

A man entered Johns Hopkins Hospital with a gun early Tuesday morning and is believed to have fatally shot himself inside an emergency room bathroom, an incident that came days after the medical center held a national symposium on safety inside hospitals.

Pregnancy used as leverage in criminal case, attorney says

6:51 PM EDT, April 12, 2014

Pregnancy used as leverage in criminal case, attorney says

When Trena Williams was charged last fall with first-degree murder and held without bail, she was four months pregnant. Behind bars, inmates get prenatal care.

2:56 PM EDT, April 5, 2014

Correlation between weather and homicide rates unclear

As temperatures dipped in February and March, Baltimore's homicide count dropped, as well, prompting many on social media to wonder if there's a correlation. Arguments on both sides can be bolstered by just looking at the first three months of 2014.

Police investigate fatal accident in Glen Arm

10:23 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

Police investigate fatal accident in Glen Arm

Baltimore County police were investigating a fatal accident that occurred Friday night in Glen Arm at Harford Road and Factory Road, the agency said.

8:01 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

Man found dead of gunshot wound in Johns Hopkins Hospital bathroom

A man entered Johns Hopkins Hospital with a gun early Tuesday morning and is believed to have fatally shot himself inside an emergency room bathroom, an incident that came days after the medical center held a national symposium on safety inside hospitals.

Correlation between weather and homicide rates unclear

4:08 PM EDT, April 5, 2014

Correlation between weather and homicide rates unclear

As temperatures dipped in February and March, Baltimore's homicide count dropped, as well, prompting many on social media to wonder if there's a correlation. Arguments on both sides can be bolstered by just looking at the first three months of 2014.

Arundel babysitter charged with child sex abuse

8:33 PM EDT, March 28, 2014

Arundel babysitter charged with child sex abuse

A 24-year-old Annapolis man charged with sexually abusing a child he was hired to babysit said he is "ashamed" and has apologized to the victim's family.

FBI agents shoot, kill man in Owings Mills

8:54 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

FBI agents shoot, kill man in Owings Mills

FBI agents fatally shot a man Friday afternoon in a busy commercial area of Owings Mills, the bureau and Baltimore County police confirmed.

Volunteer firefighter accused of setting 2007 Halethorpe blaze

7:30 PM EDT, April 14, 2014

Volunteer firefighter accused of setting 2007 Halethorpe blaze

When a fire broke out at a home on Myrtle Avenue in Halethorpe, members of the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department arrived to beat back the blaze. It proved too strong, destroying the structure and sending two firefighters to the hospital.

After 8 years in prison for 2 murders, man charged in teen's killing

6:30 PM EDT, March 27, 2014

After 8 years in prison for 2 murders, man charged in teen's killing

In 2006, Baltimore prosecutors agreed to a plea that would send David Thornton to prison for eight years for a pair of murders. The assistant state's attorney assigned the case said that while it was a light sentence, "maybe he can't kill anyone … while he is in prison."

Hopkins doctor's files included 1,200 videos, images of patients undressed

8:09 PM EDT, March 26, 2014

Hopkins doctor's files included 1,200 videos, images of patients undressed

The Johns Hopkins gynecologist suspected of surreptitiously recording patients had more than 1,200 video clips and images depicting them in states of undress, according to prosecutors, a collection investigators believe he amassed over the course of eight years.

No charges in case of Nikita Levy, Hopkins doctor accused of secret taping

4:32 PM EDT, March 22, 2014

No charges in case of Nikita Levy, Hopkins doctor accused of secret taping

Authorities have concluded the investigation into the Johns Hopkins gynecologist suspected of recording patients during exams and determined that no one will face criminal charges, according to court records.

Police: Man shoots himself after shooting woman in Randallstown

1:23 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

Police: Man shoots himself after shooting woman in Randallstown

Police say a man shot his wife in Randallstown on Friday morning before turning the gun on himself in Northwest Baltimore.

11:53 AM EDT, March 14, 2014

Baltimore FBI seeking serial bank robber

The FBI in Baltimore is trying to identify a man they have labeled a "serial bank robber" linked to at least four holdups in the area since December.

City's 7 March homicides lowest for a month since 1983

8:26 PM EDT, April 1, 2014

City's 7 March homicides lowest for a month since 1983

Homicides in Baltimore reached their lowest monthly total in three decades in March, a stark turnaround that police cautiously attributed to better patrols and intelligence-sharing after a bloody start to the year.

Baltimore officer charged with sexual abuse in Howard Co.

7:23 PM EDT, March 19, 2014

Baltimore officer charged with sexual abuse in Howard Co.

A Baltimore police officer was arrested Wednesday in Howard County and charged with sexual abuse and solicitation of a minor, county police said.

Voltage granted 30-day reprieve on revoked liquor license

8:43 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

Voltage granted 30-day reprieve on revoked liquor license

A Baltimore judge on Friday allowed the Voltage nightclub to continue serving alcohol for 30 days pending appeal of a decision a day earlier to revoke the club's license, according to the city liquor board chairman.

Release of Black Panther leader renews decades-old debate

5:46 PM EST, March 8, 2014

Release of Black Panther leader renews decades-old debate

Arthur Turco had defended members of the Black Panther Party across the country, but it was in Baltimore that he would be arrested and jailed — on charges that he and members of the militant group had killed a suspected police informant within their ranks in 1969.

Baltimore Police to buy hundreds of new computers

6:54 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

Baltimore Police to buy hundreds of new computers

Baltimore Police plan to purchase 300 new computers for their nine police district stations, a long-needed upgrade that officials said will allow officers to work quicker and better use technology to fight crime.

Baltimore Jewish community fights re-trial of 1969 child killer

1:47 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Baltimore Jewish community fights re-trial of 1969 child killer

About 200 members of Baltimore's Jewish community packed courtroom benches Thursday, lined walls and stood single-file in aisles — some reading religious texts — amid growing concern over the potential release of the man who killed an 11-year-old girl in 1969.

Wounded Baltimore officer remains critical, but stable

8:40 PM EDT, March 17, 2014

Wounded Baltimore officer remains critical, but stable

Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill, who was off duty when he was ambushed and shot multiple times Friday night, was in critical but stable condition Monday, while his alleged shooter is expected to have a bail review hearing Tuesday.

Police identify 67-year-old man who died after struggle with MTA officers

11:45 PM EST, March 4, 2014

Police identify 67-year-old man who died after struggle with MTA officers

Baltimore police identified the 67-year-old man who died after a struggle with Maryland Transit officers on a bus Tuesday morning as Antonio Moreno.

Bus rider, 68, dies after clash with Maryland Transit police

6:48 PM EST, March 4, 2014

Bus rider, 68, dies after clash with Maryland Transit police

A 68-year-old man died Tuesday morning after a struggle with Maryland Transit Administration police investigating a report of an attack on a bus driver in West Baltimore, authorities confirmed.

Baltimore FBI seeking serial bank robber

11:11 AM EDT, March 14, 2014

Baltimore FBI seeking serial bank robber

The FBI in Baltimore is trying to identify a man they have labeled a "serial bank robber" linked to at least four holdups in the area since December.

Terp running back told police he drove car involved in drive-by shooting

9:44 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

Terp running back told police he drove car involved in drive-by shooting

When University of Maryland football player Wes Brown was suspended last year, officials released few details to explain the action other than to tie it to an alleged confrontation with a police officer who wanted to question him in a shooting investigation.

Two men convicted in murder of 12-year-old Baltimore boy

7:13 PM EDT, March 16, 2014

Two men convicted in murder of 12-year-old Baltimore boy

Two men were convicted Friday of randomly firing into a group of young people, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three others in an attempt to "send a message" to their East Baltimore neighbors.

Voltage nightclub license revoked by Baltimore liquor board

8:37 PM EDT, March 13, 2014

Voltage nightclub license revoked by Baltimore liquor board

Baltimore's liquor board on Thursday revoked the license of a massive Southeast Baltimore dance club, citing incidents in which a patron was shot on the dance floor and the club's owner released pepper spray into a large crowd while riding on a golf cart.

Black Panther leader, convicted of killing cop, released from prison

9:47 PM EST, March 4, 2014

Black Panther leader, convicted of killing cop, released from prison

Former Black Panther leader Marshall "Eddie" Conway walked free Tuesday after spending four decades behind bars for killing a Baltimore police officer — making his one of the highest-profile cases affected by a high court decision that has cut short prison sentences for dozens of felons in recent years.

Pedestrian, 27, struck and killed crossing Pulaski Highway

9:01 AM EST, March 1, 2014

Pedestrian, 27, struck and killed crossing Pulaski Highway

A 27-year-old Dundalk man died Friday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle as he crossed Pulaski Highway on foot, police said.

More than 30 new citizens sworn in during ceremony

9:30 PM EST, February 28, 2014

More than 30 new citizens sworn in during ceremony

Thirty-six new citizens were sworn in during a ceremony Friday at the Baltimore offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an event hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Body found in Inner Harbor is ninth in recent months

9:28 AM EST, February 28, 2014

Body found in Inner Harbor is ninth in recent months

Police found a decomposing body floating in an industrial area Thursday at the mouth of the Inner Harbor, a grim discovery that marks the ninth time since October a person has turned up dead in the waters of Downtown Baltimore.

Loaded gun, bullets and drug paraphernalia found in Wes Brown's room

8:50 PM EDT, March 12, 2014

Loaded gun, bullets and drug paraphernalia found in Wes Brown's room

Police seized a loaded handgun, a bag of ammunition and drug paraphernalia, including packaging material and a scale, during a search of University of Maryland football player Wes Brown's campus apartment last summer, newly released documents show.

Ravens' Rice knocked fiancee unconscious, police say

9:49 AM EST, February 20, 2014

Ravens' Rice knocked fiancee unconscious, police say

Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked his fiancee unconscious in an altercation at an Atlantic City casino over the weekend, according to a complaint filed by police, who said Wednesday that they have referred the case to county prosecutors for review.

Man shot in thigh in W. Baltimore

5:20 PM EST, February 26, 2014

Man shot in thigh in W. Baltimore

A man was shot in the thigh in West Baltimore Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Baltimore County police investigating videotaped arrest incident

9:10 PM EST, February 25, 2014

Baltimore County police investigating videotaped arrest incident

Baltimore County police say they are investigating a weekend confrontation between an officer and a man filming an arrest in downtown Towson, footage of which was posted online and spread Tuesday.

Maryland Live fake poker chip scheme leads to charges against couple

6:05 PM EST, February 25, 2014

Maryland Live fake poker chip scheme leads to charges against couple

The Northern Virginia couple throwing down $100 tokens at Maryland Live casino last month may have looked like aspiring high-rollers, but police say they were gambling with fake chips.

Police shoot robbery suspect outside Baltimore homeless shelter

9:09 AM EST, February 22, 2014

Police shoot robbery suspect outside Baltimore homeless shelter

Baltimore police said officers shot a man they encountered while responding to a robbery call near the city's Code Blue homeless shelter. Meanwhile, detectives were investigating a homicide in East Baltimore — the first in more than a week.

Teen's robbery report goes unnoted for days, drawing mother's ire

11:33 AM EST, February 22, 2014

Teen's robbery report goes unnoted for days, drawing mother's ire

Yolanda Lowe's son and nephew were robbed at gunpoint while walking through Northeast Baltimore, she says, but for days there was no record that such a crime had occurred.

Lab analysis took more than a year to link Baltimore man to rape

8:03 PM EST, February 20, 2014

Lab analysis took more than a year to link Baltimore man to rape

It took the Baltimore Police crime lab well over a year to link a Southeast Baltimore man to a 2012 rape because of a backlog in DNA analysis. Before officers could arrest him, police say, he attacked again.

Southeast on edge over crime as neighbors call for measured debate

10:40 PM EST, February 12, 2014

Southeast on edge over crime as neighbors call for measured debate

The topic of crime has become so contentious in Southeast Baltimore that Sarah Fox removed herself from her community's Facebook page because she couldn't take the arguing.

Baltimore police identify new enforcement zones

7:49 PM EST, February 11, 2014

Baltimore police identify new enforcement zones

For years, Baltimore police leaders credited steep reductions in shootings to aggressive policing first in three and eventually four large geographic zones with a history of violence. One zone in East Baltimore stretched more than three miles long.

Baltimore police honor officers in awards ceremony

8:38 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Baltimore police honor officers in awards ceremony

The Baltimore Police Department's top brass recognized officers for bravery and excellence on Friday, the first time the awards ceremony has been held in more than two years.

Fentanyl-linked heroin deaths part of larger drug overdose trend

2:35 PM EST, February 8, 2014

Fentanyl-linked heroin deaths part of larger drug overdose trend

A rash of overdose deaths from heroin laced with a powerful synthetic opiate has drawn a high-profile reaction from law enforcement and public-health officials, who are scrambling to find the source of the drugs and warn addicts of the danger.

Baltimore officer steps down as charges dropped in recording of judge

6:35 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Baltimore officer steps down as charges dropped in recording of judge

City prosecutors have dropped all charges against a Baltimore police sergeant accused of surreptitiously recording a conversation with a judge, the state's attorney's office announced Friday.

Phylicia Barnes detective acquitted of 2 counts

7:52 PM EST, February 6, 2014

Phylicia Barnes detective acquitted of 2 counts

A veteran city police detective was acquitted Thursday of burglary and assault charges stemming from his search for his daughter. A Baltimore jury deadlocked on another assault charge.

Police and feds launch deadly heroin cocktail investigation

8:45 PM EST, February 4, 2014

Police and feds launch deadly heroin cocktail investigation

Law enforcement agencies across Maryland have launched a joint investigation to find the source of a deadly variant of heroin that has claimed dozens of lives in recent months and sent outreach workers scrambling to warn addicts.

Star criminologist hopes to make difference in return to Baltimore

4:26 PM EST, February 15, 2014

Star criminologist hopes to make difference in return to Baltimore

In the late 1990s, David M. Kennedy came to Baltimore riding high in criminology circles, eager to prove his unorthodox approach — which had reduced gun violence in Boston and Minneapolis — could work in one of America's most dangerous cities.

Police arrest two teenagers in killing of Highlandtown woman

1:51 PM EST, February 3, 2014

Police arrest two teenagers in killing of Highlandtown woman

Baltimore Police arrested two teenagers Sunday in the beating death of a 51-year-old Highlandtown woman who was found dead inside her home Friday.

Morrell Park police shooting victim refused to drop revolver, records say

8:50 PM EST, February 17, 2014

Morrell Park police shooting victim refused to drop revolver, records say

A man fatally shot by police in Morrell Park last week refused orders to drop a .357-caliber revolver, according to court records, telling officers, "You're going to have to shoot me."

Girl, 12, robbed at gunpoint on way to school in Southeast Baltimore

4:41 PM EST, February 6, 2014

Girl, 12, robbed at gunpoint on way to school in Southeast Baltimore

A 12-year-old girl was robbed at gunpoint while walking to her Southeast Baltimore school last week, police confirmed after the school's principal sent parents a letter about the incident.

Two found dead in Southwest Baltimore

10:28 AM EST, January 31, 2014

Two found dead in Southwest Baltimore

A woman sleeping next to her child in her Southwest Baltimore home awoke to the sound of three or four gunshots. Her husband told her to get down. After a few moments, they looked out the window to an empty street.

Man accused of threatening to kill workers at Montgomery Mall

11:40 AM EST, January 29, 2014

Man accused of threatening to kill workers at Montgomery Mall

A 31-year-old Rockville man was arrested Tuesday night and taken to a hospital for evaluation after threatening to kill employees at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, police said.

Baltimore 'dine and dasher' convicted again of skipping tab

6:44 PM EST, February 5, 2014

Baltimore 'dine and dasher' convicted again of skipping tab

A Baltimore man nicknamed the "Dine and Dasher" for skipping out on dozens of restaurant tabs — sometimes by faking seizures — was convicted again Wednesday in District Court.

March of Dimes volunteer gunned down in Southwest Baltimore

10:02 PM EST, January 31, 2014

March of Dimes volunteer gunned down in Southwest Baltimore

Retired after 30 years working as a roofer, Allan Foster enjoyed working part time at his church and helping organize the March of Dimes' annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim.

Columbia mall shooter was 'ready to die,' police say

9:02 PM EST, January 29, 2014

Columbia mall shooter was 'ready to die,' police say

Columbia mall shooter Darion Marcus Aguilar wrote in a journal about killing people, claimed he was "ready to die" and alluded to an unspecified plan that was "set," police revealed Wednesday.

Baltimore shooting marks deadliest start to year since '07

8:25 PM EST, January 28, 2014

Baltimore shooting marks deadliest start to year since '07

A 25-year-old man, one of the victims in a double shooting Tuesday afternoon near Pimlico Race Course, has died. The death marks the city's deadliest start to a year since 2007.

Baltimore man gets six life terms for series of shootings

8:36 PM EST, January 28, 2014

Baltimore man gets six life terms for series of shootings

A Baltimore judge on Tuesday handed down the stiffest penalty possible — six consecutive life terms, plus another 100 years — to a man convicted of orchestrating retaliatory shootings that killed one person and injured five.

Gun shop owner describes sale of gun used in mall shooting

9:45 PM EST, January 27, 2014

Gun shop owner describes sale of gun used in mall shooting

Dan Millen remembers Darion Marcus Aguilar walking into his Rockville gun shop with an air of confidence and a wad of cash. Aguilar wanted a shotgun, which he said he planned to keep in his home for protection.

Columbia mall shooting witnesses recall terror, uncertainty

10:04 PM EST, January 25, 2014

Columbia mall shooting witnesses recall terror, uncertainty

David Roberts was finishing up a customer's haircut Saturday at the Cavallaro & Co. salon on the second floor of The Mall in Columbia when he heard the first shot. He looked at another employee, wondering whether they should be concerned.

911 calls released from 'one-man crime spree'

6:45 PM EST, January 23, 2014

911 calls released from 'one-man crime spree'

A 28-year-old man police have described as a "one-man crime spree" told 911 dispatchers before taking his life that he had "killed all these people" and wanted to get his "story" out.

In Maryland jails, release often comes down to who can pay

9:01 PM EST, January 18, 2014

In Maryland jails, release often comes down to who can pay

In a shoebox of a courtroom at Baltimore's central booking facility on a recent day, Judge Nicole Pastore Klein worked swiftly to determine the price of freedom for men and women accused of crimes. Attempting to disarm a police officer: $150,000. Burglary, resisting arrest and drug charges: $100,000. Cocaine possession: $25,000.

Grieving friends recall mall shooting victims

10:30 PM EST, January 25, 2014

Grieving friends recall mall shooting victims

When he heard the news that there'd been a shooting at the Zumiez store at The Mall in Columbia, Abhishek Rishi posted a panicked message hoping for a phone call from his friend.

Tyrone West files show passenger's account of death in police custody

11:46 AM EST, January 23, 2014

Tyrone West files show passenger's account of death in police custody

A key witness in the case of Tyrone West — whose death in police custody has sparked a citywide debate — told investigators that West fought with officers, but that they continued to hit him after he gave up, according to documents released this week.

Police make arrest in Canton brick attack

8:28 PM EST, January 24, 2014

Police make arrest in Canton brick attack

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts cited "old-fashioned police work" in the arrest Friday of a 19-year-old man who is accused in a robbery that left a Canton man seriously injured.

Barksdale, 'Wire' inspiration, pleads guilty in drug case

6:54 PM EST, January 15, 2014

Barksdale, 'Wire' inspiration, pleads guilty in drug case

Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale, who helped to inspire drug-dealing characters in the TV series "The Wire," pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to heroin conspiracy charges.

Man shot multiple times in Harwood homicide

11:03 AM EST, January 17, 2014

Man shot multiple times in Harwood homicide

A man was found fatally shot in an alley in North Baltimore's Harwood neighborhood Friday morning, police said.

Police officials before council after violent start to 2014

8:33 PM EST, January 7, 2014

Police officials before council after violent start to 2014

Amid a bloody start to the New Year following a violent 2013, City Council members asked police leaders at a hearing Tuesday whether they've changed something for the worse.

Fatal shootings mark 16 murders in first 12 days of 2014

9:15 PM EST, January 13, 2014

Fatal shootings mark 16 murders in first 12 days of 2014

Two people were fatally shot Sunday night in Northwest Baltimore as homicides continue to surge, with 16 to start the year.

Baltimore police deputy, who oversaw declines in crime, retires

8:28 PM EST, January 7, 2014

Baltimore police deputy, who oversaw declines in crime, retires

Anthony E. Barksdale, who ran the operations of the Baltimore Police Department for five years during some of the city's most significant declines in crime, has retired.

Motive known in few city homicides, police data shows

3:05 PM EST, January 4, 2014

Motive known in few city homicides, police data shows

Just three of Baltimore's 235 homicides in 2013 have a known drug motive, and police say 30 of the victims were verified gang members, year-end statistics show.

Two more shot Friday as Baltimore violence mounts in new year

7:50 PM EST, January 3, 2014

Two more shot Friday as Baltimore violence mounts in new year

Baltimore homicide detectives were investigating their sixth case in three days on Friday night, as a spate of violence continued at the start of a new year.

City killings rose in 2013, but fatal shootings of children continued long decline

5:00 AM EST, January 2, 2014

City killings rose in 2013, but fatal shootings of children continued long decline

While gun violence drove Baltimore’s homicide numbers up last year, the number of children shot and killed in the city dropped to the lowest level in at least a decade.

In Baltimore, 2013 a lost year for fight against violent crime

9:17 AM EST, December 29, 2013

In Baltimore, 2013 a lost year for fight against violent crime

At 1:30 p.m. on a sunny December weekday, just down the hill from prestigious City College high school, shattered glass and blood stained the street.

Baltimore killings are most in four years after violent stretch

6:46 PM EST, December 16, 2013

Baltimore killings are most in four years after violent stretch

The fatal shooting Monday morning of a 48-year-old man in Northwest Baltimore was the sixth killing in as many days, pushing the city's homicide count to its highest level in four years.

Cigarettes, lighter found in UM hospital fire death investigation

5:30 PM EST, December 2, 2013

Cigarettes, lighter found in UM hospital fire death investigation

Fire investigators found cigarettes and a lighter in the hospital bed of a man who died in a fire at University of Maryland Medical Center, but the cause of the fire has not been conclusively determined, a report of the incident shows.

8:42 PM EST, January 14, 2014

Boy, 13, awarded $50,000 by Baltimore jury in wrongful-arrest case

A Baltimore jury on Tuesday awarded $50,000 to a West Baltimore boy who said he was wrongly arrested more than two years ago, according to court records.

Drugs go missing from Baltimore Police evidence control

6:24 PM EST, January 2, 2014

Drugs go missing from Baltimore Police evidence control

Baltimore Police are investigating after drug evidence vanished Thursday from the agency's evidence control unit in police headquarters.

Police identify father, son killed in Southwest Baltimore

4:21 PM EST, January 2, 2014

Police identify father, son killed in Southwest Baltimore

The father and son who were fatally shot on New Year's Day in Southwest Baltimore were pronounced dead 15 minutes apart, police said.

UPS driver held up at gunpoint in Roland Park

8:09 PM EST, December 20, 2013

UPS driver held up at gunpoint in Roland Park

A gun-toting Grinch may have ruined Christmas for some Baltimoreans after police say packages were stolen from a UPS truck.

11:14 AM EST, December 14, 2013

Man shot near Mondawmin Mall, Druid Hill Park

Homicide detectives were investigating an afternoon shooting that occurred Friday in West Baltimore in a residential area between Mondawmin Mall and Druid Hill Park.

Essex man charged in alleged sexual abuse from 30 years ago

11:25 AM EST, December 12, 2013

Essex man charged in alleged sexual abuse from 30 years ago

When she was 10 years old, a woman alleges, the owner of Bill's Cafe near Dundalk would come upstairs to the apartment above the bar and sexually abuse her while her mother served customers downstairs. The year was 1979. The woman says the abuse continued for three years.

Council president unhappy with Baltimore police plan

9:13 PM EST, November 25, 2013

Council president unhappy with Baltimore police plan

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said Monday night he wished the city had not paid consultants $285,000 for a crime-fighting plan that he described as "something we could've done in-house."

Police identify sedan service driver, 56, killed in Westport

6:43 PM EST, December 23, 2013

Police identify sedan service driver, 56, killed in Westport

A 56-year-old sedan service driver fatally shot Saturday was the father of five children and was beloved by his clients, according to a business associate.

Batts' crime-fighting plan focuses on gangs, guns, violent offenders

9:12 PM EST, November 21, 2013

Batts' crime-fighting plan focuses on gangs, guns, violent offenders

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wants to stop sending officers out on low-priority 911 calls, expand foot patrols and create a unit focused on investigating incidents in which police use force.

Baltimore police union not in support of Batts' outside review panels

8:28 PM EST, December 11, 2013

Baltimore police union not in support of Batts' outside review panels

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday that he plans to form a commission of experts outside the city department to review the death of Tyrone West, a move denounced by the head of the city's police union as "a way to placate the public" while undermining confidence in his officers' investigations.

W. Baltimore Safe Streets work suspended amid criminal allegations

7:32 PM EST, December 11, 2013

W. Baltimore Safe Streets work suspended amid criminal allegations

The Baltimore Health Department suspended its Safe Streets anti-violence program in West Baltimore after a second outreach worker was arrested in less than two weeks.

City's 'stop and frisk' oversight criticized

9:45 PM EST, November 19, 2013

City's 'stop and frisk' oversight criticized

Baltimore police say they stopped residents 123,000 times last year but found only nine handguns — a figure civil rights advocates say is so implausible that it raises questions about whether the agency is actually monitoring the conduct of officers on the streets.

Man killed, officer fired upon in East Baltimore

9:06 PM EST, December 20, 2013

Man killed, officer fired upon in East Baltimore

A 36-year-old man was killed in East Baltimore on Friday afternoon by a gunman who also fired at a patrol officer, police said.

State public safety and corrections secretary stepping down

10:27 PM EST, December 10, 2013

State public safety and corrections secretary stepping down

State corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard announced Tuesday that he will step down, saying his department had "stabilized" the Baltimore jail in the wake of a gang corruption scandal there.

Driver in City Hall crash hit 115 mph before deadly accident

9:38 PM EST, December 3, 2013

Driver in City Hall crash hit 115 mph before deadly accident

The driver of a vehicle that crashed outside City Hall and killed a city worker was traveling up to 115 mph before he entered downtown streets followed by a state trooper, according to a police report that for the first time details the investigation into the April crash.

Council president wants answers on Baltimore police plan

5:00 AM EST, November 18, 2013

Council president wants answers on Baltimore police plan

Kennard Buckner, 22, was walking out of an alley just feet from his home in Southwestern Baltimore on Sunday morning when he was killed by a gunman in a hail of bullets, police said.

26 charged in Cherry Hill gang indictments

6:24 PM EST, December 17, 2013

26 charged in Cherry Hill gang indictments

Over the course of three days in Cherry Hill in January 2011, a former standout high school basketball player was fatally shot and a youth football coach was murdered in front of his family.

State police don't analyze stop & frisk data, either

3:16 PM EST, December 14, 2013

State police don't analyze stop & frisk data, either

With Baltimore police taking (and accepting) flak recently for failing to track and analyze its officers' use of the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic, another agency has the data and isn't doing much with it, either.

Three shot, one fatally, in Pen Lucy neighborhood

10:04 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Three shot, one fatally, in Pen Lucy neighborhood

Three men were shot, one of them fatally, while standing Friday evening on the porch of a home in North Baltimore's Pen Lucy neighborhood, police said.

On 'stop and frisk,' Batts in 'strong agreement' with ACLU

7:41 PM EST, November 20, 2013

On 'stop and frisk,' Batts in 'strong agreement' with ACLU

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday he is in "strong agreement" with concerns raised by the ACLU over how his agency tracks its officers' interactions with citizens.

Man fatally shot in historic Jonestown neighborhood

7:55 PM EST, November 16, 2013

Man fatally shot in historic Jonestown neighborhood

A 31-year-old West Baltimore man died in the hospital after being shot early Saturday in Baltimore's Jonestown neighborhood about a block from the Shot Tower, city police said.

Man fatally shot in Sandtown-Winchester

8:29 PM EST, November 14, 2013

Man fatally shot in Sandtown-Winchester

City police were investigating an afternoon fatal shooting in West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

Man fatally shot in West Baltimore

11:43 AM EST, November 8, 2013

Man fatally shot in West Baltimore

A man was fatally shot in West Baltimore on Thursday night, just blocks from the Western District police station.

Baltimore homicide detectives to do recruit background checks

8:39 PM EST, December 4, 2013

Baltimore homicide detectives to do recruit background checks

Baltimore police have temporarily reassigned three homicide detectives from the cold-case squad to conduct background checks on new recruits for the rest of the year.

Council members want answers on police custody death

7:22 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Council members want answers on police custody death

Members of the Baltimore City Council are joining the family of a man who died in police custody in their quest for answers, calling four months of official silence about how Tyrone West died "frustrating and unacceptable."

Baltimore jail officials give tour of security improvements

7:33 PM EST, November 14, 2013

Baltimore jail officials give tour of security improvements

Seven months after the Baltimore City Detention Center was thrust into the national spotlight as a haven for corruption, state corrections officials made the case Thursday that a series of reforms have significantly improved safety at the 150-year-old facility.

Killings mount with Northwest Baltimore shooting

11:11 AM EST, November 13, 2013

Killings mount with Northwest Baltimore shooting

A 19-year-old man was found fatally shot inside a car in an alley in Northwest Baltimore early Wednesday morning, continuing a violent stretch that has seen nearly a killing per day for the past month.

Man shot Upper Fells Point victims for talking to his girlfriend, police say

7:50 PM EST, November 7, 2013

Man shot Upper Fells Point victims for talking to his girlfriend, police say

Two brothers who were shot in the head in Upper Fells Point this week were killed because one of them had talked to the shooter's girlfriend, police said Thursday.

Hammerjacks may get third life near M&T stadium

11:42 PM EST, November 13, 2013

Hammerjacks may get third life near M&T stadium

Developers want to bring back Hammerjacks in a new concert and club venue near M&T Bank Stadium and the new Horseshoe casino.

Prosecutors arranged lunch meeting for murder trial witnesses

6:38 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Prosecutors arranged lunch meeting for murder trial witnesses

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge said he is considering holding city prosecutors in contempt after they arranged a secret "lunch date" between two cooperating witnesses in a high-profile murder trial, but said he would not throw out the case or grant a mistrial.

Baltimore approaches 200th homicide for second-straight year

12:18 AM EST, November 7, 2013

Baltimore approaches 200th homicide for second-straight year

Homicide detectives gathered under a West Baltimore street lamp Wednesday evening and studied a pool of blood from a gunshot wound to the head of a 21-year-old man. As police notified his family and began to canvass the area, a spokesman assigned the victim a number: 199.

Man killed in North Baltimore

7:07 PM EST, November 12, 2013

Man killed in North Baltimore

An unidentified man was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon in North Baltimore's Parklane neighborhood, police said.

Baltimore Black Guerrilla Family indictments hit 48 suspects

11:51 PM EST, November 7, 2013

Baltimore Black Guerrilla Family indictments hit 48 suspects

Baltimore police, prosecutors and federal agents launched a massive strike against the Black Guerrilla Family gang this week, after indicting 48 suspects in an alleged eight-year campaign of drug dealing and violence that claimed 10 lives.

Suspected marijuana cookies in school leads to staffer's gun arrest

5:05 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

Suspected marijuana cookies in school leads to staffer's gun arrest

Police investigating a Baltimore schools staffer in connection with students who were sold cookies laced with marijuana arrested him after searching his home and finding a handgun, court records show.

Two people shot and killed in Upper Fells Point

10:01 AM EST, November 6, 2013

Two people shot and killed in Upper Fells Point

When Joseph Lozupone heard the gunshots and screams from outside the window of his Upper Fells Point home, the Washington firefighter ran down to render aid to the two men who'd been wounded.

Three shot, two fatally, in East Baltimore Thursday afternoon

1:25 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Three shot, two fatally, in East Baltimore Thursday afternoon

Three men were shot—two fatally—in two separate incidents that occurred within hours in the same East Baltimore neighborhood, police said.

Man, 18, killed near McCulloh Homes

3:37 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

Man, 18, killed near McCulloh Homes

An 18-year-old student at Frederick Douglass High School was shot to death Tuesday night near a West Baltimore housing project, one of two shootings reported within a few minutes.

Man who fakes seizures to get out of dinner tab is at it again, police say

9:43 PM EDT, October 29, 2013

Man who fakes seizures to get out of dinner tab is at it again, police say

The Baltimore man dubbed the "Dine and Dasher" by police is at it again, authorities and restaurant owners say.

U.S. judge says government view on marijuana raises 'equal justice' issue

7:18 PM EDT, October 28, 2013

U.S. judge says government view on marijuana raises 'equal justice' issue

A federal judge in Maryland handed down lighter prison sentences Monday to defendants in a huge marijuana distribution case, saying that such offenses are "not regarded with the same seriousness" as they were just a few decades ago.

Prosecutors re-file sex assault charges dropped six years ago

8:56 PM EDT, October 22, 2013

Prosecutors re-file sex assault charges dropped six years ago

Baltimore prosecutors have resurrected charges dropped six years ago against a convicted sex offender, a rare move that comes as the man's latest trial is set to begin after a series of acquittals on recent accusations.

Man fatally stabbed amid large fight in Northwest Baltimore

2:04 PM EDT, October 24, 2013

Man fatally stabbed amid large fight in Northwest Baltimore

Police say a man who may have been trying to break up a large fight among high school students was fatally stabbed in Northwest Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon.

Officials accepted bail for dead detainee

8:48 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Officials accepted bail for dead detainee

Colleagues of Timothy Schloemer were shocked when they went to pick up the drunken-driving suspect this week from Central Booking after posting his bail — and were told he had been dead for more than two days.

Homicide detectives investigating city shooting death

1:48 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

Homicide detectives investigating city shooting death

Baltimore police are investigating a homicide in Northwest Baltimore that killed a 24-year-old man.

11:12 AM EDT, October 24, 2013

Man fatally stabbed amid large fight in Northwest Baltimore

Police say a man who may have been trying to break up a large fight among high school students was fatally stabbed in Northwest Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon.

Sex offender again claims consensual encounter with alleged victim

7:42 PM EDT, October 23, 2013

Sex offender again claims consensual encounter with alleged victim

As he has done in three recent trials, the attorney for convicted sex offender Nelson Bernard Clifford told jurors Wednesday that he had a "consensual encounter" with a woman who says he broke into her home and attacked her.

Police say driver shot by police was 'determined to flee'

6:51 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Police say driver shot by police was 'determined to flee'

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said that a man fatally shot by an officer during a traffic stop Wednesday night was "determined not to cooperate" and tried to flee because he had crack cocaine in the vehicle.

Body, second in a week, found in water near Harbor East

8:34 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

Body, second in a week, found in water near Harbor East

City police were investigating the discovery of a man's body found Monday afternoon floating in the water near the Harbor East area — the second found there in a week.

Man, 25, killed in Reisterstown Road shooting

3:24 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Man, 25, killed in Reisterstown Road shooting

A man was fatally shot Wednesday night on Reisterstown Road, Baltimore Police said.

Silk Road arrest exposes a hidden Internet

11:46 AM EDT, October 6, 2013

Silk Road arrest exposes a hidden Internet

The end came quickly for Silk Road, when federal agents crept in to nab the alleged kingpin of the secret $1.2 billion online drug marketplace as he sat at his laptop in the sci-fi section of a San Francisco public library.

After 90 days, few details on death of man in police custody

10:59 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

After 90 days, few details on death of man in police custody

In the 90 days since Tyrone West died during an altercation with police in Northeast Baltimore, his relatives have flooded radio talk-show lines, protested outside City Hall and the state's attorney's office, and crowded community forums to confront police officials.

Man killed in overnight Gwynn Oak Avenue shooting

11:23 AM EDT, October 11, 2013

Man killed in overnight Gwynn Oak Avenue shooting

A man was shot and killed on Baltimore's Howard Park neighborhood early Friday morning, breaking a streak of more than 10 days without a homicide in the city.

Baltimore Marathon to see increased security after Boston attacks

8:07 PM EDT, October 10, 2013

Baltimore Marathon to see increased security after Boston attacks

City police and organizers of this weekend's Baltimore Running Festival say they are stepping up security after explosions shook the end of the Boston race this spring, joining other recent running events that have placed restrictions around the finish line.

Baltimore Police commissioner affirms rules on "stop and frisk"

7:41 PM EDT, September 26, 2013

Baltimore Police commissioner affirms rules on "stop and frisk"

Baltimore police officers will be retrained on when to use the controversial "stop-and-frisk" tactic, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Thursday, after a civil liberties group criticized the department's decision to change the name of the tactic.

Silk Road drug kingpin tried to kill witness, authorities in Maryland say

9:12 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

Silk Road drug kingpin tried to kill witness, authorities in Maryland say

An undercover federal agent in Maryland played a key role in the shutdown Wednesday of what authorities describe as a massive online drug marketplace, owned by a 29-year-old engineer who authorities say schemed to kill perceived rivals.

Waverly, Pikesville post office managers charged with taking bribes

7:46 PM EDT, October 8, 2013

Waverly, Pikesville post office managers charged with taking bribes

The small grassy hill and handful of hedges around the United States post office in Waverly aren't much to look at. But federal prosecutors allege that for branch manager Richard L. Wright III, the grounds were a cash cow.

Defense attorneys face time crunch in complex murder-and-drug-conspiracy trial

6:43 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

Defense attorneys face time crunch in complex murder-and-drug-conspiracy trial

Pre-trial arguments are expected to be heard Tuesday in a high-profile murder and drug conspiracy case in which most defendants have flipped and attorneys couldn't review evidence with their clients until two days before trial due to safety concerns from prosecutors.

Family mourns woman killed in crash after attempted police stop

9:47 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

Family mourns woman killed in crash after attempted police stop

The woman killed in a North Baltimore crash with a car being followed by police was on her way to the home of her pregnant daughter, who gave birth to a girl later that day, her family said.

Police investigate Woodlawn shooting

8:45 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Police investigate Woodlawn shooting

Baltimore County police were investigating a shooting in the Woodlawn area reported before 7 p.m. Friday, police said.

Baltimore police reverse stance on cutting back on use of Twitter

8:37 PM EDT, October 7, 2013

Baltimore police reverse stance on cutting back on use of Twitter

The Baltimore Police Department reversed course Monday on a shift away from using its popular Twitter page to notify the public about shooting incidents, after news that "criminal-on-criminal" violence wouldn't always be disseminated brought an outcry on social media.

Baltimore police investigate killing of 5-month-old girl

1:10 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Baltimore police investigate killing of 5-month-old girl

Baltimore homicide detectives are investigating the killing of a 5-month-old girl, whose death was ruled a homicide late last week.

 O'Malley notes fewer arrests, persistent violence in Baltimore

1:10 PM EDT, September 20, 2013

O'Malley notes fewer arrests, persistent violence in Baltimore

Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is concerned that Baltimore has stalled in its efforts to reduce crime, emphasizing that arrest rates have continued to fall as declines in violence have leveled off.

Nine indicted in West Baltimore drug conspiracy case

8:25 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

Nine indicted in West Baltimore drug conspiracy case

Hoping to tamp down crime in a particularly troubled section of West Baltimore, city police and prosecutors have announced the indictment on drug conspiracy charges of nine people who they say have been terrorizing the neighborhood.

Batts' method questioned in personal 'investigative stop'

3:19 PM EDT, October 5, 2013

Batts' method questioned in personal 'investigative stop'

At a recent news conference, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts pledged that his department would responsibly use the controversial tactic known until recently as "stop and frisk." As an example to the public and his officers, he described making such a stop himself.

After violent first year, Batts still pushing to remake city's police department

8:35 AM EDT, September 22, 2013

After violent first year, Batts still pushing to remake city's police department

As he ends his first year on the job, Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts is facing questions about whether he is taking too long to remake the agency and develop a crime-fighting strategy. But others say he is being candid about the city's problems and deserves more time to make progress.

Baltimore curfew push questioned by ACLU, police union

5:00 AM EDT, September 12, 2013

Baltimore curfew push questioned by ACLU, police union

With city leaders pushing to impose earlier curfews on Baltimore's youth, civil liberties advocates and researchers say such measures don't deter crime and truancy and lead to police targeting children from poorer areas.

Maryland food stamp fraud alleged against Baltimore stores

8:57 PM EDT, September 17, 2013

Maryland food stamp fraud alleged against Baltimore stores

A federal grand jury indicted 10 Baltimore business owners or operators on charges of stealing nearly $7 million from food assistance programs by agreeing to debit cash for beneficiaries without selling food — then keeping a cut of the proceeds.

Grandfather charged in child's death in hot car

7:24 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Grandfather charged in child's death in hot car

A 55-year-old Baltimore man has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of involuntary manslaughter after his 16-month-old granddaughter was found dead in a hot truck in mid-July, police said.

Bomb scare at city courthouse likely prompted by firecracker

9:40 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

Bomb scare at city courthouse likely prompted by firecracker

Authorities say that they believe that a firecracker caused the loud bang outside of Baltimore's Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse on Thursday afternoon, prompting a bomb scare that closed downtown streets during rush hour.

Youth trio arrested, linked to 20 recent city robberies

7:55 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

Youth trio arrested, linked to 20 recent city robberies

Baltimore police have arrested three juveniles who they say are linked to more than 20 recent cellphone robberies and two carjackings, mostly in North Baltimore.

Family watched, helpless, as gang took their son

8:31 PM EDT, August 6, 2013

Family watched, helpless, as gang took their son

Barbara Poindexter saw the death of her son coming.

Baltimore Police track high-profile fugitive to Virginia Beach

6:15 PM EDT, October 10, 2013

Baltimore Police track high-profile fugitive to Virginia Beach

Baltimore police say a high-priority suspect wanted in connection with an attack on his child's mother was captured Thursday morning in Virginia Beach, Va.

MTA officer shoots man near Mondawmin Mall

5:20 PM EDT, July 23, 2013

MTA officer shoots man near Mondawmin Mall

A Maryland Transit Administration police officer shot a man in the foot at the Mondawmin Mall subway stop Tuesday afternoon as he ran toward her while fleeing officers who had pulled over his vehicle, police said.

Baltimore Police ditch 'stop and frisk' in name but not practice

9:11 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Baltimore Police ditch 'stop and frisk' in name but not practice

Baltimore police are doing away with the term "stop and frisk," though officers can still use the controversial search tactic.

Man killed in police-involved shooting is identified

7:53 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

Man killed in police-involved shooting is identified

Baltimore police identified the 25-year-old man Thursday who was fatally shot by officers in a Southeast Baltimore housing project, as people who said they saw the incident continued to question the decision to shoot.

Fatal Pigtown shooting brings city count to 20 in 80 hours

10:14 PM EDT, August 20, 2013

Fatal Pigtown shooting brings city count to 20 in 80 hours

An infant child was found next to her dying mother just before dawn Tuesday after police say a man broke into a Pigtown home, killed a young couple and shot two others — a grisly scene that brought to 20 the number of people shot in the city in a span of 80 hours.

8:48 PM EDT, July 20, 2013

Woman arrested for leaving dog in hot car in Forest Hill

A 45-year-old Harford County woman was arrested Friday inside a department store and charged with animal cruelty for leaving her dog outside in a car for 90 minutes amid blazing temperatures, police said.

Forgotten one-block street cleared of homes in East Baltimore

8:39 PM EDT, September 24, 2013

Forgotten one-block street cleared of homes in East Baltimore

Pity poor Lansing Avenue. One block and about 20 homes just off Broadway and North Avenue was all city planners gave it, and it couldn't even sustain that. Residents say it was a decent place to live until the drugs came, which also led to shootings and set fires.

No device located after explosion reported near courthouse

9:31 PM EDT, September 12, 2013

No device located after explosion reported near courthouse

Authorities were trying to determine the cause of a loud sound that emanated from a trash can outside the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in downtown Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, leading authorities to evacuate the building and shut down city streets.

14 people charged in West Baltimore heroin conspiracy

9:03 PM EDT, July 25, 2013

14 people charged in West Baltimore heroin conspiracy

More than 100 ATF agents and local police officers executed search warrants early Thursday and made arrests in connection with the indictment of 14 people in a West Baltimore drug conspiracy case, authorities said.

Jarrett sentenced to 30 years in wife's killing in 1991

7:58 PM EDT, August 8, 2013

Jarrett sentenced to 30 years in wife's killing in 1991

Describing him as a "monster hiding behind the softness of human skin," a Howard County judge sentenced Robert Jarrett Jr. to the maximum 30 years in prison Thursday for killing his wife and concealing her remains under a shed behind his Elkridge home.

Family of man who died in police custody demand answers

9:02 AM EDT, July 21, 2013

Family of man who died in police custody demand answers

The family of a 44-year-old man who died after a struggle with police during a traffic stop Thursday in Northeast Baltimore called the incident a "microcosm of greater issues within Baltimore City."

Man who died in Baltimore police custody identified

7:10 PM EDT, July 19, 2013

Man who died in Baltimore police custody identified

The man who died in police custody Thursday night during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore was identified as a 44-year-old who was on parole and was once sentenced to two years in prison for resisting arrest.

City prosecutors lose three trials with accused rapist on stand

5:00 AM EDT, September 6, 2013

City prosecutors lose three trials with accused rapist on stand

Nelson Bernard Clifford has been tried in three separate rape cases in recent years. Each time, he was linked through DNA to the scene and his accuser said she had been bound, blindfolded and attacked.

Men indicted in retaliatory violence spree that killed 7

9:28 PM EDT, August 5, 2013

Men indicted in retaliatory violence spree that killed 7

Two killings and a rumor tore in half a tight-knit group of friends who dealt drugs together in West Baltimore, prosecutors say, and on Monday, a city grand jury indicted the crew's few surviving members on charges that they killed off their former associates.

Police release recordings from traffic stop death

8:31 PM EDT, July 22, 2013

Police release recordings from traffic stop death

Baltimore police released dispatch recordings Monday of officers calling for help at a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore last week that ended with the death of the man they had pulled over.

Woman injured in NE Baltimore shooting dies

4:03 PM EDT, July 20, 2013

Woman injured in NE Baltimore shooting dies

Baltimore police confirmed Saturday that a 51-year-old woman injured in a triple shooting last month — which touched off a manhunt for one of the suspects — has died, though the circumstances were not immediately clear.

Man, woman fatally shot in West Baltimore Wednesday

5:58 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Man, woman fatally shot in West Baltimore Wednesday

A double shooting in the middle of the day Wednesday in West Baltimore killed a man and a woman not far from where four people were shot in the afternoon a day earlier.

Former Coppin track star survives shooting, excels again

3:18 PM EDT, July 20, 2013

Former Coppin track star survives shooting, excels again

Dale Dunn strode into Kevin Ondrasek's office at the University of Southern Mississippi with an air of determination. A graduate student with one more year of NCAA eligibility, Dunn told the first-year assistant track coach he had unfinished business.

Baltimore's 'Public Enemy No. 1' captured in Alabama

9:47 PM EDT, July 17, 2013

Baltimore's 'Public Enemy No. 1' captured in Alabama

Tipped that Darryl Martin Anderson's year on the run had taken him to Birmingham, Ala., U.S. Marshals set up outside an apartment complex Wednesday morning and watched as his car and its Maryland plates backed into a parking space and an unknown man walked inside.

Two killed, four shot in separate overnight incidents in Baltimore

10:13 PM EDT, September 3, 2013

Two killed, four shot in separate overnight incidents in Baltimore

A 52-year-old man was beaten to death by a group of people in West Baltimore on Monday night, one of two killings and four non-fatal shootings police were investigating Tuesday.

Organic honey business owner charged after drug, gun raids

6:21 PM EDT, July 24, 2013

Organic honey business owner charged after drug, gun raids

Really Raw Honey is known for its straight-from-the-hive product, a creamy white treat sold online and in hundreds of stores like Whole Foods.

Calm period ends with 7 shot, 2 dead in arson

11:34 PM EDT, July 22, 2013

Calm period ends with 7 shot, 2 dead in arson

The discovery by firefighters of the bodies of two men in the burned-out basement of a Mount Vernon eatery quickly turned into a murder investigation, as a weekend without any shootings in Baltimore gave way to a bloody Monday.

Baltimore County officer shoots man in Cockeysville

8:29 AM EDT, July 21, 2013

Baltimore County officer shoots man in Cockeysville

Baltimore County police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Saturday night in Cockeysville, in which police say a man with a knife was shot.

3:43 PM EDT, July 20, 2013

Woman aboard sailboat rescued after complaining of heat exhaustion

A 55-year-old woman suffering from heat exhaustion on a sailboat near Annapolis was taken by Medevac on Saturday to a nearby hospital for treatment, the Coast Guard said.

Batts brings new look to police with command shake-up

9:27 PM EDT, July 9, 2013

Batts brings new look to police with command shake-up

The Baltimore Police Department promoted 15 commanders Tuesday and put new faces at the helms of four patrol districts and key investigative units — moves that drew concerns from some City Council members, who called for continuity following a violent summer outburst that saw dozens shot.

Triple shooting in councilman's neighborhood amid weekend violence

9:37 PM EDT, July 1, 2013

Triple shooting in councilman's neighborhood amid weekend violence

A triple shooting took place late Sunday in the neighborhood of City Councilman Brandon Scott, who a day later said the incident filled residents with “despair and sadness.”

Girl, 16, dies after throat cut in Northwest Baltimore

7:19 PM EDT, July 19, 2013

Girl, 16, dies after throat cut in Northwest Baltimore

It had been just two hours since Damond Williams Sr. heard from his 16-year-old daughter, and he knew something was wrong. The girl was a homebody, a standout student. She was rarely out after dark.

Baltimore officials pledge 'renewed energy' against crime

6:36 PM EDT, July 11, 2013

Baltimore officials pledge 'renewed energy' against crime

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Baltimore law enforcement leaders Thursday to pledge "renewed energy" in cracking down on crime, highlighting an initiative to boost cooperation between state and federal prosecutors.

Man seriously wounded in Northwest Baltimore shooting

7:49 PM EDT, July 2, 2013

Man seriously wounded in Northwest Baltimore shooting

A man was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Batts joins hunt for 'Public Enemy No. 1'

7:57 PM EDT, July 16, 2013

Batts joins hunt for 'Public Enemy No. 1'

As area police continue the manhunt for the twice-charged murder suspect they have dubbed "public enemy No. 1," Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts personally hit the streets over the weekend.

Community group helps open police district to citizens

7:46 PM EDT, July 16, 2013

Community group helps open police district to citizens

Climb the steps and walk past the concrete columns that grace many Baltimore police stations and you'll encounter shuttered glass doors, blocked off by plywood, brown paper or the backs of file cabinets.

Three shot, one killed on one Baltimore block

11:59 AM EDT, June 18, 2013

Three shot, one killed on one Baltimore block

Five people were shot overnight Monday — including three people shot in two incidents in the same block in East Baltimore over a span of less than six hours, police said.

Six people shot, one killed, in Baltimore on Tuesday

8:43 PM EDT, July 9, 2013

Six people shot, one killed, in Baltimore on Tuesday

Six people were shot Tuesday in two separate incidents in Baltimore, killing at least one person, police said.

Despair, resolve in Baltimore after 20 shot over the weekend

9:15 PM EDT, June 24, 2013

Despair, resolve in Baltimore after 20 shot over the weekend

Surrounded by farmland at an Iowa facility for troubled youths, Gervontae Burgess' circumstances could hardly have been more different from those in his violent Baltimore neighborhood. Brad Knight, Burgess' football coach, remembers a bright young man with a broad smile and a desire to help others.

Men killed in Charles North, Reservoir Hill

8:52 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

Men killed in Charles North, Reservoir Hill

Two men were killed in separate shootings less than a mile apart in Baltimore late Monday and early Tuesday morning, according to city police.

Assault at Orioles game sends man to intensive care, police say

8:40 AM EDT, June 1, 2013

Assault at Orioles game sends man to intensive care, police say

Matt Fortese came 75 miles from Hagerstown to meet Taylor Queen at Camden Yards. She drove more than three hours from Virginia. Their second date was going well, Queen said, until an hour of taunting from two fans boiled over into an altercation that left Fortese fighting for his life.

Assault rifles seized in drug raid north of Patterson Park

5:58 PM EDT, May 23, 2013

Assault rifles seized in drug raid north of Patterson Park

Baltimore police seized three assault rifles and more than 7,000 rounds of ammunition in a drug raid on an East Baltimore house just north of Patterson Park.

Amid wave of Baltimore shootings, police press for tips

11:56 PM EDT, June 25, 2013

Amid wave of Baltimore shootings, police press for tips

Dozens of city police officers trudged through the Gilmor Homes housing project in West Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon, passing out fliers and hoping to turn up tips on several recent shootings.

Man fleeing police crashes into vehicle in South Baltimore

2:40 PM EDT, June 21, 2013

Man fleeing police crashes into vehicle in South Baltimore

Meddaugh Ambrose had parked on the west side of South Carey Street on Thursday afternoon during a trip to get lunch when, for reasons she can't quite pinpoint, she moved her car to the other side of the street.

A new level of outrage brings hope after a violent stretch

9:22 PM EDT, July 8, 2013

A new level of outrage brings hope after a violent stretch

An unusual thing happened as a series of shootings rocked Baltimore: People took notice, got organized and hit the streets to show their outrage.

10:12 PM EDT, June 26, 2013

Mayor, council members take on shootings

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, making her most extensive comments on the wave of violence that has shaken the city, said Wednesday that she was "sad about the state of our community" and pleaded with residents to help detectives solve cases.

Man shot in the chest in Old Goucher

10:35 AM EDT, June 14, 2013

Man shot in the chest in Old Goucher

A man was shot and critically wounded early Friday in Baltimore's Old Goucher neighborhood, and police arrested a suspect in a separate shooting in East Baltimore.

Baltimore officer charged in fiancee's killing pleads not guilty

6:42 PM EDT, June 13, 2013

Baltimore officer charged in fiancee's killing pleads not guilty

Lawyers for a veteran Baltimore police officer charged with killing his fiancee and then engaging in an hours-long standoff with fellow officers said Thursday that they want to explore whether he suffered from combat-related stress.

Guns stolen from home of Ravens' Ray Rice

7:23 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

Guns stolen from home of Ravens' Ray Rice

Two guns and cash were stolen in a weekend burglary at the Reisterstown home of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Baltimore County police confirmed.

Baltimore police making progress on open homicide cases

5:27 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

Baltimore police making progress on open homicide cases

In the third week of February, two separate killings of couples alarmed Baltimore police and contributed to a spike in the city's homicide numbers that prompted the department to shift strategies, deploy more officers on foot patrols and hold community meetings in neighborhoods feeling the wave of violence.

Wave of street violence shakes Baltimore

10:19 PM EDT, June 29, 2013

Wave of street violence shakes Baltimore

Heading into the first official weekend of summer, Baltimore police officials were pleased with how crime was trending, and, it seemed, so were residents. Total crime was down and though killings continued at one of the highest rates in the nation, there had been few dramatic spikes to draw the attention of this crime-weary city.

Ocean City cigarette smuggling ring had ties to terror groups, police say

7:34 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

Ocean City cigarette smuggling ring had ties to terror groups, police say

The Palestinian immigrant and his brother lived next door to each other in homes in West Ocean City, over the years opening a number of businesses throughout the area — three pizza shops, a Mexican restaurant, a liquor store, gas stations, and development companies, court records show.

Seven people shot, one fatally, in five incidents in Baltimore

6:26 PM EDT, May 22, 2013

Seven people shot, one fatally, in five incidents in Baltimore

Seven people were shot — at least one fatally — in Baltimore between Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning, with the violence stretching from Brooklyn in the south to Gwynn Oak in the northwest and Darley Park in the east.

City patrol officer retires after nearly 40 years on the beat

8:18 PM EDT, May 22, 2013

City patrol officer retires after nearly 40 years on the beat

During a career spanning four decades, Baltimore police Officer Ron Starr says, he never really considered leaving the department's Southeastern District and moving up the chain of command.

Daughter, boyfriend charged in stabbing death of Ellicott City blogger

4:46 PM EDT, May 11, 2013

Daughter, boyfriend charged in stabbing death of Ellicott City blogger

A prominent Ellicott City blogger and businessman was stabbed to death by his daughter's 19-year-old boyfriend, who plotted with the 14-year-old girl to kill him so the two could run away together, Howard County police said Friday.

Baltimore police review board called irrelevant, ineffective

6:44 PM EDT, June 2, 2013

Baltimore police review board called irrelevant, ineffective

In a mostly empty ninth-floor conference room on a recent Thursday evening, the civilian panel charged with investigating police misconduct in Baltimore met for its monthly meeting.

Police identify third suspect in shooting death of 1-year-old

6:45 PM EDT, June 5, 2013

Police identify third suspect in shooting death of 1-year-old

Baltimore police have identified a third suspect in last month's shooting death of a 1-year-old in Cherry Hill, and they are asking the public for help finding him.

11:31 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

Baltimore police officer charged with second-degree assault

Baltimore police officer Robert W. Mitchell faces a second-degree assault charge after police and prosecutors accused him of overstepping his powers and beating a young man more than a year ago.

'Chaotic' scene prevented quick medical attention for shooting victim

7:09 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

'Chaotic' scene prevented quick medical attention for shooting victim

The shooting of Kendra Diggs and the subsequent barricade by her alleged attacker presented a challenge Tuesday for police and emergency responders.

Missing Baltimore man found dead behind vacant home

6:46 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

Missing Baltimore man found dead behind vacant home

His family feared the worst after Marcus "Anton" Lesane went missing two weeks ago, and on Wednesday those concerns were confirmed when his body was found stashed behind a vacant home in Northwest Baltimore.

Baltimore police struggle with vacancies, increased spending

6:40 PM EDT, June 18, 2013

Baltimore police struggle with vacancies, increased spending

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.

Family fight led to man's death in Curtis Bay, police say

5:30 PM EDT, May 16, 2013

Family fight led to man's death in Curtis Bay, police say

A 28-year-old man who police were initially told died after being hit over the head with a beer bottle by a stranger in Curtis Bay was killed by a family member who punched him during a brawl, police say.

Baltimore homicide reported on same block as earlier shooting

6:47 PM EDT, June 18, 2013

Baltimore homicide reported on same block as earlier shooting

Police can't be everywhere, but they're usually laser-focused on a city block in the immediate wake of a shooting.

U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection

7:28 PM EDT, June 3, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police in Maryland and elsewhere can continue the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested — but not convicted — of serious crimes.

Man found beaten to death in Oakenshawe

6:51 PM EDT, May 29, 2013

Man found beaten to death in Oakenshawe

Baltimore City homicide detectives are investigating the beating death of a man found Tuesday afternoon inside a home in North Baltimore's Oakenshawe neighborhood.

Baltimore dirt bikes seized in police raid of repair shop

6:50 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

Baltimore dirt bikes seized in police raid of repair shop

Detective Hassan Rasheed had been watching the Northwest Baltimore repair shop for weeks as men brought dirt bikes in and out for repairs. Now police, intent on cracking down on illegal bikes, were prepared to move in.

Man charged in Orioles' game assault says more to story

8:23 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

Man charged in Orioles' game assault says more to story

A man charged with critically injuring a spectator at an Orioles game contends he was defending himself during an altercation, his lawyer said, citing information in a police report that raises "questions over who was the true aggressor."

Civilian police complaint unaddressed, teen criticizes oversight

7:18 PM EDT, June 11, 2013

Civilian police complaint unaddressed, teen criticizes oversight

An attorney for a teenager who said his jaw was broken in an encounter with Baltimore police dismissed the city's civilian review board as a "proxy" for police after nearly three years have passed without a ruling on the case.

Police confirm arrest of suspect in fatal shooting of 1-year-old

11:16 AM EDT, May 26, 2013

Police confirm arrest of suspect in fatal shooting of 1-year-old

Baltimore police said they charged a suspect Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy in South Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood.

Officer charged with murder after barricade situation in W. Baltimore house

9:57 AM EDT, May 8, 2013

Officer charged with murder after barricade situation in W. Baltimore house

An off-duty Baltimore police officer gave himself up late Tuesday after barricading himself in a home with a toddler in a six-hour standoff that began when he fatally shot a woman, authorities said.

Baltimore police officer charged in drug corruption case

8:40 PM EDT, May 31, 2013

Baltimore police officer charged in drug corruption case

A Baltimore police officer accepted cash payments and provided protection for a man she believed to be a drug dealer — a man who was actually working with department investigators and FBI agents to build a criminal case against her, authorities alleged Friday.

Arrest in child's death; police investigate 3 shootings

5:52 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

Arrest in child's death; police investigate 3 shootings

A 21-year-old man has been charged with killing a 2-year-old in West Baltimore, and detectives were investigating a fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man and two nonfatal shootings elsewhere in the city.

5:26 PM EDT, May 16, 2013

Ecuadorean national, 31, arrested on Baltimore rape charge

An Ecuadorean national living in Baltimore was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on charges that he raped a 12-year-old girl, the federal agency and city police said.

In Belair-Edison neighborhood, grief after a daytime killing

8:22 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

In Belair-Edison neighborhood, grief after a daytime killing

A medic unit that had rushed to the scene of the midday shooting in Belair-Edison sat idling in the street. With the dead man's body under a sheet, there was no one to transport.

In Watch Center, an urgent search for man in danger

9:15 PM EDT, May 3, 2013

In Watch Center, an urgent search for man in danger

On a recent Friday night in the Baltimore Police Department's high-tech Watch Center, an urgent but vague tip came in — a murder witness was in danger.

Former officer pleads guilty to improperly accessing database

5:53 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

Former officer pleads guilty to improperly accessing database

A former Baltimore Police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to improperly accessing a law enforcement database to provide information to a drug dealer who was under federal investigation.

Council members seek ban on cellphone 'reverse vending machines'

8:22 PM EDT, June 5, 2013

Council members seek ban on cellphone 'reverse vending machines'

Faced with a rash of reported mobile device thefts, local lawmakers want to ban the automated purchasing kiosks that have cropped up at area shopping centers and allow customers to instantly resell phones, tablets and music players.

Rosedale train derailment creates explosion that broke windows; smoke visible for miles

12:20 PM EDT, May 29, 2013

Rosedale train derailment creates explosion that broke windows; smoke visible for miles

A freight train smacked into a truck carrying garbage and careened off the tracks in Rosedale Tuesday afternoon, triggering an explosion felt throughout the region and sending up a plume of black smoke visible for miles.

Pre-paid cards, phones and codes are inmates' currency

5:12 PM EDT, May 11, 2013

Pre-paid cards, phones and codes are inmates' currency

In the black market of Maryland's prisons and jails, where the right price can secure cellphones and drugs, transactions unfold through a complex system of currency. Among the key elements: 14-digit codes, prepaid debit cards and text messages.

Boy, 13, alleges sex assault by fellow students at SEED school

7:22 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

Boy, 13, alleges sex assault by fellow students at SEED school

A 13-year-old boy is alleging he was sexually assaulted by other students at the SEED School of Maryland, a public boarding school for at-risk children in Southwest Baltimore.

Mayor's cousin fatally shot

7:42 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

Mayor's cousin fatally shot

A 20-year-old cousin of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was one of two men fatally shot in separate incidents Wednesday night in Baltimore, the latest victims of the city's relentless pace of gun violence.

Police identify man killed in Canton shootout with officer

5:56 PM EDT, April 20, 2013

Police identify man killed in Canton shootout with officer

Baltimore Police have identified the man killed in a shootout with an officer responding to a domestic violence complaint late Thursday night in Canton.

Police identify 1-year-old killed in Cherry Hill shooting; one arrest made

11:11 PM EDT, May 26, 2013

Police identify 1-year-old killed in Cherry Hill shooting; one arrest made

Three men wearing latex gloves, two in hooded sweat shirts, fired at least 16 shots as Rashaw Scott sat in the driver's seat of a parked red Chevrolet — his 16-month-old son, Carter, was in the back passenger seat — in what police say was a targeted shooting that left the child dead.

Baltimore Police spot error in counting city rape statistics

9:30 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

Baltimore Police spot error in counting city rape statistics

Baltimore police have been underreporting the number of rapes across the city this year, but officials described the problem as a data error and stressed that it did not affect the number of cases being investigated by sex offense detectives.

Man dies in Montgomery Co. after being struck with police Taser

4:10 PM EDT, April 20, 2013

Man dies in Montgomery Co. after being struck with police Taser

A man who police said was acting erratically died Friday night in Gaithersburg after he refused officers' orders and was struck with a Taser.

Slain blogger's daughter directed attack, boyfriend told police

8:12 PM EDT, May 13, 2013

Slain blogger's daughter directed attack, boyfriend told police

The 19-year-old man charged with fatally stabbing Dennis Lane allegedly told investigators that his girlfriend had instructed him to kill her father and his fiancee, specifying the number of times each was to be stabbed in the throat — 10 for him and 15 for her.

Prosecutor can't show accused cannibal criminally responsible

6:54 PM EDT, April 17, 2013

Prosecutor can't show accused cannibal criminally responsible

Harford County's top prosecutor said Wednesday that he does not have enough evidence to show that Alexander Kinyua is criminally responsible for killing a family friend and eating his organs last year.

Robert Jarrett Jr. convicted of second-degree murder of wife

10:08 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

Robert Jarrett Jr. convicted of second-degree murder of wife

Robert Jarrett Jr. was convicted Tuesday of murdering his wife, following a trial in which prosecutors described him as a "cold-blooded killer" who allowed his sons to walk over her body buried beneath their backyard shed for two decades.

Illicit drug prices in Baltimore fluctuate under DEA estimates

2:30 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

Illicit drug prices in Baltimore fluctuate under DEA estimates

A group of alleged Black Guerrilla Family members met last December to discuss a robbery with a confidential source, who, unbeknownst to them, was working with the Drug Enforcement Administration. The price of cocaine in Baltimore City at that moment was "high" at $40,000 per kilogram, agents wrote in court documents, making the proposed robbery "especially lucrative."

City police seek $285,000 to hire consultant

8:37 PM EDT, April 16, 2013

City police seek $285,000 to hire consultant

The Baltimore Police Department is asking the city for $285,000 to hire a Massachusetts-based consultant — the highest of five bidders — to recommend how the department should be run.

Missing Southwest Baltimore man's family presumes him dead

6:20 PM EDT, April 16, 2013

Missing Southwest Baltimore man's family presumes him dead

No one's heard from Marcus "Anton" Lesane in days. He is black, stands just shy of 6 feet, weighs 150 pounds, has a thin mustache and drives a Buick, which was found abandoned on Sunday with the keys dangling from the lock of the door.

Four officers suspended in fallout of officer's misconduct plea, sources say

6:17 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Four officers suspended in fallout of officer's misconduct plea, sources say

Four Baltimore police officers have been suspended as part of an investigation stemming from the conviction of an officer for conspiring with a drug informant to orchestrate arrests, according to sources with knowledge of the case.

Local authorities step up security after Boston Marathon explosions

9:04 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

Local authorities step up security after Boston Marathon explosions

Baltimore-area authorities announced heightened security after bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, though officials emphasized there was no evidence of threats here.

Murder trial shifts to woman's body found in Elkridge backyard

6:12 PM EDT, April 14, 2013

Murder trial shifts to woman's body found in Elkridge backyard

When Howard County authorities said they found the badly decomposed remains of Christine Jarrett beneath a shed in her own backyard, they moved swiftly to charge her husband — long a suspect — with the murder.

High court rejects N.Y. gun challenge; no immediate Md. effect

7:06 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

High court rejects N.Y. gun challenge; no immediate Md. effect

The Supreme Court left in doubt Monday whether gun owners have a Second-Amendment right to carry a firearm in public, declining to hear a case about concealed-carry laws that is similar to a Maryland suit that still has life in federal courts.

Tweet battle between police, union about social media strategy

7:50 PM EDT, April 8, 2013

Tweet battle between police, union about social media strategy

The weekend tweets from the Baltimore Police Department featured a recruiting video, an appeal reminding domestic violence victims that officers can help, and a message honoring a colleague who died 40 years ago.

Son testifies in Howard Co. case of man accused of killing wife

8:08 PM EDT, April 11, 2013

Son testifies in Howard Co. case of man accused of killing wife

The 33-year-old son of a Howard County man on trial for allegedly killing his wife and burying her beneath a backyard shed two decades ago testified through tears on Thursday about waking up on the morning of her disappearance and wandering around the home looking for her.

Baltimore officer indicted in police academy training shooting

6:44 PM EDT, March 27, 2013

Baltimore officer indicted in police academy training shooting

The Baltimore police training supervisor who shot a recruit during an unauthorized training exercise last month will face criminal charges after being indicted Wednesday by a Baltimore County grand jury.

Trial begins for man whose wife was found buried in yard

8:46 PM EDT, April 10, 2013

Trial begins for man whose wife was found buried in yard

Christine Jarrett had been there all along.

Man fatally shot in Baltimore early Monday morning

1:19 PM EDT, April 8, 2013

Man fatally shot in Baltimore early Monday morning

With blood still streaked on the doorway of a Southwest Baltimore home where a man was shot earlier in the morning, a woman who rented a room there nonchalantly recalled hearing the four shots.

5:53 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Baltimore City employee killed after crash in front of City Hall

A Baltimore city employee was killed Tuesday afternoon after a man veered off an interstate and sped onto downtown streets, flipping the car he was driving in front of City Hall, according to police and the victim's family.

Elite Baltimore City prosecutor unit takes on … a fistfight

5:39 PM EDT, March 12, 2013

Elite Baltimore City prosecutor unit takes on … a fistfight

When he became state's attorney two years ago, Gregg L. Bernstein created the Major Investigations Unit, pulling in elite prosecutors to go after violent repeat offenders using complex techniques.

Coast Guard shipyard worker among recent homicide victims

7:28 PM EDT, March 18, 2013

Coast Guard shipyard worker among recent homicide victims

Alexander Moulton completed a four-year apprenticeship program last year to become a painter at the Coast Guard shipyard in Curtis Bay, following in the footsteps of his father, who said his son worked seven days a week to provide for two children.

City names new crime policy director

5:35 PM EST, March 9, 2013

City names new crime policy director

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has named an advocate for youth justice reform as the new director of Baltimore's crime policy office.

In a reversal, city to keep newly purchased police helicopter

6:52 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

In a reversal, city to keep newly purchased police helicopter

Eighteen months after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake voted to approve the purchase of four new helicopters for the Police Department, her proposed budget called for grounding one of them in a cost-saving move.

Baltimore City employee killed in crash in front of City Hall

9:23 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Baltimore City employee killed in crash in front of City Hall

A Baltimore City employee was killed Tuesday afternoon when police said a man veered off an interstate and sped onto downtown streets, flipping the car he was driving in front of City Hall.

Accused Hopkins gynecologist suffocated himself with helium

8:58 PM EST, February 20, 2013

Accused Hopkins gynecologist suffocated himself with helium

Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy wrote an apology letter to his wife before wrapping a plastic bag around his head Monday and pumping it with helium, killing himself in the basement of his Towson-area home, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation.

City police make arrests in several homicides

6:25 PM EDT, March 29, 2013

City police make arrests in several homicides

As officers lingered outside his Northwest Baltimore home for three hours, Anthony Todd was busy inside trying to cover up evidence of a marijuana-growing operation, police say.

Johnson to get new trial in killing of Phylicia Barnes

9:28 PM EDT, March 20, 2013

Johnson to get new trial in killing of Phylicia Barnes

A Baltimore judge threw out the murder conviction of a man who was to be sentenced Wednesday in the killing of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, saying prosecutors withheld information about a key witness from defense attorneys.

Three dead in West Baltimore shooting

9:34 PM EDT, March 19, 2013

Three dead in West Baltimore shooting

A spate of violence in the city continued with a daylight shooting that left three people dead inside a West Baltimore apartment, as members of the City Council on Tuesday pressed police commanders to address a rise in killings and robberies.

2:01 PM EDT, April 1, 2013

Baltimore police identify man killed in early Sunday shooting

One man was killed and two others injured in separate shooting incidents overnight across the city, police said.

Police didn't have approval to use Rosewood for training

7:25 PM EST, February 20, 2013

Police didn't have approval to use Rosewood for training

Baltimore police did not have permission to conduct training exercises at the shuttered state facility for the developmentally disabled where an officer was shot and critically wounded, according to Maryland health officials.

4:57 PM EST, February 15, 2013

Rapper 2 Chainz arrested on Eastern Shore, takes photo with troopers

Maryland State Police said they arrested Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz on a drug citationfollowing a Thursday traffic stop on his way to perform at a homecoming event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Baltimore police rebuked by federal judge in taping lawsuit

8:46 PM EST, March 8, 2013

Baltimore police rebuked by federal judge in taping lawsuit

A federal judge has ordered Baltimore police to halt a "veritable witch hunt" into the personal life of a man who alleges that his camera was seized as he filmed an arrest.

Baltimore officer pleads guilty to armed drug conspiracy

8:42 PM EDT, March 11, 2013

Baltimore officer pleads guilty to armed drug conspiracy

To rack up arrests and look good for his bosses, Officer Kendell Richburg decided to ensure that his confidential informant could continue dealing drugs and funneling him information.

Batts pledges agency-wide review of weapons use

7:49 PM EST, February 19, 2013

Batts pledges agency-wide review of weapons use

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced an across-the-board review of how city officers use weapons after the accidental shooting of a trainee during exercises last week.

Michael Johnson found guilty in killing of Phylicia Barnes

8:42 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Michael Johnson found guilty in killing of Phylicia Barnes

A Baltimore jury found Michael Maurice Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, agreeing with prosecutors that the last known person to see the North Carolina teen alive was also her killer.

Baltimore's gun offender registry upheld

7:38 PM EDT, March 20, 2013

Baltimore's gun offender registry upheld

Maryland's second-highest court upheld the constitutionality of Baltimore's gun offender registry, a signature effort to curb gun violence that a city judge had called into question two years ago.

6:29 PM EST, March 9, 2013

Family searching for answers in man's killing in Southwest Baltimore

The family of a 28-year-old man found fatally stabbed Friday behind a railroad car in Southwest Baltimore said they're struggling to understand why someone would take his life.

After recruit shooting, police relent, disclose training policies

2:59 PM EST, March 2, 2013

After recruit shooting, police relent, disclose training policies

After initially balking at The Baltimore Sun's request following an accidental shooting that critically injured a recruit, Baltimore police have released protocols and policies related to firearms exercises.

Top commanders unaware of training where officer was shot

10:16 PM EST, February 13, 2013

Top commanders unaware of training where officer was shot

Top Baltimore police commanders, including the director of the agency's training academy, were unaware that training exercises were being conducted at an Owings Mills facility where a rookie University of Maryland officer was shot in the head and critically wounded, officials said Wednesday.

Suspicious colleague reported Levy, Hopkins dean says

10:19 PM EST, February 27, 2013

Suspicious colleague reported Levy, Hopkins dean says

A female colleague of Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy became suspicious about a pen the doctor wore around his neck and alerted officials at the medical institution, touching off an investigation into whether he secretly recorded patients.

Man found dead from multiple gunshots in West Baltimore

5:49 PM EST, February 22, 2013

Man found dead from multiple gunshots in West Baltimore

At the spot where a man was gunned down Thursday night outside a West Baltimore liquor store, someone placed an open Bible.

Hopkins patients come forward as investigation into secret recording continues

9:02 PM EST, February 19, 2013

Hopkins patients come forward as investigation into secret recording continues

Nearly 100 women, fearing that a Johns Hopkins gynecologist secretly videotaped and photographed them, contacted police Tuesday, and some potential victims reached out to private attorneys contemplating legal action.

Transit police warn travelers to be alert as mobile device thefts rise

7:37 PM EDT, March 29, 2013

Transit police warn travelers to be alert as mobile device thefts rise

Maryland transit police are warning travelers to be alert on trains and buses, amid a long-running rash of mobile-device thefts targeting riders who were texting, listening to music or talking on the phone.

8:30 PM EST, February 22, 2013

City police training academy director, appointed this week, to retire

Just three days after being touted as the commander who would oversee reforms in the wake of an accidental shooting during training, the new head of the Baltimore police academy informed top brass Friday that he intends to leave the agency.

Police refuse to release training policies after shooting

3:26 PM EST, February 16, 2013

Police refuse to release training policies after shooting

The Baltimore Police Department said it will not release policies and procedures related to training exercises, even after being told by a federal judge last week that its policies are not protected from public disclosure.

Hopkins doctor found dead amid investigation of claims he secretly taped patients

10:03 PM EST, February 18, 2013

Hopkins doctor found dead amid investigation of claims he secretly taped patients

Police want to identify women seen over two decades by a Johns Hopkins gynecologist who was found dead on Monday amid a police investigation that he was surreptitiously photographing and videotaping his patients.

Defense asks for new trial in Phylicia Barnes murder

6:56 PM EST, February 19, 2013

Defense asks for new trial in Phylicia Barnes murder

Attorneys for the man convicted of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes have asked a judge for a new trial, arguing that prosecutors made improper statements to the jury and withheld information.

Police chase in Northeast Baltimore ends in Baltimore Co.

7:55 PM EST, January 9, 2013

Police chase in Northeast Baltimore ends in Baltimore Co.

Three police officers suffered minor injuries in a police chase that started in Northeast Baltimore and ended with a collision in the Carney area of Baltimore County.

Instructor may have injured officer outside of training drill

8:34 PM EST, February 14, 2013

Instructor may have injured officer outside of training drill

State investigators are exploring whether a Baltimore police instructor who shot a trainee this week was horsing around and not participating in a drill when he accidentally reached for his service weapon instead of a paint-cartridge pistol, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.

11:26 PM EST, February 20, 2013

Police identify victim in apparent murder-suicide as probation agent

A state probation agent who volunteered as a conflict mediator was killed Tuesday night in an apparent North Baltimore murder-suicide in which a child survivor was found outside the house.

Leader of Dead Man Inc. gang renounces group at sentencing

7:18 PM EST, January 7, 2013

Leader of Dead Man Inc. gang renounces group at sentencing

As a federal judge handed down a sentence that will virtually ensure Perry Roark spends the rest of his life behind bars, the founder of Maryland's largest home-grown prison gang renounced his association with the group.

Judge concerned about evidence in Phylicia Barnes case

7:51 PM EST, February 1, 2013

Judge concerned about evidence in Phylicia Barnes case

The judge overseeing the Phylicia Barnes murder trial said Friday that prosecutors are proceeding on a circumstantial theory that causes him "great concern," but added that the case should continue and be presented to jurors.

Ravens won't hold another fan event without tickets to control crowds

7:13 PM EST, February 7, 2013

Ravens won't hold another fan event without tickets to control crowds

Ravens officials said Thursday they won't extend an open invitation to fans again without first passing out free tickets, after this week's Super Bowl celebration at M&T Bank Stadium where larger-than-expected crowds amassed and an 11-year-old boy was trampled.

Jury hears Barnes' alleged killer talk of fleeing country

7:56 PM EST, January 31, 2013

Jury hears Barnes' alleged killer talk of fleeing country

Fearing the investigation into Phylicia Barnes' death was closing in on him, prosecutors say, Michael Maurice Johnson told his girlfriend in text messages that he was thinking about fleeing the country.

Prosecutors say sex video includes Phylicia Barnes, alleged killer

9:04 PM EST, December 28, 2012

Prosecutors say sex video includes Phylicia Barnes, alleged killer

City prosecutors have filed notice that they intend to play at trial a video that depicts teenage slaying victim Phylicia Barnes "intoxicated and engaging in sexual relations" with her accused killer, his younger brother and her older half sister, court records show.

Witness testifies that he saw Phylicia Barnes' body

10:21 PM EST, January 30, 2013

Witness testifies that he saw Phylicia Barnes' body

In a pivotal day of testimony in the Phylicia Barnes murder trial, a 36-year-old petty criminal the defense has dismissed as a "jailhouse snitch" took the stand as one of the prosecution's key witnesses.

3:53 PM EST, January 16, 2013

Baltimore youth jail funding not in O'Malley's budget

The state will not put any money toward the construction of a Baltimore jail for juveniles charged as adults, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed budget, as prison officials consider renovating an existing facility instead.

No charges against officers in death of Anthony Anderson during arrest

12:35 PM EST, January 25, 2013

No charges against officers in death of Anthony Anderson during arrest

Prosecutors will not charge the Baltimore police officers involved in arresting and fatally injuring a man — after finding that they did not use excessive force and followed police procedure when a detective tackled Anthony Anderson in a vacant lot last September.

Accused Barnes killer speaks in tape made days after disappearance

9:04 PM EST, January 29, 2013

Accused Barnes killer speaks in tape made days after disappearance

Jurors got to hear Michael Maurice Johnson's account Tuesday of the last time he saw Phylicia Barnes alive, as prosecutors played audio tape of a police interview with the man now charged with killing the 16-year-old.

State delays vote on expansion of Carroll Co. juvenile treatment facility

8:17 PM EST, January 2, 2013

State delays vote on expansion of Carroll Co. juvenile treatment facility

A plan by the Department of Juvenile Services to double capacity at a privately run residential facility for young offenders was put off Wednesday after state officials expressed concern about the system "backsliding" toward larger, harder-to-manage facilities.

7:24 PM EST, February 22, 2013

City police training academy director, appointed this week, to retire

Just three days after being touted as the commander who would oversee reforms in the wake of a training shooting, the new head of the Baltimore Police academy informed top brass Friday that he intends to leave the agency.

Baltimore police seek contract for outside consultant

6:35 PM EST, January 17, 2013

Baltimore police seek contract for outside consultant

The Baltimore Police Department is planning to hire an outside consultant to develop a "three- to five-year strategic plan" to help streamline the agency and improve crime fighting, city documents show.

Man wounded in third police-involved shooting in city in five days

10:28 PM EST, January 29, 2013

Man wounded in third police-involved shooting in city in five days

Police shot a man in Northwest Baltimore Tuesday in the third such incident since Friday, and are still searching for a potential victim they say the man may have shot earlier.

Suspect in Christmas beating arrested, released

6:07 PM EST, January 9, 2013

Suspect in Christmas beating arrested, released

Baltimore police have charged a man in the Christmas Day beating of Kenni Shaw, though it was not announced for several days as the city's gay community remained on edge amid fears of violence.

Report finds youth incarceration on steep decline in Md., U.S.

5:58 PM EST, February 27, 2013

Report finds youth incarceration on steep decline in Md., U.S.

The rate of youth confinement in Maryland declined by nearly half over a 13-year period, outpacing the national average amid a "sea change" in the approach toward dealing with young people who break the law, according to a report released by a national youth advocacy group.

Tape shows accused killer's desire for Barnes, prosecution says

8:13 PM EST, January 25, 2013

Tape shows accused killer's desire for Barnes, prosecution says

Baltimore prosecutors said Friday that a sexually charged video depicting teenager Phylicia Barnes and the man accused of killing her shows a turning point in the relationship that ultimately led to her death.

Phylicia Barnes sex tape may be played publicly at murder trial

5:56 PM EST, January 8, 2013

Phylicia Barnes sex tape may be played publicly at murder trial

If Baltimore prosecutors want to show jurors a video of teenage murder victim Phylicia Barnes and the man accused of killing her engaged in "sexual relations," they must do so in open court, a city judge has ruled.

3:35 PM EST, February 23, 2013

Bodies found in a car fire early Friday in Mondawmin neighborhood had been shot

City confirmed Saturday that a man and a woman whose bodies were found in a burning car in West Baltimore early Friday morning had been shot.

Lawyers scramble for patients of accused Hopkins gynecologist

8:49 PM EST, February 21, 2013

Lawyers scramble for patients of accused Hopkins gynecologist

One law firm has rented out a conference room in the downtown Hilton and invited patients of a Johns Hopkins gynecologist to discuss their legal options. Other firms are taking out newspaper ads, urging his patients to contact them. Others are asking clients to spread the word to other potential victims.

In gun control debate, no easy fixes to Baltimore street violence

5:50 PM EST, January 26, 2013

In gun control debate, no easy fixes to Baltimore street violence

Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws in the country — and Baltimore's are even stricter — yet the city continues to struggle with rampant gun violence as thousands of criminals gain access to firearms.

Defense claims man saw Phylicia Barnes alive in Cecil Co.

11:02 AM EST, December 19, 2012

Defense claims man saw Phylicia Barnes alive in Cecil Co.

Defense attorneys for the man accused of murdering Phylicia Barnes have filed motions claiming to have a witness who saw the teen alive in Cecil County and attacking the credibility of the lead police detective who investigated the case.

City killings up to 217 as gun violence falls

8:29 PM EST, January 1, 2013

City killings up to 217 as gun violence falls

Baltimore was unable in 2012 to sustain a significant milestone — the first drop below 200 homicides in a generation — but officials see reasons to remain optimistic that declines will resume.

Tearful Deena Barnes describes day Phylicia went missing

9:03 PM EST, January 28, 2013

Tearful Deena Barnes describes day Phylicia went missing

The older sister of Phylicia Barnes tearfully said Monday she had allowed her teenage sister to drift too close to the man now accused of murdering her, testifying in the trial of Michael Maurice Johnson that the then-26-year-old's unnerving conduct one summer night was the final blow to their relationship.

Activists call for charges in man's police custody death

6:34 PM EST, December 17, 2012

Activists call for charges in man's police custody death

Activists gathered in front of a downtown Baltimore courthouse Monday, calling for State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein to bring charges against officers being investigated in the death of an East Baltimore man during an arrest.

State scraps plans to build youth jail in Baltimore

10:32 PM EST, January 16, 2013

State scraps plans to build youth jail in Baltimore

After years of community opposition, state officials have abandoned plans to build a new Baltimore jail for juveniles charged as adults, citing declines in youth crimes as they unveiled a plan Wednesday to send more teens to treatment programs and renovate a smaller facility for defendants in violent offenses.

Key witness in Baltimore shooting case killed after club argument

9:33 PM EST, December 15, 2012

Key witness in Baltimore shooting case killed after club argument

Friday was Avon Ball's first night off "the box," finally finished with court-ordered home monitoring and ready to hit the town. "Who with me?" he posted on Facebook.

In Barnes trial, defense questions detective's search for daughter

6:51 PM EST, January 24, 2013

In Barnes trial, defense questions detective's search for daughter

In a frantic search for his own missing teenage daughter, the lead detective in the Phylicia Barnes murder case donned a black hooded sweatshirt and, along with two other men, forced his way into a Northeast Baltimore apartment where he believed she was hiding, attorneys said in court Thursday.

7:28 PM EST, January 15, 2013

Girl, 17, dies after one of 3 Balto. shootings Tuesday morning

A violent start to the year continued with three people shot on Baltimore's west side Tuesday morning, including a 17-year-old girl who died after she and a man were shot in an alley.

State troopers helping city police patrol high-crime areas

December 27, 2012

State troopers helping city police patrol high-crime areas

Baltimore police have enlisted state troopers to help with patrols as the city confronts a spike in crime, a move that puts to an end years of disagreement between the two agencies over the state force's role in local law enforcement.

6:20 PM EST, December 14, 2012

Infant saved from Oct. fire found dead in Northeast Baltimore

At just 4 months of age, Vance Williams III was already on his second chance at life.

Baltimore man, 20, charged with killing 7-week-old son

7:44 PM EST, November 28, 2012

Baltimore man, 20, charged with killing 7-week-old son

A 20-year-old man has been charged in the death of his infant son, police confirmed Wednesday.

10:33 PM EST, December 1, 2012

Two dogs shot after attacking boy, 7, in Pasadena

A 7-year-old boy was flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Center after being attacked by two dogs in Pasadena, Anne Arundel County police said.

Man arrested in 2011 murder believed linked to recent killing

7:41 PM EST, December 12, 2012

Man arrested in 2011 murder believed linked to recent killing

More than a year ago, police suspected that James Berry III had killed a man during a triple shooting in Bolton Hill, and they presented their evidence to prosecutors.

7:16 PM EST, December 13, 2012

BCCC employee charged in theft of student tuition

A Baltimore City Community College employee has been indicted on allegations that she directed student tuition payments into her personal bank account, the city prosecutor's office announced Thursday.

Mayor addresses Baltimore police misconduct allegations

7:08 PM EST, November 14, 2012

Mayor addresses Baltimore police misconduct allegations

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, reacting Wednesday to news of a third city police officer suspended amid a criminal probe within a week, said officials deserve credit for taking action.

Former mayor Dixon $14k behind in court-ordered payments

12:47 PM EST, November 7, 2012

Former mayor Dixon $14k behind in court-ordered payments

Former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon has fallen behind by close to $14,000 on court-ordered payments stemming her plea deal in the corruption investigation that led to her resignation, according to state corrections filings.

7:44 PM EST, November 5, 2012

Fatal stabbing in Pigtown among city's recent violent incidents

A woman was found fatally stabbed Monday evening inside a home in Pigtown, one of several recent violent incidents being investigated by Baltimore police.

Local blogger surrenders to police after live broadcasting standoff

10:49 AM EST, December 2, 2012

Local blogger surrenders to police after live broadcasting standoff

A Baltimore blogger wanted on a court-issued warrant refused to come out of his home for hours, broadcasting his discussion with a police negotiator live on the Internet before turning himself in peacefully.

Batts formally sworn in as Baltimore police commissioner

8:33 PM EST, November 8, 2012

Batts formally sworn in as Baltimore police commissioner

Anthony W. Batts was officially sworn in Thursday as Baltimore's 37th police commissioner, pledging to build trust with the community while continuing to reduce violent crime.

Man fatally stabbed in domestic dispute in E. Baltimore

9:05 PM EDT, October 27, 2012

Man fatally stabbed in domestic dispute in E. Baltimore

Police said a man was fatally stabbed Saturday morning in a domestic dispute, a killing that occurred the morning after two unrelated overnight shootings that injured five.

7:13 PM EST, December 1, 2012

Men charged in shotgun robberies of area convenience stores

Two men have been indicted by federal prosecutors for allegedly robbing at least three Baltimore area convenience stores with a shotgun.

Street by street, new police commissioner is learning Baltimore

10:25 AM EDT, November 2, 2012

Street by street, new police commissioner is learning Baltimore

A group of children play ball in the courtyard after dark as Anthony W. Batts walks through a high-crime West Baltimore public housing project wrapped around the Edgar Allan Poe House.

City officers linked to towing scandal remain suspended

5:32 PM EST, November 5, 2012

City officers linked to towing scandal remain suspended

Nearly two years after a towing kickback scandal rocked the Baltimore Police Department, 14 officers who were not criminally charged remain suspended with pay and unavailable to perform police functions, officials said.

7:13 PM EST, December 4, 2012

Trial postponed for Elkridge man charged in 1991 killing of wife

The murder trial of a Howard County man whose wife's body was found buried in the backyard of his home 21 years after she was reported missing has been postponed until next year because one of his attorneys had a medical issue.

Baltimore police officer charged with lying in search warrant

12:04 PM EDT, November 2, 2012

Baltimore police officer charged with lying in search warrant

A Baltimore City police detective was charged Thursday with lying in a search warrant affidavit to gain entry to a Canton home, then trying to obstruct an ensuing internal affairs investigation.

Double shooting outside club revives debate over security

6:57 PM EDT, October 15, 2012

Double shooting outside club revives debate over security

City police plan to meet with management of a downtown club after two people waiting in line were shot early Monday — a shooting that capped a violent weekend in Baltimore and has revived discussions about security around city bars and clubs.

A car chase turned deadly in Baltimore

8:39 PM EST, November 24, 2012

A car chase turned deadly in Baltimore

"Drive," he pleaded, sweating and panting. "Just drive."

State, city program gives security guards police powers

5:06 PM EDT, October 20, 2012

State, city program gives security guards police powers

The two men wore body armor with "POLICE" written across the chest and spilled out of their unmarked car, weapons drawn, ordering Christopher Dukes and his passenger out of their vehicle at a South Baltimore gas station parking lot. When Dukes pulled off, they embarked on a high-speed chase down Interstate 295 until catching up and placing the pair under arrest, charging documents show.

Pigtown stabbing victim identified, man dies in SW shooting

5:53 PM EST, November 6, 2012

Pigtown stabbing victim identified, man dies in SW shooting

Baltimore police have identified a 55-year-old woman found stabbed inside her home in Pigtown and said a man who was driven to the hospital by a friend after being shot in Southwest Baltimore has died from his injuries.

Monae Turnage death leads to charges against boy's mother

7:14 PM EDT, October 26, 2012

Monae Turnage death leads to charges against boy's mother

The mother of one of the boys who accidentally shot 13-year-old Monae Turnage helped drag the girl's body into an alley behind the home and then hid the gun in a police officer's car, authorities alleged in court papers filed Friday.

Number of people killed in Baltimore now higher than 2011

10:32 AM EST, November 22, 2012

Number of people killed in Baltimore now higher than 2011

The number of people killed in Baltimore this year has exceeded the count from all of 2011 after a violent Wednesday that saw at least one stabbed and three shot — including two near the same corner where a 16-year-old was killed a day earlier.

No charges against city officer in death of Monae Turnage, 13

12:08 PM EDT, October 10, 2012

No charges against city officer in death of Monae Turnage, 13

City prosecutors have declined to press charges against a Baltimore police officer after an investigation into his conduct following the accidental shooting death of a 13-year-old girl, saying they did not have enough information to pursue a case.

4:21 PM EDT, October 22, 2012

Police ID man who died in E. Baltimore police pursuit crash

Baltimore police have identified the man who died Friday night after crashing into a tree during a police pursuit in East Baltimore.

After police custody death, Baltimore activist builds profile

6:11 PM EDT, October 16, 2012

After police custody death, Baltimore activist builds profile

Within an hour after an East Baltimore man died while in police custody, Cortly "C.D." Witherspoon got an urgent phone call from someone with connections to the family, asking for his help.

State, city officials: more oversight needed of special police

6:26 PM EDT, October 22, 2012

State, city officials: more oversight needed of special police

City and state legislators say they will push for greater regulation of longstanding but little-known laws that allow security guards to be granted law enforcement powers to arrest and search citizens.

8:30 PM EDT, October 23, 2012

Prosecutors: No wrongdoing by city police in pay probe

Two Baltimore police commanders have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing after an investigation into whether they improperly received overtime payments, the city state's attorney's office announced.

7:19 PM EDT, September 28, 2012

Two women killed in separate incidents in city

Two women died in separate shootings Thursday in Baltimore.

East Baltimore death in police custody ruled a homicide

9:30 PM EDT, October 2, 2012

East Baltimore death in police custody ruled a homicide

The state medical examiner has determined that an East Baltimore man's death in police custody last month was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma, an account that conflicts with earlier assertions that he died from choking on drugs.

Baltimore police officer Daniel Redd sentenced for drug dealing

8:31 PM EDT, September 19, 2012

Baltimore police officer Daniel Redd sentenced for drug dealing

Baltimore police officer Daniel Redd was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 20 years in federal prison for dealing drugs, bringing a close to a years-long probe into corruption accusations against the Northwest District veteran.

7:09 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

Police investigate four shootings, including officer-involved

Four people were shot — including one by a city police officer — Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Baltimore, according to police.

6:22 PM EST, November 16, 2012

Woman found in water Thursday in Canton was Hopkins professor

The woman who died Thursday after being pulled from the water off a pier in Canton has been identified as a Johns Hopkins neurology professor.

4:59 PM EDT, October 24, 2012

Big Boyz bail bondsman banned from city Central Booking

A Big Boyz bail bondsman has been banned from Central Booking after an exchange with jail staff, a move his attorney says was unnecessary.

Two Baltimore officers charged with assaulting drug suspect

7:14 PM EDT, October 18, 2012

Two Baltimore officers charged with assaulting drug suspect

Two Baltimore police officers have been charged with assaulting a man last year after he fled a drug arrest and tried to hide in one of the officers' girlfriend's home.

In Oakland, Batts' former post, police reforms criticized

9:51 AM EDT, October 9, 2012

In Oakland, Batts' former post, police reforms criticized

The U.S. government should take over the Oakland Police Department — the California agency led for two years by Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts — because of a chronic failure to comply with a decade-old reform settlement, attorneys overseeing the case said in court papers.

12:06 AM EDT, October 4, 2012

Decorated officer at center of police custody death investigation

A decorated officer who was shot in the line of duty and testified before lawmakers about tightening gun laws is one of three officers being investigated in the death of an East Baltimore man during a drug arrest.

6:51 PM EDT, October 1, 2012

Youth jail plans moving forward, O'Malley says

Gov. Martin O'Malley said that plans for a new youth detention facility in Baltimore are "moving forward" and described the current building as "a very old and decrepit facility."

Batts to get Council President Young's support as police commissioner

7:53 PM EDT, August 29, 2012

Batts to get Council President Young's support as police commissioner

Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young met briefly Wednesday morning with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's pick for police commissioner and pledged to support him.

In two-thirds of delivery driver robberies, order was a ruse

11:41 AM EDT, October 29, 2012

In two-thirds of delivery driver robberies, order was a ruse

With robberies of food delivery drivers in the news recently, The Baltimore Sun's Jonathan Pitts hit the streets with a 36-year-old man who delivers pizzas to talk about the inherent dangers.

Sailor, Oliver native take different paths, both die in gunfire

8:52 PM EDT, October 25, 2012

Sailor, Oliver native take different paths, both die in gunfire

One left the city to go to college and see the world with the Navy. The other refused to leave East Baltimore even after his mother moved south to make a better life for his siblings, instead staying to hang around on the corners.

Batts confirmation forwarded to full Baltimore City Council

10:24 PM EDT, October 17, 2012

Batts confirmation forwarded to full Baltimore City Council

Baltimore's new police commissioner wants to expand his agency's focus beyond gun violence to burglaries, car break-ins and other crimes that affect a broader swath of citizens, he told the City Council panel that signed off on his confirmation Wednesday.

Theft of Renoir from BMA in 1951 earned little notice

10:10 PM EDT, September 28, 2012

Theft of Renoir from BMA in 1951 earned little notice

It was the art theft investigation that went nowhere.

Prison gang leader pleads guilty after promising to defy government

8:53 PM EDT, September 26, 2012

Prison gang leader pleads guilty after promising to defy government

A co-founder of the Dead Man Incorporated prison gang pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in the group's murder-for-hire and drug-dealing conspiracy — ensuring that the former Baltimorean serves a life sentence even as he promised followers in missives from behind bars that he would continue to defy the government.

In-custody death brings anger with police in East Baltimore

9:28 AM EDT, September 26, 2012

In-custody death brings anger with police in East Baltimore

In a filthy East Baltimore lot used as a shortcut and as a place to buy heroin, community leaders and relatives of a man who died in police custody railed against the police Tuesday and called for justice in the case.

Westport murder victim identified as father of top basketball recruit

5:49 PM EDT, September 12, 2012

Westport murder victim identified as father of top basketball recruit

The 38-year-old man fatally shot over the weekend in South Baltimore's Westport neighborhood was the father of one of the top girls basketball recruits in the country, friends said.

8:24 PM EDT, September 22, 2012

New Baltimore Police Commissioner Batts seeks fresh start

Baltimore's next police commissioner is walking through a west-side neighborhood with some of the community's most engaged residents, but that's not enough for Anthony W. Batts.

10:22 AM EDT, September 20, 2012

Man shot through his front door in Southwest Baltimore

Police were investigating two shootings that occurred Wednesday in Southwest and East Baltimore.

Few of Baltimore police shooting victims this year were armed

8:25 PM EDT, August 22, 2012

Few of Baltimore police shooting victims this year were armed

Baltimore Police have shot 10 people this year — eight of them fatally — leading some to question whether police are properly equipped to handle calls involving the mentally ill.

2:24 PM EDT, October 16, 2012

Southern High School student arrested for knife, pellet gun

A 17-year-old student at Southern High School was arrested Tuesday morning after police say he was found in possession of a knife and an unloaded pellet gun.

11:01 AM EDT, September 24, 2012

Baltimore police shoot man during early morning robbery

A 27-year-old robbery suspect was shot and wounded by Baltimore police after fighting with an officer, officials said Monday. The man was expected to survive.

New Baltimore Police Commissioner Batts seeks fresh start

6:15 PM EDT, September 22, 2012

New Baltimore Police Commissioner Batts seeks fresh start

Baltimore's next police commissioner is walking through a west-side neighborhood with some of the community's most engaged residents, but that's not enough for Anthony W. Batts.

7:13 PM EDT, August 3, 2012

Police shake up Southwest leadership after spate of shootings

Acting Police Commissioner Anthony E. Barksdale ordered a shake-up of the command in the department's Southwest District after a spate of shootings that left five dead and several wounded in the past week.

10:46 AM EDT, August 23, 2012

Two men in their 60s murdered in separate W. Baltimore incidents

City police are investigating the recent murders of two men in their 60s, both in West Baltimore.

Man killed, neighborhood leader critically injured in Mid-Town

9:21 PM EDT, August 10, 2012

Man killed, neighborhood leader critically injured in Mid-Town

A shooting early Friday outside a small inn and residence next to the Belvedere Hotel in the Mid-Town neighborhood left a 41-year-old man dead and another critically wounded, police said.

Barksdale, Baltimore Police No. 2, out indefinitely

8:21 PM EDT, September 24, 2012

Barksdale, Baltimore Police No. 2, out indefinitely

Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Barksdale, who was vying to be named to the job permanently, is taking medical leave and will be out "indefinitely," leaving the incoming chief without two of the agency's highest-ranking officers.

Arrest made in fatal Mid-Town double shooting case

8:35 PM EDT, September 13, 2012

Arrest made in fatal Mid-Town double shooting case

Rookie Baltimore police officers Jason Dipaola and Steven Vinias were sent to Mount Vernon to provide a sense of security to a neighborhood shaken by a double shooting. They may have ended up solving the case.

Woman, 94, assaulted, robbed as unpaid taxes scam continues

9:23 PM EDT, August 18, 2012

Woman, 94, assaulted, robbed as unpaid taxes scam continues

Baltimore police continued to warn against a scam targeting the elderly for robberies, saying new incidents were reported Saturday.

Researcher dies in apparent Northeast Baltimore robbery

8:27 PM EDT, September 18, 2012

Researcher dies in apparent Northeast Baltimore robbery

Peter Marvit never missed rehearsal with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and this week he showed up wearing one of his trademark ties — short, fat, and brightly colored. After the three-hour practice concluded with "Carol of the Angels," director Tom Hall told everyone "to drive safe and be well."

7:23 PM EDT, August 16, 2012

Triple shooting leaves two dead and one critical

Two men were killed and an unidentified woman was critically wounded in a shooting late Wednesday in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Batts, new Baltimore police chief pick, says he's committed

10:23 PM EDT, August 28, 2012

Batts, new Baltimore police chief pick, says he's committed

Baltimore's next police commissioner believes the drug trade is at the core of crime problems from car break-ins to gang killings. And it's an issue that Anthony W. Batts says he's seen up close.

4:12 PM EDT, September 12, 2012

Contract approved for new city Police Commissioner Batts

Baltimore's spending board unanimously approved an eight-year contract with Police Commissioner-designate Anthony W. Batts at its meeting Wednesday morning.

Ex-Senator Theatre owner jailed, accused of harassment, trespassing

6:35 PM EDT, August 13, 2012

Ex-Senator Theatre owner jailed, accused of harassment, trespassing

Days after operators of Baltimore's Senator Theatre accused former owner Tom Kiefaber of trespassing at the movie house and harassing workers, Kiefaber was arrested Monday at the site.

8:11 PM EDT, August 8, 2012

Police fail to take report of burglary at Canton restaurant

A burglary at Marie Branch's breakfast restaurant in Canton spooked her enough that she scrapped her popular late-night hours. But it wasn't enough to get police to write a report of the incident.

Attacks among youth at Baltimore's adult jail continue

7:46 PM EDT, August 2, 2012

Attacks among youth at Baltimore's adult jail continue

The city judge didn't need to hear from the boy — his black eye told the story.

City police seek personal records of man in taping lawsuit

7:12 PM EDT, September 11, 2012

City police seek personal records of man in taping lawsuit

Baltimore Police want to know whether a man suing police for deleting images from his camera at the 2010 Preakness has a drug history, and have reached out to his ex-wife and former employers, an effort his attorneys say amounts to harassment and intimidation.

U.S. Justice Department tours Baltimore jail on Wednesday

7:33 PM EDT, August 15, 2012

U.S. Justice Department tours Baltimore jail on Wednesday

Department of Justice officials toured the Baltimore City Detention Center on Wednesday amid complaints about conditions for juveniles held at the facility, officials confirmed.

Vi Ripken abducted at gunpoint, quietly returned

10:27 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Vi Ripken abducted at gunpoint, quietly returned

Bound and abducted in her own vehicle, Violet Ripken was gone for 12 hours before her disappearance was reported to authorities. And amid an intensive search, she was quietly dropped off by her kidnapper on her secluded Harford County street.

Aquille Carr, Baltimore high school basketball star, arrested

11:46 PM EDT, August 18, 2012

Aquille Carr, Baltimore high school basketball star, arrested

Aquille Carr, a star basketball guard at Patterson High School whose electrifying play earned him the nickname "Crimestopper," was released from jail late Saturday after being arrested on a domestic assault charge.

Police make arrest in shooting that killed two brothers

7:27 PM EDT, August 20, 2012

Police make arrest in shooting that killed two brothers

Baltimore police have charged a man in a triple shooting that killed two brothers in Southwest Baltimore, a crime that investigators believe led to the retaliatory killing of the mother and brother of one of the suspects.

New police commissioner expected to be former Oakland chief

8:33 PM EDT, August 27, 2012

New police commissioner expected to be former Oakland chief

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has selected former Oakland, Calif., Police Chief Anthony Batts as Baltimore's next police commissioner, bringing in a leader who has been hailed as an innovator but who struggled to push his agenda at his last job.

7:07 PM EDT, August 6, 2012

Man shot by police in Northwest Baltimore courthouse parking lot

A 25-year-old man was shot by a city police officer in the parking lot of a Northwest Baltimore courthouse Monday morning after he fled while being taken into custody and tried to run down an officer with a vehicle, police said.

Md. man accused in cannibal case deemed incompetent to stand trial

7:30 PM EDT, August 16, 2012

Md. man accused in cannibal case deemed incompetent to stand trial

Alexander Kinyua, the college student accused of killing a family friend and ingesting his heart and brain, has been declared incompetent to stand trial, according to court records.

7:46 PM EDT, August 14, 2012

Cherry Hill security guards act as rogue police, suit claims

More than 20 Cherry Hill residents have filed a $25 million lawsuit against a Cleveland-based security company, claiming the company's officers routinely overstep their authority and abuse citizens' rights.

6:16 PM EDT, August 18, 2012

Police say man fatally shot after attacking officer in W. Baltimore

Baltimore police fatally shot a man in West Baltimore Saturday after he slashed an officer who was investigating a burglary complaint, officials said.

Hundreds hold vigil for Mount Vernon shooting victims

10:16 PM EDT, August 14, 2012

Hundreds hold vigil for Mount Vernon shooting victims

Many of the hundreds gathered Tuesday at Mount Vernon's Washington Monument had their perceptions of safety shaken last week, after a double shooting that critically wounded a gregarious neighborhood ambassador and claimed the life of a recent transplant looking to jump-start a photography career.

Mother of shooting suspect gunned down, raising fears of further reprisal

7:59 PM EDT, August 17, 2012

Mother of shooting suspect gunned down, raising fears of further reprisal

The mother and the brother of a suspect in a triple shooting were gunned down in an ambush outside their Northeast Baltimore home, according to sources, prompting police to assign a special unit of top investigators to stop the "momentum of violence."

Youth in city jail face 'deplorable' conditions

9:48 PM EDT, July 28, 2012

Youth in city jail face 'deplorable' conditions

Before the other boys jumped Tyrone, they asked if he wanted to fight.

Police release suspect photo, offer reward in Vi Ripken abduction

10:09 PM EDT, July 26, 2012

Police release suspect photo, offer reward in Vi Ripken abduction

A manhunt continued Thursday for the man who kidnapped baseball matriarch Violet R. Ripken, as Aberdeen police released a surveillance video image of a suspect and several law-enforcement agencies joined the small-town force in the search.

6:22 PM EDT, August 24, 2012

Homicides mount in Baltimore's Southwestern District

Terrance Gough bought a king-size mattress, unpacked his clothes and arranged the bedroom in his uncle's Southwest Baltimore home just the way he liked it.

5:28 PM EDT, July 31, 2012

Baltimore police investigating homicide, nonfatal shooting

Baltimore police are investigating a homicide in West Baltimore that occurred early Monday, as well as a shooting Monday afternoon that left a man in critical condition.

7:18 PM EDT, July 24, 2012

Baltimore basketball community mourns man killed Monday

A 23-year-old former high school basketball player was gunned down during a West Baltimore robbery Monday, police said, sending a ripple of sadness through the area's basketball community.

Youth detainees transferred to air-conditioned building within city jail

9:09 PM EDT, August 6, 2012

Youth detainees transferred to air-conditioned building within city jail

Youths detained at the Baltimore City Detention Center were moved over the weekend into a building that has air conditioning, state officials confirmed.

Domestic assault charges to be dropped if Carr completes program

5:44 PM EDT, September 19, 2012

Domestic assault charges to be dropped if Carr completes program

Domestic assault charges against high school basketball standout Aquille Carr will be dropped if he completes a 22-week program with the House of Ruth, his attorney said.

7:59 PM EDT, June 20, 2012

Four shot as Baltimore reaches 100 homicides

Four people were shot in Baltimore between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, including two fatally, which pushed the city's homicide count to 100 for the year.

Bealefeld hopes his legacy includes spurring community to action

10:21 PM EDT, June 18, 2012

Bealefeld hopes his legacy includes spurring community to action

Cynthia Gross' first interaction with Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III came at a community meeting about seven months ago, when she stood up to complain about officers being overly aggressive. In a room full of stone-faced officers, you could hear a pin drop, she recalled.

12:00 PM EDT, June 15, 2012

Man charged with fatally shaking girlfriend's 1-year-old daughter

A 22-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 14-month-old daughter, city officials said Friday.

7:07 PM EDT, August 5, 2012

U.S. Justice Department hasn't visited city jail despite oversight agreement

The U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division has not visited the Baltimore City Detention Center in nearly two years, despite an agreement with the state to oversee reforms at the facility.

11:34 AM EDT, August 7, 2012

One dead, one wounded in Cherry Hill shooting

Gunfire in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood late Monday has left one man dead and another wounded.

Mysterious downtown Baltimore death reported early Saturday

10:52 PM EDT, July 28, 2012

Mysterious downtown Baltimore death reported early Saturday

Three men were found dead in Baltimore late Friday and early Saturday, as a spate of violence left two other men wounded.

2:19 PM EDT, July 24, 2012

Close call: Woman falls onto subway track at State Center

A woman who fell onto the subway track at the State Center Metro station was seriously injured but is expected to survive after crawling into a space under the platform.

5:25 PM EDT, July 21, 2012

87-year-old man killed in single-vehicle crash in Ellicott City

An 87-year-old man was killed Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Howard County, county police said.

Water main break causes disruptions in downtown Baltimore

10:45 PM EDT, July 16, 2012

Water main break causes disruptions in downtown Baltimore

Commuters to Baltimore are likely to face heavy traffic and major delays Tuesday, after a large water main break downtown buckled the surface of Light Street and sent water gushing through Lombard and Pratt streets.

6:53 PM EDT, July 12, 2012

Buttocks injections send Ga. woman to prison for 3 years

An Atlanta woman is going to federal prison for injecting the buttocks of women across the country with silicone intended to be used as a paint additive or furniture polish, with one procedure causing serious injuries to a Baltimore exotic dancer.

5:39 PM EDT, July 21, 2012

Man gets 19 years after second robbery at same Arundel bank

Randall Shreve Jr.'s 1999 robbery of the Carrollton Bank in Glen Burnie didn't go so well, but it didn't stop him from trying again, federal prosecutors say.

On the beat in Cherry Hill, young officer brings in three targets

6:24 PM EDT, July 14, 2012

On the beat in Cherry Hill, young officer brings in three targets

Amid the deluge of be-on-the-lookouts and other information dumped on Southern District officers during afternoon roll call Friday, there are three names that stick out to Officer Andre Smith Jr.

7:46 PM EDT, July 12, 2012

Baltimore detective must resign over grocery store theft

A veteran Baltimore police detective must resign from the department after being placed on probation for stealing groceries with her daughter, a cashier at the store where the theft occurred.

11:03 AM EDT, July 11, 2012

City police union offers sweeping critique of agency strategy

Baltimore's police union is calling for an overhaul of the department, describing the agency's management strategy as "outdated, ineffective and reactive" and proposing changes that it said would boost officer morale and reduce crime across the city.

8:03 PM EDT, June 19, 2012

Md. man accused of cannibalism is indicted, moved to mental hospital

Alexander Kinyua, the 21-year-old accused of killing a man and eating his organs, has been formally indicted on charges of first-degree murder and assault and has been sent to a Maryland state mental hospital.

City firefighter charged with running prostitution ring, unlicensed club

10:35 PM EDT, July 10, 2012

City firefighter charged with running prostitution ring, unlicensed club

A Baltimore firefighter has been charged with running an online prostitution ring and unlicensed after-hours club in a Southwest Baltimore warehouse, less than two years after he received probation in Baltimore County in a similar sex trafficking case.

Baltimore braces for Fourth of July crowds

9:13 PM EDT, July 2, 2012

Baltimore braces for Fourth of July crowds

Baltimore police say they plan to change some tactics from last year's Fourth of July celebration to make sure the violence that stained the event won't happen again.

Man wounded in Belair-Parkside barbershop shooting

12:19 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Man wounded in Belair-Parkside barbershop shooting

A 39-year-old man was wounded after a gunman opened fire in a Northeast Baltimore barbershop early Friday, police said.

4:55 PM EDT, June 10, 2012

City heroin death is first overdose ruled a homicide in years

Amber Brown, 24, was complaining of chest pains the night police say she and her girlfriend drank alcohol and injected each other with heroin in their Northeast Baltimore apartment. Brown passed out and never woke up; her companion could face criminal charges.

Signs of violent struggle remain in N. Baltimore home

6:20 PM EDT, July 16, 2012

Signs of violent struggle remain in N. Baltimore home

Hours after a triple shooting that claimed the life of one man, signs of the carnage remained all too clear in this Mid-Govans home in North Baltimore.

Wounded warriors travel with Bealefeld to New York City

7:28 AM EDT, June 13, 2012

Wounded warriors travel with Bealefeld to New York City

The bus carrying Cody Stanton and other wounded soldiers breezed up Interstate 95 on Tuesday to the site of the former World Trade Center in New York, with an escort arranged by Baltimore's police commissioner.

7:06 PM EDT, June 11, 2012

Baltimore falls out of top 5 murder rate cities

For the first time in years, Baltimore is no longer among the nation's five deadliest cities, according to statistics for 2011 compiled by the FBI and released Monday.

After nine-year wait, Baltimore man cleared in killing

6:57 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

After nine-year wait, Baltimore man cleared in killing

As far as retired homicide detective Darryl Massey was concerned, the investigation into the fatal shooting of Gary Johnson Jr. was closed in June 2003 — a simple case of a man protecting his home and family from an intruder.

7:38 PM EDT, July 27, 2012

City police seeking stolen vehicle related to North Baltimore killing

Baltimore police say the men who fatally shot a 34-year-old North Baltimore man took his car, and they were asking for the public's help in locating the vehicle.

Baltimore police struggle to close murders with few talking

7:50 PM EDT, June 7, 2012

Baltimore police struggle to close murders with few talking

Angela Holland seems to know just about everyone in her North Baltimore neighborhood.

Family of girl wounded in shooting sues GPS company

7:05 PM EDT, June 13, 2012

Family of girl wounded in shooting sues GPS company

The mother of a young girl hit with a stray bullet fired by a juvenile offender who was under GPS tracking is seeking millions of dollars from the state vendor that provides the monitoring, claiming in a lawsuit that the company knew its product was flawed.

Man, linked with brother to spate of robberies, pleads guilty to 2 murders

5:06 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Man, linked with brother to spate of robberies, pleads guilty to 2 murders

A 24-year-old man admitted to killing two men over a span of about 48 hours in downtown Baltimore last year, crimes that came a few days after he and his brother are alleged to have committed a rash of robberies across the city on a Sunday morning.

Paper trail helped tell story of Maryland cannibalism suspect

12:55 PM EDT, June 11, 2012

Paper trail helped tell story of Maryland cannibalism suspect

Any time a high-profile crime is committed, reporters want to start digging into the background of the suspect. It can not only reveal new insight into that individual but potentially expose failures in the system, which can serve as a guide for preventing future tragedy.

Alleged contract killer charged in undercover FBI sting

6:31 PM EDT, July 31, 2012

Alleged contract killer charged in undercover FBI sting

An alleged Baltimore contract killer who went by the street name "Tony Montana" is in federal custody after authorities say he agreed to execute the associate of an apparent drug dealer — who was actually an undercover FBI agent.

Man critical after being shot multiple times in face

3:20 PM EDT, July 21, 2012

Man critical after being shot multiple times in face

A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot multiple times in the face and body early Saturday morning in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

5:57 PM EDT, June 28, 2012

Man, 66, struck by vehicle, killed near Penn Station

A 66-year-old Towson man was struck and killed by a vehicle near Penn Station on Thursday morning, city police said.

Victim believes bat attack foreshadowed Md. cannibal case

11:48 PM EDT, June 5, 2012

Victim believes bat attack foreshadowed Md. cannibal case

It wasn't the beating by baseball bat that most frightened Joshua Ceasar, who was left with a fractured skull and a blinded eye. It was the scene that his friends described to him afterward: his alleged attacker Alexander Kinyua standing over his unconscious body, holding a knife.

Rawlings-Blake names panel to look for Bealefeld replacement

June 10, 2012

Rawlings-Blake names panel to look for Bealefeld replacement

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has named an advisory panel to assist in the search for the city's next police commissioner following the retirement of Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

Hampden ATF sting latest in series of ruse operations

8:48 PM EDT, June 14, 2012

Hampden ATF sting latest in series of ruse operations

The suspects had gathered under the Jones Falls Expressway in Hampden around lunchtime with the intention of committing a robbery, authorities said. But as federal agents closed in, one suspect attempted to run down an officer and was shot as a quick-response team threw stun grenades to disorient the others.

7:58 PM EDT, May 14, 2012

Four homicides reported in Baltimore on Mother's Day

Baltimore police are investigating four homicides and a nonfatal shooting that occurred Sunday during a violent weekend that also left a 36-year-old woman in critical condition after her car was shot at as she sat at a stoplight.

Water main break causes disruptions in downtown Baltimore

7:26 AM EDT, July 17, 2012

Water main break causes disruptions in downtown Baltimore

Commuters to Baltimore faced heavy traffic and major delays Tuesday, after a large water main break downtown buckled the surface of Light Street and sent water gushing through Lombard and Pratt streets.

Cannibalism suspect described in police report as 'Virginia Tech waiting to happen'

10:12 PM EDT, June 4, 2012

Cannibalism suspect described in police report as 'Virginia Tech waiting to happen'

Five months before a Morgan State University student was charged with dismembering a family friend and eating his heart and parts of his brain, a school instructor flagged the 21-year-old's erratic behavior, describing him as "a Virginia Tech waiting to happen."

Panel of experts to aid search for Baltimore's top cop

9:08 PM EDT, May 9, 2012

Panel of experts to aid search for Baltimore's top cop

Baltimore officials said Wednesday that they plan to bring together a panel of experts and hire an outside firm in their search for the city's next police commissioner, even as two potential candidates got an audition of sorts before the City Council.

City prosecutors charge group tied to killing, shootings

7:08 PM EDT, May 18, 2012

City prosecutors charge group tied to killing, shootings

When a relative of accused druglord Robert G. Moore was stabbed and killed during a robbery, authorities say, Moore vowed to avenge the death.

6:03 PM EDT, June 7, 2012

Police identify victim, officer in fatal Upper Fells Point shooting

Baltimore Police have identified the victim and officer in a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred last week in Upper Fells Point.

6:54 PM EDT, June 27, 2012

Killing is latest in spike in city's residential neighborhoods

A man was shot and killed Tuesday night in Baltimore's West Forest Park neighborhood, as killings in the city's Northwest District approached the total for all of last year.

11:59 PM EDT, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day weekend patrols stepped up after 8 are shot

Eight people were shot — including six in two triple shootings — Thursday night in Baltimore, an "intolerable" burst of violence that killed three and which police said would spur extra patrols going into Memorial Day weekend.

Maryland man charged with killing, eating man's brain, heart

8:34 PM EDT, May 31, 2012

Maryland man charged with killing, eating man's brain, heart

The 21-year-old college student allegedly told detectives that he hadn't just killed the man who'd lived with his family for months, but had eaten his heart and portions of his brain. The victim's severed head and hands were found in the men's Harford County home; more remains were left in a trash container outside a church.

Youths charged in killing of girl, 13, admit guilt

7:32 PM EDT, May 1, 2012

Youths charged in killing of girl, 13, admit guilt

Two city youths charged with fatally shooting a 13-year-old girl in the chest and then hiding her body under a pile of trash in an East Baltimore alley admitted to their respective roles in the killing Tuesday afternoon in juvenile court.

10:54 AM EDT, May 22, 2012

Two injured, one killed in Baltimore violence

Three separate violent acts left two men injured and one dead between Monday night and Tuesday morning in Baltimore, police said.

5:13 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Man killed girlfriend, bound young son in Baltimore housing project, police say

A boy who came home from school and found his mother dead was then bound with belts and duct tape by her alleged killer, whom police arrested last week.

Sister's ex-boyfriend charged with murder in Phylicia Barnes case

9:00 PM EDT, April 26, 2012

Sister's ex-boyfriend charged with murder in Phylicia Barnes case

For nearly a decade, Michael Maurice Johnson dated the half-sister of Phylicia Barnes. He went along on family trips, and played basketball with their brother. He was like family, and considered Phylicia a "little sister," relatives say.

Officer thrown from I-83 sues driver, vehicle owner

7:35 PM EDT, May 21, 2012

Officer thrown from I-83 sues driver, vehicle owner

The Baltimore police officer who was thrown over the side of Interstate 83 and fell 20 feet after a car crashed into her vehicle as she helped a stranded motorist has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the driver and the owner of the vehicle.

After man's alleged killing by adopted son, family says it was an 'isolated incident'

8:34 PM EDT, May 30, 2012

After man's alleged killing by adopted son, family says it was an 'isolated incident'

George Stevenson grew up in a family that cared for numerous foster children, and after mentoring and coaching boys in youth baseball for years, he decided to adopt a child of his own.

3:31 PM EDT, May 21, 2012

Man, 43, stabbed by stepson, 16, dies of injuries

A 43-year-old man who police say was stabbed more than 20 times last month by his stepson during an argument over money died late last week from his injuries, according to police and court records.

Baltimore's oldest black cemetery finally restored, with help of inmates

7:23 PM EDT, May 14, 2012

Baltimore's oldest black cemetery finally restored, with help of inmates

Five years after burying his father, Samuel W. Moore could no longer find the grave.

State agency looks at larger juvenile facilities

8:13 PM EDT, May 23, 2012

State agency looks at larger juvenile facilities

The state's juvenile services secretary says he is considering expanding the size of privately run residential facilities for young offenders as his agency grapples with a shortage of beds.

City expands crime cameras into Northeast Baltimore

5:40 PM EDT, May 2, 2012

City expands crime cameras into Northeast Baltimore

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake climbed into a cherry picker Wednesday morning, rising above Harford Road to install a new surveillance camera in Northeast Baltimore, one of 33 the city is adding to a network that has grown to nearly 600.

Investigation into allegations of rogue police raid broadens

8:03 PM EDT, April 25, 2012

Investigation into allegations of rogue police raid broadens

The investigation of a Baltimore homicide detective, accused of conducting an unauthorized search at an apartment while looking for his missing teenage daughter, has broadened as authorities seek to determine whether other law enforcement resources were used to aid the search.

9:42 PM EDT, April 29, 2012

City police investigating two suspicious deaths Sunday

Baltimore police were investigating two deaths preliminarily considered "questionable," in South and Northwest Baltimore, officials said.

7:46 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

Woman, 22, killed in crash with man eluding police in W. Baltimore

A 22-year-old woman was killed and her infant daughter injured Monday night after a man eluding city police ran a red light and plowed into her vehicle in West Baltimore, authorities said.

Detective suspended in rogue search for missing daughter

9:52 PM EDT, April 24, 2012

Detective suspended in rogue search for missing daughter

A Baltimore police detective who was thrust into the national spotlight while leading the investigation into a teenager who disappeared has been suspended after authorities said he allegedly went on a rogue hunt for his own missing daughter.

5:49 PM EDT, April 27, 2012

Man, 23, found stabbed near Lexington Market dies of injuries

A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death Thursday in a downtown neighborhood just north of Lexington Market, and police said they have charged a man in the killing.

Accused Maryland cannibal, victim both had legal troubles

10:00 PM EDT, June 1, 2012

Accused Maryland cannibal, victim both had legal troubles

As an electrical engineering student at Morgan State University, Alexander Kinyua was described by a professor as "docile" and dedicated, always looking to improve himself. On the Internet, Kinyua — now accused of killing a family friend and eating his heart and parts of his brain — donned green-and-white face paint and warned of impending strife.

Baltimore police not meeting terms of legal settlement, ACLU says

7:01 PM EDT, April 30, 2012

Baltimore police not meeting terms of legal settlement, ACLU says

Nearly 20 percent of arrests made by Baltimore police for low-level, "quality-of-life" crimes haven't been properly documented, according to a new audit that a civil liberties group says understates the agency's shortcomings in meeting terms of a legal settlement.

Boys sentenced for roles in killing of Monae Turnage

7:17 PM EDT, May 16, 2012

Boys sentenced for roles in killing of Monae Turnage

The young boys involved in the shooting death of Monae Turnage, whose body they hid under trash bags in an East Baltimore alley, were sentenced in juvenile court Wednesday.

6:55 PM EDT, May 17, 2012

Woman, 78, scared after two close to her are shot in Baltimore

There's a swirl of violence occurring around 78-year-old Florence Carter, and she says she doesn't know why. But for the first time in nearly five decades, she's being forced to contemplate moving out of her Northeast Baltimore home.

Man arrested on gun charge related to girl's accidental shooting

10:35 AM EDT, April 14, 2012

Man arrested on gun charge related to girl's accidental shooting

A 21-year-old man has been served with a warrant charging him with possession of the rifle allegedly used by a younger relative to fatally shoot 13-year-old Monae Turnage last month in East Baltimore, officials said.

4:02 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

Police file, drop charges in Northeast Baltimore man's murder

City police filed murder charges against a 22-year-old who they say shot and killed a man in a Northeast Baltimore parking lot, while dropping charges against a teenager who was standing with the victim and had fired back at the assailant.

Three arrested in May 2011 shooting of 12-year-old boy

8:00 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

Three arrested in May 2011 shooting of 12-year-old boy

Three people have been arrested in a May 2011 quadruple shooting in East Baltimore that killed a 12-year-old who was sitting on a porch, watching a basketball game on television.

3:48 PM EDT, April 13, 2012

Sixth city officer in kickback scheme gets 2 years in prison

A sixth Baltimore Police officer was sentenced Friday for his role in a massive kickback scheme involving an auto body shop, receiving two years in prison and being ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Bealefeld resigns

10:27 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

Baltimore Police Commissioner Bealefeld resigns

Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III announced his resignation Thursday, ending a 31-year career on the force that included overseeing a steep decline in the murder rate — but left him exhausted by the pressures of the job.

Mega Millionaire 'Bunky' Bartlett says life of a lottery winner isn't easy

9:55 PM EDT, April 3, 2012

Mega Millionaire 'Bunky' Bartlett says life of a lottery winner isn't easy

A Tarot card might have foretold that Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett would win $32.6 million in the 2007 lottery.

Baltimore police moving toward videotaped interrogations

6:14 PM EDT, April 12, 2012

Baltimore police moving toward videotaped interrogations

The Baltimore Police Department is taking steps to begin videotaping interrogations in its most serious criminal investigations — a long-resisted move that is being adopted by an increasing number of Maryland law-enforcement agencies.

Authorities investigate mother of juvenile who admitted role in girl's killing, lawyer says

7:53 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

Authorities investigate mother of juvenile who admitted role in girl's killing, lawyer says

The mother of a juvenile suspect who admitted this week to accidentally shooting 13-year-old Monae Turnage is being investigated in connection with circumstances surrounding the killing, the woman's attorney has confirmed.

Police turn out at blood drive in honor of injured officer

7:49 PM EDT, March 19, 2012

Police turn out at blood drive in honor of injured officer

Those who work in public safety consider themselves part of a brotherhood. But for the purposes of organ donation, a brother in blue may not be quite family enough, as Officer Gene Cassidy is finding out.

3:55 PM EDT, May 17, 2012

DOJ seeks to tighten Baltimore policy on recording police

The U.S. Department of Justice isn't satisfied with the Baltimore Police Department's recently issued orders on the public's right to record officers.

Terps' Howard arrested, cited for disorderly conduct

8:16 PM EDT, April 29, 2012

Terps' Howard arrested, cited for disorderly conduct

Maryland Terrapins men's basketball player Pe'Shon Howard was arrested early Sunday and given a criminal citation for disorderly conduct, a university police spokesman confirmed.

7:39 PM EDT, April 10, 2012

Bealefeld: Downtown beating not a hate crime

Baltimore's top cop warned Tuesday against "race-baiting" amid rising tensions across the nation, citing the Trayvon Martin case and cautioning that a video generating outrage on the Internet of a tourist being beaten and stripped in downtown Baltimore does not appear to depict a hate crime.

12:06 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

O'Malley grants clemency to two servin