Recent stories by Justin George

Recent stories by Justin George

Morgan football player died of heat stroke, autopsy shows

9:29 PM EDT, August 25, 2014

Morgan football player died of heat stroke, autopsy shows

Autopsy results showing that Morgan State University football player Marquese Meadow died of heat stroke have prompted his mother to question whether coaches and trainers monitored the heat at practice or gave players enough water breaks.

Teen killed in Northeast Baltimore, second in as many days

9:04 PM EDT, August 21, 2014

Teen killed in Northeast Baltimore, second in as many days

Blood smeared the white door and concrete slab outside a rowhouse where a teenager was gunned down early Thursday, the second 17-year-old killed in Baltimore in as many days.

Baltimore demonstrators march in latest protest for Ferguson

10:54 PM EDT, August 20, 2014

Baltimore demonstrators march in latest protest for Ferguson

About 50 Baltimore demonstrators gathered outside City Hall to stand in solidarity with Missouri protesters demonstrating against the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Man charged with attempted murder in double shooting in Baltimore

2:41 PM EDT, August 19, 2014

Man charged with attempted murder in double shooting in Baltimore

A 19-year-old man has been charged in a Northwest Baltimore double shooting that injured two men in late July, Baltimore police say.

Hit-and-run crash kills one in West Baltimore

9:26 PM EDT, August 18, 2014

Hit-and-run crash kills one in West Baltimore

A 42-year-old man was killed and two pedestrians were injured Monday morning in a hit-and-run crash in West Baltimore, and police are searching for the driver.

Mayor meets with residents over E. 26th Street collapse

8:59 PM EDT, August 17, 2014

Mayor meets with residents over E. 26th Street collapse

City and CSX Transportation maintenance crews did not do a good job responding to repeated complaints from residents about street damage on the Baltimore block that collapsed in the spring, according to the city's transportation director and a report reviewing previous inspections.

Arson suspected at homicide victim's home

9:38 PM EDT, August 17, 2014

Arson suspected at homicide victim's home

The garage apartment where a Baltimore man was slain was burned down the next night, prompting police to investigate whether the killer is covering his tracks.

Landlord who looked after troubled tenant discovers him dead

8:42 PM EDT, August 15, 2014

Landlord who looked after troubled tenant discovers him dead

Charles Gorham heard loud music at 5 a.m. Friday from the tan stucco garage apartment he rented behind his Northwest Baltimore home.

Police arrest man in South Baltimore slaying

9:29 PM EDT, August 11, 2014

Police arrest man in South Baltimore slaying

Baltimore police charged a 57-year-old man in a South Baltimore fatal stabbing of a woman they say was his fiancee.

City protesters march to decry police actions in St. Louis and at home

10:59 PM EDT, August 14, 2014

City protesters march to decry police actions in St. Louis and at home

Hundreds of demonstrators streamed into the Inner Harbor on Thursday evening to protest police misconduct and brutality and stand in solidarity with residents of Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old has sparked days of civil unrest.

Strict curfew restrictions go into effect in city

10:25 PM EDT, August 8, 2014

Strict curfew restrictions go into effect in city

Baltimore's new curfew fell like an unseen curtain across the city Friday night, and on many blocks, children continued to play outside for the first few minutes, oblivious to the controversial law.

3-year-old girl killed in drive-by shooting in Waverly

9:15 AM EDT, August 2, 2014

3-year-old girl killed in drive-by shooting in Waverly

A 3-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet Friday after a gunman opened fire in North Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood, the latest shooting in a spike in gun violence.

Baltimore police officer charged with assault

5:08 PM EDT, July 29, 2014

Baltimore police officer charged with assault

A Baltimore police officer was charged with second-degree assault after prosecutors say he struck a 14-year-old boy who was already apprehended.

Mother has questions about son's alleged suicide at police station

9:11 PM EDT, August 6, 2014

Mother has questions about son's alleged suicide at police station

The mother of a 38-year-old man who police say sneaked a gun into a Baltimore police station and committed suicide said she doesn't believe the department's version of events.

Howard County assessing security after two die at Merriweather concert

10:03 PM EDT, August 4, 2014

Howard County assessing security after two die at Merriweather concert

Howard County officials say they are investigating security and screening procedures at Merriweather Post Pavilion after two concertgoers died and 19 others were sent to hospitals during an electronic dance music festival over the weekend.

Comfortable weather, late hours draw big crowds to Artscape

6:38 PM EDT, July 20, 2014

Comfortable weather, late hours draw big crowds to Artscape

People at Artscape stared at the group of dancers in a small pocket park. A man in a tucked-in checkered shirt twirled his fingers, a woman in a red bandana danced the hula and a boy in an Outkast T-shirt moved his hips.

Man fatally stabbed in East Baltimore

6:56 PM EDT, July 21, 2014

Man fatally stabbed in East Baltimore

A man was stabbed to death Sunday in the Oliver section of East Baltimore.

Robbery closes Whole Foods store in Harbor East

8:08 PM EDT, July 20, 2014

Robbery closes Whole Foods store in Harbor East

Whole Foods in Harbor East closed for several hours Sunday afternoon after a man robbed the store, a spokeswoman for the supermarket said.

Transgender woman's death draws national attention, calls for justice

8:38 PM EDT, July 17, 2014

Transgender woman's death draws national attention, calls for justice

Friends say Mia Henderson had only recently moved back to Baltimore when she became the victim of a homicide this week in Northwest Baltimore.

Many vehicles stolen in Baltimore are left running, police say

4:27 PM EDT, July 19, 2014

Many vehicles stolen in Baltimore are left running, police say

During a June meeting of leaders from Baltimore's law enforcement and judicial circles, city police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts gave a report on crime that included a surprising statistic.

Transforming cars and lives

6:00 AM EDT, July 9, 2014

Transforming cars and lives

One man got up before daybreak and took two buses. Another rode his bicycle more than six miles to the top of the hill in Halethorpe, where a nondescript garage harbored hope.

Police say transgender woman was killed near Lake Ashburton

12:15 PM EDT, July 17, 2014

Police say transgender woman was killed near Lake Ashburton

Black- and copper-colored beads lay around a puddle of blood in a Northwest Baltimore alley where police said a transgender woman was killed early Wednesday in a crime that bore similarities to the slaying of another transgender woman last month.

Police agencies no longer need to report race, SWAT deployments

12:36 PM EDT, July 5, 2014

Police agencies no longer need to report race, SWAT deployments

Law enforcement agencies across Maryland are no longer required to collect and report the race of drivers in traffic stops to the state because legislators didn't notice a 3-year-old law expiring.

Recollections of boy's short life haunt great aunt

9:52 PM EDT, July 11, 2014

Recollections of boy's short life haunt great aunt

Jayden Curtis didn't have much of a chance, his great-aunt Glenda Curtis said.

21-month-old boy killed in Northwest Baltimore

2:30 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

21-month-old boy killed in Northwest Baltimore

A 21-month-old boy found not breathing in Northwest Baltimore late Monday was the victim of a homicide, Baltimore police said.

Police probes of use of force come to light

12:38 PM EDT, July 5, 2014

Police probes of use of force come to light

The circumstances involving Baltimore police investigations into three cases where officers' use of force has been questioned were publicly disclosed for the first time last week.

Baltimore police investigate shooting at grocery store lot

1:37 PM EDT, June 26, 2014

Baltimore police investigate shooting at grocery store lot

A man was critically wounded in a Northwest Baltimore grocery parking lot shooting on Thursday and police said they have a person of interest in custody.

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.

Baltimore County girl rescued in FBI prostitution sting

6:53 PM EDT, June 23, 2014

Baltimore County girl rescued in FBI prostitution sting

Baltimore FBI agents and local law enforcement officers said they rescued two Maryland girls who were being prostituted and arrested five suspects they said were sexually exploiting children.

Woman at full-term when found dead

11:25 PM EDT, June 22, 2014

Woman at full-term when found dead

A 33-year-old pregnant woman was at full-term when she was found dead on Friday, Baltimore County police said.

Baltimore soccer fans show spirit, if not knowledge

10:32 PM EDT, June 22, 2014

Baltimore soccer fans show spirit, if not knowledge

They came to Power Plant Live! with American flags slung like capes around their necks, red-white-and-blue suspenders holding up their shorts and giant top hats festooned with enormous glittering stars that would make Uncle Sam blush.

Two men shot late Sunday; one shot Monday

5:46 PM EDT, June 16, 2014

Two men shot late Sunday; one shot Monday

A man on a bicycle was critically wounded when he was shot near the Old Town Mall.

Baltimore police consider using nonlethal tranquilizers in animal cases

9:41 PM EDT, June 20, 2014

Baltimore police consider using nonlethal tranquilizers in animal cases

Baltimore police are considering switching to nonlethal tranquilizer darts to control dangerous animals as they face scrutiny for the killing of two animals this month.

Baltimore police suspend another officer in dog killing

7:00 PM EDT, June 19, 2014

Baltimore police suspend another officer in dog killing

A second officer has been suspended as the Baltimore Police Department investigates a case in which a dog's throat was slit.

Officer charged with killing dog set out to 'gut' it, witnesses said

10:20 AM EDT, June 19, 2014

Officer charged with killing dog set out to 'gut' it, witnesses said

A Baltimore police officer slit the throat of a dog officers had under control and now faces felony animal cruelty charges, the department said Wednesday.

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.

Baltimore police disclose three unknown investigations

3:00 PM EDT, June 14, 2014

Baltimore police disclose three unknown investigations

An initiative by Baltimore police to publicly disclose all cases under internal review in which officers used serious or deadly force has revealed at least three incidents that were not previously disclosed.

Ocean City braces as thousands of young people descend on beach town

6:33 PM EDT, June 6, 2014

Ocean City braces as thousands of young people descend on beach town

As Ocean City braces for Senior Week, the annual migration of graduating high school students to the beaches, thousands more young partyers are expected to join them.

Suspect in 12-year-old's death investigated in two homicides

7:31 PM EDT, June 10, 2014

Suspect in 12-year-old's death investigated in two homicides

A man in custody for allegedly killing a 12-year-old in a car crash and under investigation in the shooting death of a 15-year-old is now being looked at in yet another homicide, and detectives are seeking the public's help to close the case.

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 investigate large teen fight downtown

6:31 PM EDT, May 26, 2014

Police investigate large teen fight downtown

Baltimore police are investigating several reports of a large group of teens fighting in downtown Baltimore on Sunday night.

U.S. punishing more federal contractors for poor performance

1:44 PM EDT, June 2, 2014

U.S. punishing more federal contractors for poor performance

The number of federal contractors that have been suspended or excluded from future contracts for poor performance has more than doubled in the past five years — a development that watchdogs inside and outside of government say is positive.

Six people shot, three fatally, in city over holiday weekend

12:27 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

Six people shot, three fatally, in city over holiday weekend

The four shots, which came in the early hours of Memorial Day, sounded as if they had been fired from some distance by a small-caliber gun. Bernice Latou's dogs scampered in from the backyard of her Southwest Baltimore home, and she wondered whether someone had fired toward them to shut them up.

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.

Baltimore police hire new training director after months of flux

7:04 PM EDT, June 6, 2014

Baltimore police hire new training director after months of flux

Baltimore police named a new training director Friday, a move that follows two years of resignations, temporary appointments and a nearly fatal 2013 training accident that led the department to improve its safety guidelines.

Baltimore police dispatch officers to head off racial tensions at schools

11:00 PM EDT, June 2, 2014

Baltimore police dispatch officers to head off racial tensions at schools

Baltimore police plan to deploy officers around city schools until the school year ends to ensure student safety amid recent racial tensions, while school officials joined civil rights leaders to urge students of different races to peacefully resolve differences.

Police continue search for driver in fatal crash

10:10 PM EDT, May 28, 2014

Police continue search for driver in fatal crash

Paramedics carried 12-year-old Shanizya Taft away from a crumpled silver minivan in East Baltimore Tuesday night. She was a fashionable and respectful sixth-grader who her teachers said always made the principal's list for good students. She would soon be pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Group calls for Taser moratorium

6:50 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

Group calls for Taser moratorium

A group including a legislator, a civil rights organization and two attorneys called for a moratorium on Baltimore police Taser use after a 19-year-old's death at a city hospital.

Baltimore police respond to five shootings in 24 hours

11:31 PM EDT, May 23, 2014

Baltimore police respond to five shootings in 24 hours

Three people were wounded and two men were killed in Baltimore from Thursday evening through Friday.

Four months after deadly shootings, Zumiez store in Columbia reopens

6:47 PM EDT, May 19, 2014

Four months after deadly shootings, Zumiez store in Columbia reopens

Nearly four months after two employees were shot and killed, the skate apparel and accessory shop Zumiez reopened on Monday in The Mall in Columbia.

Zumiez at Mall in Columbia seeks to memorialize victims

8:47 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Zumiez at Mall in Columbia seeks to memorialize victims

A "B" and a "T" are etched into the black stone floor at Zumiez to remember Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson.

Homicide investigating after man shot in head in East Baltimore

9:28 AM EDT, May 18, 2014

Homicide investigating after man shot in head in East Baltimore

Homicide detectives were called to the scene of an East Baltimore shooting late Saturday, in which police said a man was shot in the head.

Attorney Cornell Brooks to lead NAACP

8:51 AM EDT, May 18, 2014

Attorney Cornell Brooks to lead NAACP

Cornell William Brooks, an attorney and minister from Northern Virginia, will lead the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization at a time when the NAACP is experiencing a resurgence in influence and recruitment but struggling with budget issues.

Man who died after police altercation was sedated, city official says

7:13 PM EDT, May 16, 2014

Man who died after police altercation was sedated, city official says

Sedation may have played a factor in the death of a 19-year-old hospital patient who was stunned by police during an altercation, a city council member said Friday.

Prince George's County police searching for 'critical missing' teen

12:57 PM EDT, May 15, 2014

Prince George's County police searching for 'critical missing' teen

Prince George's County Police are seeking the public's help in finding a teenager who they described as being critically missing.

Man in custody after vehicle crashes into TV station in Towson

9:02 AM EDT, May 14, 2014

Man in custody after vehicle crashes into TV station in Towson

A man who claimed to be God rammed a stolen landscaping truck into the WMAR television station Tuesday, according to police and employees, barricading himself inside the building for several hours as journalists scrambled to cover their own story from the suburban streets outside.

Months apart, next-door neighbors become murder victims

9:56 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

Months apart, next-door neighbors become murder victims

The last homes on the south side of the 3900 block of The Alameda in Northeast Baltimore are almost identical. They are split-level structures, built in 1957, with two bedrooms and one bath.

State courts warn of phone scam alleging jury duty fines

3:39 PM EDT, May 2, 2014

State courts warn of phone scam alleging jury duty fines

People in Maryland are being called and told to pay a fine over the phone for missing jury duty.

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.

Slain 14-year-old remembered as a good friend

8:18 PM EDT, April 22, 2014

Slain 14-year-old remembered as a good friend

The loud knock came about 2 a.m., and Dante Wooding roused himself. He saw police lights flashing through his window. Downstairs, a friend was at the front door.

Nail salon murder victim was giving pedicure, fiance says

8:09 PM EDT, May 6, 2014

Nail salon murder victim was giving pedicure, fiance says

Truc Thi Ly Nguyen was learning English and studying for her driver's license. Everyone drove in the United States, so the Vietnamese immigrant told others she wanted to, as well.

Scores turn out to mourn teenagers, decry persistent violence in Baltimore

10:03 PM EDT, April 23, 2014

Scores turn out to mourn teenagers, decry persistent violence in Baltimore

From Cherry Hill to a West Side high school a few miles away, scores of families and friends turned out Wednesday night to mourn teenagers killed in recent days, and to decry persistent violence in the city.

Police use stun gun on man and arrest two others at Inner Harbor

7:07 PM EDT, April 21, 2014

Police use stun gun on man and arrest two others at Inner Harbor

Police used a stun gun Saturday on a man and arrested two women they said had been warned to stay away from an Inner Harbor business they were accused of repeatedly disrupting.

WMAR barricade suspect had been hospitalized for mental illness, mother says

8:05 PM EDT, May 14, 2014

WMAR barricade suspect had been hospitalized for mental illness, mother says

Vladimir Mehul Baptiste imagined conversations with his family, according to his mother, banged on the walls of his home screaming, "What's wrong with me?" and sat in a rainstorm because he said it felt good.

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.

Two people shot in Dundalk Saturday

10:58 AM EDT, April 13, 2014

Two people shot in Dundalk Saturday

Two people were shot late Saturday in Dundalk, Baltimore County police said.

Cruise departs despite apprehension over viral outbreak

7:17 PM EDT, April 12, 2014

Cruise departs despite apprehension over viral outbreak

Passengers boarding the Grandeur of the Seas arrived Saturday at the port of Baltimore carrying their luggage, hopes for a relaxing vacation and, in some cases, extra vitamins to ward off illnesses that have plagued the ship's last two voyages.

Controversial Baltimore nightclub to close

6:52 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Controversial Baltimore nightclub to close

The city liquor board has agreed to let the owner of Club Voltage keep his liquor license, reversing an earlier ruling, on the condition that he not open a bar at the same Southeast Baltimore location.

More suspended officers returning to work, police commissioner says

7:29 PM EDT, April 9, 2014

More suspended officers returning to work, police commissioner says

The number of Baltimore police officers on paid suspension over misconduct allegations has shrunk by more than half, allowing more officers to return to the street, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Wednesday.

Baltimore police car reported stolen from Catonsville

4:58 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

Baltimore police car reported stolen from Catonsville

A Baltimore police car was stolen while it was parked overnight in Catonsville, Baltimore County police said.

Killer of 11-year-old girl will not get new trial, judge rules

8:32 PM EDT, April 24, 2014

Killer of 11-year-old girl will not get new trial, judge rules

A city judge declined Thursday to order a new trial for the man found guilty of killing an 11-year-old girl in Northwest Baltimore more than four decades ago, a victory for prosecutors who sought to prevent the release of another high-profile perpetrator under a court ruling that has freed dozens of convicted murderers.

Police OT and staffing costs lead $2.2M crime-prevention proposal

7:16 PM EDT, April 21, 2014

Police OT and staffing costs lead $2.2M crime-prevention proposal

Baltimore police want to model a homicide prevention program after the city of Milwaukee, open a new center to hold youths who break curfew and use $1.2 million in city gambling revenue to pay for overtime and staffing in high-crime areas.

Police charge man accused of raping women in N.E. Baltimore

4:58 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Police charge man accused of raping women in N.E. Baltimore

Baltimore police arrested a 45-year-old Baltimore man they suspected in two sexual assaults over a period of 15 months in Northeastern Baltimore.

Baltimore police investigating at least three Monday shootings

10:31 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Baltimore police investigating at least three Monday shootings

Baltimore police are investigating at least three separate shootings that occurred within about four hours Monday.

Video shows fatal City Hall crash

5:31 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Video shows fatal City Hall crash

Video of the high speed crash that killed a bystander outside Baltimore City Hall last year shows the suspect being pulled out of his overturned car and restrained by people on scene.

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.

Man killed outside Hollins Market in South Baltimore

10:46 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Man killed outside Hollins Market in South Baltimore

A 26-year-old man was fatally shot outside Hollins Market on Friday just as children from a nearby elementary school were being let out.

Rawlings-Blake speaks with KIPP students after lockdown

6:08 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Rawlings-Blake speaks with KIPP students after lockdown

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts met with students at KIPP charter schools Friday to ease their fears, a day after a visiting college student's tripod was mistaken for a gun, setting off an hours-long lockdown.

Police blood drive honors wounded sergeant

6:18 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Police blood drive honors wounded sergeant

More than 100 area law enforcement officers, firefighters, police retirees and others donated blood Wednesday at an American Red Cross blood drive honoring wounded Baltimore police Sgt. Keith Mcneill.

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.

Smoke in cockpit forces BWI plane to abort flight

5:44 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Smoke in cockpit forces BWI plane to abort flight

A flight carrying 139 passengers and five crew members from Baltimore to Orlando was aborted on a BWI runway Tuesday afternoon when pilots noticed smoke in the cockpit.

Court of Appeals extends deadline for state to provide lawyers at hearings

8:13 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

Court of Appeals extends deadline for state to provide lawyers at hearings

The Court of Appeals has extended the deadline by which the state must make sure criminal defendants have lawyers by their side during bail hearings before District Court commissioners.

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.

Officer saw suspicious person at garage before attack, documents say

10:32 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Officer saw suspicious person at garage before attack, documents say

Baltimore police Sgt. Keith Mcneill was sitting in his Toyota Tundra, about to leave the garage where his vehicle had been repaired, when he noticed someone lurking around the East Baltimore business.

Teleworkers keep government open during snowstorms

12:50 AM EDT, March 14, 2014

Teleworkers keep government open during snowstorms

As heavy snow shut down businesses and federal offices again this month, liberated workers tweeted about sipping hot cocoa, lying under blankets and bingeing on "House of Cards."

No. 2 Baltimore police officer to retire

8:50 PM EDT, March 24, 2014

No. 2 Baltimore police officer to retire

One of the highest ranking members of Baltimore police, who has served in supervisory positions for more than half his career, has announced his retirement.

4:33 PM EDT, March 23, 2014

$1 million lottery ticket sold in Glen Burnie

Millions of dollars in winning Mega Millions tickets remain unclaimed while a $1 million ticket in Saturday's Powerball drawing was sold in Glen Burnie, a state Lottery spokeswoman said.

Deaf puppy stolen from Baltimore County couple

10:38 AM EDT, March 24, 2014

Deaf puppy stolen from Baltimore County couple

Ten days have gone by since a Baltimore County couple had their 13-week-old deaf puppy stolen during a burglary, and they continue to pass out fliers, raise money for a reward and hope that Thor will be returned unharmed.

Multi-state manhunt ends as missing Maryland girl is found safe in S.C

9:57 PM EST, March 8, 2014

Multi-state manhunt ends as missing Maryland girl is found safe in S.C

— The Dundalk father and daughter sought in a multi-state search were found a day after they inconspicuously checked in at a small South Carolina motel more than 400 miles from where their journey began.

Suspicious package near Glen Burnie mall deemed harmless

1:05 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Suspicious package near Glen Burnie mall deemed harmless

U.S. Postal inspectors investigated a suspicious package near the Glen Burnie mall but the situation turned out to be harmless, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police say Columbia mall shooter may have had fixation with Columbine

1:49 PM EDT, March 12, 2014

Police say Columbia mall shooter may have had fixation with Columbine

Darion Marcus Aguilar had no connections to his victims and modeled his attack on the Mall in Columbia after the Columbine High School shooting, Howard County police revealed Wednesday.

Baltimore police officer fires shot at suspected stolen vehicle

4:53 PM EST, March 6, 2014

Baltimore police officer fires shot at suspected stolen vehicle

A police officer fired a shot at a stolen vehicle driven by a teen on Thursday after the officer believed his partner was in danger, Baltimore police said.

Family remembers Craig Ray, gunned down after noise complaint

8:34 PM EST, March 5, 2014

Family remembers Craig Ray, gunned down after noise complaint

Craig David Ray and his cousins believed they were beating the odds. Growing up in Baltimore, they knew many young black men who were gunned down or sent to prison. As they entered their 30s, Ray and his family members were thankful for their health and welfare with each passing year.

Police say Columbia mall shooter wanted to mimic Columbine

9:28 PM EDT, March 12, 2014

Police say Columbia mall shooter wanted to mimic Columbine

The teenager who led a deadly January assault at The Mall in Columbia did not target his victims, but planned a killing spree inspired by the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, Howard County police revealed Wednesday.

Search continues for missing Dundalk girl

12:34 PM EST, March 7, 2014

Search continues for missing Dundalk girl

Police believe the father of an 11-year-old girl abducted her from the Dundalk home where her mother was found dead Thursday morning. On Friday police had obtained an arrest warrant for 38-year-old Timothy Howard Virts in connection with the death of Bobbie Jo Cortez.

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.

Bus driver killed after saying music was too loud, family says

8:07 PM EST, February 26, 2014

Bus driver killed after saying music was too loud, family says

A bus driver killed in a drive-by shooting this week had called police earlier to report loud music at a nearby home, according to the victim's mother, who believes her son was attacked in retribution.

Man grazed by bullet in city's first shooting in more than a week

10:46 AM EST, February 21, 2014

Man grazed by bullet in city's first shooting in more than a week

A man was struck in the neck by a bullet in Northeast Baltimore late Thursday that was the city's first shooting in more than a week.

Bus driver shot in retribution for calling police, report states

2:18 PM EST, March 4, 2014

Bus driver shot in retribution for calling police, report states

Baltimore bus driver Craig Ray was killed in retribution for calling police on a neighbor who wouldn't turn down her music late at night, a police report released Tuesday said.

Prison investigators continue to find out cause of fight that led to stabbings

6:28 PM EST, February 14, 2014

Prison investigators continue to find out cause of fight that led to stabbings

A tier of the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup remained on lockdown Friday, a day after three inmates were stabbed in an argument among several prisoners.

Man shot in South Baltimore early Monday dies

7:17 PM EST, February 24, 2014

Man shot in South Baltimore early Monday dies

A Maryland Transit Administration bus driver was identified as the man fatally shot early Monday morning in southern Baltimore.

Baltimore police shoot two, one fatally, in separate incidents

6:46 PM EST, February 13, 2014

Baltimore police shoot two, one fatally, in separate incidents

New details emerged Thursday in police-involved shootings that left one man dead in Southwest Baltimore and another wounded in Northwest.

Baltimore Arabbers on edge after rash of run-ins with cars

5:00 AM EST, March 5, 2014

Baltimore Arabbers on edge after rash of run-ins with cars

As three Arabbers rode through South Baltimore on their horse-drawn fruit cart, a Chevrolet Impala barreled toward them. The men jumped off just before the car slammed their wagon into a utility pole, spilling watermelons and cantaloupes across the sidewalk.

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.

Police make arrests in two recent homicides, cite domestic incidents

8:44 PM EST, February 25, 2014

Police make arrests in two recent homicides, cite domestic incidents

Homicide detectives have made arrests in what they describe as two domestic slayings: the recent killings of a Baltimore nurse and a woman whose body was set on fire behind a vacant home.

Baltimore police to invest in gunshot detection system

6:55 PM EST, February 12, 2014

Baltimore police to invest in gunshot detection system

Baltimore police will soon install a gunshot detection system in east and west Baltimore, under a $305,000 state grant that won city approval Wednesday.

Man, 48, killed in N.E. Baltimore home was nurse

7:33 PM EST, February 12, 2014

Man, 48, killed in N.E. Baltimore home was nurse

Terry Junior Davis was a registered nurse with a good sense of humor and strong work ethic. He seemed to always be in his scrubs and on his way to work, said a neighbor, Dietrich Fitts.

Woman's death in burglary leaves Southeast Baltimore reeling

8:35 PM EST, February 3, 2014

Woman's death in burglary leaves Southeast Baltimore reeling

For the second time in her life, Grace Leto will have to bury a child.

Mother's robbery in Baltimore spurs $5,000 FBI reward offer

12:38 PM EST, February 5, 2014

Mother's robbery in Baltimore spurs $5,000 FBI reward offer

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of four armed robbers who barged into Mother's Federal Hill Grille, threatened employees at gunpoint and hit one worker with the butt of a shotgun.

Two shot, one dead, Monday night

1:30 PM EST, February 11, 2014

Two shot, one dead, Monday night

Baltimore police are investigating two shootings Monday night that killed a man and critically wounded another.

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.

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.

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.

Second teen denied bail in killing

8:36 PM EST, February 4, 2014

Second teen denied bail in killing

The teen homicide suspect stood with his head hung low Tuesday as his attorney pleaded unsuccessfully for a judge to take his youth and learning disabilities into consideration and grant him bail.

Shooter frequently visited Columbia mall, police say

9:20 PM EST, January 28, 2014

Shooter frequently visited Columbia mall, police say

Darion Marcus Aguilar was familiar with The Mall in Columbia. He hung around outside, smoking with small groups, police said.

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.

U.S. senator's former aide facing child porn charges found dead in Sykesville

11:38 PM EST, January 24, 2014

U.S. senator's former aide facing child porn charges found dead in Sykesville

A former congressional aide facing federal child pornography charges was found dead at his Sykesville family's home in an apparent suicide, Carroll County sheriff's officials said Friday.

No answers in Columbia mall shooting motive

11:22 PM EST, January 26, 2014

No answers in Columbia mall shooting motive

Howard County police on Sunday identified 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park as the man who entered a store at The Mall in Columbia and fatally shot two employees before apparently killing himself.

Man shot in the face in Southwest Baltimore

12:51 PM EST, January 22, 2014

Man shot in the face in Southwest Baltimore

A 27-year-old man shot in the face Tuesday afternoon underwent surgery and is expected to survive, Baltimore police said a day later.

Medical marijuana still beyond reach in Maryland

5:00 AM EST, January 28, 2014

Medical marijuana still beyond reach in Maryland

Barry Considine still has to buy marijuana illegally, as he has since he first asked around a biker bar for it to help treat his post-polio syndrome. Ken Kopper still fears another possession arrest for using it to ease chronic pain resulting from a couple of car accidents.

Storeowner reopens store after relative was murdered

8:19 PM EST, January 20, 2014

Storeowner reopens store after relative was murdered

Recovering from four bullet wounds, Jose Melo's wife begged him not to go on Monday, but he would not hear of it.

Families of officer and man killed in 2011 shooting file lawsuits

7:30 PM EST, January 9, 2014

Families of officer and man killed in 2011 shooting file lawsuits

The family of a plainclothes Baltimore police officer who was killed by friendly fire during a fight outside a downtown nightclub in 2011 is suing the city Police Department.

8:18 PM EST, January 16, 2014

Community holds vigil for man killed in Southwest Baltimore robbery

More than 60 people held candles, signed a giant sympathy card and dropped donations in a bucket Thursday for the family of a man killed during a Jan. 9 robbery in Southwest Baltimore.

Columbia gunman was quiet, didn't stand out, former classmates say

10:54 PM EST, January 26, 2014

Columbia gunman was quiet, didn't stand out, former classmates say

Darion Marcus Aguilar became a vegan after watching a television show about how animals are slaughtered. That transformation, says a family friend, shows just how much the teen cared about life.

10:06 AM EST, January 18, 2014

Why don't police have voice mail?

When a rabbi in Northwest Baltimore reported a home break-in, a Baltimore police detective called him back to investigate. But it was Sabbath and by religious custom he was not allowed to answer the phone. He let it go to voice mail.

Mother looks to God after daughter, son die in Baltimore violence

5:00 AM EST, January 10, 2014

Mother looks to God after daughter, son die in Baltimore violence

Margaret Pearson doesn't ask the Almighty why violence stole two of her children.

Bags and belongings subject to search at New Year's Eve celebration

5:37 PM EST, December 30, 2013

Bags and belongings subject to search at New Year's Eve celebration

Heading downtown to ring in 2014? Leave your bags and packages at home or they could be searched.

3 men shot in Baltimore Thursday night

11:26 AM EST, January 24, 2014

3 men shot in Baltimore Thursday night

Baltimore police are investigating three shootings Thursday night that wounded three men.

3 men wounded and 1 killed in Baltimore

9:35 PM EST, December 29, 2013

3 men wounded and 1 killed in Baltimore

Baltimore police are investigating three overnight shootings that wounded two men and killed a third.

Police investigating two Christmas Day robberies

11:06 AM EST, December 26, 2013

Police investigating two Christmas Day robberies

Two men were robbed on Christmas Day in Anne Arundel County, and police have arrested a suspect in one of the incidents.

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.

Police say barricade suspect was on a 'one-man crime spree'

9:41 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Police say barricade suspect was on a 'one-man crime spree'

A suspect on a "one-man crime spree" shot and killed a person Friday after a botched carjacking, authorities said, then took his life after drawing officers into an hours-long standoff at a Baltimore nonprofit.

Six teens arrested after police say one punched woman on train

5:21 PM EST, January 14, 2014

Six teens arrested after police say one punched woman on train

Six teens were arrested after police accused one of them of punching a woman without provocation onboard a light rail train.

Why don't police have voice mail?

1:25 PM EST, January 11, 2014

Why don't police have voice mail?

When a rabbi in Northwest Baltimore reported a home break-in, a Baltimore police detective called him back to investigate. But it was Sabbath and by religious custom, he was not allowed to answer the phone. He let it go to voice mail.

Tenth homicide in nine days occurs in Southwest Baltimore

8:01 PM EST, January 9, 2014

Tenth homicide in nine days occurs in Southwest Baltimore

A man was killed and a woman was injured Thursday afternoon in a Southwest Baltimore corner store, marking the city's 10th homicide in the first nine days of the year.

Police identify two men who died in Port Covington Sunday

4:39 PM EST, December 27, 2013

Police identify two men who died in Port Covington Sunday

Baltimore police identified two men who had been on a docked research ship before their bodies were found in the Patapsco River early Sunday.

Jury in murder case scolded to keep it civil during civic duty

8:29 PM EST, November 14, 2013

Jury in murder case scolded to keep it civil during civic duty

Members of a Baltimore jury were reminded on Thursday to act civil toward each other as they continue to deliberate a murder and murder conspiracy trial that has kept them in close quarters for four days.

Officer on trial in U.S. court in W. Md. prison beating case

8:29 PM EST, January 23, 2014

Officer on trial in U.S. court in W. Md. prison beating case

A Maryland corrections officer is on trial in federal court this week as part of a broad case that began with the 2008 beating of an inmate at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.

'Massage parlor' front for prostitution, police say

12:00 PM EDT, October 28, 2013

'Massage parlor' front for prostitution, police say

Anne Arundel County police busted up a Glen Burnie massage parlor they said was a front for prostitution activity.

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.

City hall crash driver pleads guilty in incident that killed worker

7:56 PM EST, December 12, 2013

City hall crash driver pleads guilty in incident that killed worker

The driver who hit and killed a man in front of City Hall offered an emotional courtroom apology to his victim's family Thursday, admitting that he was on drugs when he sped off Interstate 83 and into downtown.

3 killed in bus, MARC train accidents

8:46 AM EST, December 11, 2013

3 killed in bus, MARC train accidents

A woman was struck and killed by a Charm City Circulator bus Tuesday, hours after a MARC train crash at a Baltimore crossing claimed the lives of two people in an SUV.

Police investigate shooting in Northwest Baltimore

10:39 AM EST, December 3, 2013

Police investigate shooting in Northwest Baltimore

Police are investigating a shooting in Northwest Baltimore that left a man in stable condition.

Baltimore police officer charged with punching juvenile in jail cell

2:27 PM EST, November 5, 2013

Baltimore police officer charged with punching juvenile in jail cell

Prosecutors charged Baltimore police officer Andrew M. Fitzgerald with assault on Tuesday after he allegedly entered a boy's cell in the city Juvenile Booking Facility and punched him in the face.

Mother who left child at casino makes bail

6:38 PM EST, January 2, 2014

Mother who left child at casino makes bail

A Baltimore woman accused of leaving her 4-year-old daughter alone in a vehicle for 8 1/2 while she was inside Maryland Live casino has posted bail, according to court records.

7:00 PM EST, December 25, 2013

Federal indictment hits unusual target: Russian medicine

When federal authorities indicted an alleged Pikesville crime ring on charges of trafficking millions of dollars' worth of smuggled cigarettes, they also accused the group of moving an unusual piece of contraband: a medication sold over the counter in Russia.

Near-summer conditions warm Baltimore area

6:03 PM EST, December 21, 2013

Near-summer conditions warm Baltimore area

People wore shorts and T-shirts all around Baltimore on Saturday as temperatures hit a record 70 degrees, with slightly higher temperatures expected Sunday.

Man accused of beating girlfriend, setting fire to home

6:15 PM EST, December 17, 2013

Man accused of beating girlfriend, setting fire to home

A man beat his girlfriend with a baseball bat, then came back and set fire to her house while 10 people were inside, Baltimore police said — an attack that injured three.

Volunteer circus warms long Thanksgiving food line

5:00 PM EST, November 28, 2013

Volunteer circus warms long Thanksgiving food line

The Thanksgiving meal waiting inside was warm and rich, but the scores of people standing in line outside at the Virginia S. Baker Recreation Center on Thursday morning looked somber as the cold wind whipped past them.

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.

More than 50,000 expected to Inner Harbor for New Year's Eve

9:32 PM EST, December 29, 2013

More than 50,000 expected to Inner Harbor for New Year's Eve

Safety precautions are underway downtown to prepare for the more than 50,000 people expected to fill the Inner Harbor Tuesday for Baltimore's annual New Year's Eve fireworks celebration.

Glass shatters at Walters Art Museum closing ticket office

2:35 PM EST, December 6, 2013

Glass shatters at Walters Art Museum closing ticket office

A museum banner above the Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon fell Friday afternoon, shattering a giant window, drawing emergency crews and closing the museum's ticket office for the day.

Police telephone unit aims to keep patrol officers on street

4:11 PM EST, November 30, 2013

Police telephone unit aims to keep patrol officers on street

Amid criticism of a nearly $8 million projected shortfall in their overtime budget, Baltimore police say they have found one solution to troubling staffing shortages: a new unit that handles some 911 calls by phone so patrol officers can concentrate on emergencies.

Betty Scher, nurse and lifelong Baltimore resident, 87

5:42 PM EST, November 17, 2013

Betty Scher, nurse and lifelong Baltimore resident, 87

Betty B. Scher, a nurse who was known to family and friends as having boundless energy and a lifelong thirst for knowledge, died Nov. 13 at her home. The Baltimore resident was 87.

11:40 PM EST, January 15, 2014

Police identify officer involved in Monday's shooting

Baltimore police on Wednesday identified a plainclothes officer who shot and killed a man they said was armed with a gun Monday evening as Officer Warren Benn.

Baltimore police on alert for early morning robberies

7:19 PM EST, November 14, 2013

Baltimore police on alert for early morning robberies

Baltimore police have increased patrols in north and northeastern Baltimore after a series of early morning robberies along The Alameda corridor.

Company destroys computers, phones carrying sensitive data

11:03 AM EST, January 25, 2014

Company destroys computers, phones carrying sensitive data

In a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, where visitors are required to trade in a driver's license for a visitor's badge, some of the nation's secrets are torn apart, reduced to sand or demagnetized until they are forever silent.

Police investigating shooting in South Baltimore

6:16 PM EST, December 31, 2013

Police investigating shooting in South Baltimore

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the head early Tuesday in a drive-by shooting near Federal Hill, police said.

3:50 PM EST, December 29, 2013

Library offers reduced fines for canned food donations

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Man in custody after brief standoff outside U.S. courthouse

5:55 PM EST, December 19, 2013

Man in custody after brief standoff outside U.S. courthouse

A man put what turned out to be a pellet gun to his head Thursday outside the U.S. courthouse in downtown Baltimore, triggering a response that closed streets and emptied offices before he surrendered without incident.

Baltimore police raid East Baltimore homes

8:06 PM EST, November 12, 2013

Baltimore police raid East Baltimore homes

Baltimore police used battering rams to smash their way into suspected drug dens in a series of pre-dawn raids Tuesday that netted a half-dozen arrests, continuing what authorities describe as aggressive campaign to "dismantle" the Black Guerrilla Family gang.

Aberdeen perplexed by attacks on Vi Ripken

10:00 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Aberdeen perplexed by attacks on Vi Ripken

No one's a stranger in Aberdeen, residents say, and concerns about crime are rare. So, it's hard enough for many to believe an elderly woman would be threatened at gunpoint, much less on two separate occasions.

Cab driver shot and killed in South Baltimore

10:43 AM EST, December 22, 2013

Cab driver shot and killed in South Baltimore

A cab driver was shot and killed in South Baltimore Saturday afternoon as he picked up a customer, Baltimore police said.

Two accused of attempt to smuggle packages into jail via rope

9:31 PM EST, November 20, 2013

Two accused of attempt to smuggle packages into jail via rope

Blocks away from the Baltimore City Detention Center and well after midnight, a man in a blue "No. 11" sports jersey clutched a package and made his way toward the jail.

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.

Man, 20, fatally shot in East Baltimore

9:29 AM EDT, October 15, 2013

Man, 20, fatally shot in East Baltimore

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot multiple times in the chest in East Baltimore on Monday night, according to Baltimore Police.

City homicide count rises for second year; victim 218 killed in Park Heights

8:59 PM EST, December 6, 2013

City homicide count rises for second year; victim 218 killed in Park Heights

Rodney Eric Smith was shot to death in a dirty alley.

Homicide detectives called to daytime shooting in Northwest Baltimore

9:52 PM EST, December 12, 2013

Homicide detectives called to daytime shooting in Northwest Baltimore

Detectives are investigating a homicide in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Park Heights homicide is city's 218th, surpassing 2012 count

10:58 AM EST, December 6, 2013

Park Heights homicide is city's 218th, surpassing 2012 count

A 26-year-old killed in West Baltimore on Thursday night was the city's 218th murder this year, surpassing the city's total homicides in 2012.

Man killed Sunday is Baltimore's 29th murder victim in 30 days

2:29 PM EST, November 17, 2013

Man killed Sunday is Baltimore's 29th murder victim in 30 days

Police say a 22-year-old man walking out of an alley in Southwestern Baltimore on Sunday morning was killed after gunman fired a hail of bullets at him, making him the city's 29th murder victim over the past 30 days.

Two people pronounced dead in Baltimore fire

6:12 PM EDT, October 31, 2013

Two people pronounced dead in Baltimore fire

Two elderly people died Thursday afternoon after being pulled from a burning home near Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore fire officials said.

Man shot at Baltimore club

3:19 PM EST, December 2, 2013

Man shot at Baltimore club

A man was shot in the back at a Southeast Baltimore club early Monday, Baltimore police said.

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.

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.

Kolm: With shutdown over, supervisors need to address stresses confronting workers

10:18 AM EDT, October 28, 2013

Kolm: With shutdown over, supervisors need to address stresses confronting workers

With the partial federal government shutdown over and employees back at work, workforce consultant John Kolm says, supervisors' first responsibility shouldn't be assigning employees shovels to dig out from under a huge work backlog.

Anne Arundel prostitution sting nets three arrests

10:07 AM EDT, October 15, 2013

Anne Arundel prostitution sting nets three arrests

Anne Arundel County police detectives set up a prostitution sting in the Linthicum Hotel District that resulted in the arrest of three men and 51 calls or text messages from people interested in illegal sex.

Social services supervisor sentenced in wire fraud scheme

5:45 PM EDT, October 18, 2013

Social services supervisor sentenced in wire fraud scheme

A former state Social Services supervisor was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Friday after he admitted using the personal information of nearly 90 bank account holders in a scheme to steal more than $500,000.

Police search for driver in fatal hit-and-run

6:07 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

Police search for driver in fatal hit-and-run

Detectives are searching for the driver of a white car that struck and killed a homeless man in North Baltimore early this month.

Psych patient stabs staff member with metal spike

6:54 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

Psych patient stabs staff member with metal spike

A psychiatric patient in Cumberland faces attempted-murder charges in connection with the stabbing of a medical center staff member in the head.

Man poured gas on self before deadly Ocean City church fire

7:34 PM EST, December 3, 2013

Man poured gas on self before deadly Ocean City church fire

Ocean City fire investigators believe that the man who entered a church on fire, igniting a blaze that killed its pastor, had poured gasoline on himself as part of a suicide plot.

One shot, another killed in separate Baltimore shootings

9:58 AM EDT, September 11, 2013

One shot, another killed in separate Baltimore shootings

Baltimore police are investigating a homicide and another shooting that wounded a man Tuesday night.

Maryland prisoners train service dogs for veterans

5:00 AM EDT, October 28, 2013

Maryland prisoners train service dogs for veterans

Within the stone walls of the Maryland Correctional Institution, Kent Brewer braced for the end he knew was coming. The inmate began to sneak pieces of sausage out of the cafeteria for his roommate, speaking to him in sentimental tones and succumbing to emotions he forgot existed.

Hopkins gynecologist may have had 9,000 victims

9:40 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Hopkins gynecologist may have had 9,000 victims

A former Johns Hopkins gynecologist, Dr. Nikita Levy, might have surreptitiously photographed or recorded the examinations of at least 9,000 patients, lawyers representing his alleged victims said Friday.

Ex-offenders less likely to return to prison, Maryland officials say

8:55 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

Ex-offenders less likely to return to prison, Maryland officials say

The percentage of Maryland ex-offenders likely to return to prison within three years of release has fallen by double digits since 2000, state prison officials reported Monday.

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.

Ex-convicts finding a roadmap to lasting freedom

5:00 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Ex-convicts finding a roadmap to lasting freedom

Clifton Johnson wipes down his used Lexus once a day with a carefully folded white towel. A mango-scented air freshener hangs from the rearview mirror. The car's polished wood paneling gleams from the rays shining through the sun roof.

Man fatally shot in Northeast Baltimore

8:40 AM EDT, September 25, 2013

Man fatally shot in Northeast Baltimore

Homicide detectives are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a man in Northeast Baltimore late Tuesday night.

Man killed in Northwest Baltimore shooting Thursday afternoon

7:50 PM EDT, September 26, 2013

Man killed in Northwest Baltimore shooting Thursday afternoon

A man was shot in the head and killed in Northwest Baltimore Thursday evening.

Man beaten in December succumbs to injuries

6:04 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Man beaten in December succumbs to injuries

For the past 10 months, Steven Wayne Pearson survived, his movements limited to squeezing a hand or blinking his eyes while bone-deep bedsores prompted his family to repeatedly move him from nursing home to hospital.

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.

Police ID woman killed in crash after attempted traffic stop

2:31 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

Police ID woman killed in crash after attempted traffic stop

A sedan being followed by police slammed into an SUV early Tuesday, killing three people in North Baltimore. The fiery scene sparked a frantic rescue effort and a lengthy investigation that shut down a busy intersection for hours.

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.

Work crews race to remove Grand Prix barriers

2:36 PM EDT, September 2, 2013

Work crews race to remove Grand Prix barriers

Work crews hustled on Labor Day to break down concrete barriers and fencing from the Grand Prix of Baltimore, racing to reopen downtown streets and sidewalks before Tuesday's rush hour and a National Football League pregame concert later this week.

Police were ordered off pursuit before fatal crash, union says

9:05 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Police were ordered off pursuit before fatal crash, union says

Baltimore police are conducting a criminal investigation into whether officers followed orders to end their pursuit of a sedan before it was involved in a fatal crash this week, a police union attorney said Friday.

Police charge 68-year-old man in Baltimore shooting

9:09 AM EDT, September 5, 2013

Police charge 68-year-old man in Baltimore shooting

Police arrested a 68-year-old man in connection with a shooting in southwest Baltimore earlier this week.

Baltimore police replace leadership in downtown district

6:41 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

Baltimore police replace leadership in downtown district

City police announced another shake-up of senior staff Monday, replacing both the recently appointed head of the high-profile downtown district and the longer-tenured leader in troubled West Baltimore.

9-year-old boy shot in Cherry Hill

7:11 PM EDT, September 18, 2013

9-year-old boy shot in Cherry Hill

A man shot a 9-year old boy after forcing his way into a Cherry Hill home and demanding money, police said Wednesday. The boy was the second juvenile hit by gunfire in Baltimore in less than a week.

Baltimore police arrest third 'Public Enemy No. 1'

5:53 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

Baltimore police arrest third 'Public Enemy No. 1'

Less than an hour after Baltimore police announced they were looking for the shooting suspect they had labeled their latest "Public Enemy No. 1," officers announced he was in custody.

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.

Baltimore police 'Public Enemy No. 1' becomes outreach tool

9:15 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

Baltimore police 'Public Enemy No. 1' becomes outreach tool

At a news conference convened on a bluff overlooking the photogenic Inner Harbor, two top-ranking Baltimore police commanders stood before a bank of television cameras and revealed the identity of a shooting suspect they were seeking.

Details emerge of Washington Navy Yard victims

9:04 PM EDT, September 17, 2013

Details emerge of Washington Navy Yard victims

John Johnson could have retired from the Washington Navy Yard years ago, but he loved the work.

Man killed overnight in Reservoir Hill

4:56 PM EDT, September 2, 2013

Man killed overnight in Reservoir Hill

Baltimore police said a man was shot and killed in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood late Sunday.

NFL concert poses a challenge for police and traffic workers

5:00 AM EDT, September 5, 2013

NFL concert poses a challenge for police and traffic workers

More than 20,000 people could crowd the Inner Harbor Thursday evening for an NFL season kickoff concert as tens of thousands more flood in for an Orioles game, posing a challenge for transportation workers and police.

Police to beef up patrols after a spike in street crime

11:15 PM EDT, August 14, 2013

Police to beef up patrols after a spike in street crime

Over a period of about five hours, a man was shot and two people were beaten early Wednesday in what police say is part of a surge in street robberies across the city.

Sanctions against Towson cheerleaders reduced

9:25 PM EDT, September 10, 2013

Sanctions against Towson cheerleaders reduced

Towson University's championship cheerleading team will be allowed to practice but not perform after an appeals committee decided to significantly reduce the sanctions over an alleged hazing incident, school officials said Tuesday.

Man charged in beating death says he was protecting daughter

6:16 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Man charged in beating death says he was protecting daughter

A man accused of being part of a group that beat a man to death in West Baltimore "acted as any other father would" and maintains his innocence, his lawyer said Monday,.

4:56 PM EDT, September 2, 2013

Passengers rescued as boat sinks off Ocean City coast

A "good Samaritan" rescued multiple passengers onboard a 45-foot cabin cruiser that caught fire and sank off Ocean City over the weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

Woman shot in cheek survives shooting

11:12 AM EDT, August 26, 2013

Woman shot in cheek survives shooting

A woman was shot in the left cheek early Monday but was expected to survive, Baltimore police said.

Baltimore police investigate overnight shooting

8:47 AM EDT, August 7, 2013

Baltimore police investigate overnight shooting

Baltimore police are investigating an overnight shooting in the Greenmount West neighborhood.

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.

Orioles slugger Chris Davis gets his own ice cream flavor

6:38 PM EDT, September 1, 2013

Orioles slugger Chris Davis gets his own ice cream flavor

As Baltimore Oriole Chris Davis continues his torrid home-run pace, a Baltimore ice cream parlor decided to commemorate the Major League Baseball statistical leader with something cool:

Former Baltimore police officer indicted on charges of running prostitution service

4:46 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

Former Baltimore police officer indicted on charges of running prostitution service

A former Baltimore police officer already facing state charges for prostituting his wife was indicted on a federal prostitution charge that alleged he oversaw a call-girl business with more than 300 customers.

Police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing of teenager after Ravens Super Bowl parade

9:20 PM EDT, August 20, 2013

Police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing of teenager after Ravens Super Bowl parade

More than six months after a teenager was fatally stabbed downtown just hours after the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl victory parade, police announced an arrest in the killing.

One shot overnight in Baltimore

8:58 AM EDT, September 4, 2013

One shot overnight in Baltimore

Police are investigating a shooting in southwest Baltimore.

Suspect arrested in Roland Park shooting of Zeb Drinkwater

12:16 PM EDT, August 21, 2013

Suspect arrested in Roland Park shooting of Zeb Drinkwater

Baltimore police found another suspect they say is linked to several street robberies of joggers and pedestrians across the city this month, this time arresting a man allegedly involved in the shooting of a man in Roland Park last week.

Guard pleads guilty to smuggling drugs into city jail for gang

7:14 PM EDT, August 13, 2013

Guard pleads guilty to smuggling drugs into city jail for gang

Charged with policing inmates in the Baltimore City Detention Center, correctional officer Jennifer Owens admitted to doing the opposite Tuesday.

Race fans, and vendors, take to the streets for Grand Prix of Baltimore

7:56 PM EDT, September 1, 2013

Race fans, and vendors, take to the streets for Grand Prix of Baltimore

As excited kids clung to fences and people packed grandstands to catch glimpses of IndyCars blurring around the streets of Baltimore, other Grand Prix of Baltimore attendees could be found in unlikely places Sunday.

Autopsy shows Baltimore police officer hanged self in jail

5:13 PM EDT, August 6, 2013

Autopsy shows Baltimore police officer hanged self in jail

Baltimore police officer James Smith hanged himself while in his cell awaiting trial in the murder of his fiancee, an autopsy concluded on Tuesday.

Lawsuit: Maryland District Court failing to make bail bonds insurers pay up

3:56 PM EDT, August 12, 2013

Lawsuit: Maryland District Court failing to make bail bonds insurers pay up

A company that insures bail bonds is suing Maryland's District Court for being too lenient on its own industry.

Grandmother accused of killing baby by giving him methadone

9:11 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Grandmother accused of killing baby by giving him methadone

A grandmother has been charged with killing her 1-year-old grandson and injuring a granddaughter by rubbing methadone on their gums, Baltimore police say.

Baltimore officer who shot suspect on Tuesday also shot a suspect in January

4:30 PM EDT, August 15, 2013

Baltimore officer who shot suspect on Tuesday also shot a suspect in January

A weapon a man was holding when a Baltimore police officer shot him turned out to be a BB gun spray-painted to look like a real gun, police said.

One killed, three injured in Baltimore shootings

August 13, 2013

One killed, three injured in Baltimore shootings

A man was killed in a restaurant, a teenage girl was injured in a drive-by shooting and two others were wounded in three separate shootings in Baltimore between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Baltimore police investigating another street robbery

5:23 PM EDT, August 15, 2013

Baltimore police investigating another street robbery

A woman was robbed Thursday morning in North Baltimore one block away from a mugging that took place the day before, continuing a trend of recent street robberies that worry police.

City officer suspended for alleged assault on car theft suspect

6:37 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

City officer suspended for alleged assault on car theft suspect

Baltimore police suspended a patrol officer Tuesday after a television news helicopter's camera captured him allegedly striking a teenage car theft suspect who had been detained.

Group targets Baltimore vacants with art, activism

6:27 PM EDT, August 10, 2013

Group targets Baltimore vacants with art, activism

The two-story abstract mural — featuring a pharaoh's headpiece, a cotton field and fire spewing out of rowhouse windows — showed up suddenly this summer on a vacant house in North Baltimore.

Baltimore man acquitted of rape for third time in three years

8:30 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Baltimore man acquitted of rape for third time in three years

A Baltimore man — who has been tried for rape three times in three years — was acquitted again by a city jury Friday.

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.

FBI investigating apparent bomb threat left at Rep. Elijah Cummings' office

6:48 PM EDT, August 7, 2013

FBI investigating apparent bomb threat left at Rep. Elijah Cummings' office

Staffers at Rep. Elijah Cummings' Baltimore office arrived Wednesday to find gobs of putty and wiring on the door, raising fears of an explosive attack and drawing emergency crews from around the region.

FBI nets 3 alleged Md. pimps in U.S. child prostitution sting

4:46 PM EDT, July 29, 2013

FBI nets 3 alleged Md. pimps in U.S. child prostitution sting

State, local and FBI law enforcement officers across Maryland and the United States announced a sweeping, coordinated child prostitution bust that recovered 105 children, the FBI announced Monday.

Reward now $100,000 in Vi Ripken abduction case

6:29 PM EDT, August 1, 2013

Reward now $100,000 in Vi Ripken abduction case

Hoping to reignite interest in the bizarre kidnapping and mysterious return of his mother, former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. has announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the man responsible.

ACLU says license plate readers violate drivers' privacy

8:32 PM EDT, July 17, 2013

ACLU says license plate readers violate drivers' privacy

The American Civil Liberties Union says police are violating drivers' rights with license plate scanners that can be used to track their whereabouts with little oversight on how such data is used or stored.

Commissioner: Baltimore officers found sleeping 'will be held accountable'

3:52 PM EDT, August 9, 2013

Commissioner: Baltimore officers found sleeping 'will be held accountable'

Reacting to recent television news segments showing multiple Baltimore police officers asleep on the job, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts sent his officers a stern warning.

Police arrest six juveniles accused of beating man in Little Italy

4:16 PM EDT, July 24, 2013

Police arrest six juveniles accused of beating man in Little Italy

Baltimore police have arrested six juveniles they believe beat a man early Sunday in Little Italy, causing serious facial injuries.

Two men shot overnight at Perkins Homes

8:52 AM EDT, August 5, 2013

Two men shot overnight at Perkins Homes

Two men were shot and injured in the Perkins Homes public housing community in Southeast Baltimore early Monday morning, according to Baltimore Police.

Charged with killing his fiancee, Baltimore police officer dies in apparent suicide in jail

8:20 PM EDT, August 5, 2013

Charged with killing his fiancee, Baltimore police officer dies in apparent suicide in jail

A Baltimore police officer awaiting trial for murder in the death of his fiancee died early Monday in an apparent suicide in jail, state prison officials said.

VA opens first legal-aid clinic for homeless veterans

4:29 PM EDT, August 6, 2013

VA opens first legal-aid clinic for homeless veterans

Honorably discharged decades ago, a former Marine was living in a Baltimore homeless shelter, surviving with the help of $255 a month for a disability he suffered while in the service.

911 caller says youths attacked man 'because he's Mexican'

9:56 PM EDT, July 16, 2013

911 caller says youths attacked man 'because he's Mexican'

A Hispanic man who says he was beaten by a group of teens in Patterson Park over the weekend remembers few details of what happened as police continue to investigate whether he was targeted because of his ethnicity after the not-guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial.

Witness claims youths yelled 'this is for Trayvon' in beating

7:39 PM EDT, July 15, 2013

Witness claims youths yelled 'this is for Trayvon' in beating

Baltimore police say they are investigating a witness account that a group of black youths beat a Hispanic man near Patterson Park Sunday while saying, "This is for Trayvon."

VA opens first legal-aid clinic for homeless veterans

12:09 PM EDT, July 21, 2013

VA opens first legal-aid clinic for homeless veterans

Honorably discharged decades ago, a former Marine was living in a Baltimore homeless shelter, surviving with the help of $255 a month for a disability he suffered while in the service.

Man shot overnight in Northeast Baltimore

8:49 AM EDT, July 12, 2013

Man shot overnight in Northeast Baltimore

A man was shot overnight in Northeast Baltimore during an apparent armed robbery.

Bodies of two Ocean City police officers recovered in plane crash

7:03 PM EDT, July 1, 2013

Bodies of two Ocean City police officers recovered in plane crash

Two Ocean City police officers died after their small plane spiraled out of control and crashed into the water off 130th Street as weekend beachgoers and people cruising on a large speedboat watched, authorities said Monday.

Four shot, two killed in overnight gunfire in Baltimore

10:13 AM EDT, August 2, 2013

Four shot, two killed in overnight gunfire in Baltimore

Two men were killed and a man and woman were injured in four separate incidents of gunfire in the city overnight, according to Baltimore Police.

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.

Law against mass violence threats debated

3:47 PM EDT, July 9, 2013

Law against mass violence threats debated

When a judge dismissed the case against a Crofton man accused of making mass-violence threats against co-workers, the losing prosecutors didn't criticize the judge's decision, defense attorneys or even Neil Edwin Prescott, the suspect who walked free.

Balto. Co. train derailment drew 911 calls from miles away

8:33 PM EDT, June 14, 2013

Balto. Co. train derailment drew 911 calls from miles away

An employee at a scaffolding company next to the railroad tracks in Rosedale was one of the first people to see the train leave its tracks after it rammed into a truck last month.

Baltimore Fourth of July to feature heavy police presence

9:08 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

Baltimore Fourth of July to feature heavy police presence

Baltimore police ordered every officer to work July 4 and will rely heavily on reinforcements from state law enforcement agencies, an effort intended to keep Inner Harbor visitors safe while maintaining a strong presence in areas besieged by recent violence.

Three juveniles charged as adults in beating of man in Little Italy

2:43 PM EDT, July 26, 2013

Three juveniles charged as adults in beating of man in Little Italy

Baltimore police charged three juveniles as adults in the group beating of a man in Little Italy on Sunday. A 19-year-old was also charged with the group.

Fears of violence strain blood-stained block

7:51 PM EDT, July 7, 2013

Fears of violence strain blood-stained block

Fear is as fresh as the stubborn blood stains on the street in the 900 block of Bennett Place. Three men have been killed this year on this short stretch of three-story row homes, two within seven days of each other last month.

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.

Medical Examiner's Office defies stereotypes, holds surprises

11:37 PM EDT, July 28, 2013

Medical Examiner's Office defies stereotypes, holds surprises

One in a series of occasional articles.

Fire blowing smoke over Interstate 83

10:51 AM EDT, June 26, 2013

Fire blowing smoke over Interstate 83

Baltimore firefighters are fighting a fire near Medfield Heights Park that is blowing smoke over Interstate 83.

Double shooting reported in McElderry Park neighborhood

10:59 PM EDT, July 26, 2013

Double shooting reported in McElderry Park neighborhood

Two men were shot – one fatally -- in the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park early Friday morning, city police reported.

Canton burglaries lead to arrest of juvenile in Baltimore

1:59 PM EDT, July 11, 2013

Canton burglaries lead to arrest of juvenile in Baltimore

Baltimore police arrested a 16-year-old boy they suspect in some of the two dozen burglaries and attempted burglaries that have struck Canton over the past month.

One killed, one injured in double shooting in Broadway East

10:07 AM EDT, July 9, 2013

One killed, one injured in double shooting in Broadway East

When the Episcopal Community Services of Maryland decided where to hang a brightly colored mural symbolizing peace, the nonprofit's leaders chose the Broadway East neighborhood.

Baltimore police investigating two overnight shootings

11:45 AM EDT, July 31, 2013

Baltimore police investigating two overnight shootings

Police are investigating two overnight shootings in East Baltimore that injured two men.

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.

Baltimore police capture city's most-wanted man

6:30 PM EDT, July 25, 2013

Baltimore police capture city's most-wanted man

A 19-year-old man suspected of killing another man at a playground in Greektown this month was captured early Thursday.

Police say Trayvon wasn't mentioned in beating of Hispanic man

1:47 PM EDT, July 18, 2013

Police say Trayvon wasn't mentioned in beating of Hispanic man

Detectives completed another round of victim and witness interviews on Wednesday and maintained that they don't believe the beating of a Hispanic man near Patterson Park was spurred on by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial in Florida — though at least one witness said she has never been interviewed.

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.

Trayvon Martin a 'symbol' of issues facing blacks in Baltimore, protesters say

10:19 PM EDT, July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin a 'symbol' of issues facing blacks in Baltimore, protesters say

Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Baltimore on Monday evening to express outrage over the Trayvon Martin case but also to use the teen as a symbol of systemic issues facing the black community in the city and around the country.

Baltimore Police Academy graduation follows accidental shooting

10:33 AM EDT, June 22, 2013

Baltimore Police Academy graduation follows accidental shooting

The latest class of police trainees marched to the podium to accept law enforcement certificates in gleaming black shoes and brass buttons that matched their smiles. The graduates yelled their names proudly during a special roll call and chanted at the end of the ceremony with vigor.

Voice of Elmo Kevin Clash gets three sex-abuse lawsuits thrown out

8:11 PM EDT, July 1, 2013

Voice of Elmo Kevin Clash gets three sex-abuse lawsuits thrown out

A U.S. district judge on Monday dismissed three sexual-abuse lawsuits against Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's "Elmo" muppet until the allegations surfaced, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to file the civil cases.

Maryland 'joker' threat charge against Neil Prescott dismissed

10:17 PM EDT, June 25, 2013

Maryland 'joker' threat charge against Neil Prescott dismissed

A judge threw out a criminal charge Tuesday against a Crofton man accused last summer of likening himself to a "joker" and threatening to blow up co-workers.

Baltimore police investigating death of a young child

11:44 AM EDT, June 10, 2013

Baltimore police investigating death of a young child

Baltimore police are investigating the death of a young child in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

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.

12:00 PM EDT, June 3, 2013

FBI struggled to find relatives in Moore civil rights cold case

As The Baltimore Sun set out to look back on the murder of civil rights activist William Lewis Moore 50 years later, the first step was to find his relatives. It wasn't easy.

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.

Officer charged in drug, tax scheme granted pretrial release

3:27 PM EDT, June 5, 2013

Officer charged in drug, tax scheme granted pretrial release

A U.S. District Court judge has released a Baltimore police officer caught in a drug dealing and tax-fraud investigation from federal custody until trial.

Homicide ruling brings back memories of 1981 police shooting

9:39 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

Homicide ruling brings back memories of 1981 police shooting

The two police retirees remember the shooting as if it was yesterday. The chill in the air. The call that came in as a hostage situation. The nickel plating on the gun they wished the man had never drawn.

Slaying of Baltimore civil rights protester still unsolved

5:17 PM EDT, June 1, 2013

Slaying of Baltimore civil rights protester still unsolved

Everyone begged William Lewis Moore not to go to Mississippi. His pastor told him he would get killed walking around in a sandwich board sign protesting segregation. His family worried about where he would sleep and eat.

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.”

Two more killed as Baltimore violence continues

10:28 PM EDT, June 27, 2013

Two more killed as Baltimore violence continues

An alarming rise in summer violence continued Thursday, as the past week's death toll rose to 12 in Baltimore and politicians began sniping over blame.

Maryland man gets name removed from sex offender list

10:02 PM EDT, June 21, 2013

Maryland man gets name removed from sex offender list

A man has succeeded in forcing the state to remove his name from its sex offender database after years of litigation, prompting advocates for more-forgiving sex offender laws to lobby for hundreds of others with similar circumstances to get off the registry, too.

Traffic: Fatal crash on I-95 in Harford Co.

9:15 AM EDT, July 1, 2013

Traffic: Fatal crash on I-95 in Harford Co.

A fatal accident that has closed all northbound traffic lanes on Interstate 95 in Harford County was among three incidents that prompted disruptions on local roads at 9:10 a.m., on Monday, according to the state and local officials.

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.

Police say shooting that killed 16-month-old was a setup

6:41 PM EDT, May 28, 2013

Police say shooting that killed 16-month-old was a setup

Baltimore police believe the Friday-night spray of bullets that killed a 16-month-old boy and wounded his father was a setup, according to court records released Tuesday.

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.

One killed, five wounded in separate Baltimore shootings

1:46 PM EDT, June 5, 2013

One killed, five wounded in separate Baltimore shootings

One man was killed and five others were wounded in three separate shootings in Northeast Baltimore that began early Wednesday morning, according to Baltimore Police.

Murder outside school in Coldstream Homestead Montebello

10:12 AM EDT, June 6, 2013

Murder outside school in Coldstream Homestead Montebello

Parents walking their children to class Thursday morning in the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood were met by a grim sight: Crime scene tape roping off a field many cut through to get to Coldstream Elementary School.

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.

Grand jury indicts driver in fatal City Hall crash

7:49 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

Grand jury indicts driver in fatal City Hall crash

A grand jury on Thursday indicted the driver state police said was high on drugs when his car sped into downtown, striking and killing a pedestrian before it overturned outside City Hall.

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.

Man gets in shootout with police, barricades himself in home

10:33 PM EDT, May 28, 2013

Man gets in shootout with police, barricades himself in home

A man on a bicycle exchanged gunfire with Baltimore police Tuesday afternoon before barricading himself in a home and surrendering.

Mourners cling to faith in 1-year-old's 'senseless' killing

9:52 PM EDT, June 3, 2013

Mourners cling to faith in 1-year-old's 'senseless' killing

An hour before the memorial service at First Apostolic Faith Church on Monday, a woman walked down the center aisle and stared into the 3-foot white casket surrounded by white flowers. She spent a full minute, head slightly cocked, before she wheeled and walked back, angrily shaking her head.

Large group of teenagers fighting in downtown Baltimore

7:51 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

Large group of teenagers fighting in downtown Baltimore

A large group of teenagers were involved in a fight near the Inner Harbor in Baltimore on Monday afternoon, with several of the teens taken into custody, police said.

911 calls released in shooting, standoff involving officer

3:38 PM EDT, May 21, 2013

911 calls released in shooting, standoff involving officer

Recorded 911 calls released Tuesday reveal frantic reports from neighbors who described the scene as Baltimore police said an off-duty officer shot and killed his girlfriend then barricaded himself in a home for six-hours.

Police investigate suspects shot by officers in West Baltimore

7:01 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

Police investigate suspects shot by officers in West Baltimore

Police on Tuesday worked to find out more about the backgrounds of the two men wounded and one man killed in an overnight shootout with officers in West Baltimore.

Three men shot in separate incidents in Baltimore

9:42 AM EDT, May 16, 2013

Three men shot in separate incidents in Baltimore

Three men were shot in separate incidents Wednesday night across Baltimore, and they were expected to survive their injuries, police said.

Woman shot in Cherry Hill on May 10 dies of injuries

9:59 AM EDT, May 20, 2013

Woman shot in Cherry Hill on May 10 dies of injuries

A woman shot on May 10 succumbed to her injuries late last week as detectives continue to look for a shooting suspect.

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.

Police identify victim killed in high rise on Wednesday

10:01 AM EDT, May 10, 2013

Police identify victim killed in high rise on Wednesday

Police on Friday identified a man killed earlier this week in Reservoir Hill and continue to search for a suspect.

Man shot in arm in Southwest Baltimore

8:39 AM EDT, May 1, 2013

Man shot in arm in Southwest Baltimore

Baltimore police detectives are investigating an overnight shooting in Southwest Baltimore that left a man wounded in the arm.

Police report peaceful day at Preakness

8:50 PM EDT, May 18, 2013

Police report peaceful day at Preakness

A group of friends and family from Elkridge prepared for the Preakness as they have every year for decades. They packed tubs of Rice Krispies treats, shrimp salad, macaroni salad, cashews, soft drinks and a giant bag of Utz chips into their cars and headed to Pimlico Race Course.

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.

Family members say victim, police officer were engaged

9:20 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

Family members say victim, police officer were engaged

Two Baltimore police officers arrived at a fellow officer's home to investigate a reported domestic assault. They heard a woman inside calling for help, and when nobody answered the door, they kicked the door in and brought Kendra Diggs out.

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.

NAACP false alarm shows region on edge over security

9:13 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

NAACP false alarm shows region on edge over security

NAACP employees were going through the mail Thursday at national headquarters in Baltimore when they found a strange-looking envelope. It bore no return address and had a Memphis, Tenn., postmark — just like letters to President Barack Obama and a Republican senator this week that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin.

Police investigating E. Baltimore homicide; arrest 2 suspects in past murder

9:48 AM EDT, May 2, 2013

Police investigating E. Baltimore homicide; arrest 2 suspects in past murder

Baltimore police are investigating the shooting death of a man in East Baltimore early Thursday.

Old Mill High School teacher reassigned amid investigation

8:56 PM EDT, April 13, 2013

Old Mill High School teacher reassigned amid investigation

A social studies teacher and assistant track coach has been replaced indefinitely amid an investigation by Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Man succumbs to injuries in Sunday's triple shooting

11:35 AM EDT, May 6, 2013

Man succumbs to injuries in Sunday's triple shooting

A victim in a triple-shooting over the weekend succumbed to his injuries on Monday, Baltimore police said.

Baltimore police add patrols to battle west-side violence

8:15 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

Baltimore police add patrols to battle west-side violence

Jim Mingle and Mike Boyd, detectives for the Baltimore Police Department, usually work in ties and jackets, but as daylight wanes on this day, they are standing on a West Baltimore street corner in their uniform blues.

Altercation leaves one Northwestern High student cut

1:18 PM EDT, May 2, 2013

Altercation leaves one Northwestern High student cut

A Northwestern High School student was cut across his right thumb on Thursday after an altercation with another student outside the school.

Seven men, one woman shot in separate incidents in Baltimore

12:33 PM EDT, April 11, 2013

Seven men, one woman shot in separate incidents in Baltimore

Eight people were shot in six incidents in Baltimore on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning and all were expected to survive. The shootings all occurred within an almost eight hour period that stretched from dinnertime Wednesday until just after 2 a.m.

Baltimore police choose new internal affairs leader

7:24 PM EDT, May 6, 2013

Baltimore police choose new internal affairs leader

The Baltimore Police Department tapped one of its lawyers as the new head of internal affairs, saying Rodney Hill's experience as an officer and his recent turn as a prosecutor of police misconduct cases give him the credibility to lead a group charged with restoring public trust.

Skeletal remains found outside Essex house

9:50 PM EDT, April 13, 2013

Skeletal remains found outside Essex house

A homeowner cleaning out debris from a detached garage in Essex on Saturday stumbled upon skeletal remains.

Man killed in Greenspring neighborhood of Baltimore

9:48 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

Man killed in Greenspring neighborhood of Baltimore

Baltimore police homicide detectives are investigating a murder Tuesday in the Greenspring neighborhood.

Inspiration for 'Roc' television show killed after city argument

8:10 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

Inspiration for 'Roc' television show killed after city argument

The 80-year-old man killed in Northeast Baltimore on Monday — after a punch caused him to fall and hit his head, police said — was the inspiration for the 1990s TV show "Roc."

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.

Man charged with manslaughter in fatal City Hall crash

9:02 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

Man charged with manslaughter in fatal City Hall crash

Maryland State Police arrested Monday the Baltimore man they say struck and killed a pedestrian last week in front of City Hall and charged him with vehicular homicide, manslaughter and a slew of drug offenses.

Police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing of Inner Harbor worker

4:35 PM EDT, April 8, 2013

Police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing of Inner Harbor worker

Baltimore police have arrested a 24-year-old man in the fatal stabbing of a Cheesecake Factory employee who was leaving work early Sunday.

12:48 PM EST, March 8, 2013

Police say man found dead Friday morning in Carrollton Ridge

Baltimore Police found a man dead of an apparent homicide on Friday morning in an industrial, half-vacant section of the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood.

Snow showers possible, according to Sunday forecast

8:29 AM EST, February 17, 2013

Snow showers possible, according to Sunday forecast

The Baltimore area could see some snow showers Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

City Hall crash victim Hersl recalled as generous, kind

6:12 PM EDT, April 12, 2013

City Hall crash victim Hersl recalled as generous, kind

The funeral procession for Matthew Hersl crawled through the tight streets of Southeast Baltimore, moving past the Milan restaurant, the Inner Harbor Travel agency and the Little Italy parking garage. Steve Hersl, Matt's brother, blared his car horn as he inched along.

7:33 PM EDT, April 17, 2013

FBI's standards on intervening during wiretap investigations involve threat to life

When FBI agents heard on a wiretap that a Baltimore police detective was preparing to make a drug arrest based on false information, according to court documents, they decided not to intervene.

Alleged gang member accused of avenging associate's death

9:20 PM EST, March 7, 2013

Alleged gang member accused of avenging associate's death

After Black Guerrilla Family leader Naim King was killed on Halloween 2007, prosecutors say, fellow gang member David Hunter swore to avenge his death.

Crash victim Matt Hersl remembered as leader, O's ballhawk

9:34 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Crash victim Matt Hersl remembered as leader, O's ballhawk

It seemed every seat was filled during the Baltimore Orioles' exciting playoff run last season except the one that belonged to Matt Hersl.

Man shot overnight in Baltimore's Westport neighborhood

11:10 AM EDT, May 17, 2013

Man shot overnight in Baltimore's Westport neighborhood

Police are investigating an overnight shooting that left one man wounded, while detectives continue to search for suspects in the separate beating of a man Thursday evening that left him in critical condition.

Testimony of key state witness barred in  killings of 3 children

9:38 PM EST, February 25, 2013

Testimony of key state witness barred in killings of 3 children

A judge delivered a major blow Monday to the state's case against two men accused of fatally slashing the throats of three children nine years ago, ruling that the testimony of a key witness is inadmissible.

Suspect in fatal City Hall crash released without charges

8:04 PM EDT, April 10, 2013

Suspect in fatal City Hall crash released without charges

A car hurtled off the highway, fatally struck a pedestrian and overturned in front of City Hall and scores of downtown witnesses. A day later, police said the driver had walked free without charges.

John Wood, inspiration for 'Roc' and sanitation worker, dies at 80

11:49 AM EDT, April 8, 2013

John Wood, inspiration for 'Roc' and sanitation worker, dies at 80

John Wood has a room filled with junk: steel pots, a wooden foot massager, heavy safe, TV antenna, plates, silver-plated brush, rolling pin, can opener, assorted gold-colored chains, lamps without shades, a New York Yankees baseball hat adorned in glitter.

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.

Corrections officer shoots man escaping Central Booking

7:36 PM EDT, April 22, 2013

Corrections officer shoots man escaping Central Booking

A man arrested on suspicion of loitering Monday morning managed to slip away from police outside Baltimore's busy Central Booking Center but was shot in the leg by a corrections officer guarding the back gate.

Baltimore police identify city's 60th homicide victim

9:38 AM EDT, April 17, 2013

Baltimore police identify city's 60th homicide victim

Police on Wednesday identified the man killed near the east edge of Leakin Park on Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Police to heighten patrols during St. Patrick's Day weekend

12:43 PM EDT, March 14, 2013

Police to heighten patrols during St. Patrick's Day weekend

Several hundred Baltimore and state police officers will be saturating the city's bar districts this St. Patrick's Day weekend, looking for drunken drivers and people drinking in the streets, law enforcement officials announced Thursday.

Police say Levy pictures may include child pornography

12:38 AM EST, March 2, 2013

Police say Levy pictures may include child pornography

Baltimore police said Friday that patient pictures taken by Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy could contain child pornography, and they've turned the evidence over to the FBI for analysis.

2 dead, 2 others wounded in Baltimore shootings overnight

9:12 AM EST, February 25, 2013

2 dead, 2 others wounded in Baltimore shootings overnight

Baltimore Police are investigating a double homicide late Sunday and two other shootings that occurred in the predawn hours.

Baltimore police unveil email address to report illegal dirt bikes

6:50 PM EDT, April 17, 2013

Baltimore police unveil email address to report illegal dirt bikes

Police have taken a new step in their the battle to remove illegal dirt bikes and their freewheeling riders from the streets of Baltimore, creating an email address where residents can report the bikes anonymously.

Baltimore Spectator blogger pleads not guilty; awaits May trial

7:25 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

Baltimore Spectator blogger pleads not guilty; awaits May trial

Frank James MacArthur, the blogger known as the Baltimore Spectator, could go on trial in May after pleading not guilty Monday to gun and resisting-arrest charges that have kept him in jail for months.

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.

Spring heat rises in Baltimore, and so does city violence

7:53 PM EDT, April 11, 2013

Spring heat rises in Baltimore, and so does city violence

As record heat baked Baltimore, a wave of violence unfurled across the city: six shootings and eight people wounded over a period of less than eight hours.

Jurors hear 2004 statement by murder defendant

8:23 PM EDT, March 18, 2013

Jurors hear 2004 statement by murder defendant

For the first time in three trials in the 2004 slashing deaths of three children in Northwest Baltimore, jurors on Monday heard a nine-year-old statement by one of the suspects describing his nephew emerging shirtless from a rear window of the apartment in which the victims were killed.

Man shot in reported Baltimore robbery Monday night

9:45 AM EDT, March 13, 2013

Man shot in reported Baltimore robbery Monday night

Police said a man was wounded in an attempted robbery Monday night while, in another incident early Tuesday, a resident fired at intruders and injured one of them.

Police ID man killed Monday in shooting that injured son

7:36 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

Police ID man killed Monday in shooting that injured son

Baltimore police said the man killed in Monday's double shooting in West Baltimore was the father of the 11-year-old boy also injured in the attack.

Missteps in trainee shooting ran afoul of standards, experts say

10:10 PM EST, February 16, 2013

Missteps in trainee shooting ran afoul of standards, experts say

The director of Baltimore's police training academy didn't know that instructors were holding exercises at an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Owings Mills. There were no supervisors on site. A police service weapon somehow got mixed up with a practice paint-cartridge pistol. The gun was pointed at a trainee.

Family of girl killed by celebratory gunfire pushes for tougher legislation

10:46 AM EST, February 13, 2013

Family of girl killed by celebratory gunfire pushes for tougher legislation

The mother of a 10-year-old girl killed by celebratory gunfire in Cecil County on New Year's Eve is asking for stricter penalties for shooting guns into the air.

Two men in custody for double shooting in West Baltimore

7:42 PM EDT, April 2, 2013

Two men in custody for double shooting in West Baltimore

Baltimore detectives have taken two men into custody they suspect were involved in a double shooting Monday night that left one man dead, police said Tuesday.

ATF gun-tracking data a mystery

7:00 AM EST, February 5, 2013

ATF gun-tracking data a mystery

When reporters asked Baltimore police and state agencies where the guns used in city crimes came from, no one could provide specific information.

One killed in Balto. double shooting Tuesday night

8:17 AM EST, January 23, 2013

One killed in Balto. double shooting Tuesday night

One man was killed and another injured in a double shooting in southeast Baltimore on Tuesday night.

Woman's death on cruise ship ruled due to natural causes

5:56 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

Woman's death on cruise ship ruled due to natural causes

Heart disease killed a 64-year-old passenger on a cruise ship out of Baltimore, the FBI said Thursday, ruling out foul play and ending a brief mystery as to how the Virginia woman died last weekend.

Murder victim spent final day advocating for homeless

6:17 PM EST, March 6, 2013

Murder victim spent final day advocating for homeless

Kevin Gipson spent his final day advocating for friends as they fought to stay at a homeless camp under the Jones Falls Expressway. The next morning, police found him dead in what they believe to be an unrelated incident.

City documents show discussion of Ravens parade stabbing

10:44 AM EDT, March 18, 2013

City documents show discussion of Ravens parade stabbing

When De'ontae Smith was fatally stabbed and two friends were injured three blocks from the route of the Ravens' Super Bowl victory parade, police initially said the celebration was unrelated to the violence. As it turned out, the teen had cut school to cheer on the team.

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.

8:32 AM EST, January 24, 2013

Victim identified in Tuesday night Baltimore shooting

Police released the name of the man killed in a double shooting on Tuesday north of Patterson Park.

City police add new bureau, hope to strengthen public trust

6:47 PM EST, January 25, 2013

City police add new bureau, hope to strengthen public trust

Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Friday the creation of a new unit to oversee internal affairs, audits and the writing of police procedures, a move he hopes will strengthen public confidence in his agency.

Cases handled by officer convicted of drug charges in jeopardy

8:41 PM EDT, March 24, 2013

Cases handled by officer convicted of drug charges in jeopardy

When Brenda Brown stood before a judge, she figured she had only one real option: plead guilty. She had been caught with three bags of marijuana in her pocket in Northwest Baltimore.

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.

Family decries friends' silence after son killed after Ravens parade

8:02 PM EST, March 3, 2013

Family decries friends' silence after son killed after Ravens parade

The flowers left in condolence are a kind but painful reminder that De'ontae Smith is gone, as is the funeral program his mother carries around to remember the boy stabbed to death downtown just hours after the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory parade.

Fifth man sues Kevin Clash, former voice of Elmo

6:30 PM EDT, April 2, 2013

Fifth man sues Kevin Clash, former voice of Elmo

A fifth man has filed a lawsuit against Kevin Clash, the former voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," making sex abuse allegations similar to those of four other plaintiffs.

Six killings over weekend continue spike in city violence

8:31 PM EST, March 4, 2013

Six killings over weekend continue spike in city violence

Baltimore police moved Monday to increase foot patrols over the next month and conduct street sweeps of violent fugitives after a weekend that saw six people killed and continued a violent start to 2013.

11:33 AM EST, February 13, 2013

Man stabbed near Fells Point early Wednesday

Baltimore police found a man stabbed early Wednesday north of Fells Point.

Restaurant owner charged with running illegal club after shooting

9:15 PM EST, January 22, 2013

Restaurant owner charged with running illegal club after shooting

The owner of a West Baltimore restaurant has been charged with operating an illegal after-hours club, police said, after a triple shooting this month in which a man was killed outside the establishment.

8:59 AM EST, January 10, 2013

Police investigating two Wednesday incidents in Baltimore

A man was shot in the leg and another remains in a hospital with serious head lacerations in separate incidents Wednesday that police continue to investigate.

11:20 AM EST, January 29, 2013

Police identify man killed in shooting on Monday

Police identified a 46-year-old man killed Monday in northeast Baltimore.

For 2001 Ravens, Super Bowl ring not a guarantee of success in life

3:01 PM EST, February 3, 2013

For 2001 Ravens, Super Bowl ring not a guarantee of success in life

Tony Siragusa isn't the prettiest of men. The former Baltimore Raven played the thankless role of a 6-foot-3, 330-pound steel drum, crashing the line over and over, so teammates could sack the quarterback — and reap the glory.

Suspect in murder of Baltimore woman caught in North Carolina

6:27 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

Suspect in murder of Baltimore woman caught in North Carolina

A U.S. Marshals task force in North Carolina arrested a Baltimore man Friday in the fatal stabbing of a 31-year-old woman in the Lakeland neighborhood.

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.

New details as FBI probes death on cruise ship from Baltimore

7:25 AM EDT, March 27, 2013

New details as FBI probes death on cruise ship from Baltimore

The woman who died onboard a cruise ship that originated out of Baltimore was 64 years old and from central Virginia, the FBI said Tuesday as the agency continued to investigate her death as "suspicious."

What went wrong at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Super Pond?

4:16 PM EST, March 2, 2013

What went wrong at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Super Pond?

Shaped like a teardrop and carved out of the eastern bank of the Bush River, the UNDEX Test Facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground has earned the nickname "Super Pond" for its unusual properties.

10-year-old struck in New Year's celebratory shooting dies

10:47 PM EST, January 3, 2013

10-year-old struck in New Year's celebratory shooting dies

Aaliyah Boyer had hoped to watch the New Year's ball drop on TV, but when she learned she had missed the stroke of midnight by 32 seconds, she returned to the front yard with her friends to watch her neighbors light fireworks.

Three shot in Baltimore Tuesday night

10:12 AM EST, March 6, 2013

Three shot in Baltimore Tuesday night

Baltimore police are investigating two shootings from Tuesday night that injured three 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.

Police name two who died in separate shootings this week

2:00 PM EST, February 21, 2013

Police name two who died in separate shootings this week

Baltimore police have identified two people who died in unrelated shootings this week.

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.

2:23 PM EST, January 28, 2013

Man shot dead late Sunday in Southwest Baltimore

A 32-year-old man was shot dead late Sunday in Southwest Baltimore.

10:30 AM EST, January 16, 2013

Police arrest 18-year-old accused of killing teen

Police arrested an 18-year-old man they suspect of killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring another man who they said were buying drugs.

Ravens Super Bowl win sees fans hold breath, then rejoice

February 4, 2013

Ravens Super Bowl win sees fans hold breath, then rejoice

With four seconds remaining in the Super Bowl, fans across the Baltimore area clenched fists and clasped hands in prayer.

Man wounded, dog killed in separate police-involved shootings

7:16 PM EST, January 2, 2013

Man wounded, dog killed in separate police-involved shootings

A Baltimore police officer shot a man during a foot chase Wednesday, marking the second time in two days that a Northeast district officer fired a gun while in pursuit of a suspect.

Two die in Northeast Baltimore house fire

9:25 PM EST, January 3, 2013

Two die in Northeast Baltimore house fire

Two people died in a two-alarm house fire in Northeast Baltimore late Wednesday, fire officials said.

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.

Joe Flacco is Super Bowl MVP, but can he bring in super dollars?

11:10 PM EST, February 4, 2013

Joe Flacco is Super Bowl MVP, but can he bring in super dollars?

Joe Flacco woke up groggy Monday after partying late into the night, hanging out with Jay-Z and Beyonce as he celebrated the game of his career.

Police believe stabbing victim was downtown for parade

9:46 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Police believe stabbing victim was downtown for parade

To Deontae Smith's mother, there was no question her son had been to the Super Bowl parade on Tuesday. And she's upset that Baltimore police didn't make the same connection sooner.

8:56 AM EST, January 31, 2013

Police identify man killed Tuesday in Northeast Balto.

Police on Thursday identified the man found fatally shot in Northeast Baltimore two days ago.

Police officer who shot bystander during struggle is 11-year veteran

5:27 PM EST, January 16, 2013

Police officer who shot bystander during struggle is 11-year veteran

Baltimore police on Wednesday released the name of the officer who fired a gun Sunday during a physical struggle, hitting two bystanders.

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.

Police investigating southwest Balto. homicide

10:55 AM EST, January 17, 2013

Police investigating southwest Balto. homicide

Southwest Baltimore district detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that killed a 19-year-old man late Wednesday.

Baltimore police place focus on building faith-based ties

8:07 PM EST, January 4, 2013

Baltimore police place focus on building faith-based ties

When drug dealers and prostitutes camped outside Eastern United Methodist Church last fall, the Rev. Lena Marie Dennis met with Baltimore police Maj. Melvin Russell and other faith leaders and came up with a unique plan.

Man shot outside Baltimore probation and parole office

6:22 PM EST, January 30, 2013

Man shot outside Baltimore probation and parole office

A man was shot in the arm Wednesday in what Baltimore police said appeared to be a brazen robbery attempt outside a city parole and probation office.

Law enforcement organizational license plates are restricted but not by the state

12:22 AM EST, January 12, 2013

Law enforcement organizational license plates are restricted but not by the state

An interesting detail emerged after a gray Chevy Cobalt hit two Baltimore police officers Wednesday and led dozens of patrol cars and a police helicopter on a chase: the state license plates affixed to the car started with "FPD" and carried a law-enforcement style, star-shaped insignia.

3:42 PM EST, January 15, 2013

Police identify stabbing victim killed Sunday

The identity of a 29-year-old man fatally stabbed Jan. 12 outside a liquor store was released Jan. 15.

Defendants in killing of three children to face third trial

5:58 PM EST, January 7, 2013

Defendants in killing of three children to face third trial

A city judge cleared the way Monday for new trials of two men accused of slashing the throats of three children in a grisly triple murder nine years ago, settling a slew of legal disputes over years-old testimony and forensic evidence.

Man arrested in police-involved shooting that wounded two

4:43 PM EST, January 14, 2013

Man arrested in police-involved shooting that wounded two

Baltimore police on Monday charged a 37-year-old man in connection to a police-involved shooting over the weekend that left two wounded.

'Celebratory gunfire' cases a challenge to prosecute

8:44 PM EST, January 15, 2013

'Celebratory gunfire' cases a challenge to prosecute

The death of Aaliyah Boyer, a 10-year-old struck down in Cecil County, and the shooting of Laurie Eberhardt, a grandmother hit by gunfire in Florida, share the same perplexing challenge for prosecutors and investigators.

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.

Police say New Year's Eve celebration 'very, very safe'

5:17 PM EST, December 30, 2012

Police say New Year's Eve celebration 'very, very safe'

When celebrants turn their eyes to the sky to watch fireworks burst over the Inner Harbor at the stroke of midnight Monday, a host of cameras will be looking down at them.

Gun sales spike amid talk of restrictions

8:13 PM EST, December 21, 2012

Gun sales spike amid talk of restrictions

Gun shops are calling it the "Obama gun stimulus."

Car flips over at Mount Vernon's Washington Monument

3:38 PM EST, December 27, 2012

Car flips over at Mount Vernon's Washington Monument

A car that crashed near the Washington Monument onl Thursday morning overturned, injuring a passenger and damaging a wall at the historic Mount Vernon park.

Claims mount against Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo

5:55 PM EST, December 26, 2012

Claims mount against Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo

Cecil Singleton had settled in to watch an episode of "Parenthood" when he caught a TV news teaser featuring the words "Elmo sex scandal." A man had accused puppeteer Kevin Clash — the man behind the world's most popular Sesame Street puppet — of having a relationship with him when he was 16.

10:14 PM EST, December 28, 2012

Two injured, one dead in two separate shootings Friday

An 18-year-old man died and two people were shot in two separate shootings in Baltimore on Friday.

Thursday traffic: Early morning crashes cleared

8:38 AM EST, December 27, 2012

Thursday traffic: Early morning crashes cleared

Two early morning collisions were cleared on area interstates by mid-morning, leaving area roadways clear for commutes.

10:32 AM EST, December 31, 2012

Two men shot in head on Sunday in 3 separate shootings

Two men were shot in the head in Baltimore on Sunday in three separate shootings that left three people wounded.

10:41 AM EST, December 6, 2012

Four shot in separate Baltimore incidents overnight

On the night Baltimore police commemorated the 1,000 gun-related arrest of 2012, four people were wounded in separate shootings throughout the city.

Frustration sets in for Ravens fans after lopsided loss

8:45 PM EST, December 16, 2012

Frustration sets in for Ravens fans after lopsided loss

Whitney Collins' head hung low Sunday as he walked down South Charles Street in Federal Hill in his purple Ed Reed jersey. He had abandoned his pricey seat at M&T Bank Stadium more than 10 minutes before the Ravens game had ended to numb the pain of a lopsided loss in a nearby vodka bar.

Two shot, one fatally, near Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore

8:10 AM EST, December 11, 2012

Two shot, one fatally, near Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore

Two men were shot Monday morning just off Pennsylvania Avenue, one of whom died Monday evening at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Baltimore police search for brazen candy thief

3:48 PM EST, December 31, 2012

Baltimore police search for brazen candy thief

A robber struck a Royal Farms in Fells Point on Sunday night, leaving with a peculiar payday that only a sweet tooth could covet.

Woman arrested on murder charge for running over man

5:29 PM EST, December 13, 2012

Woman arrested on murder charge for running over man

For weeks, police searched for a late-model black Mazda that witnesses saw hit a man outside a gas station and then run him over, killing him.

Wednesday traffic: Few problems reported

8:50 AM EST, December 26, 2012

Wednesday traffic: Few problems reported

The day after Christmas morning commutes are flowing smoothly with just one traffic incident reported throughout the greater Baltimore metro area.

Police investigating baby's death in Northeast Baltimore

11:53 AM EST, December 13, 2012

Police investigating baby's death in Northeast Baltimore

Baltimore homicide detectives are investigating the death of an infant who was found in his Northeast Baltimore home Wednesday afternoon.

Task force hunts down fugitives to help suppress violence

7:58 PM EST, December 5, 2012

Task force hunts down fugitives to help suppress violence

The mother took several minutes to open the door, and when she did on Wednesday, she told police that her son never came home the night before.

Police investigate three separate shootings in Baltimore

11:42 AM EST, December 13, 2012

Police investigate three separate shootings in Baltimore

Bullets grazed two victims' foreheads in separate Baltimore shootings overnight, while another man was shot in the back and side.

Police arrest fugitive suspected of killing man in November

6:59 PM EST, December 12, 2012

Police arrest fugitive suspected of killing man in November

Baltimore police have arrested a 19-year-old man who had been a fugitive for a month and a half after police said he fatally shot a man while the victim's family stood nearby.

Fire breaks out atop 11-story Hopkins Hospital campus building

12:15 PM EST, January 2, 2013

Fire breaks out atop 11-story Hopkins Hospital campus building

Plumes of billowing smoke above Johns Hopkins Hospital were visible for miles Wednesday as a ventilation unit caught fire above an 11-story campus building.

Wednesday forecast: Winter weather advisory in effect

5:09 PM EST, December 26, 2012

Wednesday forecast: Winter weather advisory in effect

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. for much of the Baltimore area as a wintry mix of snow and sleet with pockets of freezing rain moves in from the south, the National Weather Service reported.

Kinyua guilty but not criminally responsible in Morgan beating

10:08 PM EST, December 19, 2012

Kinyua guilty but not criminally responsible in Morgan beating

Months before he allegedly killed a family friend in Harford County, eating his heart and parts of his brain, Alexander Kinyua was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and believed reptilian aliens were coming to destroy Earth, a judge said Wednesday.

5:24 PM EST, December 26, 2012

7-year-old boy suffers severe head injury in Christmas crash

A 7-year-old boy remains in critical condition with a severe head injury after a traffic accident on Christmas night.

Blogger Baltimore Spectator again denied bail

7:11 PM EST, December 28, 2012

Blogger Baltimore Spectator again denied bail

A Baltimore circuit judge denied another bail request Friday for the blogger who held a publicized standoff with city police this month that was broadcast live to thousands of listeners.

9:55 AM EST, December 7, 2012

Man fatally stabbed in city's Sandtown-Winchester area

Responding to a 4 a.m. emergency call, police found a 24-year-old man stabbed multiple times in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore.

More wintry weather in forecast amid another bout of slush

10:14 PM EST, December 26, 2012

More wintry weather in forecast amid another bout of slush

Winter waited until the busy holiday season to arrive, and it isn't letting up yet. After a second bout of icy precipitation Wednesday, more snow, sleet or freezing rain is possible over the weekend.

Baltimore Spectator gains higher profile in police standoff

4:48 PM EST, December 9, 2012

Baltimore Spectator gains higher profile in police standoff

Frank James MacArthur always said what was on his mind.

Calvert Hall mourns alum's daughter in Sandy Hook shooting

6:46 PM EST, December 17, 2012

Calvert Hall mourns alum's daughter in Sandy Hook shooting

Calvert Hall College High School is mourning the loss of Josephine Grace Gay, 7, a victim in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting whose father attended the Catholic preparatory school in Towson.

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