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Man shot in leg near E. Baltimore schools

A man was shot more than once in the leg near Harford Heights Elementary and William C. March Middle schools in South Clifton Park Thursday night, police said.

Officers were dispatched at about 7:30 p.m. to the schools' shared address, 1919 N. Broadway, and they found the victim two blocks away with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital with nonfatal injuries. Police gave no information on suspects or motive.

Eastern District detectives are investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2433.

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Mistakenly freed murder suspect captured in Baltimore

A fugitive who was mistakenly released from a state detention center in Baltimore last week while awaiting trial for murder was caught Thursday, police said.

Rodriquez Purnell, 30, was arrested about 6 p.m. in the 2800 block of Belmont Ave., less than a mile from where the killing in which he is charged took place, police said.

Police declined to provide information on the circumstances of his capture or to say whether he faces additional charges.

His capture came six days after he was accidentally freed last Friday from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center, which holds inmates who have been separated from others and processes those destined for other facilities. Officials there did not realize the mistake for two days.

The mother of a man he is charged with killing said she heard Sunday that he had been seen in the neighborhood and called authorities. Corrections officials acknowledged that procedures were not followed and placed an employee on leave Tuesday. The...

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Bel Air man allegedly scaled White House fence, said he wanted to speak to president

A Bel Air man who in July tried to breach the White House grounds returned Wednesday and this time scaled the fence, saying he felt "targeted" by the government and wanted to talk to President Barack Obama, according to court documents.

Dominic Adesanya, identified by Secret Service officials as the man who climbed the White House's north fence Wednesday night and fought off guard dogs, was eventually placed into handcuffs by officers. A federal judge ordered Thursday that he remain in custody at least until a hearing Monday and that he undergo mental screening.

The 23-year-old briefly attended Stevenson University in Owings Mills, where he was a member of the track team, a school spokesman said. More recently, he had been unemployed and living with his parents in their Bel Air home, according to court documents from prior incidents. They show that Adesanya suffered from delusions, was found incompetent to stand trial last month on charges from July, and was paranoid about cameras...

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City police seek suspects in beating of girl caught on video

Baltimore city and school district police have arrested two girls in a group robbery and beating of a 17-year-old on Tuesday. Investigators say they are looking for more suspects.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, police say, the victim was in the 1900 block of Wheeler Ave. in West Baltimore when she was jumped by a group of girls. Footage of the violent beating was captured on video by a witness, and it was widely circulated on Facebook. Police and school investigators have been working together to identify all the girls involved, Baltimore police said.

It's not yet known what charges the two girls arrested will be facing, Baltimore police spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Connolly said. She said police hope more witnesses come forward to help investigators identify other suspects. Anyone with information can call Baltimore police Western District detectives at 410-396-2477.

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Police: Government contractor with top secret clearance arrested on child porn charges

Baltimore County police say a Gwynn Oak man arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges was a government contract worker whose job required top secret clearance.

Roger Wayne Woods, 34, had thousands of sexually explicit images of young girls, according to charging documents in the case.

Last month, a detective was investigating a network used by people sharing child pornography, the documents say. The investigation led him to focus on a device that was eventually traced to Woods.

Court documents say Woods worked in a government-related job in Virginia requiring top secret clearance, but do not specify who his employer is.

Police searched his home Tuesday after Woods' roommate let them in, seizing a desktop computer and external hard drive in Woods' bedroom, according to the court papers. Woods was arrested when he came home from work that night.

Woods used software that is meant to make it harder for authorities to track a person's Internet activity, the documents say.

Police said...

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Baltimore Police Blotter: Robberies for the Week of Oct. 18

Four people held up in one incident in Charles Village. Another five held up in a single incident in Fells Point. Five stick-ups in Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello.

Those are among the 93 robberies reported by Baltimore Police during the week ending Oct. 18. That number was 13 percent more than the week before, and 22 percent more than the same time period last year. For the year, robberies are down 9 percent compared to last year, police statistics say.

The incidents were distributed somewhat evenly, with seven of the nine police districts experiencing 10 or more robberies.

The data is posted to OpenBaltimore, but detailed information about the incidents was not available. 

Here is a sampling of some of the robberies:

-A home invasion committed at gunpoint was reported Oct. 12 at 12:30 a.m. in the 6600 block of Vincent Lane in Reisterstown Station.

-Someone was robbed in the 1100 block of Light St. in Federal Hill on Oct. 12 at 2:47 a.m.

-A business in the 5700 block of Belair Rd. was...

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