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ACLU joins Md. federal case over cellphone tracking

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting a challenge to the use of a cellphone tracking device in a federal case in Maryland, arguing that the technology raises "serious Fourth Amendment concerns" and that authorities misled a judge in obtaining a court order.

The case involves a murder-for-hire sting conducted by Baltimore police and the FBI this year, according to court records. Police gave a cellphone to Derrick Smith so he could communicate with an undercover officer, and later used a device known as a stingray to locate the phone.

The device, which was developed for the military, mimics a cellphone tower to force all phones in range to connect to it. Civil liberties advocates say it exposes the information of bystanders.

The stingray helped police pinpoint the phone inside the home of Robert Harrison, who along with Smith is now facing murder-for-hire charges.

The disclosure by authorities that they had used a stingray was a rare admission regarding a...

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Owings Mills man convicted on drug, weapon charges

An Owings Mills man was convicted on drug and weapon charges after federal authorities said he was selling cocaine and heroin in Harford County, prosectors said Wednesday.

Lyndon Fascisco Miller, 50, faces a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison after officials seized heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, along with a loaded handgun, from his home.

The evidence presented at Miller's trial included intercepted calls captured by wiretaps on multiple phones, including some conversations in a Jamaican dialect, authorities said.

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Man shot in arm, leg in West Baltimore

A 58-year-old man was shot in the arm and leg Wednesday afternoon in the Mosher section of West Baltimore, police said.

The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident, which occurred at 4:34 p.m. in the 900 block of Claymont Ave., police said. The man was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Western District detectives are investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2477.

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Baltimore police investigate 3 early morning shootings

Three people were injured in separate shootings early Wednesday, city police said.

Police were called to a shooting at 1:58 a.m. in the 100 block of N. Carey Street, where they found a man who had been shot in the leg. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

About an hour earlier, at 12:47 a.m., officers were called to the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood where they found a man who had been shot in the buttocks. He was taken to an area hospital.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call Western District Detectives at 410-396-2477.

Police were also called to a local hospital early Wednesday where a man was being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Police have not yet determined where the shooting occurred. Anyone with information is ask to call Northeastern District Detectives at 410-396-2444.

Police on Friday also announced the arrest of a man wanted in connection with a shooting.

Demetri M. Kimbrough,...

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Man killed in East Baltimore shooting

A 26-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times in East Baltimore Tuesday night, police said.

The victim was reported to be shot just after 10 p.m. in the 1200 block of Darley Ave., in East Baltimore Midway, police said. He was transported to an area hospital, where he died.

Police did not release any information on a suspect or motive. Homicide detectives were investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2100.

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Ferguson protesters take to Baltimore streets

Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Baltimore to voice frustration and solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., marching through downtown streets and shutting down the entrance to Interstate 83.

At Morgan State University, students blocked several intersections near campus, forming a giant square at Loch Raven Boulevard and Cold Spring Lane, shouting "No justice, no peace."

Protesters lined Mount Royal Avenue holding black umbrellas near the Maryland Institute College of Art, while someone used black spray paint to write "R.I.P. Michael Brown" on the side of a mobile Baltimore Police command center in South Baltimore.

Police said the demonstrations were mostly peaceful. Hourlong traffic backups caused the most commotion, with officers shutting downtown streets to allow marchers to make their way around the Inner Harbor and City Hall. Demonstrators said they just wanted people to stop and listen.

"That's the only way we're going to be heard," said Davon Perry, 26. "We have to be...

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