Baltimore Sun crime: Police and court news from Baltimore, the suburbs and beyond
Baltimore Sun crime: Police and court news from Baltimore, the suburbs and beyond
Lawyers offer Baltimore's black youths tips for dealing with police

Lawyers offer Baltimore's black youths tips for dealing with police 

Dealing with police can involve a delicate balance between knowing your rights and being respectful to officers.

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Shock Trauma worker remembered by family, colleagues at funeral service

Shock Trauma worker remembered by family, colleagues at funeral service

Brandon Finney worked at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for only a few months, but he had quickly earned a reputation as hardworking and motivated.

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Hampden residents threaten dark 34th Street over crime concerns

Hampden residents threaten dark 34th Street over crime concerns 

Hampden residents are threatening to leave their famous 34th Street Christmas lights off in an effort to get the city's attention after a recent string of violent crimes in the neighborhood.

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Marijuana possession now a fine, but prosecutors see complications

Marijuana possession now a fine, but prosecutors see complications 

Starting Wednesday, you can no longer be arrested in Maryland for possessing a small amount of marijuana. But how the rest of that interaction with police plays out might depend on what jurisdiction you're in.

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Baltimore officer charged with assaulting his wife and her boyfriend

Baltimore officer charged with assaulting his wife and her boyfriend

A city police officer was charged with felony assault after he stormed into a home in full uniform Monday and threatened to kill his wife with his service weapon, Baltimore police said.

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New video released as city officers in violent arrest return to work

New video released as city officers in violent arrest return to work

Baltimore police officers involved in a violent arrest of a nightclub patron who they say resisted arrest returned to duty on Tuesday.

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Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time 

Michael Phelps was arrested early Tuesday in Baltimore, charged for the second time in 10 years with drunken driving. The charge comes five months after the record-setting Olympian's...

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Man killed in double shooting in Highlandtown

Man killed in double shooting in Highlandtown

Two men were shot — one of them fatally — in Highlandtown on Tuesday just after midnight, police said.

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Accused killer of Davidsonsville woman held on $4 million bail

Accused killer of Davidsonsville woman held on $4 million bail

On the morning of March 22, 2013, Terrence Proctor was expected at Nicole Burgess' Davidsonville home to make a purchase of marijuana, Anne Arundel police said.

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Officials call for tougher penalties for police brutality

Officials call for tougher penalties for police brutality 

State and local politicians continued the call Monday for heightened scrutiny of Baltimore police officers who are the focus of brutality allegations, urging tougher penalties for offenders and greater disclosure of internal discipline.

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Two men sought in theft of $49k in merchandise at Towson jeweler

Two men sought in theft of $49k in merchandise at Towson jeweler

Baltimore County police are continuing the search for two men wanted in the theft of $49,000 in jewelry from the Zales store at Towson Town Center.

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Judge orders suspect in Ottobar slaying held without bail

Judge orders suspect in Ottobar slaying held without bail 

A Baltimore judge on Monday denied bail for Nicholas Heath, the suspect in this weekend's fatal stabbing of Ottobar employee Tom Malenski.

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Grandmother of child who died of methadone intoxication sentenced to 40 years

Grandmother of child who died of methadone intoxication sentenced to 40 years 

A Baltimore woman received a 40-year prison sentence Monday in the death of her 1-year-old grandson and abuse of her granddaughter after a judge said she rubbed methadone onto the children's gums before she put them to bed and headed off to a party.

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Crime Scene - Murder of Bridget Phillips

Crime Scene - Murder of Bridget Phillips

Bridget Phillips was a 22-year-old graduate student at Johns Hopkins University when she was found beaten to death on March 22, 1989 in the doorway of her off-campus apartment.  She wasn't robbed or sexually assaulted, leading police to believe she knew her attacker.

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Baltimore leaders call for change following investigation into alleged police brutality

Baltimore leaders call for change following investigation into alleged police brutality 

Baltimore lawmakers and community activists called Sunday for more reforms and federal oversight of the city's Police Department after learning about broken bones and battered faces from an investigation into allegations of police brutality in recent years.

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Man shot in Broadway East

Man shot in Broadway East

A man was critically injured in a shooting in Broadway East Sunday, Baltimore police said.

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Two men found stabbed in Parkville after traffic stop

Two men found stabbed in Parkville after traffic stop

A Baltimore County police officer found two men suffering from stab wounds after a traffic stop early Saturday in Parkville, police said.

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Man charged in fatal stabbing of Ottobar employee

Man charged in fatal stabbing of Ottobar employee 

Baltimore police charged a Parkville man Saturday in the stabbing of two Ottobar employees — one of them fatally — the day before, according to charging documents.

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Baltimore police charging document in Ottobar murder case

Baltimore police charging document in Ottobar murder case

Nicholas Heath, 32, was charged in the death of Ottobar employee Tom Malenski.

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Baltimore residents complain of allegations of police brutality

Baltimore residents complain of police brutality 

Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations by Baltimore police officers.

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Alleged peeping tom arrested at Glen Burnie Toys-R-Us

Alleged peeping tom arrested at Glen Burnie Toys-R-Us

A 22-year-old man was arrested after a peeping tom incident in a Toys-R-Us bathroom in Glen Burnie Friday night, police said.

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Police investigating armed robbery at Eldersburg Panera

Police are investigating the late Friday night armed robbery of the Panera Bread restaurant in Eldersburg.

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Police investigating homicide outside Gwynn Oak bar

Police investigating homicide outside Gwynn Oak bar

Baltimore County police are investigating after officers found a man dead in the parking lot of a Gwynn Oak bar late Friday night as a homicide.

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Two men shot in buttocks in separate incidents in Northeast Baltimore

Two men shot in buttocks in separate incidents in Northeast Baltimore

Two men were shot in the buttocks in separate incidents late Friday and early Saturday in Northeast Baltimore, police said. Both men are expected to survive their injuries.

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Man given chance to reform caught in drug raid, Baltimore police say

Man given chance to reform caught in drug raid, Baltimore police say 

A new anti-violence program led Baltimore police to raid the home of a convicted drug dealer they had hoped to reform, and to nearly $4 million worth of drugs and cash, a significant seizure for the department.

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Ottobar employee killed in double stabbing in Remington

Ottobar employee killed in double stabbing in Remington 

An employee at a Remington concert venue died after he and another man were stabbed outside the nightclub early Friday morning, Baltimore police said.

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Man shot in elbow in Northeast Baltimore

Man shot in elbow in Northeast Baltimore

A man was shot in the elbow in Northeast Baltimore on Thursday night, according to Baltimore Police.

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Police say driver shot BB or airsoft gun at pedestrians and shouted 'Jews, Jews, Jews'

Police say driver shot BB or airsoft gun at pedestrians and shouted 'Jews, Jews, Jews'

Police are investigating an alleged "bias incident" in Baltimore County on Thursday afternoon in which a driver allegedly shot a BB or airsoft gun in the direction of three pedestrians as he yelled "Jews, Jews, Jews" at them.

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Assisted-living facility employee charged with assaulting developmentally disabled resident, police say

Assisted-living facility employee charged with assaulting developmentally disabled resident, police say

Baltimore police have charged a 63-year-old employee of an assisted-living facility with sexual assaulting a developmentally disabled resident.

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Police blotter: Robberies in Baltimore for the week of Sept. 20

Northeast Baltimore saw a surge in robberies for the week ending Sept. 20, as robberies citywide fell nearly 40 percent compared with the same week last year.

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Man fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore

Man fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore

Baltimore Police were investigating an early morning homicide in Northwest Baltimore.

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Lawsuit brought by man convicted in 1987 killing can proceed

Lawsuit brought by man convicted in 1987 killing can proceed 

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a lawsuit brought against the Baltimore Police Department and three officers by a man who says he was wrongfully convicted of murder in a 1987 killing can proceed.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005, has covered the Baltimore Police Department since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.'s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen and a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman.

Justin George joined the Sun in 2012. He grew up in Littleton, Colo., and attended Columbine High School before graduating from the University of Colorado. Before The Sun, he worked at the Tampa Bay Times, where he covered Hurricane Katrina and a sex abuse investigation into a group home.

Ian Duncan covers the Baltimore courts and Federal courts in Maryland. He covered the federal indictment of Black Guerrilla Family gang members at the Baltimore jail, reported from the Supreme Court on Maryland's DNA laws and has examined prosecutors' changing attitudes toward marijuana. He previously covered Congress as a Los Angeles Times intern and he grew up in Birmingham, UK.

Jessica Anderson started at The Sun in March 2010, writing about a little bit of everything as the night rewrite reporter. She now covers Baltimore County police and courts and has led coverage of an officer's indictment in the death of a Randallstown teenager.

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