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

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

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

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Man arrested in Odenton groping incident

Man arrested in Odenton groping incident

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a man accused of forcing his way into a Odenton woman's apartment and groping her.

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Man shot in Baltimore County robbery attempt

Man shot in Baltimore County robbery attempt

A man was assaulted in an attempted robbery as he sat in his car in Windsor Mill Friday night, with two suspects shooting him as he tried to drive away, Baltimore County police said.

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Five men shot in Baltimore Friday and early Saturday

Five men shot in Baltimore Friday and early Saturday

Five men were shot and injured in separate incidents in Baltimore Friday night and early Saturday morning, police said.

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Baltimore police sergeant gets probation for misconduct

Baltimore police sergeant gets probation for misconduct

A veteran Baltimore police sergeant received probation Friday after being convicted for failing to act during an assault on a drug suspect.

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Police arrest one in Monday fatal stabbing

Police arrest one in Monday fatal stabbing

Baltimore police announced an arrest in connection with Monday's double-stabbing along York Road, but the identity of the victim remains unclear.

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Two shot, one fatally, in Baltimore Thursday night

Two shot, one fatally, in Baltimore Thursday night

Two men were shot — one of them fatally — in separate incidents in Baltimore Thursday evening, police said.

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Youth leader gunned down on Baltimore's west side

Youth leader gunned down on Baltimore's west side

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

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Man killed in shooting in NW Baltimore

Man killed in shooting in NW Baltimore

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

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Police investigating death in Northeast Baltimore

Baltimore Police confirmed Wednesday that homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man found Tuesday in Northeast Baltimore. 

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Baltimore officer jailed for assaulting suspect in break-in of girlfriend's home

Baltimore officer jailed for assaulting suspect in break-in of girlfriend's home

A Baltimore judge sent a police officer to jail on Wednesday for 45 days after he was convicted of beating a drug suspect who had broken into his girlfriend's home, a rare punishment for a police misconduct case.

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Man found dead of gunshot wound in Johns Hopkins Hospital bathroom

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

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Batts says 'culture change' needed to improve interactions with LGBT community

Batts says 'culture change' needed to improve interactions with LGBT community

Monica Yorkman has been harassed by police more times than she can count, she says -- and it's always been about her identity.

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Top Baltimore Police commander resigns, "personal reasons" cited

A top Baltimore Police commander abruptly resigned Monday, leaving Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts with several moves to make in order to replenish his top ranks. 

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One dead in York Road double stabbing

One dead in York Road double stabbing

One male victim was killed and another remains in critical condition after a fight led to them being stabbed near Loyola University of Maryland's campus Monday night, police said.

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Baltimore man, 25, charged in rape of 13-year-old girl

Baltimore man, 25, charged in rape of 13-year-old girl

A 25-year-old Baltimore man was arrested last week and charged in the rape of a 13-year-old girl that occurred earlier this month, police said.

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Bicyclist says he caught Guilford Avenue attack on video

Bicyclist says he caught Guilford Avenue attack on video

A cyclist heading to meet friends Saturday evening said he was attacked by a group of people north of downtown Baltimore, an incident he said he caught on video.

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Man fatally shot by FBI agents identified

Man fatally shot by FBI agents identified

Authorities have identified the man who was fatally shot Friday by FBI agents in Owings Mills.

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Pregnancy used as leverage in criminal case, attorney says

Pregnancy used as leverage in criminal case, attorney says

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

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Three people shot overnight in separate incidents in Baltimore

Three people shot overnight in separate incidents in Baltimore

Three people were shot late Saturday and early Sunday in separate incidents in Baltimore, but all are expected to recover from their injuries.

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Experts look back at Hopkins shooting to improve safety

Experts look back at Hopkins shooting to improve safety

Dr. Christina Catlett was working in the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital when word came of a shooting just floors above. Paul Warren Pardus had killed his mother, shot her physician and then taken his own life.

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Baltimore police car reported stolen from Catonsville

Baltimore police car reported stolen from Catonsville

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

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Man shot in E. Baltimore Thursday

Man shot in E. Baltimore Thursday

A 20-year-old man was transported to a Baltimore hospital after he was shot Thursday evening in East Baltimore.

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Maryland police DNA tactics again at issue in top courts

Maryland police DNA tactics again at issue in top courts

An Anne Arundel County man who was found guilty of a burglary based in part on DNA evidence asked a state appellate court Thursday to throw out his conviction, arguing that police improperly kept his genetic information in the database they used to link him to a Coke can from the crime scene.

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Male wanted in rape of 14-year-old

Male wanted in rape of 14-year-old

Baltimore police are seeking a male suspected of raping a 14-year-old girl Wednesday night in West Baltimore.

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Video shows fatal City Hall crash

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.

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Maryland man added to FBI most wanted list after decades on the run

Maryland man added to FBI most wanted list after decades on the run

The FBI announced Thursday that a Maryland man — who is accused killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976 — has been added to the bureau's 10 most wanted list.

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More suspended officers returning to work, police commissioner says

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.

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Man, 36, fatally stabbed in Upton

Man, 36, fatally stabbed in Upton

A man was fatally stabbed in Baltimore's Upton neighborhood Tuesday night after police said he and a family member walked by a large group of men and one of them attacked.

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Pasadena man faces prison after tipping dealer to wiretaps

Pasadena man faces prison after tipping dealer to wiretaps

A Pasadena man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to tipping off a major cocaine dealer that his phone was being monitored after learning about the tap from a local court official.

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The New Yorker examines BGF scandal at the Baltimore jail

The New Yorker examines BGF scandal at the Baltimore jail

It's almost a year since federal authorities announced that Tavon White and the Black Guerrilla Family gang had corrupted the Baltimore City Detention Center from the inside out, and this week's New Yorker magazine has an expansive look at the case.

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Few Baltimore County homicides go unsolved

Few Baltimore County homicides go unsolved

The call to the county homicide detective came in the middle of the night. A man had been gunned down at a bus stop on Eastern Boulevard in Essex. Found on the scene, the victim's cellphone held a message from someone named Ashley. It read simply, "You dead."

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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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