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Prosecutors say reckless endangerment charges in Freddie Gray case go beyond lack of seat belt

Baltimore prosecutors argued in a motion this week that a series of actions by police officers contributed to Freddie Gray suffering a spinal cord injury in the back of a transport van.

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71-year-old man killed in Friday's shooting at Reisterstown Road shopping center

A 71-year-old man was killed in Friday afternoon's shooting at a Reisterstown Road shopping center, city police said Saturday.

Police identified the victim as James Gaylord of the 400 block of Winston Avenue.

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Baltimore County union says 911 staffing problems persist

Disagreements between Baltimore County 911 workers and administrators have come to a head, with union leaders planning a rally this week to focus attention on the Towson call center.

The Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees says high turnover and vacancies at the 911 center could put public safety at risk.

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Baltimore police investigating three weekend shootings, two deaths

Three men were shot — two fatally — in a 24-hour period between Friday night and Saturday evening in Baltimore, according to police.

The violence followed a shooting that killed a 71-year-old man and injured four others in Northwest Baltimore earlier on Friday.

Officers were called to the 3000 block of Janice Avenue in South Baltimore on Saturday afternoon to find a man shot.

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Retired city officer, 2 others sentenced in motorcycle club fight

A Baltimore County judge on Friday sentenced three men — including a retired city police officer — for their involvement in a Dundalk bar brawl involving rival motorcycle clubs.

Eric Jansen and Darrin Shiflett received probation before judgment. Erick Calkins, who prosecutors say started the brawl, received a two-year sentence with all but 60 days suspended.

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Accused BGF gang member acquitted by city jury

An alleged leader of the Black Guerrilla Family who was accused of directing two killings in Baltimore was acquitted of all charges by a city jury Friday morning.

Gerald "Geezy" Johnson, 34, took the stand in his own defense to rebut prosecutors' accusation that he had directed the 2007 killing of Gregory Rochester and the 2013 killing of Moses Malone.

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