| May 3, 2013
| 6:15 PM
On a recent Friday night in the Baltimore Police Department's high-tech Watch Center, an urgent but vague tip came in — a murder witness was in danger.
The tipster had overheard a conversation but knew only the nickname of the witness and had a...
| May 6, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Is the American body politic suffering from an autoimmune disease?
The "hygiene hypothesis" is the scientific theory that the rise in asthma and other autoimmune maladies stems from the fact that babies are born into environments that are too clean. Our...
| May 6, 2013
| 2:21 PM
The call came into the Baltimore County emergency dispatch center just after midnight. An unidentified woman asked police respond to a home in Parkville. She didn't say why.
When officers arrived in the first minutes of Sunday, they found 26-year-old...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The welcome lifting of the federal consent decree on Baltimore City Public Schools does not mean all is well for students with disabilities in Baltimore and Maryland — far from it. Yet, the General Assembly rarely pays any attention to the fact that...
| Mar 2, 2013
| 3:34 PM
Relatives and friends of a young mother killed by a stray bullet on Labor Day weekend urged witnesses Saturday to come forward and help Baltimore police solve the crime.
"People are little bit afraid," to talk to police, said Geron Mills, 23, as he...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Three Washington men face assault and theft charges in connection with a Wednesday robbery of Sears in the Mall in Columbia, according to Howard County Police.
Jeffrey Clinton Taylor, 18, Richard Randolph Richardson, 20, and Eric Charles Bacon, 22,...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 5:02 PM
The flowers left in condolence are a kind but painful reminder that De'ontae Smith is gone, as is the funeral program his mother carries around to remember the boy stabbed to death downtown just hours after the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory parade....
| Mar 5, 2013
| 6:25 PM
A Circuit Court judge has ruled that Baltimore County's contract with its speed camera vendor is illegal, because it pays the company a cut of each citation issued — a ruling that could help others challenge their citations in court.
| Mar 5, 2013
| 5:48 PM
Lawyers for the man convicted of killing Phylicia Barnes are again seeking to undermine the credibility of a small-time criminal who provided key state testimony in his trial, citing a letter from Montgomery County prosecutors detailing James McCray's...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 8:59 AM
In October 2011, the Court of Appeals, Maryland's highest court, struck down provisions of the Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act that gave landlords immunity from being sued in some circumstances when children were poisoned by lead based paint in...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 3:56 PM
Attorneys for the man convicted of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes have asked a judge for a new trial, arguing that prosecutors made improper statements to the jury and withheld information.
Michael Maurice Johnson was convicted this month of second-...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 2:53 PM
The words "victims" and "celebration" don't often go hand in hand, but this week the Historic Courtroom of the Circuit Court Building in Annapolis hosted a Victims' Rights Week Celebration honoring residents and criminal justice professionals who work...