Keith Smith benefited financially from his wife, Jacquelyn Smith, during her life — and had sought to be the executor of her estate, which he said was worthless. Now Keith Smith and daughter Valeria Smith stand accused of murdering Jacquelyn and concocting a story about a panhandler in Baltimore.
By Jessica Anderson, Tim Prudente and Doug Donovan
The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill that would shield from the public the names and photographs of youth who are criminally charged as adults until a judge has determined whether the case should be moved to juvenile court.
The husband and stepdaughter charged in the death of an Aberdeen woman who was fatally stabbed in Baltimore — which they initially said happened after she gave money to a panhandler — were arraigned in Texas on Monday, authorities said.
A large crowd gathered at 6 p.m. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, at Pennsylvania and Fremont avenues, northwest of downtown Baltimore, to remember recent shooting victims and march for peace in surrounding blocks.
Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told area business leaders Monday that he plans to increase the number of civilians within the department and improve technology, which he said would free up officers to respond to violence and other crimes.
Baltimore County Police said Thursday that Officers First Class Sands and Waugh shot and killed 24-year-old Emanuel David Oates on Tuesday afternoon at the Aldi grocery store in the 8600 block of Liberty Road in Randallstown.
Of the 362 Baltimore Police officers who participated in a recent survey, more than 40 percent said they don’t feel comfortable intervening in an incident and initiating arrests without a call for service.
The 25-year-old man charged in the shooting of a Frederick Douglass High School special education assistant on Friday had come to the school to confront the staffer about disciplining a family member, who is a student at the school, according to charging documents.
On his first day on the job Monday, Baltimore’s new acting police commissioner, Michael Harrison, is expected to hear a host of concerns, including from a West Baltimore community about persistent drug dealing.
The City Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh, is expected to vote Wednesday on the proposed salary for Michael Harrison, her pick for Baltimore’s next police commissioner. He could earn a $275,000 annual salary.
The federal judge overseeing the Baltimore police consent decree on Thursday called for the state to contribute money towards a new city police training facility, and also disputed recent comments by the governor that reforms and crime reduction can’t occur simultaneously.
The independent monitoring team overseeing Baltimore’s consent decree is calling for an internal affairs investigation into the Gun Trace Task Force scandal, including investigating officers implicated in the case who have not been charged with a crime.
A former Baltimore Police major who received an unpaid suspension after she was investigated by internal affairs for alleged theft, is now asking for a Baltimore Circuit Court judge to intervene in the case.
Amit Kumar turned himself in to authorities in DeWitt, N.Y., on Sunday and will be extradited back to Baltimore City where he will be formally charged with first-degree murder, Baltimore police said Sunday night.
Now that Joel Fitzgerald has withdrawn, here are some people who either applied or were considered during the first search for possible candidates, according to previous reporting from The Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office says she is postponing community meetings with her nominee for police commission, Joel Fitzgerald, citing a medical issue in his family. The mayor’s office called the issue an “unexpected medical emergency having to do with his son" which requires surgery.
The Baltimore Police Department had a widespread practice of wrongly expunging internal affairs files of officers accused of misconduct, the public defender’s office alleges, and it’s calling for an investigation into the department’s practices.
The incident happened just after midnight at the Blarney Stone Pub on the 700 block of S. Broadway, while Thursday’s crowds lingered in the bars and restaurants of the Baltimore neighborhood known in part for its colorful nightlife.
The firearms collected so far include 509 handguns, 273 rifles, 245 shotguns — and a rocket launcher. Tuggle said the department has reached out to military and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace the rocket launcher’s origin. The city paid $500 for it.
While Baltimore often makes national headlines for its high homicide rate, some of the worst violence in Maryland in 2018 played out elsewhere. A southern Maryland High School. An Annapolis newspaper office. A Harford County warehouse. A Perry Hall neighborhood.
The Baltimore Police Department faced an unprecedented number of challenges in 2018 that included leadership turnover, cases of officer misconduct, continued high levels of violence and the final convictions in one of the biggest police corruption scandals in city history.