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Baltimore Clerk of Courts Frank M. Conaway Sr. and blogger/activist Adam Meister are under investigation after an altercation between the pair outside Conaway's home, police said.


Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said officers saw Conaway "chasing Mr. Meister" and stopped to intervene. "There was some discussion about Mr. Meister being on Mr. Conaway's property and refusing to leave, and Mr. Meister became aggressive," Guglielmi said. "During that process, it is reported that Mr. Conaway brandished a firearm."

Conaway, 78, said police were watching the entire incident from inside a cruiser parked nearby. He denied that he "brandished" a firearm but did not dispute that he was carrying one, and said he has a permit from the state to carry a concealed weapon.

Meister, an avid jogger, said he was running home from the supermarket at 10:30 a.m. when he saw Conaway walking in the street. "I wondered why he was not at work - he makes $100,000 a year, doesn't he?" Meister told The Sun. "I expressed myself about what his daughter did to me; I was yelling at him, he was yelling at me."

Meister said Conaway then took a swing at him, and Meister said he continued running.

Conaway said he never threw a punch: "I don't aimlessly throw punches. If I threw one, I wouldn't have missed." He said officers approached him moments later and told him they had witnessed the altercation. "I don't think there's any turning back on the story," he said. "I was fortunate that they were sitting across the street."

Meister said he never saw police until an officer pulled up alongside him later. "He asked me why I was running, and that was it," Meister said. Meister also said he never saw Conaway with a handgun.

Here's an account from Meister posted at his blog, which appears on Charm City Current, a platform for local bloggers that is hosted by The Baltimore Sun.

Meister, a 35-year-old Reservoir Hill activist and blogger, was sued for $21 million by Conaway's daughter, outgoing City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, after he reported that she was receiving a homeowner tax credit on two properties. Meister prevailed in the lawsuit, which was dropped by Belinda Conaway, and he has vowed to continue investigating the Conaway family.

"I encourage all of you to jump on the anti-Conaway bandwagon because being anti-Conaway is being pro-Baltimore," he wrote on Nov. 9. "FRANK JR. IS NEXT!" he concluded the post, a reference to the state delegate who is Conaway Sr.'s son.

Police were taking statements from the two men and were investigating who, if anyone, was in the wrong. Guglielimi said the findings would likely be presented to the State's Attorney's Office for a decision. Conaway, who has been Clerk of Courts for Baltimore City since 1998, has an office in one of the downtown courthouses. His wife, Mary Conaway, is the register of wills.