Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott was robbed at gunpoint a decade ago. On Monday, he appeared in court on behalf of one of his assailants, asking a judge to reduce the man's sentence because he believes he has reformed.
The fight for Baltimore City Council president is on now that Bernard C. "Jack" Young has become the city's 51st mayor after the resignation of Catherine Pugh. And the final faceoff may come down to council members Sharon Green Middleton and Brandon Scott.
Acting Deputy Baltimore Police Commissioner Melvin T. Russell, a 40-year veteran of the force who leads community outreach efforts and was one of six finalists who interviewed last year for the top job, is leaving the department this week amid an organizational shake-up.
A month into Michael Harrison’s tenure as commissioner of one of the country’s most challenged police departments, he’s reshaping it — looking nationally for top candidates and turning a critical eye to command staff.
Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is seeking to reassure residents, city employees and state elected officials, saying he will serve as “a stabilizing force” for Baltimore while Mayor Catherine Pugh is on leave. Pugh's attorney has confirmed the state prosecutor is investigating her.
Baltimore and Maryland officials are reacting to Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh's leave of absence after it was revealed she had more deals to sell her line of "Healthy Holly" books to more than just the University of Maryland Medical System.
In the early stages of her re-election bid, Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has come under fire for revelations that while she sat on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System, the organization paid her $500,000 for children’s books she authored.
The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow Johns Hopkins University to create a private, armed police force. Opponents, who object to "privatizing policing," spent more than an hour trying in vain to modify the measure.
Baltimore’s spending board has approved a 5-year contract for the incoming police commissioner. The deal gives him valuable perks and a far higher salary than his predecessors, but at also makes him easier to fire. Michael Harrison would make $275,000 a year. He starts Monday.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has already amassed a $1 million campaign fund, much of it raised over just three days this month. That puts up a barrier for potential challengers to her re-election to overcome, along with the power of incumbency.
Michael Harrison, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's pick for city police commissioner, has met with select community leaders, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and U.S. District Judge James Bredar, who's overseeing a court-ordered consent degree to reform the city's policing.
State Del. Talmadge Branch has submitted legislation to give Baltimore control of its police department — a change City Council members have been seeking for years. Branch says he sees no reason why the city is only Maryland jurisdiction with a police department that's technically a state agency.
Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis says the mayor’s new choice to become police commissioner will hold community meetings in all nine of the city’s police districts in the coming weeks, as part of a plan to build support for the nomination.
Calling the level of violence in Baltimore “completely unacceptable,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is describing a crackdown — one that has 200 officers in a “strike force” to fight crime and expanding a program in which city criminal cases are charged federally.
Joel Fitzgerald, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s choice to become Baltimore’s next police commissioner, has withdrawn from consideration for the job, a decision that spells more uncertainty for a department that has now been with permanent leadership for more than seven months.
Under a proposed bill, Baltimore could offer ranked choice voting. Voters would list their favored candidates in order. If a candidate doesn't receive a majority of support overall, officials would count voters' second choices and then the third choices, until a winning candidate breaks 50 percent.
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.