The pension system for most city workers has nearly $700 million in unfunded liabilities, according to an audit released Wednesday. In contrast, the smaller system for elected officials — who contribute to their pensions — is in strong financial shape, another audit shows.
Laurel Police Capt. Carl DeWalt and Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad fire fighter/emergency medical technician Stefan Livingston were honored as this year's outstanding public safety officers by the Patuxent Council Knights of Columbus in February.
By all signs Tuesday, a state of emergency has been declared in Oliver, the East Baltimore neighborhood where violence holds a stubborn foothold despite committed community groups and a city vision for change.
As cities across the country debate placing police officers or armed guards in schools, those who have been protecting Baltimore students for decades are fighting to overhaul a policy that they say denies officers pay and benefits when they are seriously injured on the job.
Audits released Wednesday offered new detail about two of the city's ongoing financial problems — money wasted by the outdated municipal phone system and the unfunded liabilities of the police and fire department pension plans.
Russell Strickland, the acting manager of Harford County's emergency operations division, was announced as County Executive David Craig's pick to lead the county's new department of emergency services on Tuesday.
Perry Hall High School student Robert W. Gladden Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted murder in a shooting attack on a schoolmate last August, bringing an abrupt end to his trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws in the country — and Baltimore's are even stricter — but the city continues to struggle with rampant gun violence as thousands of criminals gain access to weapons.
The state will not put any money toward the construction of a Baltimore jail for juveniles charged as adults under Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed budget, as prison officials consider renovating an abandoned facility instead.
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday announced broad details of a plan to limit gun violence in Maryland, including a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines like those used in the Newtown school shooting. He also proposed some of the nation's strictest gun licensing rules.
The public and the Harford County Council will get its first detailed explanation Tuesday of the county's plan to create a new department to oversee some aspects of the county's private fire and emergency medical services system.
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that state law bars speed camera contractors from being paid based on the number of citations issued or paid — a so-called bounty system approach used by Baltimore City, Baltimore County and elsewhere in Maryland.
Harford County fire companies have received a draft of a new executive order creating a county department to oversee their operations, as well as all existing county emergency operations. Executive Order 12-8 by County Executive David Craig is expected to be introduced by the Harford County Council at its legislative session on Dec. 18.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday evening, a public hearing on the executive order that will most likely create a public safety department overseeing Harford County's volunteer fire companies has been postponed to next week.
As long as certain wording is changed, Harford County's volunteer fire and emergency medical services are mostly in favor of an executive order that will place the companies under the jurisdiction of the county government.
The head of the NAACP has vowed to mount a larger-than-ever effort to abolish the death penalty in Maryland, saying the state's historic role in the civil rights movement makes it an appropriate place for the push.