Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The unit will patrol the infield at Pimlico Race Course during Preakness on Saturday.
When members of the Baltimore Police Department’s mounted unit patrol the infield at Pimlico Race Course during Preakness Saturday, it will be one of the unit’s most high-visibility uses during the celebration of its 125th year in existence. The mounted unit, which was established in 1888, is the oldest continuously operated mounted unit in the country, and is primarily used for crowd control during events such as the Ravens Super Bowl Parade, Preakness and downtown on Friday nights. Lt. Milton Corbett, the unit’s commander, said a horse has the same effect as 10 to 15 officers in a crowd control situation. "It’s like the parting of the sea [when the horses are in a crowd]. The horses aren’t there to do harm but they can intimidate," …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The trio allegedly held up Royal Farms, 7-Eleven and High's stores in the city and the county.
(UPDATED, 1:14 p.m.)—Three men have been arrested and charged with robbing 24 convenience stores in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The men were arrested following a high-speed pursuit into Baltimore County after robbing two convenience stores in North Baltimore. They were taken into custody in a parking garage at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. "There is no doubt that these three men would have continued victimizing businesses and store employees if our robbery detectives in the County and the City had not used solid police work to put the pieces together, and then relentlessly pursued this case," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said in the news release. Omar Hance, a 31-year-old resident of Better …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The pursuit started in Baltimore, went to the Pennsylvania state line before coming back to the city.
(UPDATED), 6:09 p.m.—Christopher Woolard, 33, allegedly led police on a long, winding chase through the area after speeding away from a drug stop. Woolard, who already has a long criminal record including charges ranging from several drug dealing charges to accusations of witness intimidation, now faces narcotics and traffic charges. A traffic stop related to a drug investigation sparked a police pursuit that blazed an odd trail through the area. Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, said the chase started about 9:30 Monday night when an SUV was stopped in the 500 block of Alluvion Street, not far from M&T Bank Stadium. After being stopped, the vehicle sped away and started a chase that involved the city police's helicopter unit and…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The "Goods For Guns" initiative was planned last month and held Saturday in Baltimore—one day after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
BALTIMORE, MD -- One day after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Baltimore police collected more than 400 guns during the "Goods For Guns" initiative in the city. A total of 461 guns were collected in exchange for approximately $50,000 in gift certificates to a local grocery chain, according to a release from City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young's office. Young announced the initiative Wednesday at City Hall. On his Twitter account, Young said Saturday that planning for the program began before Thanksgiving, and that it took "a true team effort." In a news release, Young said: "Today, I heard from a diverse array of people who just wanted to remove firearms from their homes. These people, both young and old, …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Search and arrest warrants were executed in Baltimore City and Baltimore County on Tuesday.
Law enforcement agencies executed 20 search warrants, and made more than a dozen arrests on Tuesday morning after federal and state indictments for heroin and marijuana distribution were returned against 34 people. The search and arrest warrants were executed in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, and resulted in the seizure of ammunition, suspected heroin pills and tens of thousands of dollars, according to a Baltimore Police Department news release. An investigation of this drug organization began in 2011 and culminated with wiretaps on 10 phone lines on Sept. 2012. Brandon Clark, 25, Anthon Harris, 21, Stanford Stewart, 65, Raheem Baker 21 and five others were indicted on federal drug charges, according to the release. Tyrell Allsup, …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Can the two get along and does it matter to the information consumer?
On Saturday night, the information age presented the Baltimore area with a highly unusual situation. Local blogger Frank James MacArthur, aka A.F. James MacArthur or Baltimore Spectator, was involved in a standoff with police, who were trying to take him into custody for allegedly violating probation. He has since been taken into custody on gun possession charges stemming from weapons found in the home after the standoff ended. Whereas a decade ago, the information would have predominantly come from television networks and the websites of major news publications. MacArthur used online tools available to tell his side of the story. North Baltimore Patch Local Editor Adam Bednar discussed this topic on the Marc Steiner Show Wednesday on WEAA…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The burglar allegedly fell from a balcony in the 4500 block of Roland Avenue.
An alleged burglar fell from a third floor balcony in Roland Park and died from his injuries. Sgt. Anthony Smith, a Baltimore police spokesman, said a resident returned home on Monday to the 4500 block of Roland Avenue, and saw a man pacing on the balcony. The man then tried to climb down the railing from the balcony, lost his grip and fell about 26 feet to a concrete walkway below. The resident called 911 for help, but at 1:09 p.m. the alleged burglar, described as a 55-year-old man, was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital. Police investigating the scene found evidence consistent with a burglary including a broken window and a ransacked house. Follow Patch for updates.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Ronald Givens, 55, was a possible witness in a Baltimore City firearms and narcotics case.
A grand jury returned indictments last week against four men for allegedly murdering a Baltimore County man who was a possible witness in a narcotics and firearms case. Derius Duncan, 22, Keyon Beads, 30, Clifford Butler Jr., 21, and David Johnson, 23, were all indicted in by the grand jury of Baltimore for attempting to bribe and then murder Ronald Givens, 55, of Lochearn, according to a news release. In March of 2011, Duncan was arrested and charged with firearms and narcotics charges after a “hack”—an unlicensed taxi—operated by Givens was stopped by police. On Oct. 4 2011, Givens was found shot dead outside the home he shared with his mother in Baltimore County, just 22 days before he was set to testify against Duncan. According to the…