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Homicide Detective Killed While Investigating Case

Baltimore police hunting a 'soulless killer'

(Newser) - Police in Baltimore say they are hunting the "heartless, ruthless, soulless killer" who murdered one of their officers. Sean Suiter, a 43-year-old homicide detective and father of five, died Thursday, a day after he was shot while investigating a 2016 triple murder in a troubled part of the city,... More »

Baltimore County May Open Schools on Jewish Holidays

The school board expects to vote Tuesday

(Newser) - Baltimore County school officials are set to decide whether schools next year will be open during two Jewish holy days for the first time in about two decades. The Baltimore Sun reports that the county school board expects to vote Tuesday on whether students would be required to attend school... More »

Baltimore Stops Scraping Its Fatberg, Just Blasts It

City using high-pressure nozzle to get rid of the thing

(Newser) - "If we have to, we'll use our cutter, but the nozzle is working so far." That's the assessment on how the battle goes against Baltimore's somewhat infamous fatberg , discovered in September and now on the road to elimination. The Baltimore Sun reports that after first... More »

Sick of Pumpkin Spice Everything? This School Literally Is, Too

School evacuated due to strong smell from air freshener; 5 sent to hospital with stomach upset

(Newser) - An unusual smell prompted an evacuation and a hazardous materials response at a Baltimore high school Thursday afternoon, the AP reports. But after five people were taken to the hospital complaining of upset stomachs, fire officials discovered the source of the smell: a pumpkin spice air freshener. Cristo Rey Jesuit... More »

Now Baltimore Has Its Own 'Fatberg'

Congealed fat, grease, and wet wipes nearly blocking 2-foot-wide pipe

(Newser) - Not content to let those tea-sippers across the pond hog the spotlight, Baltimore just announced its very own "fatberg." CBS Baltimore reports the "congealed lump of fat" was found between Baltimore Penn Station and the 1700 block of Charles Street. The fatberg is comprised of fats, oils,... More »

School Board: Students Can Use Miniature Horses as Service Animals

New policy put in place in Baltimore

(Newser) - Students at Baltimore public schools may soon see miniature horses roaming their campuses. The Baltimore City Public Schools' board of commissioners put in place new guidelines Tuesday approving miniature horses and a slightly more conventional choice, dogs, as service animals at district schools and facilities, the Baltimore Sun reports. Miniature... More »

Feds Won't Charge Officers in Freddie Gray Case

They were involved in death that sparked 2015 protests

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice won't bring federal charges against six police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests in Baltimore, the AP reports. The Gray family's attorney says the Justice Department informed him... More »

After 20 Years in Prison, He Calls State's Bluff. And Wins

Case illustrates reluctance of prosecutors to agree to a formal exoneration

(Newser) - A ProPublica investigation begins with a familiar-sounding tale: A man imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit gets his conviction tossed through DNA analysis. But then comes the twist: State prosecutors in Baltimore still had the option to retry James Owens for the rape and murder of a woman... More »

Armed Robbers Pick Wrong Venue: Bar Filled With Cops

'It's kind of odd you would even attempt it,' bar owner says

(Newser) - There's never really a "right" place or time to try to pull off an armed robbery, but some places and times are worse than others, as two suspects found out Tuesday. Per the Baltimore Sun , off-duty Baltimore County cops attending a fellow officer's retirement party at Monaghan'... More »

In Overnight Move, Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues

Four come down, with mayor saying it's in the name of safety

(Newser) - Four Confederate monuments that stood in Baltimore on Tuesday morning were no longer there as of Wednesday morning. The city undertook a surprise overnight operation to remove them, with crews starting about 11:30pm and working until the early morning, reports the Baltimore Sun . (See video .) "They needed... More »

'Brutal' Murder of 97-Year-Old Vet Rocks Baltimore

WWII veteran Wadell Tate was killed in his home on July 21

(Newser) - For six decades, Wadell Tate lived in a two-story row house in Baltimore. It was also where the 97-year-old died last month in his pajamas, bludgeoned to death by intruders, reports the Washington Post . Intruders kicked in his back door on July 21, and when Tate didn't answer the... More »

Video Allegedly Shows More Planted Evidence in Baltimore

2 cops under investigation after November traffic stop

(Newser) - More drug charges have been dropped in Baltimore as a result of a second body-camera video that apparently shows police officers planting evidence. The unreleased video "appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," according to the city's public defender. The news comes less than... More »

Grenfell Tower Panels May Clad US Hotel, NFL Stadium

The flammable panels have been implicated in fatal London fire

(Newser) - In promotional brochures, a US company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school, and a luxury hotel in Baltimore. Those same panels—Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core—also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment... More »

Public Defender: Video Shows Baltimore Cop Planting Drugs

City police commissioner says officer may have been 're-creating' drug bust

(Newser) - A man in jail since January on heroin possession charges got a lucky break: bodycam footage apparently showing a Baltimore cop planting drugs. The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post report on probes now in the works after the city's public defender released the video last week, taped by the... More »

The 'Surreal' Moment Police Spokesperson Learns Victim Is Brother

Dionay Smith was killed Sunday in Baltimore

(Newser) - The spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department is in charge of informing the public about homicides, and while working on Sunday night, he was presented with a homicide victim whose name sounded familiar: Dionay Smith. "My brother, known as Dion, is the only person I’ve ever known with... More »

Accused Rapist's Lawyer Gets Busted Himself

Christos Vasiliades allegedly threatened victim with deportation

(Newser) - A now-deleted website for Christos Vasiliades described him as an "aggressive" Baltimore attorney "dedicated to client service." Authorities say he's so dedicated, in fact, that he tried to bribe an alleged rape victim so she wouldn't testify against his client, suggested that she beat him... More »

DNA Results Revealed as Netflix Revisits Nun's Murder

DNA at scene of Catherine Cesnik's murder doesn't match Rev. Joseph Maskell: cops

(Newser) - The murder of a nun shook Baltimore in 1969. Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik disappeared in November of that year before her body turned up in a field in January with blunt force trauma to the head. The murder remains unsolved, though a seven-part Netflix documentary series out Friday points the... More »

He Beat His First 2 Murder Cases. Now Comes No. 3

Keeco Stern is arrested in Baltimore and charged in slaying

(Newser) - A 28-year-old man in Baltimore has been charged with murder from a shooting back in January, and the arrest is making headlines in the city for reasons that go beyond the actual slaying. One is that when authorities spotted Keeco Stern on Thursday and tried to arrest him, they say... More »

7 Examples of Baltimore Cops' Alleged Corruption

They're all charged with racketeering

(Newser) - They weren't cops—they were "1930s-style gangsters," according to their police chief. Seven Baltimore officers who were part of an elite task force created to take illegal guns off the street have been charged in a corruption scandal after a yearlong investigation, reports the Baltimore Sun . Some... More »

Mom Shocked to Discover Son Had Teeth Removed at School

9-year-old Michael came home with swollen mouth, 3 fewer teeth

(Newser) - A Baltimore mom says her third-grader had to walk home alone after having three teeth removed at school—without her knowledge, WJZ reports. Shanda Flemming wants answers after a dental program visiting her son's school performed a serious procedure on 9-year-old Michael, who she says arrived home in pain... More »

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