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After Baltimore Cop Is Killed, a Manhunt Is On

1 arrested, 3 sought in death of officer in Perry Hall

(Newser) - Police have charged a 16-year-old boy as an adult and are scouring a Baltimore suburb for three other suspects involved in the "shocking" death of a police officer on Monday. Dawnta Anthony Harris is awaiting a bail hearing. Amy Caprio, a four-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department,... More »

Southwest Plane Hit by Truck on Runway

No injuries reported in Baltimore incident

(Newser) - Passengers on board a Southwest Airlines flight from Florida say a pickup truck hit their plane on the runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. WJLA reports that the airline hasn't released any comment on the crash early Monday morning, aside from responding to a tweet from passenger Michael... More »

He Stole ATMs. Got Married. Then They Stole ATMs: Cops

Matthew Dale Bush, 38, and wife Crystal accused of crime spree

(Newser) - Bonnie and Clyde, eat your heart out. Matthew Dale Bush, 38, was perpetrating a crash-and-drag ATM heist spree across Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware last year when he married Crystal French, 34, and the two committed more robberies together until a bank robbery did them in, federal authorities said Thursday. Bush... More »

Owner Decides 17-Year-Old Cat Is Worth a $19K Surgery

Betsy Boyd didn't hesitate to pony up money for kidney transplant for her 'muse' Stanley

(Newser) - When Stanley needed a potentially lifesaving kidney transplant, Betsy Boyd didn't blink at coughing up the $19,000 needed to pay for it. What has the generosity of this Baltimore mother of two making headlines, per the Baltimore Sun : That amount is more than 40% of her annual salary,... More »

10 US Cities Plagued by Murder

St. Louis' murder rate is highest, with 59.8 murders for every 100,000 residents

(Newser) - It's not exactly an honor any US city wants to claim, but 10 of them have been dubbed the "murder capitals" of America, per 24/7 Wall St. The site, which notes a recent spike in murders (nearly 1,400 more across the nation in 2016 than in 2015),... More »

Family Wins One of Biggest Awards Ever Against Baltimore Cops

Kids and parents of Korryn Gaines awarded more than $37M—but some say they may not see it all

(Newser) - The children of a 23-year-old woman shot to death by Baltimore cops in 2016 after an hourslong standoff have been awarded more than $37 million in the civil lawsuit against Baltimore County and the police officer who fired the first shot. The Baltimore Sun reports that an all-woman jury, after... More »

2 Corrupt Baltimore Detectives Face Decades in Prison

Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor guilty of racketeering and more

(Newser) - Two Baltimore police detectives were convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, and robbery Monday in a trial that's part of an ongoing federal investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city's beleaguered police force. After the jury foreman read the verdict following two days of deliberations, Detectives Daniel Hersl... More »

Baltimore Hospital Accused of Dumping Woman on Cold Street

She was wearing only a hospital gown and socks

(Newser) - A homeless woman, wearing only a hospital gown and socks, was wheeled out of a Baltimore hospital and left on the sidewalk late Tuesday in an alleged episode of "patient dumping," reports the New York Times . Passerby Imamu Baraka says he was shocked as he watched security guards... More »

Students Protest DeVos Graduation Speech

The education secretary got a mixed reception at the University of Baltimore

(Newser) - Amid boos and applause, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos implored students not to "join in the chorus of conflict," even as dozens turned their backs in protest of her commencement appearance at the University of Baltimore's graduation ceremony. Graduate student Kerrin Smith, 26, said DeVos and Donald Trump... More »

Slain Baltimore Officer Was Shot With Own Gun

He was due to testify in corruption case the next day

(Newser) - A new twist in the Sean Suiter case: The Baltimore homicide detective killed while investigating a triple murder last week was due to testify in a corruption case involving fellow officers the very next day, authorities say. Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says Suiter was due to testify before a... More »

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 »

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