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13-Year-Old With BB Gun Shot by Baltimore Police

He's expected to survive

(Newser) - Baltimore police say an officer shot and wounded a 13-year-old who refused to drop a BB gun that was a replica of a semiautomatic pistol, the AP reports. Commissioner Kevin Davis says two detectives were driving in West Baltimore when they saw the teen carrying what appeared to be a... More »

Man Who Shot Firefighters Was 'Defending Himself'

Maryland incident a 'terrible, terrible tragedy'

(Newser) - The Maryland man who opened fire on firefighters Friday night, killing one and seriously injuring another, is a "gentle person" who thought criminals were breaking into his home, his sister says. In what the sister calls a "tragic horror story," her 61-year-old brother shot at Prince George'... More »

Firefighter Shot Dead Responding to Call

His colleague was seriously injured in Md. shooting

(Newser) - A Maryland firefighter is dead and another is seriously injured after a call about a medical emergency went horribly wrong on Friday night. Police in Prince George's County say the two firefighters went to a home in the Washington suburb of Temple Hills after receiving a call from a... More »

Expert 'Completely Baffled' by Bald Eagle Deaths

18 found dead in Delaware, Maryland since February

(Newser) - Is somebody deliberately poisoning bald eagles in the mid-Atlantic states? Experts are still trying to find out what happened last month in Maryland, where 13 of the birds were f ound dead last month , and in Delaware, where five more were found dead last weekend. Mike Parr, vice president of... More »

Baltimore Woman Sues Mayor for Violent Toilet Explosion

She was 'blown off' the toilet seat, suffered injuries and 'mental anguish': suit

(Newser) - A Baltimore woman who says she was blown off of her toilet when it exploded in November 2014, causing her physical injuries and PTSD, as well as loads of physical damage to her home, is now suing the city's mayor and City Council, as well as a couple of... More »

Maryland's State Song May Lose 'Northern Scum' Dig

State Senate passes bill to modify Confederate-slanted Civil War anthem

(Newser) - No one seems to take issue with Maryland's state flower (the black-eyed Susan), dog (the Chesapeake Bay retriever), or even dessert (the multi-layer Smith Island cake). But the state's Department of Legislative Services tells NBC News that lawmakers have tried more than once to dump "Maryland! My... More »

Other Officer 'Deliberately Aimed' at Maryland Cop in Fatal Shooting

But with no malice, police chief says

(Newser) - Jacai Colson, the Maryland police officer killed by friendly fire during a shootout outside a police station Sunday, was shot by another officer who "deliberately aimed at him," the Prince George's County police chief said Wednesday. The chief clarified that there was no malice involved, but the... More »

Cops: Gunman's 2 Brothers Filmed Police Station Attack

Friendly fire believed to have killed officer

(Newser) - Police in Maryland have been devastated to discover that the officer killed in a gun battle after a suspect opened fire on a police station was apparently shot by a fellow officer. Authorities say Jacai Colson, an undercover narcotics officer in plainclothes, arrived at the station in an unmarked car... More »

Maryland Cop Shot Dead Outside Station

It was totally unprovoked, police say

(Newser) - Flags were at half-staff across Maryland Sunday night after what authorities say was the totally unprovoked killing of a police officer outside a police station in Prince George's County. Undercover narcotics officer Jacai Colson, who would have turned 29 in a few days, was killed in a firefight after... More »

Feds: Humans Killed 13 Bald Eagles in Maryland

Reward upped to $25K

(Newser) - A bald eagle mass murder? The US Fish and Wildlife Service says it has tested 13 bald eagles found dead near a Maryland farm last month and concluded that they were killed by humans, NBC News reports. An agency spokeswoman tells the Baltimore Sun that avian influenza and other diseases... More »

Court: Freddie Gray Officer Must Testify Against Fellow Cops

It's a 'big victory for the state'

(Newser) - Baltimore police officer William Porter will have to testify against five fellow officers in connection to the death of Freddie Gray , Maryland's court of appeals ruled Tuesday, in what the Baltimore Sun calls a "big victory for the state." Gray was 25 when his spine was severed... More »

Video Shows School Cop Slapping, Kicking Teen

Officer on administrative leave during investigation

(Newser) - A Baltimore school police officer is under investigation for assault and misconduct after a four-second video surfaced apparently showing him slapping and kicking a 16-year-old boy. Officials say two officers were called to REACH Partnership School on Tuesday because two "intruders" were posing a threat, per the Baltimore Sun... More »

13 Bald Eagles Found Dead in Maryland

Federal wildlife authorities are investigating

(Newser) - Bald eagles are making a comeback , but on Saturday in Maryland, 13 of them were found dead. Investigators were called to a farm on the Eastern Shore that day after a man who was searching for antlers shed by deer stumbled upon four of the dead eagles, the Baltimore Sun... More »

2 Deputies Killed After Man Opens Fire Inside Busy Panera Bread

The suspect was also killed

(Newser) - Two sheriff's deputies are dead after a man opened fire in a busy Panera Bread during lunchtime Wednesday in Maryland, Fox News reports. According to the Washington Post , a deputy was called to the restaurant because a man was acting suspiciously. Fifteen-year-old Sophia Faulkner, who had decided against sitting... More »

Felons Gain New Voting Rights in Maryland

They're free to vote upon release from prison

(Newser) - Approximately 40,000 felons will likely be able to vote in Maryland's presidential primary after the state's senate expanded voting rights to criminals still on parole or probation, Frontline reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , the vote on Tuesday overrode a veto from Maryland's governor. At issue... More »

US Hospital Gets OK for HIV-Positive Organ Transplants

Johns Hopkins will be first in the nation

(Newser) - Patients who are HIV-positive and in need of an organ transplant have had HOPE since 2013—but now they officially have hope. The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act gave the OK more than two years ago to allow organ transplants from one HIV-positive patient to another, a previously illegal procedure,... More »

At 11th Hour, 'Son of Baltimore' Joins Race for Mayor

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson makes for Democratic field of 13

(Newser) - A civil rights activist who has gained prominence in the Black Lives Matter movement is now throwing his hat in the ring for the mayorship of Baltimore. DeRay Mckesson, 30, the 13th and last candidate in the Democratic primary, filed right before the deadline in what the Baltimore Sun labels... More »

Blizzard Traps Woman in Her Car for 3 Days

She was rescued Monday thanks to a concerned neighbor

(Newser) - A concerned neighbor may have saved the life of a woman suffering from hypothermia and living in her car during last weekend's massive snow storm in Maryland, the AP reports. According to WJLA , the woman was trapped inside her car when it was buried by snow Friday, and she... More »

Hung Jury in 1st Freddie Gray Trial

Jurors couldn't reach decision on William Porter

(Newser) - A Baltimore judge says there is a hung jury in the case of a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Circuit Judge Barry Williams announced Wednesday that the jury couldn't reach its decision after three days of deliberations in the manslaughter trial of William Porter. He... More »

$5M Gun Database Never Solved a Single Crime in 15 Years

Maryland program finally nixed

(Newser) - Since 2000, more than 300,000 bullet casings have piled up in an old fallout shelter in Pikesville, Maryland, the result of an ambitious program launched to catalog the casings in a database, which would then be used to help solve crimes, per the Baltimore Sun . But 15 years and... More »

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