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Towson man indicted as part of $364 million Ponzi scheme

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U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert Hur, announcing the indictment. Still via livestream from Fox 45.

A Towson man has been indicted in a Ponzi scheme said to be one of the “largest ever charged in Maryland,” after working with co-conspirators in Texas and Nevada to defraud hundreds of investors of more than $364 million to use for their own personal gain, prosecutors say.

The city is suing the operator of the Charm City Circulator for $20M

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The Charm City Circulator
The Charm City Circulator

Baltimore City is suing Transdev North America, Inc., the operator of the free Charm City Circulator bus service, for breach of contract, arguing they were overcharged tens of millions of dollars, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Wednesday.

Independent panel finds Suiter committed suicide, questions Kevin Davis’ handling of it all

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From left: Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith, Independent Review Board co-chair Dr. James Coldren, IRB Chair James Stewart and Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle appear at an Aug. 29 press conference to discuss the investigation into Det. Sean Suiter’s death. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

The leaders of the Independent Review Board hired by the Baltimore Police Department to investigate Det. Sean Suiter’s mystifying death last November said today that their findings “have built a compelling case” that Suiter committed suicide the evening of Nov. 15, 2017, at Bennett Place.

Almost equally compelling is the narrative that police officials misled the public about the entire investigation in those first hours and days afterward. Shortly after Suiter was shot, then-Commissioner Kevin Davis told the world the veteran homicide detective was mortally wounded by a “cold, callous killer” while following up on a 2016 triple murder. He said that individual and Suiter had conversed briefly, that the shooter may have been wounded himself in an ensuing struggle and that police were “canvassing doctor’s offices and hospitals,” the report noted.

Iconic leather bar the Baltimore Eagle has closed amid alleged business disputes

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

Baltimore Eagle, the storied leather bar that got a second life in 2017 after an extensive renovation, ceased operations last night, according to a post on the club’s website.

Baltimore Fishbowl’s 2018 Primary Election live blog

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Welcome to Baltimore Fishbowl’s live blog of the primary elections! The day where Marylanders choose their political party’s candidate ahead of the November general election was not without its head-scratching drama, as machines didn’t work and polling places got shuffled around. Oh, and an estimated 80,000 people were affected by a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) computer glitch that failed to register changes in people’s address or party affiliation; those impacted by the snafu were told to cast provisional ballots.

Polls across the state are closing at 8 p.m., but here in Baltimore, some locations are staying open until 9 p.m. as a result of some of the aforementioned confusion.

We’re going to keep you updated on the latest results and, hopefully, provide some context and analysis as the returns roll in.

2018 Primary Election Day shenanigans: Broken machines, relocated polling places and more

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This morning’s primary election began with the news that 80,000 voters would have to cast provisional ballots after the Maryland State Board of Elections said it did not receive address changes from the Motor Vehicle Administration. That number was an increase from an initial estimate that the glitch would affect 18,700 voters. Yikes.

As with other vote-casting days, some people encountered long lines and other foul-ups, including confusion over the aforementioned provisional ballots. Here’s a roundup of what citizens and candidates are reporting on social media.

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