James Whitlow

A graduate of University of Maryland and native of Baltimore, James covered police and courts in Virginia before returning home to write news and live with a cat that has a very funny name. Email him to guess what it is or give him a news tip.

Officer charged with assault after viral arrest hit with dozens of new charges

Body camera footage shows Sgt. Ethan Newberg violently arresting a man who criticized the way he was making an arrest. Image via the Baltimore Police Department.

A Baltimore police officer seen in a video violently arresting a passerby was charged with 32 counts of false imprisonment, assault and misconduct in office, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Thursday.

Mosby alleged that Sgt. Ethan Newberg, 49, had a history of stopping, harassing and intimidating citizens without probable cause between July 2018 and May 2019. That claim is substantiated by body camera footage, she said, revealing “a pattern and practice of harassment and intimidation.”

Many of the incidents from which the 32 additional charges stem, Mosby said, bore resemblance to the May arrest that earned Newberg notoriety.

Former prosecutor to lead Baltimore County’s Office of Ethics and Accountability

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski nominated Kelly Beckham Madigan to serve as the director for the newly created county Office of Ethics and Accountability on Thursday.

Established earlier this year, the office monitors other arms of county government to prevent fraud, abuse and wasteful spending. The office also functions independent of the county council and executive.

Dixon to make election announcement Saturday

Sheila Dixon in 2015. Image via Facebook.

Former Mayor Sheila Dixon plans to make an announcement this weekend concerning the mayoral race.

The announcement is scheduled to take place Saturday at a clothing drive in West Baltimore that includes coffee and cocoa. A flier posted to the former mayor’s Facebook page recommends attendees bring hats, gloves, scarves and socks to donate.

Grant awarded $13 million contract despite Pugh ties

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Grant Capital Management was awarded a $13 million contract from the city against the backdrop of allegedly illicit campaign contributions made by the company’s founder to former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s mayoral campaign Wednesday.

The five-person Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved the contract to fund new Motorola radio equipment for the Baltimore Police Department and other city agencies. City Council President Brandon Scott and Comptroller Joan Pratt abstained.

In a Wednesday news conference with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City Solicitor Andre Davis said the city was aware of allegations that the firm’s founder, J.P. Grant, had bought in excess of $150,000 worth of Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” children’s books, knowing she was skimming some of the money to pay for her personal home and campaign for mayor.

Baltimore County cop charged with rape, assault

Photo via Baltimore County Police Department/Facebook

A 25-year-old Baltimore County police officer was charged with several counts of rape and assault Saturday, according to the police department.

Two arrested, charged with vacant home fires in Southwest Baltimore

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

After a spate of fires in Southwestern Baltimore, police have arrested and charged two men in connection to at least two arsons.

Since Dec. 2, the city has seen 17 fires, according to the Baltimore Police Department, and five of those have been ruled arson. The fires occurred in vacant homes, and nobody was hurt. Of those, 11 fires occurred in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood.