Video: Tipped off about gun tossed into bushes downtown, BPD officer responds, ‘This isn’t my district’

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Baltimore police have launched an internal probe into an incident where an on-duty officer, tipped off about a man who appeared to have tossed a gun into the bushes near Preston Gardens Park and then went back to retrieve it, declined to investigate because—in her words—”this isn’t my district.”

Petition calls on Hopkins to end partnership with ICE, citing agency’s ‘brutal’ immigration policies

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in 2011, via U.S. Department of Homeland Security

For the last nine years, Johns Hopkins University has partnered with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other public agencies and associations on training programs within the School of Education, in a program called the Division of Public Safety Leadership. Now, citing ICE’s deportation and detention policies under the Trump administration, students, faculty, alumni and community members are calling on Hopkins to end the partnership immediately.

Hoping to halt cannabis industry outages, regulators disable automated patient-tracking tool for dispensaries

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As of this morning, the software company overseeing Maryland’s medical cannabis industry has temporarily disabled a tool that lets dispensaries automatically ensure patients aren’t purchasing more than their prescribed limit of marijuana.

Until the tool—known technically as an application programming interface (API)—is restored, retailers will need to manually type a patient’s identification number into a state database and check their purchase history to be sure they’re not selling someone more cannabis than what’s allowed.

Lexington Market shut down after viral video shows rat in bakery case

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Management at Lexington Market announced it is closing the market for the day after video surfaced showing a rat crawling over baked goods in a glass case.

Public meeting about Penn Station redevelopment set for July 31

An artist’s rendering of the future Baltimore Penn Station, via Amtrak

Amtrak and the 14 companies it’s chosen to re-do Baltimore Penn Station and the surrounding area are ready to meet with the public later this month.

USA Today analysis: After Freddie Gray’s death, BPD officers decreased ‘on-view’ police work

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Baltimore police still respond to calls for help quickly, but following the death of Freddie Gray and trials of officers charged in Gray’s death, the number of cops who report suspicious activity on the streets has plummeted, according to a new analysis by USA Today.

BPD moving 115 officers to patrol to boost community presence, fight OT surge

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The Baltimore Police Department is shifting 115 officers to patrol shifts this week to reduce vacancies in each district and “have an increased presence on the street,” Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said Wednesday morning.

Police: Teens steal Jeep, crash it into front of cop car in Dundalk

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A couple Baltimore County teens are currently jailed after police said they stole a Jeep and, when confronted by officers in Dundalk, drove it head-on into a marked patrol car.

Activists: ICE ‘arbitrarily’ detains woman who had been making routine check-ins

Marta Rodriguez looks to the heavens after leaving her appointment with ICE in May. Photo by Brandon Block.

After self-reporting in May without incident, a New Carrollton woman who appeared for her check-in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the agency’s Baltimore field office was detained this morning.

Condition of 7-year-old gunshot victim improves slightly, police continue search for white Mercedes

Taylor Hayes. Photo via the Baltimore Police Department.

The condition of Taylor Hayes, a 7-year-old girl shot last week in Allendale, has improved slightly, Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said at a news conference today after talking with the girl’s doctor throughout the weekend.

Both Tuggle and police spokesman T.J. Smith stressed that Hayes still has a long way to go in her recovery.