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.

MD youths needing psychiatric care find long waits, drives


By Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

The first time Jeannine LeMieux’s daughter was hospitalized for a psychotic episode, she was only 8 years old.

LeMieux took her daughter to a hospital emergency room near her home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where it was determined that she needed to be hospitalized. Her first admission was to Sheppard Pratt, a privately run psychiatric hospital with child and adolescent inpatient units in Towson, nearly a two-hour drive away.

“They didn’t do anything,” said her daughter, now 19. “I just remember a kid that smacked me in my face one time.”

Baltimore Sun, Chesapeake News Guild raise concerns about new investment from ‘destroyer of newspapers’

The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

More than 400 journalists at Tribune Publishing newspapers, including dozens at outlets operated by the Baltimore Sun Media Group, petitioned the company’s board of directors to reaffirm a commitment to local journalism in the wake of investments by Alden Global Capital, once dubbed a “destroyer of newspapers.”

Baltimore County cop charged with rape, assault

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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

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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.

Young names new director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young tapped one of the heads of the Baltimore Innovation Team, Tamika C. Gauvin, to lead the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, a little more than a week after the previous director resigned.

Baltimore Police Department rolls out new use of force policy

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, center, speaks at a press conference, flanked by Danny Murphy, left, deputy commissioner of the compliance bureau, and Michael Sullivan, right, deputy commissioner of operations. Image still via Facebook Live.

Calling it “a major milestone” in the effort to reform the Baltimore Police Department, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison today touted the publication of a new use of force policy.

The revised 11-page document, first published on Sunday, places an emphasis on de-escalation techniques and calls on force to be used only when it is “reasonable, necessary, and proportional.”

Four Harlem Park residents sue over lockdown after Suiter’s death

ACLU of Maryland Senior Staff Attorney David Rocah speaks at a press conference in Harlem Park. Image still via Facebook Live.

Four Harlem Park residents are suing the Baltimore Police Department and former Police Commissioner Kevin Davis over the six-day lockdown of the neighborhood shortly following the death of Det. Sean Suiter, arguing that it violated their federal and state rights.

Supreme Court won’t hear Adnan Syed’s appeal


The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the appeal of Adnan Syed, who in 2000 was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a case that became a national news story after producers of the 2014 podcast “Serial” dug through the details and raised questions about Syed’s guilt.