Baltimore County police officer shot in Parkville; suspected shooter killed

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A Baltimore County police officer is undergoing surgery at Shock Trauma after being shot in the upper body in Parkville, police said today. A man in a home on Linden Avenue was shot and killed.

Open Justice Baltimore creates an openly searchable database of Baltimore’s cops

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Data scientist collective Open Justice Baltimore has assembled a new database with information on thousands of city police officers, comprised of data from public records and vetted, crowd-sourced information from the general public.

The tool, dubbed BPD Watch, includes the names, badge numbers, salary history, unit assignment, photos (where available) and other details about more than 3,000 individuals employed by the Baltimore Police Department as of late October of 2018.

Baltimore has a new alert system, and officials want your cell, email, Twitter handle and more

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Seeking to save residents from natural disasters and assorted other emergencies, city officials have asked the public to send in their digits, email addresses, Twitter handle and whatever else it can use to reach them.

Baltimore police officer convicted of assault, misconduct in office for beating teenager

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A Baltimore police officer faces up to a decade behind bars after being convicted today of second-degree assault and misconduct in office for a 2016 beating of a teenager outside City Hall.

City picks developer team to rehab nearly 40 vacant homes in historic Upton

Michael Braverman speaks at a press conference in Upton. Photo via office of Bernard C. “Jack” Young/Twitter.

In a step that city Housing Commissioner Michael Braverman said amounts to “paying back a debt we owe Heritage Crossing,” the city has chosen a developer to rehab 38 rowhomes along two blocks near the Upton housing community.

Mosby weighing options after court denies dismissal of cannabis convictions

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Standing outside of her downtown office, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she is now weighing all options after judges today denied her request to dismiss thousands of cannabis possession convictions.

Mosby said the petition was denied without her office being given an opportunity to present any kind of legal argument, a decision she described as “atypical.”

DOT Director Pourciau resigns as OIG looks into ‘morale’ of department

Michelle Pourciau.

Baltimore Department of Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau resigned today, four days after The Sun reported the Office of the Inspector General is looking into the operation of the transportation department, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Lester Davis, spokesman for Ex Officio Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, confirmed the news, and said senior advisor Frank Murphy will serve as acting director. Asked for comment, DOT spokesman German Vigil would only confirm Pourciau’s departure.

City Councilman Ryan Dorsey released a statement calling Pourciau’s resignation “among the best things that could happen for Baltimore right now.”

UMMS CEO Chrencik resigns amid self-dealing scandal

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University of Maryland Medical System CEO Robert A. Chrencik resigned today amid the fallout from the self-dealing scandal that ensnared Mayor Catherine Pugh and several prominent businesspeople on the organization’s board of directors.

Interim President and CEO John W. Ashworth released a statement saying he and the board of directors received and accepted Chrencik’s letter of resignation.

Young says his ‘hate to see it’ remark on a Pugh comeback was taken out of context

Photo by J.M. Giordano.

On Tuesday, Ex Officio Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young raised some eyebrows after saying to WYPR-FM’s Tom Hall that he would “hate to see” Pugh attempt a return to the mayor’s office following her “Healthy Holly” scandal.

But at a wide-ranging press conference this morning at City Hall, Young said his words from the radio were taken out of context, and that he doesn’t see how he could have been misinterpreted.

City to begin removing buffered Roland Avenue cycle track April 29

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The city’s announced removal and re-working of the contentious Roland Avenue cycle track will begin April 29, according to dozens of temporary tow-warning signs now peppering the northbound side of the road weaving through one of Baltimore’s most affluent neighborhoods.