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City expanding DOT’s traffic cam program to 100 cameras

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In two weeks, Baltimore’s restored traffic camera program will have roughly tripled from its initial size last summer.

Six Months In, City Installs Far More Traffic Cameras than Mayor Pugh Originally Announced

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With more than 50 traffic cameras now up and running around Baltimore, the city has installed at least 15 more than Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office said would be placed along city roads back in March.

Top Stories: Baltimore Klan Member Arrested, Two Local Officials Blocked from Hogan’s Crime Meeting, Later Start Times at 3 Private Schools

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Our most popular story this week concerned a 52-year-old Baltimore City resident named Richard Preston, who authorities last weekend pegged as the guy who fired a shot at a black protester during the Aug. 12 unrest in Charlottesville, Va. As it turns out, Preston is also an imperial wizard of Rosedale’s Ku Klux Klan chapter. Several years ago, he tried to convince locals at a Klan meeting in Elkton that his white supremacist organization is somehow not a hate group.

The ACLU of Virginia said it sent the clip of Preston allegedly firing a pistol (and possibly shouting the n-word) at a black man nearby wielding a homemade flamethrower. Police showed up at his house on Cedonia Avenue in Northeast Baltimore’s Cedmont neighborhood on Saturday. He was formally charged in Charlottesville General District Court with one felony count of discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.

Preston is no stranger to (alleged) criminal behavior. State court records show he was charged with assault and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure in 2003, first-degree rape in 1991 and assault in two other incidents. In each case, the charges were eventually dropped.

Here were Baltimore Fishbowl’s other top reads over the last seven days:

Hit the Brakes: City’s New Red Light Cameras Now Issuing $75 Tickets

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Eight more traffic cameras are now ready to snap your picture and send you a ticket in the mail.

Speed Camera Operator Mistakenly Sent Drivers Duplicate Tickets on First Day

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The city’s resurrected traffic camera program got off to a troubled start late last month, officials revealed Monday.

City’s Speed Cams Now Issuing $40 Tickets, as Warning Period Begins for New Red Light Cams

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Speed cameras are now really officially back, and another batch of traffic-surveilling devices are on the way.

First Wave of Restored Speed Cameras to Begin Operating on Monday

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As promised, traffic enforcement cameras are back in Baltimore.

Top Stories: $1.3M Roland Park Victorian for Sale, Traffic Cameras Return to I-95 (and to City, Soon), ‘Mansplaining’ Mural at Hopkins

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Our top post this week was Cynthia McIntyre’s Hot House column about a historic Roland Park Victorian mansion that recently hit the market at a price of nearly $1.3 million. The nine-bedroom home has retained classic features — cupolas, keyhole windows, carved balustrades and wood trim, to name a few – even through a 2004 renovation that gave it a new paint job, roof, plumbing and electrical work, as well as restored windows.

The abode at 5607 Roland Avenue was originally built in 1897 as a model for a planned development called Normandy Heights that never quite materialized. Architect George F. Barber designed eight houses set back from Roland Avenue to serve as livable blueprints.

Despite its ornate trappings, Cynthia noted its “scale and simplicity create an airy, modern feeling that many Victorian homes don’t have,” and said a buyer “could, by opening all the pocket doors, have a virtually open floor plan.”

Our other most popular stories over the last seven days were as follows:

City Considering Contracts for Not One, But Two Traffic Camera Vendors; Offering Them $9.6 Million Combined

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City officials have narrowed down their list of traffic camera vendors to two companies that, if approved by the Board of Estimates this week, will be paid $9.6 million to track and ticket Baltimore drivers.

Several Finalists for Baltimore’s Soon-to-be-Resurrected Traffic Camera Program Linked to Legal Disputes

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Yesterday afternoon, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office named the six companies it’s considering to run the city’s soon-to-be re-launched traffic program. A quick dig online shows most of those companies have run into legal troubles or complaints in other parts of the country.

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