Tag: violence

City taking proposals from nonprofits to open three new Safe Streets sites


Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office is taking pitches from nonprofits to operate three new sites for Safe Streets, the city’s community-based violence-prevention program.

Pugh Touts Downward-Trending Crime in First 6 Weeks of 2018

Data showing reductions in violent and property crime from Jan. 1-Feb.10. Table via Baltimore Police Department/Mayor’s Office

Mayor Catherine Pugh said the recent spell of zero homicides for 12 days—broken on Tuesday by two murders in Northeast Baltimore—can be attributed to the efforts of the Baltimore Ceasefire campaign and crime-fighting initiatives from Police Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa.

Baltimore Community Mediation Center Works to End Conflict in a Divided City


Sometimes an event prompts you to look at your life and goals through new eyes. In the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, Shantay Guy found herself driving with her son through an intersection near Druid Hill Park during a heated conflict between police and youth. At one point, an object hit the side of her truck.

“A flurry of emotions enveloped me—fear, anger, frustration,” recalls Guy, who grew up not far from where Gray lived. Her reaction quickly turned to understanding. While an active volunteer, Guy, then a technology project manager for T. Rowe Price, realized she wasn’t doing enough to help heal the deep divides in her city.

Guns in Maryland’s Churches? A Proposal from Two Harford County Lawmakers

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Two state legislators in Harford County are proposing a statewide gun policy change that would allow pastors to let parishioners bring concealed handguns to church.

Carroll County Ends Ban on Field Trips to Baltimore After Two Weeks

Photo by Mario Sánchez Prada, via Wikimedia Commons

Baltimore’s northwesterly neighbors have deemed the city safe enough once again for their students to visit for field trips.

Hogan’s Baltimore Crime Plan: Bring in U.S. Marshals and State Police, Demolish More Vacants

Still via Gov. Larry Hogan/Facebook

With no signs of violence slowing in Baltimore at the end of 2017, Maryland’s governor plans to send in U.S. Marshals, state troopers and probation and parole officers to assist city law enforcement, and to ramp up demolition of vacant properties in crime-riddled areas, among other strategies.

Fells Point Bars Closing Early Ahead of Predicted Halloween Mayhem

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A number of Fells Point bars and retailers are turning in early for Halloween, with owners foreseeing some of the same chaos that’s tarnished the neighborhood’s Oct. 31 festivities in recent years.

Baltimore Delegate’s Grandson Gunned Down on Labor Day

House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch in 2015. Still via YouTube/Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

Unchecked violent crime in 2017 has now claimed the lives of 238 242 people in Baltimore. The most recent victim was the grandson of a prominent local delegate.

Another Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend Set for November

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In a city with 235 murders and counting this year, an attempt at one weekend without any shootings simply isn’t enough.

Ivan Bates, Local Defense Attorney, Expected to Announce Run for State’s Attorney

Still via WBAL-TV/YouTube

Ivan Bates is expected to announce tomorrow morning that he’ll be challenging incumbent Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for her seat as the city’s top prosecutor in 2018.