Maryland

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During opening statements, Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow told Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams that Officer Edward Nero disregarded his police training when he chased Freddie Gray and arrested him without probable cause, and was callously indifferent to the 25-year-old's wellbeing when he failed to secure him in a seatbelt.

Schatzow spent about 20 minutes laying out the state's argument.

Rachel Baye

The fight over air conditioning in Baltimore County schools boiled over at Wednesday’s state Board of Public Works meeting.

The board voted to withhold school construction money from both the county and Baltimore City until the two jurisdictions release a plan for putting air-conditioning in every classroom by the start of the next school year.

Nero: Baltimore Police/Williams: Maryland Judiciary

  Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams granted Tuesday morning a request from police Officer Edward Nero for a bench trial.

Nero has been charged with second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in the case of Freddie Gray, who died from a broken neck suffered while in the back of a police van last year.

Rachel Baye

More than 40 years ago, then-Gov. Marvin Mandel re-organized a host of state commissions, offices and agencies into 12 departments with cabinet-level secretaries. At an afternoon news conference Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan said it’s time to take a second look.

Baltimore Police

After months of delays and action by Maryland’s highest court, trials against six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray were to resume Tuesday morning at Courthouse East with pre-trial motions.  But the actual trial will be put off for one more day.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby asked for a one day delay in the start of Officer Edward Nero’s trial because a power outage in her office over the weekend slowed preparations.  Nero’s lawyers said they had no objection. 

Once the trial begins, prosecutors are expected to argue that Nero, one of the arresting officers, did not have the authority to chase Gray on April 12, 2015.  That made Gray’s arrest illegal and putting him in handcuffs amounted to assault.

P. Kenneth Burns

    

The Rev. Jamal Bryant, who delivered the eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral, says he wanted to deliver a message that spoke both to the 25-year-old’s mourning family and to an angry community.

Governor warns of Zika threat

Apr 29, 2016
Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan announced $250,000 in new resources for Zika virus prevention efforts, for a total of more than $600,000 the state is spending on preventing the spread of the virus, officials said Friday afternoon.

Baltimore Police

  On May 1, 2015 – two weeks after Freddie Gray’s death - Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby stood before the world at the War Memorial to announce charges against six officers she says were responsible for Freddie Gray’s death.

University of Maryland Law Professor Doug Colbert says that was a rare occurrence.

“You must recognize the unusual nature of bringing criminal charges against any of the officers who are from the department that they depend upon for prosecution and ultimately conviction,” he says.

P. Kenneth Burns

  Councilman Warren Branch barely held on to his seat representing the 13th district on the Baltimore City Council in 2011.  He won the Democratic primary that year by 43 votes. Shannon Sneed, who would later mount a write-in campaign in the general election, came that close to defeating the incumbent. And she’s back.

Tony Glover, who came in a distant third in the Democratic primary five years ago, is also running again, as is Ronald Owens-Bey, who ran as a Libertarian in 2011.

Baltimore Police

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Wednesday that police Officer Garrett Miller must testify against Officer Edward Nero and Lt. Brian Rice.

Miller, Nero and Rice are charged along with three other officers in the death of Freddie Gray one year ago.

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