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P. Kenneth Burns

A potential alibi witness for Adnan Syed, convicted in the 1999 death of his former girlfriend, testified Wednesday she had offered to provide that alibi shortly after Syed was arrested, but her offer was ignored.

Asia Chapman said she remembers talking to Syed at the Woodlawn Library the day his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, disappeared and that she wrote to Syed and his family to tell them she would be willing to testify on his behalf.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings confirmed Tuesday long swirling rumors that he will seek re-election rather than run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Colleen Paris Jordon

  Some residents in East Baltimore did not heed the pleas from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to be patient as city crews work to clear streets after the biggest snow storm in city history. 

Individually or, in some cases, as a block, people shoveled their streets out.

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A judge has rejected prosecutors' request to force a Baltimore police officer to testify against three of his colleagues facing charges in connection with Freddie Gray's death.

P. Kenneth Burns

  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday that the city has picked Taser International to provide police body cameras and cloud storage services.

The choice comes after a two-month pilot program in which police tested cameras from three vendors that had submitted technical bids. The model chosen - the Taser Axon body camera - was tested in the Western District.

Porter and Goodson: Baltimore Police; Courthouse East: P. Kenneth Burns/WYPR

The Court of Special Appeals – Maryland’s second highest court – halted Monday morning the trial of police Officer Caesar Goodson; the second of six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.  Circuit Judge Barry Williams announced the order in court before jury selection was to begin in Goodson’s trial. 

Goodson Mug Shot: Baltimore Police/Graphic: P. Kenneth Burns

The trial of police Officer Caesar Goodson begins Monday with a cloud of uncertainty around the prosecution’s star witness – fellow police Officer William Porter.

The Court of Special Appeals, Maryland’s second highest court, blocked Friday an order from Judge Barry Williams forcing Porter to testify in the upcoming trial to allow time for an appeal of the order to play out.

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A Maryland appeals court has issued a temporary order that says a police officer doesn't have to testify against a colleague who is going on trial in the death of Freddie Gray.

The court says it issued a temporary decision because it wants to give prosecutors time to respond to whether Officer William Porter should be forced to testify at Officer Caesar Goodson's second-degree murder trial. Prosecutors want Porter to testify.

The lawyer representing women who said maintenance workers demanded sex from them in exchange for basic repairs at public housing units in Baltimore says a settlement of at least $6 million has been reached.

Cary J. Hansel said at a news conference Friday that all victims of sexual harassment in public housing will be eligible for the settlement. Hansel said the settlement amount will range from $6 million to $7.95 million, depending on how many join the lawsuit.

P. Kenneth Burns

While 2016 is a new year, the public frustrations and political criticisms from 2015 that followed high profile police incidents - like the deaths of Freddie Gray locally and Sandra Bland in Texas – continue to plague officers.  Many of them are worrying over whether or not they will be able to do their jobs in 2016.

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