December 16, 2002 |
Murder charges against 34 people were dropped in the last 19 months because evidence didn't support the charges, a review of Baltimore police records showed. Some of the dropped cases involved claims of self-defense, later proved to be valid, and two cases involved armed robbers who were slain by their victims, the Baltimore Sun reported Sunday. In one case, detectives charged a man who died a year before the murder occurred.
September 2, 2002 |
It is a simple pleasantry, bandied on row house stoops and in hair salons and greasy spoons, a glottal Chesapeake endearment that has come to embody the off-kilter charm of this harbor city. For years, out of shared instinct and habit, Baltimoreans have addressed customers, strangers and each other as "hon." In a tough town that cherishes its idiosyncrasies like dueling scars, the word has taken on a life of its own.
December 23, 2002 |
The BB gun is a traditional Christmas gift that always has come wrapped in a certain risk. Now, the toy carries a threat that has nothing to do with putting an eye out: a $500 fine and two months in jail. It is a misdemeanor in Baltimore to sell or give a BB gun to anyone younger than age 18, under an ordinance adopted by the City Council this month.
June 2, 2006 |
Barry Bonds may have passed Babe Ruth's home run total of 714 last week, but the achievement has done little to dampen the Bambino's legendary status and may even enhance his baseball legacy, according to some fans. The increased media attention on the Babe during Bonds' pursuit also has inspired a new fundraising campaign at the museum of his birthplace in Baltimore, which this week launched a program to bring in $1.
June 23, 2003 |
Just past Little Johnny's Diner, a ramshackle place itself, is a rundown dock not so well guarded by a chain-link fence missing quite a few links. The dock is long past its former glory with a lawn of weeds and dandelions covering its football-field expanse. Four men just off work at this dock on the once-busy Canton waterfront area are peering out in the late-spring, hot-and-humid haze toward the Baltimore harbor.
August 31, 2009 |
The 19th century laborers pooled their money to build the biscuit box of a church along Offutt Road in the southwest corner of Baltimore County. Atop a stone foundation they put four walls, eight windows, a peaked roof, three rows of pews, a pulpit for inspiration and a wood stove for warmth -- and called the thing done. It can hardly have been much to look at when it was completed in 1887, and it surely isn't now. But that could change if the Friends of the Cherry Hill African Union Methodist Protestant Church make good on their plans to turn it into a museum dedicated to local black history.
August 3, 2008 |
A man accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last weekend was arrested in Baltimore and the girl was found safe, authorities said. A "concerned citizen" tipped off authorities that Clark Rockefeller was living in a Baltimore apartment and had a 26-foot catamaran sailboat docked at a nearby marina, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. The arrest ended a suspenseful week that began in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood when police said Rockefeller attacked a social worker and fled during a supervised visit with his daughter.
July 23, 2001 |
Crews worked to pull the last two smoldering boxcars from a downtown Baltimore tunnel, days after a train derailment and fire shut down parts of the city and disrupted Internet service nationwide. Above the 1 1/2-mile-long tunnel, a broken 40-inch water main continued gushing onto downtown streets and public works officials said damage to the street and the tunnel could be significant.
March 15, 2004 |
The bodies of two of the three passengers missing since a water taxi capsized nine days ago were pulled Sunday from the murky waters of the city's Inner Harbor, officials said. The bodies of Andrew Roccella, 26, and 6-year-old Daniel Bentrem, both of Virginia, were recovered Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief William Goodwin. Corinne Schillings, 26, of Alexandria, Va., who planned to marry Roccella, remained missing.
December 15, 2003 |
Jonathan P. Luna's puzzling, roundabout last journey started with a late-night call at his suburban home. The assistant U.S. attorney quickly left and headed to his office at the federal court building in Baltimore, 10 miles away, his father said. Officials will not say who called the 38-year-old prosecutor the night of Dec. 4, just hours before he was found stabbed 36 times and drowned in a creek in Pennsylvania, 70 miles away.