'Corrupt cops' to testify in federal drug case in Baltimore

Two Baltimore police officers who have pleaded guilty to racketeering will testify against the accused leaders of a heroin ring, telling a federal jury they robbed one drug dealer at the behest of another, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise revealed his plans to call forth Detectives Momodu Gondo and Jemell Rayam — two “bombshell witnesses,” a defense attorney said in court. The two officers — both of whom have admitted to robbing the rival heroin dealer — will testify against five men accused of operating the Shropshire drug ring, which investigators say was the single largest supplier of heroin to suburban Baltimore and Harford counties. (Balt. Sun)

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What I found during my ride on the city's relaunched bike share program

Baltimore's bike share system is back and running after a soft relaunch this weekend with 50 bikes and nine stations. And while the basics of renting a bike are functioning, some of the same problems with the program persist following the monthlong shutdown. During the program's first year of existence, it was plagued by a high number of thefts, damage to the bikes and errors in reporting how many were available to rent — eventually forcing the city to halt the program to upgrade the fleet. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Taken to court, Baltimore agrees to new trial board makeup in Freddie Gray officers' cases

Attorneys for the city of Baltimore agreed Tuesday to replace the board of outside law enforcement officials presiding over forthcoming disciplinary trials of three police officers in relation to the arrest of Freddie Gray, bowing to objections raised in court by the officers’ defense counsel. “We will recompose the panel voluntarily,” City Solicitor Andre Davis told Baltimore Circuit Judge Jeannie Hong during an expedited morning hearing to consider a defense motion for a delay in the cases. (Balt. Sun)

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Lutherville church invites discussion after its Black Lives Matter sign is repeatedly vandalized

A Lutherville church is inviting the community to discuss the meaning behind a sign stating “Black Lives Matter” that members display on congregation's property in the wake of the sign having been stolen or vandalized numerous times in the past year. Members of Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, in Lutherville, first displayed the sign in October 2016 to show support for the sentiment and the national movement behind it, according to the Rev. Clare Petersberger, the church’s leader. Since then, nine versions of the sign have been torn and defaced or stolen from the property. (Balt. Sun)

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Gamatoria leaves Havre de Grace council to lead mayor's staff

Steve Gamatoria, a longtime member of the Havre de Grace City Council, announced at the end of Monday night’s two-hour Council meeting that he was resigning from his elected position to become chief of staff for Mayor William Martin. “I guess what I’m saying is tonight will be my last meeting,” Gamatoria said after trying to explain the process that led to his decision. Gamatoria, 58, said the mayor has been asking him for some time to become his chief of staff, an offer that not only intrigued him, but also gave him pause. (Aegis)

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October 17 // Baltimore County Council confirms new corrections director

Members of the Baltimore County Council were full of praise as they confirmed Gail Watts as the county’s new director of corrections. The council voted 6-0 on Monday to support Watts’ promotion to the top job, replacing Deborah Richardson, who retired. Councilman Todd Crandell, a Dundalk Republican, was absent. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Bike Share returns but discrepancies persist with app and number of bikes on the street

Riders took 108 trips on the re-launched Baltimore Bike Share program Sunday after its monthlong shutdown, officials said, but a review of the system Monday by The Baltimore Sun suggested continuing problems. Only 26 of the promised 50 bicycles were available at the nine reopened docking stations between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, and the program’s mobile app did not correctly display the number of bicycles at nearly half of those stations. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County residents express opposition to Maglev project

Hundreds of Anne Arundel County residents huddled around maps on cafeteria tables at Arundel High School on Monday night in an effort to find out if their homes are in the potential path of the Maglev. The proposed superconducting Maglev high-speed rail project, which would cost between $10 billion to $12 billion, promises to cut the trip between BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and Baltimore down to five minutes, and get from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., in 15 minutes. (Capital)

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