Davis says special deployments helped stall violence - and showed need for more officers on Baltimore's streets

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the special week-long deployment of more police officers showed that "when we have police officers in uniform on the streets of Baltimore, it does have an impact on the violence." The deployments — ordered in response to six killings in less than 24 hours early last week — required all patrol officers to work 12-hour shifts, instead of their standard 10-hour shifts, and sent officers who don't regularly work patrol out onto the street. Shortly after Davis announced the initiative, four people were shot in a quadruple shooting. But after that, the pace of shootings stalled. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis police to ramp up training on mental illness

The Annapolis Police Department is joining the International Association of Chiefs of Police's One Mind Campaign, an effort to improve interactions between officers and people with a mental illness. "It's a way of deescalating an encounter between police and an individual with mental illness," said acting chief Scott Baker. "It's a way to identify people with mental illness and training on how to deal with those individuals." "This is an opportunity to say we have these officers to do the right thing and address these issues." (Capital)

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State Anatomy Board honors those whose bodies were donated to medical research and education

The Anatomy Board of Maryland held a ceremony to honor those who have donated their bodies to support medical knowledge Monday afternoon at Springfield Hospital Center. Friends and family members of the deceased were invited for a memorial ceremony at the hospital center in Sykesville, which features a dedicated gravesite to those who had their bodies donated to the anatomy board. Ronn Wade, director of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene State Anatomy Board, said they've held the event for more than 40 years, as both a way to commemorate the sacrifice of those who gave their bodies after death as well as a way to give a chance for a final farewell from their friends and families. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Halethorpe man, among 7 who died in USS Fitzgerald collision, had followed in father's Navy footsteps

Xavier Martin joined the U.S. Navy to follow his father's footsteps. He excelled, and by 24 had become the youngest petty officer with a rank of first class aboard the USS Fitzgerald, based in Yokosuka, Japan, his father, Darrold Martin, said. "He was mimicking me," said Martin, of Halethorpe, who served four years in the Navy. The young sailor's promising career was cut short Saturday when the Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday. He was among seven killed. (Balt. Sun-AP)

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Annapolis Fire Department receives top insurance rating

The Annapolis Fire Department has achieved something only 241 departments have done across the country, a success that will trickle down to save some homeowners and businesses a little bit of money. The department received a 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office, which is the highest rating possible from the organization. The ISO is a for-profit national agency that provides a rating to departments based on their training, and fire suppression and prevention capabilities. An ISO 1 means the department has met the highest requirements. For homeowners and businesses that have fire insurance that use the ISO ratings, the higher a department's rating the lower premiums will be. (Capital)

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Funkstown approves budget, utility-rake hikes

The Funkstown Town Council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve its budgets for the fiscal year starting July 1, including rate hikes for water-and-sewer customers. The 4 percent water-rate and 2 percent sewer-rate increases will show up on the quarterly bills customers can expect in October, Town Manager Brenda Haynes said. Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, and council members Barry Warrenfeltz, Terry Feiser and Lorraine Smith approved the budget during a special meeting. The minimum quarterly water-and-sewer bill for an in-town customer who uses up to 6,000 gallons of water will increase by $3.40 to $123.03. (Herald-Mail)

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June 19 // MTA officials pull all-nighter for 3 a.m. launch of $135 million BaltimoreLink bus route overhaul

At 3:10 a.m. Sunday, the last of the Maryland Transit Administration's new BaltimoreLink bus stop signs was unveiled. Exactly one minute later, the first bus — on the LocalLink 94 route between Fort McHenry and Sinai Hospital — hit the road. Kevin B. Quinn Jr., the MTA's acting CEO, stepped onto the bus as it idled in the MTA Bush Division parking lot at Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street, to check on Calvin Lambert, the 57-year-old bus driver who would be the first to execute the plan Quinn has spent the last 19 months designing, and redesigning. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore officials manually reviewing properties on tax sale list to find errors

Baltimore officials are working through the city's tax sale files to remove all state and federal property, part of a broad review of the controversial process that helps the city collect some $20 million a year in unpaid bills. Finance Director Henry Raymond said officials began the project after a computer error caused them to mistakenly sell tax liens on the Orioles and Ravens stadiums last month. The properties should not have been offered for sale because they are owned by a state agency. (Balt. Sun)

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