Former Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force supervisor Sgt. Thomas Allers pleads guilty

The former supervisor of the corrupt Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to racketeering conspiracy, admitting he robbed citizens for years and tipped off members of the unit to the investigation of their crimes. Sgt. Thomas Allers, 49, is the fifth and highest-ranking officer in the case to plead guilty. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison. The officer, who ran the task force for three years before being assigned to work with the Drug Enforcement Administration in mid-2016, was led into the U.S. District courtroom in a charcoal detention center jumpsuit. (Balt. Sun)

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Formerly homeless women and children move into new apartments inside a converted Baltimore Catholic school

Women and their children will move this month into a long-shuttered North Baltimore Catholic school that was converted into permanent, supportive housing as part of a $6 million renovation. The nonprofit Marian House is opening the old Blessed Sacrament School as the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building at Independence Place for 22 previously homeless families. The subsidized housing in the 4100 block of Old York Road comes with case management services and community meeting spaces. (Balt. Sun)

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Political pioneer: Purnell 1st black woman elected as Worcester Commission president

The Worcester County Commission unanimously voted to elect Diana Purnell as commission president Tuesday. A local inventor, entrepreneur and community volunteer, Purnell was elected to the commission as a District 2 representative in 2014 and served as vice president in 2017. She is taking the president's seat from Commissioner Jim Bunting, who served as commission president for the last three years. Chip Bertino, Worcester’s District 5 commissioner, said he expected Purnell to be a good fit for the position. (Daily Times)

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Lawyer for Mosby asks federal appeals panel to dismiss suit filed by five officers in Freddie Gray case

A federal appeals court is being asked to decide if Baltimore's prosecutor is immune from a lawsuit by five officers who claim she maliciously prosecuted them in the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody. Freddie Gray's death from a spinal injury in 2015 prompted days of protests and rioting in Baltimore. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six officers in Gray's arrest and death. Three were acquitted and Mosby dropped the remaining cases. Five of the six officers sued Mosby. They contend she acted as an investigator, instead of a prosecutor, and isn't immune from being sued. (Balt. Sun-AP)

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South River Federation names new executive director

A conservation nonprofit dedicated to cleaning the South River announced a new executive director Thursday. The South River Federation, which has played a large part in local oyster restoration efforts, named Elizabeth Buxton to lead its environmental efforts beginning Jan. 2. She will step in to replace Kevin Green, who has led the federation as an interim executive director since August. Kate Fritz, the nonprofit’s previous leader left in July for a position at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore gets $7.6 million from Md. for parks and community projects

The Board of Public Works unanimously approved $7.6 Million for 11 Baltimore city parks and community projects on Wednesday. The series of Maryland Department of Natural Resources items includes funding from Program Open Space Local, the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program, and the Baltimore City Direct Grant. (Daily Record)

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Property tax credit bill for retired vets, seniors approved by Harford council

Harford County Bill 17-021, which gives property tax credits to retired veterans 65 and older and senior citizens who have lived in the same house for at least 40 years, was approved by the County Council in a 5-1 vote Tuesday night. Councilman Mike Perrone cast the lone negative vote; Councilman Joe Woods was absent. Perrone stressed that every tax credit, whether for good or bad, “is a subsidy.” “Whenever we say we’re going to give a credit to someone, we have to remember that someone else is paying for that credit,” he said. The bill, which grants a 20 percent credit over five years to those eligible, is in line with state legislation that took effect in June 2016. (Aegis)

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It's official, Harford council limits public speakers

It’s official. Members of the public who want to make comments during Harford County Council meetings are limited to three minutes if speaking as an individual and five minutes if speaking for a “bona fide” organization, according to an amendment to the council’s rules of procedure approved Tuesday evening. The council voted 6-0 in favor of the amendment — Councilman Joe Woods was absent — but it generated expressions of concern from two residents who spoke during the public comment portion of the council meeting. (Aegis)

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