Judge rules defense can call former Gun Trace Task Force officers in 2016 Baltimore shooting case

Four former Gun Trace Task Force officers could be called by defense attorneys to testify against a man charged in a 2016 shooting, a judge ruled Thursday. Baltimore Circuit Judge Marcus Z. Shar ruled against the Baltimore State’s Attorneys Office, which sought to keep former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, Detective Maurice Ward, Detective Evodio Hendrix and Detective Marcus Taylor from being called to testify before jurors. Prosecutors said the federal corruption case against the officers would unfairly prejudice jurors. (Balt. Sun)

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February 15 // The effects of Maryland's unique health care system

States' broad flexibility over health policy can produce some awkward effects for health care providers that operate across state lines — as Johns Hopkins Health System can show you. The bottom line: Johns Hopkins mostly operates in Maryland, which caps hospital revenue. But it also owns a facility outside of the state that is not bound to those restrictions. And you can tell the difference by looking at their bottom lines. (Axios)

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Mayor Pugh says she won't disband Baltimore Police Department, despite calls after corruption trial

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said Wednesday that she has no intention of disbanding a police department beset by distrust stemming from the federal corruption investigation that concluded this week after convicting a total of eight city officers. “I’m not disbanding the police department,” Pugh said at her weekly Wednesday news conference. Del. Bilal Ali, a Baltimore Democrat, proposed disbanding the police department and rebuilding it in ways that could restore trust with the community. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore doesn't plan to pay victims who sue police convicted in gun task force case, solicitor says

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis said Wednesday that city officials do not plan to cover any costs or damages arising out of civil lawsuits filed against convicted police officers who were members of the Gun Trace Task Force. The corrupt officers, he said, are on their own. Dozens of state and federal lawsuits are expected against the eight task force members who were convicted of various federal crimes, including racketeering and robbery. Six pleaded guilty, while two were convicted at trial this week. (Balt. Sun)

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Attorneys release video from Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force raid; criticize state's attorney for inaction

Attorneys seeking to link the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office to a failure to curb crimes being committed by the Gun Trace Task Force on Wednesday released video from a 2016 raid on a luxury Canton condo where a convicted detective has admitted an expensive handbag was stolen. The video shows Sgt. Wayne Jenkins walking to a front desk wearing no discernible police gear. They say Jenkins can be seen trying to talk his way into the apartment, then returning with a police vest slung over his shoulder and accompanied by Detectives Momodu Gondo and Daniel Hersl, who waves paperwork at a security attendant. (Balt. Sun)

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County departments merged to create Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development; Parrish named director

County Executive Barry Glassman issued an executive order Wednesday consolidating two county departments to create the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development. The new office will improve efficiencies and strengthen opportunities for business development and community stability with a focus on jobs, transportation, and housing. Effective immediately, Leonard Parrish, Harford County’s director of Housing and Community Development will become acting director of the new office, which merges his department with the county’s Office of Economic Development. (Dagger)

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Baltimore bike lane construction delayed again, amid fire code concerns

Baltimore bicyclists may have to wait nearly another year for protected bike lanes on Monument, Centre and Madison streets. The city’s Board of Estimates approved a 318-day extension on Wednesday — a move that frustrated bike advocates. The vote allows the city to delay for a second time construction on the Downtown Bike Network to reconfigure the lanes to maintain 20-foot street clearance for fire department vehicles. (Balt. Sun)

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Officer injured, two in custody in shooting incident near NSA security gate

Two people were in federal custody Wednesday, and three people were recovering from injuries after authorities said the driver of a rented sport utility vehicle tried to enter a secured area of the top-secret National Security Agency. Authorities quickly concluded the incident was not terrorism. In late afternoon, an FBI spokesman said one theory being investigated is whether the driver mistakenly turned onto a restricted parkway exit and panicked when he saw heavily armed police. (Wash. Post)

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