Baltimore jury awards over $1.7 million in lead paint case

A Baltimore jury this week awarded more than $1.7 million to a brain-damaged victim of lead poisoning sustained during the 18 months the then-preschooler lived in a rental property in the city in the late 1990s. The circuit court jury deliberated for about two hours before finding City Homes Inc. liable for negligently managing Dilan Sumpter’s North Wolfe Street early childhood home, where he ingested flaking and peeling paint, according to his trial counsel. (Daily Record)


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Two claim medical negligence at Md. corrections facilities

Two inmates filed suits against the health care provider for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services this week, claiming medical negligence and constitutional violations. Both lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday, allege negligence by Wexford Health Sources Inc., the medical care contractor for Maryland corrections since 2012. (Daily Record)

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New Harford Circuit Court drug court focuses on underlying addiction, not the crime itself

Amanda Oliver is facing up to 20 years in jail on drug charges and hasn’t seen her 3-year-old son or her stepson since she was arrested on a probation violation on Easter. Twelve years in jail loom in front of Hayward Henderson — also on drug charges. He was in rehab but walked away. Both of them have previously sought help for their addictions, but were unsuccessful. This time, they’re enrolling in Harford County Circuit Court’s drug court — not only to help keep them out of jail, but more importantly, Judge Kevin Mahoney said, to treat their addictions. (Aegis)

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Special Olympics Torch Run comes through Harford County

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics traveled through Harford County Tuesday, along Route 40 from Havre de Grace to Joppa. Officers from Havre de Grace Police Department received the torch Monday in Cecil County and brought it back to the city. “We will guard the law enforcement torch until we use it [Tuesday] for the Harford County Torch Run,” Havre de Grace Police posted on its Facebook page. “If you see us running tomorrow, please wave and say hi. We do this run to raise awareness about the Maryland Special Olympics.” (Aegis)

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Harford Councilman Johnson announces community cleanup, fair Saturday in Edgewood to remember gun violence victims

Harford County Councilman Andre Johnson is encouraging people to remember victims of gun violence this weekend by wearing orange, as well as take part in a Wear Orange Community Cleanup and Fair happening in Edgewood Saturday. Johnson said he plans to attend the event, which he stressed is “completely free” of charge, and he encouraged his council colleagues and others to join him. ()

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New Baltimore Police policy gives Harrison a week to weigh releasing video of officer-involved shootings

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison introduced a new policy Wednesday that allows him to take up to a week after a police shooting to determine whether body camera footage will be released to the public. Although the department hasn’t had a formal policy for years, previous commissioners have consistently opted to release video footage after police-involved shootings or major incidents, often within days of the incident. The decision rests solely with Harrison — but he will now seek input from federal and local prosecutors, and the Baltimore Office of Civil Rights when deciding whether to release footage publicly. (Balt. Sun)

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Opioid users in Baltimore and elsewhere say they would use designated sites to consume drugs

As Baltimore grapples with an opioid epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives in recent years, a new study suggests that users would like to do something to confront the dangers even if they aren’t ready for treatment. A new study by researchers in the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health found 77 percent of opioid users surveyed in the hard-hit cities of Baltimore, Boston and Providence, R.I., support establishing designated spaces where they could be supplied with sterile syringes and have medical support in case of overdose. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Leaders Propose Rules For Dockless Vehicles

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) announced Wednesday the publication of proposed rules and regulations that will formalize the Dockless Vehicle Program. Those rules and regulations are now available for public comment. Dockless Vehicles do not need to be parked in a bike rack or any other designated location. They are equipped with GPS technology and can be left almost anywhere. Following the passing of Council Bill 19-0324, BCDOT released the proposed rules and regulations for its first annual Dockless Vehicle Permit and has opened a 30-day public comment period. (WJZ-TV)

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