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Baltimore judge finds ‘presumption of vindictiveness’ in Keith Davis Jr. attempted murder case, sets evidence hearing

Finding that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her staff showed “personal animosity” toward Keith Davis Jr., a city judge ruled there was a “presumption of vindictiveness” behind prosecutors’ decision to charge Davis with attempted murder shortly after he won a fifth trial in a controversial 2015 murder case. Circuit Judge John Nugent stopped short of saying Mosby’s office was vindictive in bringing the charges against Davis — and of dismissing the charges on those grounds — but said the defense presented enough evidence of the possibility of vindictiveness to warrant Mosby’s office turn over relevant records and to hold an evidentiary hearing.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
After a year, here’s where the Mayor’s Office of Broadband and Digital Equity stands

In March of 2021, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Jason Hardebeck as the director of the newly-created Mayor’s Office of Broadband and Digital Equity. The appointment and office’s creation were seen as major steps forward, as well as proof of the city’s commitment to closing the digital divide. A year and a few months later, as part of our third Racial Equity in Tech Month, we circled back to ask community stakeholders — and Hardebeck himself — how much progress the office has made.

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Fired BPD fiscal chief indicted for federal wire fraud

The former head of fiscal services for the Baltimore Police Department, who was fired in April after officials realized he was a person of interest in a homicide investigation, has been federally indicted for wire fraud and money laundering related to COVID relief loans. Dana Hayes, 37, was arrested Wednesday night after a federal grand jury handed up the indictment last week. In addition to COVID relief fraud, Hayes is also charged with stealing the identity of a tax preparer.

One year in, Baltimore officials say 911 diversion system needs more time to prove itself

The dimly lit room on the top floor of the brick building in Southwest Baltimore hums with sounds of clacking keyboards and the slow, low voices of the call center operators. It’s early Monday morning and already the calls to Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. are flowing in at a steady clip. “Baltimore Crisis Response: here to help,” the counselors say into the phone.

Baltimore County School Board attempts to keep chief auditor’s termination permanent following lawsuit

Baltimore County School Board is fighting to ensure that Chief Auditor Andrea Barr’s last day remains June 30. The school board filed a motion for dissolution of the temporary restraining order that currently requires the board to renew Barr’s contract. Barr originally filed a lawsuit claiming her contract was terminated unlawfully by the school board, which voted 6-0 to renew her contract on May 17.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Nonprofit Sues Baltimore Law Department For ‘Obstructing Access’ To Police Conduct Records

A local nonprofit filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Baltimore City Law Department, alleging the department is conspiring with the Baltimore Police Department to obstruct access to public records of police misconduct. The Baltimore Action Legal Team, also known as BALT, is a civil rights-focused nonprofit that provides legal support. The organization is representing three plaintiffs: Open Justice Baltimore, a nongovernmental organization; Alissa Figueroa, a journalist in residence at Morgan State University; and reporter Brandon Soderberg.

Read More: WJZ
Montgomery Co. schools revise history curriculum in 4th, 5th grades

Montgomery County Public Schools’ new social studies framework will expose fourth- and fifth-graders to more American history — particularly Black history — at a younger age. The new curriculum will incorporate anti-bias and anti-racist content and local history about Montgomery County, according to Tracy Oliver-Gary, the district’s social studies supervisor. It was presented to the county school board this week and received unanimous approval.

Maryland law enforcement agencies expand jurisdiction on I-83 and Route 295 into Baltimore City starting Friday

Three law enforcement agencies in Maryland and Baltimore City Police have entered into an agreement to provide concurrent jurisdiction over Interstate 83 and Route 295 into Baltimore City. The Maryland State Police, the Maryland Transportation Authority and Maryland Capitol Police will extend patrol responsibilities beginning at midnight Friday, according to a state police news release.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Crime Without Punishment: Homicide Clearance Rates Are Declining Across The US. Baltimore’s Is Down To 42%

Baltimore has seen so much pain, with more than 1,500 people killed in the past five years. More than half of those killings remain unsolved. WJZ, in collaboration with CBS News, is examining a crime often going without punishment in our country. The national homicide clearance rate is at an all-time low, according to FBI data. In the mid-1960s more than 90% of murders were solved, generally resulting in an arrest.

Read More: WJZ
4th of July returns in person, but only for some

In-person Independence Day celebrations, with explosive fireworks displays, are coming back to many places after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of live events — especially those with large crowds. But while some cities will welcome throngs of people looking for anything to do outside of the house, others are running into surprising obstacles with supply, labor and pricing. Some cities, including College Park and Ocean City, have canceled their fireworks shows or had to come up with alternative plans.

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