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Baltimore County FOP issues vote of no confidence in police Chief Melissa Hyatt; Olszewski says he fully supports her

The union representing Baltimore County police officers issued a vote of no confidence in police Chief Melissa Hyatt on Monday evening in a rare move signaling displeasure in the department’s top leadership. The meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4 was closed to the media, but FOP President Dave Folderauer wrote in a letter to County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. made public following the vote that the membership had “lost all faith and confidence in Melissa Hyatt.”

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Marilyn Mosby’s Trial Still On Track For Sept. 19, According To Amended Schedule Filed Monday

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s trial on charges that include perjury is still on track for Sept. 19, according to an amended scheduling order filed in U.S. District Court on Monday. Under the current timeline, federal prosecutors will have to file motions by July 15, and the defense will have two weeks to respond. A final pre-trial status conference and hearing on motions is scheduled for Sept. 14.

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Sgt. Boatwright calls out Councilman Cohen over incident that incited ‘bullying’

Sgt. Clyde Boatwright called out Councilman Zeke Cohen on the C4 and Bryan Nehman show over his response to a video involving Baltimore City school police and a bicyclist on school grounds. On May 22, Cohen retweeted a video of the incident with the following caption: “I asked BCPSS leadership for a status update on our commitment to becoming a Restorative District. In 2020 OSI published a report on 18 schools that implemented Restorative Practices. They found a 44% reduction in suspensions + vastly improved climate.”

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Maryland’s Sen. Van Hollen Returns Home After Minor Stroke

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen is home again after suffering a minor stroke, tweeting Sunday that it was great to be home “after a long week.” The Maryland Democrat said in a statement May 15 that he experienced lightheadedness and acute neck pain while delivering a speech in western Maryland. On the advice of a physician, he sought medical attention upon his return home and he was treated at George Washington University Hospital. An angiogram indicated a minor stroke in the form of a small venous tear at the back of his head, Van Hollen said.

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Van Hollen discharged from the hospital, recovering from minor stroke

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was discharged from the hospital Saturday after suffering what he said was a minor stroke, and is now recovering at home, a spokesman for the senator said Sunday afternoon. Van Hollen was admitted to George Washington University Hospital last Saturday after experiencing acute neck pain and lightheadedness while delivering a speech at a Democratic event. He managed to get through the speech — at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort — and attendees said he did not appear to be in any distress.

Baltimore Officials, Gubernatorial Candidates Step Up Debate on Public Safety Issues

Crime is beginning to dominate the conversation among city officials in Baltimore and Democrats seeking to become governor. Baltimore’s murder count for 2022 continues to rise and, at a Thursday news conference, city councilmembers called for Mayor Brandon Scott (D) to act. As the Baltimore City Council prepares to hold budget hearings at the end of the month, Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr. of Leadenhall Baptist Church joined council members Eric T. Costello (D), Sharon Green Middleton (D), Mark Conway (D), Antonio Glover (D), Isaac Yitzy Schleiffer (D) and Robert R. Stokes Sr. (D) in requesting that Scott ask Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) for assistance in driving down the city’s homicide rate.

Residents question $4.7 million for projects on ‘some of the wildest lands in Maryland’

Millions of state dollars have been dedicated for a project that appears to be in a legally protected wild river corridor, however specific plans haven’t been discussed publicly. Senate Bill 291, signed this week by Gov. Larry Hogan, includes a $700,000 grant to the Garrett County Board of Commissioners “for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of capital improvements at Sang Run State Park at Youghiogheny River Trail Section 2 from Swallow Falls to Sang Run, including maintenance and repair projects.”

Rep. Harris hit for speech to CPAC conference in Hungary

First District congressional candidate Heather Mizeur (D) rebuked incumbent Rep. Andy Harris (R) on Friday for speaking to a conservative conference taking place in Hungary. In a statement, she accused him of being an embarrassment and a “failed” representative who clings to “radical” views. CPAC Hungary, a three-day event in Budapest, features Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán and Fox talk show host Tucker Carlson, both of whom have embraced race-conscious immigration and abortion policies that are gaining traction on the right.

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The Post endorses Tom Perez in Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary

Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is notable for its array of impressively credentialed candidates, including two former U.S. Cabinet secretaries; one who ran a major county; one who has held statewide office for nearly 16 years; and another who led a poverty-fighting philanthropy. Even in that distinguished field, the choice for us in the July 19 primary is clear: Tom Perez would make an outstanding governor.

Calling Baltimore’s violence ‘beyond comprehension,’ Council group orders police response plan by budget time

A group of Baltimore City Council members is calling on the Baltimore Police Department to draft and submit a short-term crime plan to ease violence in the city as well as making other demands ahead of budget discussions next month. In a letter to Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Councilman Eric Costello, backed by Councilmembers Sharon Green Middleton, Mark Conway, Antonio Glover, Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer and Robert Stokes, labeled the current level of violence “beyond comprehension.”

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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