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Author Archives: Heather Cobun

Heather Cobun is the trial courts reporter at The Daily Record. Got news? Call her at (443) 524-8191. Follow her on Twitter: @hcobun.

OPD petitions high court to act quickly to reduce juvenile jail population

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Maryland’s public defenders are asking the Court of Appeals to immediately reduce the number of youths in juvenile jails and prisons in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “This petition seeks extraordinary relief for extraordinary circumstances,” begins the petitioners’ brief, filed ...

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Man sues Elkton police for excessive force, wrongful arrest

The Edward A. Garmatz United States Courthouse in Baltimore. (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

An Elkton man has filed suit against the town’s police department and two officers, alleging he was forcefully arrested without cause at his home in 2018. Darryl T. Wilson claims Officers Enos Detweiler and Jakob Brown came to his home for ...

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City IG finds timesheet fraud, misuse of vehicle by DPW employee

Baltimore City Inspector General Isabell Cumming's office was granted broader powers and independence in a 2018 ballot referendum. (File Photo)

A Baltimore City Department of Public Works employee was terminated last month for submitting false timesheets and using a city vehicle for personal business, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General. The OIG received a complaint ...

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Judge dismisses counts, keeps potential claim against city in GTTF suit

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A federal judge dismissed portions of a man’s lawsuit against former Gun Trace Task Force members Tuesday but preserved a claim that the city is liable for allowing the Baltimore Police Department to develop a culture of violating citizens’ rights. ...

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Frederick faces suit over alleged free speech violations at protests

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A Virginia man filed suit against Frederick and its police chief Monday, alleging officers violated his free speech rights by restricting the abilities of animal rights advocates to protest horse-drawn carriage rides. Jason Saltz wanted to protest the carriage rides ...

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Baltimore Clean Air Act is invalidated by federal judge

The smokestack of the Wheelabrator waste-to-energy incenerator is seen from Russell Street. (Photo submitted by Emma Moore)

A federal judge has struck down Baltimore’s Clean Air Act, finding the ordinance is preempted by state environmental law. The BCAA, signed into law in March 2019, imposed emissions standards that were intentionally more stringent than state and federal laws. Incinerator ...

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4th Circuit requests additional facts in cell site simulator case

This undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows the StingRay II, manufactured by Harris Corporation, of Melbourne, Fla., a cellular site simulator used for surveillance purposes. A police officer testified Wednesday, April 8, 2015, that the Baltimore Police Department has used Hailstorm, a upgraded version of the StringRay surveillance device, 4,300 times and believes it is under orders by the U.S. government to withhold evidence from criminal trials and ignore subpoenas in cases where the device is used. (AP Photo/U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

A federal appeals court remanded a Baltimore man’s lawsuit over the use of a cell site simulator to locate him, ordering the trial court to make more factual findings about the device. Kerron Andrews filed suit arguing the Baltimore Police Department violated his ...

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Ombudsman: Agencies should aim to respond to information requests

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State and local agencies are adjusting to reduced in-office staffing and to remote work but are still receiving Maryland Public Information Act requests — which they may not be able to process. PIA Ombudsman Lisa Kershner said her office has ...

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