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Baltimore City Solicitor George A. Nilson

Apr 27, 2012

Senator to close for renovations for at least six months

The historic art deco palace in north Baltimore known as the Senator Theatre has closed — for at least six months. When it reopens around Christmas time, it will have three new theaters, a restored main auditorium complete with comfy chairs, and a tapas café with outdoor seating, all part of a $3 million facelift […]

Apr 22, 2012

Woman sues over electrical shock suffered at circuit court

A Baltimore woman who claims she suffered a debilitating shock last month while being scanned in court by a metal-detecting wand is suing the city Friday, alleging violations of her constitutional right to due process and her statutory right to reasonable accommodations under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Linda Carter filed suit in the […]

Apr 22, 2012

Board of Estimates OKs two police-related settlements

The Baltimore Board of Estimates last week approved a $155,000 settlement with a Baltimore couple who had sued the city police department after police searched the husband in the street for drugs. Wesley Williams and Shaney Pendelton, who have two children together, filed the lawsuit against three Baltimore police officers on Feb. 28, 2011 in […]

Apr 15, 2012

Baltimore, Unisys battle over breach of contract for integrated tax program

Ten years ago, Baltimore officials awarded an $11.4 million contract to Unisys Corp. to completely overhaul the city’s archaic property tax software. Phase one of the new system was to “go live” in November 2003. Since that time, there have been 20 missed deadlines and the city has spent $8 million, but it still has […]

Apr 10, 2012

Baltimore taxpayers invited to speak out on proposed city budget

The city’s Board of Estimates will hold its annual Taxpayers’ Night on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the War Memorial Building near City Hall. The event is a public forum on the proposed 2013 budget of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, which will also be the topic of several public hearings before the City Council this […]

Apr 4, 2012

City settles 90-year-old woman’s lawsuit

The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday signed off on the $95,000 settlement of a lawsuit filed by a 90-year-old former school principal who had her shoulder broken while being handcuffed by police in her home in 2007. Venus Green, of Baltimore, sought $1 million in damages from the Baltimore Police Department, the Mayor and […]

Apr 1, 2012

Recovery under LGTCA Award against police cut to $200K

The two sons and estate of a man who died of injuries sustained in the custody of Baltimore police are entitled to a total of $200,000, a Maryland appeals court said Friday. The decision by the Court of Special Appeals is the latest reduction of a jury’s $7.4 million verdict for the family and estate […]

Feb 29, 2012

Board of Estimates OKs first police-involved settlement of 2012

The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday signed off on a $70,000 settlement with three people, one a 2-year-old boy, who were injured by city police officers during a 2009 arrest. The city’s spending board approved the settlement — the first of its kind this year — with only one dissenting vote coming from City […]

Feb 22, 2012

Baltimore Grand Prix management contract approved by Board of Estimates

The city’s Board of Estimates voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve a contract with Downforce Racing LLC for the right to run the Baltimore Grand Prix for the next five years. Comptroller Joan M. Pratt and City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young voted against the contract. “Given the past experience of this event and looking […]

Nov 24, 2011

Baltimore OKs two more police settlements

The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved paying $107,500 to settle two police misconduct lawsuits, bringing the total for the year to at least $1 million. The board approved payment of $67,500 to a man who claimed he was beaten and arrested after officers mistakenly suspected him of being the “inside man” on an […]

Nov 20, 2011

Baltimore’s MBE program: New obstacles to an old goal

Nestled among patches of trees on North Rolling Road in Catonsville is a brick building that looks much like the surrounding residences, except for the white trucks in the driveway with “AWA Mechanical Inc.” painted on the sides. Inside the home, AWA’s owner, Alphonso Washington, has set up his office desk next to the kitchen. […]

Nov 17, 2011

Suit: Police ‘culture’ led to woman’s murder

Veronica Williams was stabbed to death by her husband in the middle of the day outside the courthouse where she had just gotten a protective order against him on Nov. 17, 2008. Even more shocking than the murder itself, allegations later surfaced that the Baltimore Police Department had shielded the murderer, community activist Cleaven L. […]

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