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Top Stories: Family Praises Caring Baltimore Cop, Hunt Cup on ’60 Minutes,’ Sascha’s Café Building Up for Sale

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 28, 2017 5:03pm

Our top story this week offered some great press for the Baltimore Police Department, which has a very caring and dedicated member in Officer Pierre Dolcine.

Baltimoreans Dawson and Jennifer Nolley reached out to Baltimore Fishbowl writer Ed Gunts to share their touching tale involving Officer Dolcine. It all began with a nasty car accident at Northern Parkway and Loch Raven Boulevard. As they tell it, Jennifer and their two daughters, Elizabeth, 3, and Kathryn, nine months, were in a car at the intersection when their vehicle was sent airborne into a lamp post by another vehicle. Luckily, no one in the car was seriously hurt, but the girls still needed medical attention.

Here’s an excerpt from Dawson Nolley’s letter about what followed:

Office Dolcine was exactly what we needed and infinitely more than we could have hoped for. He was present, he was sincere, and he was genuinely concerned. He was helpful, not just to Jennifer and me, but to Elizabeth. Within seconds, he had her smiling and laughing. He made her comfortable with the EMT’s and the ambulance; he made her excited about a ride to the hospital.

Dolcine stuck around at the hospital, and even followed up with the family afterward. It made for a heartwarming account for a city scarred by tensions between police and residents. Click here to read the full letter.

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Friday Morning Headlines: Plans to Rebuild Druid Hill Park Pool; Humpback Whale Deaths in Md. Waters; and More

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 28, 2017 7:24am

Baltimore fire department: Cause of fire that killed 6 kids undetermined — WTOP

After 63 years, Druid Hill Park Pool is slated to be rebuilt — Baltimore Brew

Born Prematurely With Crack In His System, Baltimore Man Now Beating The Odds — CBS Baltimore

NOAA investigating spate of humpback whale deaths, including two in Maryland waters — Baltimore Sun

Kim Chase’s death raises more questions about the Southwestern police precinct — City Paper

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Years Later, Authorities Say They Have Caught 3-Year-Old McKenzie Elliott’s Killer

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 4:04pm

A poster of McKenzie Elliott, 3, who was killed in a shooting in Waverly in August 2014. Photo via BPD spokesman T.J. Smith/Twitter.

On a Friday evening in summer 2014, as three-year-old McKenzie Elliot stood outside on her family’s porch in Waverly, gunfire erupted nearby. When it was over, Elliott had been fatally wounded by a stray round. The murder sent chills throughout Baltimore.

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Family Praises City Police Officer for Being ‘Exactly What We Needed’ After Severe Car Accident

5 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 3:22pm

Photo courtesy Dawson and Jennifer Nolley

Baltimoreans hear a lot about city police officers when they do something wrong. But recently, one Baltimore resident, Dawson Nolley, wanted to get the word out about an instance where an officer was a hero to his family.

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Woman Dies 11 Days After Being Arrested by Baltimore Police and Collapsing in Cell

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 3:27pm

Photo via National Police Car Archives

A woman who suddenly collapsed and fell severely ill after she was arrested by Baltimore police officers last week passed away today.

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City to Appoint Five Baltimoreans to Help Reform Civilian Review Board, with Hope of Holding Officers More Accountable for Misconduct

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 1:57pm

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Mayor Catherine Pugh wants you…to help oversee a crucial component of court-ordered police reform in Baltimore.

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Federal Judge Signs Off on Court-Ordered Reforms for Baltimore Police Department

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 07, 2017 12:45pm

It’s official: The Baltimore Police Department is now bound by court order to overhaul a broad range of its investigative practices and departmental policies.

Judge James Bredar of the U.S. District Court of Maryland today approved the 227-page agreement negotiated between city and federal attorneys this past fall and winter. In an official order, Bredar declined the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for additional time to review it, as requested on Thursday during a public hearing.

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DOJ Again Asks for More Time to Review Baltimore Police Reforms, While NAACP Moves to Halt Further Delays

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 07, 2017 9:36am

Baltimoreans convened yesterday at a federal courthouse downtown to make their voices heard about a pending consent decree to reform the Baltimore Police Department. Amid their testimony, attorneys from the Trump administration’s Department of Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund moved in opposite directions to influence the fate of the binding agreement.

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Judge Denies DOJ’s Impromptu Request to Delay Baltimore Police Consent Decree Hearing

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 4:48pm

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A public hearing about a consent decree that would require the Baltimore Police Department to undertake sweeping new reforms will go on as planned, a federal judge in Baltimore ruled on Wednesday.

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‘Open City Hall,’ Launched Today, Lets Baltimore Residents Tell Officials How they Really Feel

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 3:12pm

Baltimore City has taken another step to encourage digital communication with residents through a new platform called Open City Hall.

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