- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 11, 2009



Threats on officers not tied to shootings

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None of the “significant” threats against officers in the past two years was made in response to an officer-involved shooting, Baltimore police said.

Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld cited threats against officers as a reason for withholding the names of officers involved in shootings. The department adopted that policy in January.

Commissioner Bealefeld mentioned 23 threats against officers last year in a recent appearance before the City Council to explain the policy. But police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the commissioner never meant to imply that the 23 threats were tied to police shootings.

Ryan O’Doherty, a spokesman for City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said the statistic “should have been characterized more appropriately.”


MTA bus crashes into Baltimore hotel

A bus crashed into a hotel in downtown Baltimore on Tuesday morning, a Maryland Transit Administration official said.

An SUV hit the bus transporting seven people at the intersection of East Lombard and South Calvert streets about 5:15 a.m., MTA spokeswoman Jawauna Greene said.

The collision sent the bus into the Brookshire Suites hotel on the corner, Ms. Greene said. Two people were transported from the scene with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening, she said.

There was extensive damage to the bus and SUV and some damage to the hotel. The crash is still under investigation, she said.


Bill on abuse charges fails after debate

Maryland’s House of Delegates rejected a bill Tuesday that would allow people to keep requests for protective orders that have been filed against them out of public view if the orders are dropped.

The bill failed on a 64-69 vote after a long debate.

Bill supporters say the information can create problems for people seeking work or loans, even if they did nothing wrong.

But opponents say the bill would have eroded protections for domestic-violence victims.



Judge OKs award in mower death

The parents of a Botetourt County boy who died when he was run over by a riding lawn mower will receive $380,398 apiece from a jury award in their lawsuit against the manufacturer.

Another $760,797 will go into a trust fund for Ron and Kristie Simmons’ other son. The remainder will go to the family’s attorneys.

Roanoke Circuit Court Judge Clifford Weckstein signed an order Monday directing the distribution of the payout by MTD Products Inc. With interest, the $2 million award is now more than $2.5 million.

A jury in June 2006 found MTD Products liable for the 2004 death of Justin Simmons at a day care center run at a Daleville home. The mower rolled off a hill and onto him as he played in the yard.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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