‘What we have today ... is the entire weight of the federal government': Baltimore police begin partnership to fight crime

Baltimore police are teaming up with state and federal agencies on a three-year initiative to fight violent crime, gangs and the drug trade. Tuesday marked the kickoff of the city’s participation in the National Public Safety Partnership, a federal crime-fighting program with the U.S. Justice Department. “We all understand what has to be done now," said U.S Attorney Robert K. Hur at a press conference that same day. “We understand that cooperation is critical within the police department, federal prosecutors, federal agents and the State Attorney’s office." (Balt. Sun)

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Summer food programs fulfill a serious need

Summer food programs exist across the country because children in poverty often go hungry during school breaks (weekends, holidays and summer vacation). The programs are federally funded and administered by the states. According to the USDA, “The summer food program provides an opportunity to continue a child’s physical and social development while providing nutritious meals. It helps children return to school ready to learn.” When children are fed properly, they are healthier and happier. (News-Post)

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Plane crashes into Ocean City beach: Police

 

Maryland State Police said no one was injured when an airplane crash landed into the shallow water just off the beach Tuesday evening. Maryland State Police say the pilot was Trevor Deihl, 23 of Reedville, Virginia. Deihl was planning to land at the Ocean City Airport, police said. "He said he was about one mile off shore when he began having engine trouble and ultimately glided the plane into the ocean," according to the release.  (Delmarva)

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Dirt Bikes Could Help Crime Rate Drop And End Street ‘Beefs,’ Baltimore Rider Says

Dirt bikers have raced through Baltimore for more than 50 years drawing spectators and terrifying others. They’re illegal, but they can be seen dodging in and out of traffic, popping wheelies, sometimes causing accidents and even deaths — fueling controversy and outrage. WJZ’s Rick Ritter got a rare point of view, speaking with a dirtbiker himself, who says you’d be surprised at who’s behind the wheel, saying there are lawyers and even police officers who ride as well. (WJZ)

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Hagerstown to consult Md. Stadium Authority about next phase of stadium study

A second stadium site has joined the conversation as Hagerstown officials picked up discussions Tuesday on what to do next in pursuit of its next major project. After an hour-plus-long discussion, a majority of the Hagerstown City Council agreed to have city staff members contact the Maryland Stadium Authority. They will learn more about a phase-two study into a downtown multiuse ballpark at West Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue. (Herald Mail)

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Baltimore County physician’s assistant pleads guilty to opioid distribution conspiracy, admits sexual contact with clients

A Baltimore County physician’s assistant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute several prescription drugs as he admitted he helped prescribe several opioids, including fentanyl, not for legitimate medical purposes and engaged in sexual contact with some of his female clients. William Soyke, 66, of Hanover, Pa., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone and alprazolam while he was a physician’s assistant at the Rosen-Hoffberg Rehabilitation and Pain Management clinic in Towson. (Balt. Sun)

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Soulful Symphony founder recovering from crash

Soulful Symphony's "Slang!" concert is being postponed after the orchestra's founder and artistic director, Darin Atwater, was injured in a car accident. Atwater is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a broken rib, a pinched nerve and other injuries, the orchestra announced Tuesday in a statement. "Slang!," originally set for July 28, will be moved to a date in October that will be announced later this month, according to the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission and Soulful Symphony. (WBAL)

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BPD Sgt. Bill Shiflett Injured, Two Dead In Shooting At Baltimore Methadone Clinic

Two people are dead, including the suspect, and two people, including a Baltimore City police sergeant, were injured in a shooting at a drug rehabilitation center in Baltimore Monday morning. Police responded to a report of an active shooter situation at a methadone clinic in the 2100 block of Maryland Avenue around 7:09 a.m. When officers arrived they were told by people outside that there was a person inside with a gun who had fired shots inside the building. (WJZ)

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