New police oversight chair says he took position contingent on his predecessor remaining on board

The new chair of a panel tasked with reviewing civilian oversight of the Baltimore Police Department under the city’s consent decree made clear in a letter to city and Justice Department officials on Tuesday that he had accepted the position on the condition that his predecessor be allowed to remain on the board. Marvin McKenstry, the previous chair of the Civilian Oversight Task Force, resigned the position late last week after The Baltimore Sun published police body-camera video showing him clashing with a sergeant during a traffic stop last month. (Balt. Sun)

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Crackdown to protect pedestrians: Montgomery County effort coincides with startling report on traffic deaths

Montgomery County police stepped up traffic enforcement efforts around three schools Tuesday afternoon as part of a regional campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. On Tuesday, police planned to simultaneously target the streets around three Montgomery County schools — Richard Montgomery High School, Walter Johnson High School and  White Oak Middle School — between noon and 3 p.m., a period when some students also leave their buildings for lunch. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland KKK leader pleads no contest to firing gun at Charlottesville white nationalist rally

A Maryland man who has identified himself as a Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard was found guilty Tuesday for illegally firing a weapon during last year’s volatile “Unite the Right” rally in the Charlottesville’s downtown. Richard W. Preston Jr., 53, had planned on going to trial on the gamble that he could possibly persuade a jury that he had acted in defense of himself or others — an argument he made at earlier stages of his case. But on Tuesday, Preston abandoned that strategy and pleaded no contest to the charge of firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school property. After entering his plea, prosecutors laid out the case they would have presented at trial. Immediately afterward, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Moore found Preston guilty. (Balt. Sun)

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New internal affairs chief is second former DEA official to join Baltimore Police command

Baltimore Police Commissioner Daryl De Sousa has appointed a second former Drug Enforcement Administration official to his top command staff, this time overseeing internal affairs. Chief David Cali, who spent 27 years as a DEA agent, now heads the police department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which oversees internal affairs, anti-corruption and ethical investigations, and the equal opportunity and diversity section. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Ravens cover $9,000 in adoption costs for BARCS' Pawject Runway event

Last year, Torrey Smith and his wife, Chanel, were the behind-the-scenes stars of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter’s annual Pawject Runway event. This year, they got some help from two other former Ravens. BARCS announced on its Facebook page Monday night that Carolina Panthers wide receiver Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen and New England Patriots defensive end Lawrence Guy, all of whom have taken in rescue pets, are donating a combined $9,000 to cover the adoption fees for Pawject Runway animals, "and then some." (Balt. Sun)

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‘Hey Liberals’: After complaints, pro-Trump billboard in Md. will come down

A pro-Trump billboard that’s raising the eyebrows of drivers and Facebook users in Calvert County, Maryland, won’t stick around much longer. A photo of it went viral on Facebook. “When we have very little … going on in Calvert County, very little crime, [and] something like this pops up, it gets a lot of attention,” said Sheriff Mike Evans. The sign went up recently along Maryland Route 4 at Bowie Shop Road, and is visible to northbound traffic. An individual paid for the sign, not the county’s Republican Party. The sheriff has been told by the county state’s attorney that there is nothing criminal about the billboard, but the county has received complaints. (WTOP)

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Harford Council approves hiring outside counsel for rubblefill judgement appeal

Harford County will hire the Baltimore-based law firm Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP to assist with its appeal of the $45.4 million judgment awarded by a jury last month to Maryland Reclamation Associates. At its legislative meeting May 1, the Harford County Council voted unanimously in favor of County Attorney Melissa Lambert’s request to hire outside counsel Tuesday evening. The council is required by county charter to approve such hirings. “The county is fast preparing for post-trial motions and appeal,” Lambert said. (Aegis)

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Budgets, ethics, agriculture preservation key topics at Carroll District 1 candidate forum

Two candidates for the District 1 commissioner seat answered more than a dozen questions Monday night ranging from topics on the opioid crisis, the recently passed county ethics ordinance, the fiscal year 2019 budget, agriculture preservation and the future of the volunteer fire companies during a candidate forum. Stephen Wantz, a Republican and the current commissioner in the district who lives in Westminster, is running against Katherine Adelaide, a Republican from Taneytown. Adelaide told the full crowd at the Taneytown Senior Center she is a woman of faith and a strong conservative who believes rights come from God. (Carr. Co. Times)

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