Ex-Philly of­fi­cer pleads guilty to cor­rup­tion in Bal­ti­more

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Gov. Ho­gan says Durkin fir­ing not the end of story

BAL­TI­MORE (AP)

— Though DJ Durkin has been fired as Mary­land’s foot­ball coach, Gov. Larry Ho­gan says ques­tions re­main re­gard­ing the de­ci­sion to re­in­state him in the first place.

Ho­gan was among sev­eral state politi­cians who crit­i­cized the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Mary­land board of re­gents for re­in­stat­ing Durkin from ad­min­is­tra­tive leave on Tues­day. Ho­gan ap­proved the de­ci­sion by Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Wal­lace Loh on Wed­nes­day to dis­miss Durkin, say­ing Thurs­day, “We’re in a bet­ter place.”

Ho­gan can’t un­der­stand how the board reached the de­ci­sion to bring back Durkin, and plans to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter next week’s gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion.

“We’ve called for pub­lic hear­ings to get to the bot­tom of this and fig­ure out if more needs to be done,” Ho­gan said. “We can ask for peo­ples’ res­ig­na­tions at some point if we feel that that’s the proper step, but the last thing we’re go­ing to do is try to politi­cize the process four days be­fore an elec­tion.

“We’re go­ing to do a thor­ough re­view. We’re go­ing to find out what hap­pened and get to the bot­tom of it.”

Other ac­cu­sa­tions against the hos­pi­tal re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice: Just cleared Bal­ti­more of­fi­cer kicked hole in desk

BAL­TI­MORE (AP)

— Less than three weeks af­ter he was cleared of as­sault charges, a Bal­ti­more po­lice of­fi­cer is ac­cused of de­stroy­ing po­lice prop­erty worth $600.

Cit­ing charg­ing doc­u­ments, news out­lets re­port 33-yearold Kevin Bat­ti­paglia “mule kicked” a hole in a po­lice sta­tion’s front desk and smashed a glass door Sun­day, upon be­ing told he had to work Hal­loween night.

Po­lice say he tried to cover the desk’s hole with a poster, but was cap­tured on sur­veil­lance video. Bat­ti­paglia didn’t re­spond to re­quests for com­ment through the depart­ment.

Bat­ti­paglia was ac­quit­ted of as­sault charges Oct. 11 in con­nec­tion with the Dec. 24 ar­rest of a 21-year-old man. Prose­cu­tors said he in­ten­tion­ally clubbed the flee­ing man with his ba­ton, frac­tur­ing his jaw and knock­ing him un­con­scious. De­fense at­tor­neys ar­gued it was an ac­ci­den­tal col­li­sion.

Trial wind­ing down for man charged in po­lice sta­tion at­tack

UP­PER MARL­BORO (AP)

— A trial is near­ing an end for a man charged with mur­der for at­tack­ing a Mary­land po­lice sta­tion be­fore an of­fi­cer mis­tak­enly shot and killed an un­der­cover nar­cotics de­tec­tive.

Ju­rors are ex­pected to hear at­tor­neys’ clos­ing ar­gu­ments on Thurs­day. Michael Ford is on trial in the March 2016 shoot­ing death of Prince Ge­orge’s County po­lice de­tec­tive Ja­cai Colson.

Ford tes­ti­fied Wed­nes­day that he was try­ing to get him­self killed when he opened fire on the sta­tion, and never mean to harm oth­ers. He fired up to 23 shots and didn’t hit any­one.

Author­i­ties say Of­fi­cer Tay­lor Krauss mis­took his fel­low of­fi­cer for a threat and shot Colson once in the chest af­ter the de­tec­tive ex­changed gun­fire with Ford.

Ford is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, at­tempted mur­der, as­sault and other of­fenses.

— A fired Philadel­phia po­lice of­fice pleaded guilty in Bal­ti­more Thurs­day to be­ing in­volved in what’s con­sid­ered to be one of the worst U.S. po­lice cor­rup­tion scan­dals in re­cent mem­ory.

The Bal­ti­more Sun re­ported Thurs­day that Eric Snell pleaded guilty three days into his trial on charges that he con­spired to sell drugs with cor­rupt mem­bers of Bal­ti­more’s Gun Trace Task Force.

BAL­TI­MORE (AP)

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