Report: Theft/burglary suspects were part of Occupy Baltimore

More details at The Quinton Report - the new blog from Inside Charm City Publisher Jeff Quinton.

Occupy Baltimore removed from McKeldin Square


Police moved into the Occupy Baltimore encampment at around 3 am Tuesday to remove the protesters that have been in McKeldin Square for the last two months.

The area around the encampment is flooded with police cars and Pratt Street is blocked off.

It appears to be a peaceful raid, but police are out in full riot gear.

The city recently denied the permit extension for the camp and cut off their power supply. Several incidents, including a stabbing have also occurred at the encampment recently.

A statement from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

“The City of Baltimore is committed to protecting individuals’ right to protest. However, our public parks and green-spaces should not be treated as permanent campgrounds and camping is prohibited. Individuals are free to peaceably assemble and demonstrate within the currently established guidelines. My administration is also committed to providing outreach and assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness.”

O’Malley re-elected chair of DGA


Governor Martin O’ Malley has tweeted he is honored to be re-elected by his colleagues as the Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association for a second term. The Washington Post Reports the nation’s 20 Democratic governors re-elected O’Malley Tuesday as head of their national political organization, assuring O’Malley a national voice in the run-up to the 2012 Election.

Audit finds creative accounting and “conspiracy” led to waste at SHA Reporter

A recent state audit points to millions of dollars in cost overruns coupled with attempts to hide the figures by the State Highway Administration.

The Office of Legislative Audits uncovered what is characterized as a conspiracy to skirt the law in a new report, including allegations that contractors on state highway projects often used creative accounting to to transfer unspent funds to other projects.

The report released in the past few days also points to sloppy documentation and efforts to avoid approval by the Board of Public Works to modify contracts.

An earlier audit in July detailed potentially criminal cases.

But the more recent one backed away from that finding.

Maryland’s Comptroller Peter Franchot said, “What the audit describes is basically a conspiracy between the state bureacracy and the private sector vendors to hide money from the Board of Public Works’ scrutiny.”

More than $11 million dollars was moved around, according to the audit.

State Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim Staley told that she has been trying to correct the problems.

Stabbing at Occupy Baltimore in Dispute Over a Cat (Incident report can be found here)

Baltimore Police were called to the site of the anti-Wall Street protesters last Friday.

City police say a woman told officers she was stabbed in the leg and arm by another woman at McKeldin Square around midnight.

The stabbing apparently happened after an argument over a cat.

The victim told detectives that the suspect who is identified as Desire Nicholson of Halethorpe grabbed the cat out of her hand then kicked her in the stomach and then stabbed her.

Nicholson is charged with aggravated assault.

The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she was last listed in stable condition.

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