Around Maryland, Crime, Police/Fire

Former Baltimore SWAT officer sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography

BALTIMORE, MD—A former Baltimore police officer has been sentenced to more than two decades behind bars. U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher on Thursday sentenced Donald Hildebrandt, 52, of Bel Air, to 25 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The indictment was …


Crime, Police/Fire

Edgewood man indicted in 20-year-old attempted murder, rape case

PIKESVILLE, MD—A Cecil County grand jury has handed down an indictment charging a suspect in connection with a twenty-year-old attempted murder and rape investigation. The accused is identified as Bryant Nakia White, 48, of Edgewood. The indictment charges White with attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, first- and second-degree rape, assault, and other criminal charges related to the 2002 incident. White is …


Baltimore-area MS-13 gang members indicted for racketeering conspiracy, murders, attempted murders

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury in Maryland has returned an indictment charging four members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang with racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder, and drug trafficking. Three of the defendants are scheduled to have initial appearances this week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The following defendants, all from Baltimore, are charged with racketeering conspiracy: Wilson …

Eleven Maryland defendants facing federal charges relating to unemployment fraud scheme with more than $1.6 million in losses

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment adding two new defendants to the nine defendants previously charged in relation to a Maryland and California unemployment insurance fraud scheme. The superseding indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and stealing a post office key. The superseding indictment was returned on …

REAL ID enforcement deadline pushed back to 2025

WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would extend the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months, from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025. Under the new regulations published to execute this change, states will now have additional time to ensure their residents have driver’s licenses and identification cards that meet the security standards established …

Maryland receives $10.87 million in federal funds from Homeland Security to enhance state, local preparedness

REISTERSTOWN, MD—The Maryland Department of Emergency Management has distributed more than $10.87 million to prepare State and local governments against terrorist attacks. The State award was issued in May by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and MDEM recently announced its distribution to partners in Maryland. “The safety of Maryland and the protection of our residents is a top priority …

Maryland’s DNA database records 10,000th total hit

PIKESVILLE, MD—Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, this week announced the latest milestone for Maryland’s DNA database, supporting its role as a tool for law enforcement in the ongoing effort to reduce crime, apprehend criminals, and exonerate the innocent. Maryland’s DNA database, housed at the State Police Forensic Sciences Division laboratory, has now recorded 10,000 …

Maryland Department of Emergency Management receives $693,000 grant to help partners prevent targeted violence, terrorism

REISTERSTOWN, MD—The Maryland Department of Emergency Management has received a Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention grant of $693,000 to help community partners build capacity to keep Marylanders safe. The grant will cover activities from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2024. “The TVTP grant provides the funding that will improve our understanding of targeted violence aimed at public spaces where …