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A judge passes, Book Thing repairs, and police body cameras

Former Baltimore judge dies

Thomas Ward, a former city judge and councilman, passed away on Sunday afternoon. As a member of the City Council during the 1960s, Ward was instrumental in protecting the Fells Point National Register of Historic Places. He also helped found the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point. Ward had most recently served on the city’s Board of Liquor License Commissioners until 2015. He had recently turned 89 and died of ongoing health issues.

Book Thing repairs begin

Volunteers have begun repairs to the Book Thing, which had suffered extensive damage from a building fire this past Wednesday morning. Volunteers worked to find recoverable books and remove waste from the fire. In addition to the loss of many of the books inside, the fire resulted in damage to the building’s ceiling and its electrical and plumbing systems. The Book Thing was founded as a non-profit organization provides free books on a wide array of subjects. An announcement has been made that the Book Thing will be closed for repairs until further notice.

Body cameras for school police considered

Baltimore City school officials are more heavily considering outfitting school police with body cameras in the wake of an alleged assault by an officer. Earlier this week, a video surfaced supposedly showing a school officer slapping and hitting a student. The officer, identified as Anthony C. Spence, has been placed on administrative leave.