Sunday, June 28, 2015

Flooding Possibly Linked To Two Electrocutions - Police in Montgomery County are investigating the deaths of a 29-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter.
On Saturday afternoon, detectives found the pair outside their home in Chevy Chase, in a stairwell leading to the basement of their home.
Investigators found a portable sump pump in the standing water near the victims. Detectives are looking at the possibility that the water was charged and an electrical surge contributed to the victims’ deaths.
Both later died at the hospital.
Much of Central Maryland experienced heavy rain and flooding on Saturday.
A flood warning remained in effect until 8:30 a.m. for Northwestern Carroll County and Northeastern Frederick County.

Orioles Game Postponed Due To Rain; Showalter Gnome Giveaway Sunday Night - Saturday's Orioles-Indians game has been postponed due to rain.
The game will be made up as part of a split-admission doubleheader tonight with the first game scheduled for 1:35 p.m. and the second game scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Separate admission is required for each game.
The team says tickets for tonight's game will be honored at the 7:05 p.m. game.
The Buck Showalter Garden Gnome will be given to the first 25,000 fans 15 and over at the  7:05 p.m. game.
Gates at Orioles Park at Camden Yards will open at 11:30 a.m. for the first game, and gate times for the second game will be announced at the end of the first game.
Because of the doubleheader, the team has rescheduled the Kids Run the Bases event for Junior Orioles Dugout Club members until August 23.
Fans who cannot attend Sunday night's makeup game can exchange their tickets for any remaining home game this season on a “dollar-for-dollar” basis. All exchanges are subject to availability and must be completed by August 31. Complimentary tickets are non-exchangeable. StubHub tickets are also non-exchangeable, but may be resold on StubHub until 7:00 p.m. on June 28. Prepaid parking permits dated for June 27 are valid only for the 7:05 p.m. makeup game on June 28.
Ticket exchanges can be performed at the Box Office or submitted in writing along with the original tickets and mailed via certified mail by August 31, 2015 to:

Baltimore Orioles
Attention: June 27 Rainout
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Police Search For Suspects In Middle River Shooting - A shooting leaves two people injured in Middle River. 
Baltimore County Police say the shooting happened just before one a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Sopwith Drive. 
Two males - an adult and a juvenile - were shot and taken to the hospital. Both are expected to recover from their injuries. 
Investigators are trying to determine who shot the victims and why. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Construction Worker Killed In I-95 Crash - Maryland State Police report that a construction worker was struck and killed in a crash involving a tractor trailer in a work zone on I-95 in Prince George's County overnight.
State Troopers at the College Park Barrack report that the crash happened on I-95 northbound at MD 200, the InterCounty Connector after 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Investigators say that a tractor trailer ran into the work zone and crashed into two other vehicles. One of those vehicles then ran into and killed the worker.
The worker has been identified as 62-year-old Randy Jury of Halifax, Pennsylvania.
He was pronounced dead at Laurel Regional Medical Center.
Several lanes of I-95 northbound were closed well into the morning rush hour at the scene of the wreck while the investigation and clean up was underway.
Rush hour traffic was slow both ways passing the scene.

Police Open Fire On Man Allegedly Holding Weapon - There has been an officer involved shooting in the Owings Mills area. 
Baltimore County Police say it happened around 1 a.m. In the 3000 block of Hunting Ridge Drive. 

Cpl. John Wachter tells WBAL NewsRadio 1090 officers were called to the condo complex for a domestic situation.
Authorities say officers forced their way inside the house after hearing some sort of disturbance going on and not getting an answer when they knocked on the door.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Former Western High School Principal Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than $50K In Student Funds - A former Baltimore principal has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $50,000 from Western High School's student activity fund to make personal purchases. 

Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced Tuesday that former principal Alisha Trusty has pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft. City school officials referred the matter to the Davitt's office after auditors found irregularities. Sentencing is set for Oct. 6. 

According to a statement of facts, from 2011 to 2014 Trusty used the fund's debit card and checks to pay bills, buy personal items and spent more than $2,800 on 19 nights at New Jersey hotel while on medical leave. Authorities say that the 38-year-old Trusty earned a second salary from an educational institution while on paid leave. 

Trusty now lives in Texas. Her attorney declined to comment.

Freddie Gray Autopsy Report Finds He Suffered A "High-Energy Injury" In Police Van - An autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun says a medical examiner has found Freddie Gray suffered a "high-energy injury" while riding in a Baltimore police van and the failure of officers to follow procedures makes the death a homicide. 

Police arrested Gray on April 12 and he died a week later, prompting protests and rioting. 

A grand jury indicted six officers on various charges; one officer faces the most serious charge of second-degree "depraved-heart" murder. They have pleaded not guilty.
The Sun reported Tuesday that the autopsy found the injury, similar to those suffered in shallow-water diving, was most likely caused when the van suddenly decelerated. The report says Gray's death could not be ruled an accident and is instead a homicide because officers didn't follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby released the following statement: 
"I want to make it very clear that the State's Attorney's Office did not release the Freddie Gray autopsy report. As I have repeatedly stated, I strongly condemn anyone with access to trial evidence who has leaked information prior to the resolution of this case."
Defense attorneys in the case have issued a joint statement. It reads: 
"To be absolutely clear, neither the six officers nor any of their attorneys have a copy of the autopsy report, nor have we ever seen it.  It was our understanding that the only copy of the autopsy was in the possession of the State's Attorney's Office and the State Medical Examiner's Office.  We were expecting, and continue to expect, all discovery, including the autopsy, to be turned over to us by no later than Friday, June 26."
The six officers are scheduled to go on trial October 13 on charges ranging from assault to second-degree "depraved-heart" murder. 
Although officers loaded Gray into the van on his abdomen, the medical examiner surmised Gray may have gotten to his feet, then been thrown into a wall when the van abruptly changed direction. Because Gray wasn't belted in and had his wrists and ankles shackled, he was "at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van." 

Police and an attorney for the Gray family have said previously that Gray suffered a severe spine injury. 

At the University of Maryland Medical Center, Gray tested positive for opiates and cannabinoid, according to the autopsy. 

According to the report's chronology: 

- Gray suffered no injuries to suggest a neck hold or anything stemming from physical restraint during his arrest. Assistant Medical Examiner Carol Allan noted that in bystander video, Gray is seen bearing weight on his legs and speaking as officers load him into the van. 

- The van made several stops. At the second stop, officers placed an identification band and leg restraints on Gray. "Reportedly, Mr. Gray was still yelling and shaking the van. He was removed from the van and placed on the ground in a kneeling position, facing the van doors, while ankle cuffs were placed, and then slid onto the floor of the van, belly down and head first, reportedly still verbally and physically active." The most significant injury to Gray may have occurred after this stop. 

- During a fourth stop, authorities said van driver Caesar Goodson called for help and Officer William Porter got involved. "The assisting officer opened the doors and observed Mr. Gray lying belly down on the floor with his head facing the cabin compartment, and reportedly he was asking for help, saying he couldn't breathe, couldn't get up, and needed a medic. The officer assisted Mr. Gray to the bench and the van continued on its way." 

- When the van made a fifth stop to pick up a second arrestee, Sgt. Alicia White helped check on Gray. "Mr. Gray was found kneeling on the floor, facing the front of the van and slumped over to his right against the bench, and reportedly appeared lethargic with minimal responses to direct questions."

Monday, June 22, 2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Announces He Has ‘Advanced’ Cancer - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed Monday that he has been diagnosed with late stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which he described as “a very advanced and very aggressive” form of cancer.

Hogan, 59, was sworn into office in January after winning an upset victory over then-Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D).

He said he would soon begin aggressive chemotherapy treatments, and would rely on Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (R) to fill in for him on state business as needed. 

He described the cancer as a lymphoma, and said it had spread through his abdomen and was “pressing up against my spinal column.”

Hogan’s wife Yumi, his daughters and sons-in-law and his young granddaughter were in the room for the announcement, along with his two younger brothers and members of his cabinet. Hogan missed numerous meetings and public appearances since returning from a trade mission in Asia nearly two weeks ago.

He said on Monday that most of the absences were because he was having numerous tests and appointments with medical professionals to determine the extent of his disease and the best course of treatment.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mayor Rawlings-Blake To Make History This Weekend - Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will make history in San Francisco this weekend. Baltimore's mayor will be sworn in as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Rawlings-Blake will become the first African-American woman to hold the influential leadership position, and the first Baltimorean. She was elected second vice president of the organization in 2013, putting her in a line of succession to become president.

U.S. Conference of Mayors executive director Tom Cochran says Rawlings-Blake will act as the organization's top spokeswoman during her one-year term, and will lead the group's efforts in setting an agenda for cities across the country.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake says she'll use the position to advocate for fixes to Baltimore's problems.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Former Ravens Cheerleader Pleads Guilty To 4th Degree Rape A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a Delaware court to a charge of raping a 15-year-old boy who was a classmate of one of her children, according to court documents.
Molly Shattuck, a 48-year-old former cheerleader for the National Football League team, could face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for her conviction under state law.
She entered a guilty plea to one count of fourth-degree rape in the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown, Delaware, the court papers said. She is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 21. As part of the plea agreement, Judge E. Scott Bradley prohibited Shattuck from contacting the boy or having unsupervised contact with minors except her own children, according to the court documents.
Shattuck, who is from a Baltimore suburb, must also register as a sex offender, undergo a mental health evaluation and receive sexual disorder counseling, the judge ordered.
Shattuck's relationship with the boy began online in May 2014 and she invited him, along with her three children and their friends, to a vacation rental home in Delaware over the Labor Day weekend.
She gave alcohol to the boy and performed oral sex on him, according to court documents. He later told police.
Shattuck joined the Ravens cheerleaders in 2005, becoming the oldest NFL cheerleader in history. She cheered with the team until 2007, and then coached its cheerleading squad for six years.

11-Year-Old Student Petitions To Close Schools On Muslim Holidays - New efforts to get Montgomery County schools to show the same respect to Muslim holidays as they do for Christian and Jewish holy days.

In the past, it’s been Muslim parents and Muslim community leaders arguing their faith isn’t being treated equally. But this time, it’s a non-Muslim, and it’s her age that’s even more surprising.

Eleanor Clemans-Cope, 11, isn’t just skilled with a soccer ball, she’s skilled with her words.

“It’s really not fair to give some people their holidays off and other people just don’t get holidays off,” said Clemans-Cope.

The soon-to-be sixth grader asked her fellow students at Chevy Chase Elementary School to imagine having to take an exam on Christmas or Passover.

It’s an idea so crazy that many of her fellow Christian and Jewish students began to understand why Muslim students think schools should be closed on their two most important holidays called Eid.

Soon, 170 kids signed Eleanor’s petition, asking the school board to close on the Eid holidays. Last year, Muslim groups tried and failed to convince Montgomery County schools to close on the Eid holidays.

“When Eid falls on a school day, students are marked absent. It’s an excused absence, but it’s still an absence. So it ruins their perfect attendance. They miss classroom instruction, they miss exams, quizzes,” said Zainab Chaudry, Equality for Eid Coalition.

The school system says they can only justify closing if enough kids are absent on a given day ever year. That gives Eleanor an idea.

“I think the next step is to organize a teach-in or something at a place or many places to learn about Eid on the next Eid that’s on a school day that’s not taken off,” she said.

This year, one of the Eid holidays just so happens to fall on the same day as Yom Kippur. Since schools are closed for Yom Kippur, Muslim kids get that holiday off this year by coincidence.

Several school districts in five states, including New York, have already moved to close on both of the Muslim holidays.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Toddler - BALTIMORE - Cornell Harvey was found guilty of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder and conspiracy in the death of Carter Scott.

A mistrial was declared for the other four defendants. All five men were charged with murdering Carter Scott and the attempted murder of his father, Rashaw Scott.

Harvey will be sentenced on August 31. He is facing three consecutive life sentences.

In a statement, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said, “The tragic murder of an innocent 1-year old baby is completely intolerable so I am pleased to know that one of the men responsible for taking this child’s life will rightfully spend time behind bars. We will continue to seek justice on behalf of this child and his family.”

Carter Scott was a year old.

Man Charged With Shooting BB Gun Into Easton Hotel

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A man has been accused of shooting a BB gun at an Easton hotel.
On Saturday, Easton Police say they were dispatched to the Days Inn on Ocean Gateway to find 22-year-old Miguel A. Gonzalez Jr. holding a BB gun which was strong enough to break thick glass.
According to police, Gonzalez was upset about a job he conducted for the hotel and accused them of underpaying him. Police say Gonzalez used the BB gun to break the glass to the front office and shoot the window of a rental room.
Gonzalez has been charged with assault in the first degree, among other charges. He is being held at the Talbot County Detention Center on $15,000 bond. Jail records do not indicate if Gonzalez has hired an attorney.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Baltimore Mayor To Attend Tivoly Avenue Demolition

BALTIMORE, Md.-  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will join officials and representatives today at the demolition of the last 98 blighted properties on Tivoly Avenue.

The demolition is part of the Vacants to Value Initiative, a plan to encourage growth and improve overall quality of life in Baltimore city neighborhoods.

The program is recognized internationally and has leveraged more than $107 million dollars in private investment to demolish or rehabilitate more than 3,000 vacant homes.

Baltimore has demolished 97 blighted or vacant properties on Tivoly Avenue alone since 2008 to spur community safety and development.

The demolition takes place today at 2 p.m. at 2781 Tivoly Ave.

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, representatives of Baltimore Housing, and members of the Coldstream Homestead Montebello community will also be in attendance.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Man Injured After Tuesday Morning Shooting - BALTIMORE, Md. - A man is recovering in a Baltimore hospital after suffering from a gunshot wound this morning.
City police officers responded to a report at the 1300 block of W. Lexington Street around 7 a.m. to find a man shot in the lower torso.
Although his injuries are non-life threatening, the incident supports the increasing rate of homicides in the area.
According to Baltimore County Police, there have been 128 homicide cases in 2015.
Anyone with information are asked to call Western District detectives at 410-396-2477.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Baltimore Casino Continues To See Revenue Drop In May

BALTIMORE (AP) — New figures show revenue continues to drop at downtown Baltimore’s new casino in the aftermath of April’s riot.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Friday that the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore reported $21.9 million in revenue during the month of May. That’s down from $22.9 million in April. The casino had to close early for three nights in April and two nights in May to comply with a citywide curfew.

The Horseshoe opened in August.

Meanwhile, just 12 miles down the road from the Horseshoe, the Maryland Live casino in Hanover generated $58.0 million in revenue in May. That was a significant increase over April, when the casino generated $50.9 million.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fire Breaks Out At Rep. Elijah Cummings’ West Baltimore Home - BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say a fire broke out at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ West Baltimore townhouse, but no one was home.

Fire department spokesman Samuel Johnson Jr. says firefighters called to the home on Madison Street around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday found smoke coming from the roof of the three-story brick home. They were able to control the blaze by 11 a.m.

Johnson says no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured. The cause is under investigation.

An aide says the Baltimore Democrat was in Washington at the time and is fine.

Gov. Hogan Giving State Workers Half-day Off For Service

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to offer many state workers a half-day off work this summer to volunteer for community service projects.

The governor’s office announced Monday that employees at state agencies can choose to take four hours of paid leave to help Maryland charities as part of Hogan’s “Maryland Unites: Day of Service” initiative.

Hogan says in a statement that the initiative was inspired by the outpouring of kindness he witnessed in the wake of the recent Baltimore riots.

They have designated six service days between June 17 and Aug. 26 when eligible employees can sign up for agency-sponsored events or volunteer to work with charities they choose.

The governor’s office says the charity work must be related to restoring Baltimore and other communities.

2 Killed In Shootings Overnight In Baltimore

BALTIMORE — More shootings overnight in Baltimore, take the lives of two men.

Police responded to the 4100 block Grenton Avenue around 12:29 a.m. for a report of a shooting and when officers arrived they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to his head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another school was reported in the 400 block Gold Street just after 2 a.m. There officers found another many was shot multiple times. Although he was transported to a local hospital, he died from his injuries.

Another non-fatal shooting was reported around 7:35 a.m. when a man with a wound to his stomach walked into a local hospital for treatment.

The victim told investigators he was sitting in his car at the intersection of Mulberry Street and Gilmor Street when he was shot by an unknown suspect. The victim then drove himself to the hospital.

So far in 2015 there have been 119 homicides and 220 non-fatal shootings.

Detectives from the Western District are asking anyone with information on the non-fatal shooting to call 410-396-2477. If you have information on the homicides, call detectives at 410-396-2100.

Source WJZ

Washington County Sheriff's Office Buys $68K In Riot Gear - The Washington County Sheriff's Office has bought $68,000 in riot gear, saying the recent unrest in Baltimore was too close to home to ignore.

Sheriff Douglas Mullendore tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown that the department needs to be ready for any situation. He said there are incidents popping up all over the country.

The sheriff's office was among numerous law enforcement agencies that sent officers to Baltimore during the riots following the death in April of Freddie Gray after suffering an injury while in police custody.

The $68,000 purchase includes riot shields, gas masks, helmets and tear gas canister launchers

The purchase was made as an emergency procurement under county law.

Hagerstown, the county seat of Washington County, is about 70 miles from Baltimore.

Woman Dies In Shooting At Target Store Parking Lot - Montgomery County police say a woman has died after a domestic-related shooting in the parking lot outside of a Target store at a Germantown shopping center.

Police say the shooting happened Monday evening. A 24-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital, but later died from her injuries.

Police say a 27-year-old suspect fled the parking lot in a white Ford Ranger pickup truck before officers arrived. Witnesses described the vehicle to authorities and an officer located the suspect's truck and began a pursuit of the vehicle. The suspect was arrested after he was involved in a single-vehicle collision.

Authorities say the suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from the crash and a handgun was found.

Police say the suspect and victim were in a relationship.

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