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Maryland State Fair Ride Operator Dies Of Possible Heroin Overdose

A 22-year-old Maryland State Fair ride operator was found inside a trailer at Timonium Fairgrounds Saturday night suffering from a possible heroin overdose.  Baltimore County Police and Fire officers responded to the Fairgrounds a little before 9 p.m. for a report of an overdose. The 22-year-old woman's supervisor had found her in her slumped over inside her trailer when she did not show up at her assigned ride.  Amanda Leigh Bradley, of the 7700 block of New Street in Wyndmoor, PA, was then transported to Greater Baltimore Medical Center where she was declared deceased. Police say they found items inside her trailer that indicated possible heroin use.  The State Fair ends September 7th. No word on which ride Bradley operated, but she was employed by Deggeller Attractions.
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Homicides Friday, Saturday And Sunday Bring The Baltimore Homicide Count To 222

Homicide: Southeastern District On August 28, 2015 at approximately 6:12 p.m. officers responded to a home in the 800 block of South Clinton Street for report of a non-breather. Upon arrival, officers located 44 year-old Michael Thompson suffering from a gunshot wound(s).  Thompson was pronounced dead on the scene by medics. Homicide detectives responded out and assumed the investigation.  Initially this incident was believed to have been a suicide, however, after further investigation this case has now been officially ruled a homicide. At this time, there are no known suspects or motives.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-7LOCKUP
Homicide: Western District On August 29, 2015 at approximately 3:05 a.m., Western District officers responded to the 1600 block of Moreland Avenue for report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, they found medics rendering aid to 37 year-old Daymar Rodgers of the 6300 block of Fieldview Road,…

4 Year Old Dies, Several Injured In Apartment Fire In North Baltimore

A four year old girl has died as a result of her injuries in a fire Friday night. Nine people, including three children, were injured in an apartment fire in north Baltimore. Firefighters were called just before 8 p.m. to the 800 block of Dartmouth Road, where a fire is believed to have started in one garden-style apartment before spreading to others. Firefighters said smoke was billowing from the building when they arrived. Two people jumped to escape the fire, and three people were rescued by ladder. A woman and three kids were rescued from a second-floor apartment. Some of the victims needed CPR, officials said.

Baltimore Police Prepare For Freddie Gray Court Dates

Baltimore police are preparing for the Freddie Gray case to begin. 

Department spokesman T.J. Smith said since riots erupted following Gray's death in April, the police have received equipment and specialized training to better prepare officers for any future civil unrest. 

Riots broke out in Baltimore on April 27, eight days after Gray died of a spinal injury he received while in police custody. Six officers have been criminally charged in connection with his death. 

The first hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 2. Smith said while protests are "expected, protected and healthy," he said police will have "plans in place in the event of any type of unrest." 

Howard Libit, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said City Hall is also streamlining its communication with various agencies.

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One Person Dead In Double Shooting In Southwest Baltimore

Police say a 37-year-old man has died after a double shooting in southwest Baltimore Thursday night in North Wickham Road at around 8:30 p.m. The 37-year-old is the 219th murder victim of the year in Baltimore. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive. No one has been arrested. 
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Ravens-Redskins Preseason Game Coverage On RadioOnFire

The Baltimore Ravens continue preseason action on Saturday at 7:30 pm against the Washington Redskins. The "Battle of the Beltway"; as Ravens vs Redskins games are dubbed - is always fun for DMV area fans.  I for one am hoping that the Ravens look better then last weeks showing The Eagles. Stay tuned to after the game to talk about it with Pebbles #WomenLuvSports2 will be doing a complete run down.

More Than 253 Corrections Employees Arrested Since 2013

The head of Maryland's corrections department says more than 253 department employees have been arrested since January 2013, and more than 200 of them are still employed. 
Stephen Moyer told state officials Wednesday the department lacks administrative measures needed to prevent people with some "pretty outrageous" charges from working in the department, which has about 11,000 employees. 

Moyer urged the Board of Public Works to eliminate 63 human resources jobs in the department and reorganize the division to make it more centralized. The board ended up deferring the request to study ways to accommodate employees slated to lose their jobs who do not face charges.
Gov. Larry Hogan, a board member, says reforms are needed due to the rampant corruption at the now-closed Baltimore City Detention Center. "Due to a previous hiring debacle bad actors have been allowed to slip through the process.  That is what we are trying to fix," Hogan told the Board of Public Works…

Baltimore Prosecutor To Re-Examine Allegations Against Molly Shattuck

Baltimore County States Attorney Scott Shellenberger says he will re-examine allegations of criminal activity that happened in Baltimore County involving Molly Shattuck and the victim in the Delaware rape case, now that Shattuck has been sentenced in Delaware.  Shellenberger says his office will reach out to the victim and his family in the case.  He would not comment any further. Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced last week to 48 weekends in jail after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware. 

The 48-year-old collapsed to her knees in the courtroom after she was sentenced and wept as she apologized. Shattuck, who received a suspended 15-year prison sentence, must report every other weekend to a probation center in Delaware, register as a sex offender and continue therapy. The teen's parents said Shattuck stole their son's innocence and urged the judge to send her to prison to send a message to potential p…

State Police: Second Escapee Of Hickey School Captured

Maryland State Police have captured the second teenager that escaped from the Charles Hickey School on Monday.  The 17-year-old, identified by state police as Leondro Ovalles Solano, was captured shortly after 6 a.m. in a Montgomery County motel. The other escapee was captured Monday in the Waltham Woods Road area in Parkville. The Charles Hickey School is a youth detention facility for boys ages 12 to 18 and is located in the Cub Hill area in Baltimore County.
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Multiple People Stabbed Tuesday Evening In Southwest Baltimore

Several people were stabbed early Tuesday evening in southwest Baltimore. WBAL SkyTeam 11 Capt. Roy Taylor said as many as four people were stabbed in the area of Washington Boulevard at Harmon Avenue. Taylor said at least one of the stabbing victims was being taken to Shock Trauma.  It's also reported that one other victim walked into St. Agnes Hospital. Taylor said police have taken several people into custody. As many as three paramedic units were called to the scene.
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Gov. Hogan: Last Inmates Moved Out Of Baltimore City Detention Center

Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing the last transfers of inmates and detainees from the "dangerously decrepit" men's section of the Baltimore City Detention Center. 

The administration said the state-run jail with walls dating to the 19th century will be permanently closed by Tuesday afternoon. 

Hogan announced the facility's closing on July 30. The administration then began moving about 1,100 inmates and detainees to other detention centers in Baltimore to keep them in proximity to area courts. 

The administration noted that the facility's age pre-dates modern penal facility standards. It has been notorious for its blind corners, dark corridors and other hazardous conditions. 

The state has created a customer service phone line to help family members of detainees locate their relatives once they have been moved to other facilities.  Those numbers are as follows: 410-545-8120, 410-545-8121, 410-545-8128, and 410-545-8129.
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Police: Woman Found Dead Inside Severn Home, Baby Found Unharmed

Anne Arundel County police said they are investigating a suspicious death at a home in Severn. A neighbor driving by the home saw a dog going into an open door Tuesday morning. She thought it was odd and called police. Police went into the home, where they found a woman with trauma on her upper body. She has not yet been identified. Authorities also found an 8-month-old child, who was unharmed. The child was taken to an area hospital for observation. No further details were immediately available.
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Arrests In Drone Plot To Supply Prison Contraband

Maryland officials say investigators have uncovered a plot to use a drone to sneak drugs, pornographic DVDs and a cellphone into a maximum-security state prison in western Maryland. Officials announced Monday that Western Correctional Institution officers spotted a vehicle on a road next to the prison on Saturday night and responding law enforcement found two men inside with a drone, contraband and a handgun. They displayed the drone and photos of the contraband at a news conference. Officials say they believe this is the first case of a drone being used to deliver contraband to a Maryland prison. Officials say the vehicle's owner was suspected of plotting with an inmate to fly contraband into the prison and was already under surveillance. After the arrest, officials say a search of the inmate's cell turned up contraband.
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O'Malley: Democratic Party Needs To Start Having Presidential Debates

Former Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says the Democratic Party needs to start having presidential debates, so that Democrats don't get "bogged down" by questions of Hilary Clinton's emails. 

On ABC's This Week, O'Malley said it's up to Clinton to answer questions over whether she deleted classified emails from her personal server. 

O'Malley, who has criticized the Democratic National Committee for limiting the number debates, said that "we cannot allow our party to be branded by those questions of the past. 

On the issue of Vice President Joe Biden's possible entry in the race, O'Malley said that "it would be nice to have one more lifelong Democrat in the race." 
Asked by host George Stephanapolous, if that was a criticism of Bernie Sanders, who admits he is a socialist, O'Malley said his remarks were a compliment of the vice president. 

O'Malley said he would not get into a "name cal…

Ravens Lose To Eagles in 2nd Preseason Game 40 - 17

Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray had successful debuts, Kenjon Barber returned another punt for a score, and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens 40-17 Saturday night. Bradford went 3 of 5 for 35 yards and led the Eagles (2-0) on an 84-yard drive in his only series. He played his first game since tearing his left ACL for the second time in 11 months on Aug. 23, 2014. Joe Flacco threw interceptions on his first two drives and the rest of the Ravens (1-1) didn't fare much better against a team they practiced with the previous three days. Flacco finished 3 of 7 for 23 yards in three series. Walter Thurmond picked his deep pass that was tipped by cornerback Nolan Carroll. Byron Maxwell then grabbed Flacco's overthrown pass to set up a short scoring drive. Tim Tebow got another loud ovation from Eagles fans when he entered in the fourth quarter. He was 2 of 5 for 13 yards and ran for 31 yards, including a 26-yard scamper. Tebow is competing with Matt Barkley for the No…

State Trooper-Involved Fatal Shooting Friday Night In Cecil County

Maryland State Police say an investigation is underway into a state trooper-involved fatal shooting last night in Cecil County that occurred during a struggle with a wanted man the trooper was attempting to arrest.   The deceased is identified as Charles S. Hall, 30, of North East, Md.  The trooper involved is identified as Trooper Daryl K. Brackett.  He is a three year veteran of the Maryland State Police, assigned to road patrol duties at the North East Barrack.  The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 9:00 p.m. yesterday, Trooper Brackett was on-duty, in uniform, driving a marked patrol car through the parking lot in the North East Plaza Shopping Center, on Rt. 272 at Rt. 40, North East, Md., after answering a call at an auto parts store in the center.  The trooper saw Charles Hall in the parking lot and knew he was wanted by the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for theft.   The initial investigation indicates the trooper approached Hall on foot at th…

Molly Shattuck Sentenced On Child Sex Abuse Charges

Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced Friday to 48 weekends in jail after pleading guilty to a child sex abuse charge. She plead guilty in June to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Betheny Beach, Delaware. 

The crime carries a punishment of up to 15 years behind bars.

The 48-year-old Shattuck entered her plea just days before her scheduled trial on two counts of the more serious charge of third-degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact, and three counts of providing alcohol to minors. 

The victim was a classmate of one of Shattuck's children at the McDonough School.
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Baltimore Police: Embarrassed To Recover 2nd Gun Inside A Holding Cell

For the second time in the last month, a loaded handgun was found in a holding cell at the Baltimore City Police Department's Eastern District station. Police confirmed  to WBAL-TV Thursday that the gun was recovered today. Police did not provide further information. On July 22, another gun was recovered from the same holding cell. Police continue to investigate that incident.   WBAL-TV lead I-Team reporter Jayne Miller says an internal investigation has also begun in the latest incident.   Miller says it is police department policy to search every suspect before they are transferred to a police station. On Maryland's News Now late Thursday, Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said this incident is, "unacceptable and embarrassing." "I can't believe this happened again. I am not happy to say the least," Davis told WBAL's Mary Beth Marsden. Davis added that training for officers will "go on steroids," and will be "micromanaged,"…

Bail Set At $1 Million For Baltimore Officer Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder Of Burglary Suspect

A Baltimore City police officer charged with attempted first and second degree murder for shooting and critically injuring a burglary suspect in December 28th was in court Thursday for his bail hearing.  Bail was set at $1 million. 14-year veteran Wesley Cagle must surrender his weapons as stay away from the victim. For the second time since taking office in January, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has brought charges against a member of the Baltimore City Police Department. Mosby was joined by Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis at a news conference to announce the charges.

The incident took place in the 3000 block East Monument Street, when Cagle and three other officers responded to a burglary inside a grocery store. Mosby said the suspect, 46-year-old Michael Johansen, emerged from the building "holding something shiny" and was shot by two other officers. Mosby says that shooting was justified. Reading from charging documents, Mosby said that as Jo…

Two People Injured As Gunman Opens Fire At Group

Two people injured when gunman opened fire on a group of bystanders, police said. Baltimore police were called to a shooting in the 2600 block of Barclay Street at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday. The officers were directed to an area hospital where they found a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his right hand. A short time later, detectives were called to another area hospital in reference to the same incident where they found a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the thigh. Both victims are stable and in good condition and should make a full recovery. In a preliminary investigation, detectives learned that both victims were in the 300 block of Whitridge Avenue when a man got out of a black car and open fire at a group of bystanders. He then got back into the car and drove off. Detectives do not have a motive or further information at this time. The shooting remains under investigation.
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Baltimore’s 2015 Homicides Tie With 2014 Totals

It happened in the corner of 1500 block Traction Street in Baltimore Wednesday morning. Baltimore City Police say they were called to a vacant home at that location for a report of a dead body inside. There, they found a man with at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The homicide happened near the Penn/North Ave. metro stop, and a few feet away from the CVS that was burned down during the riots in April.

This is the 211th murder in Baltimore this year. That was the total amount of murders in 2014.

Homicide detectives are investigating this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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18 Year old Charged In Father's Killing In Catonsville

Baltimore County Police have charged 18-year-old Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabassi in his father's homicide in Catonsville in the 1000 block of Southridge Road.  Officers were dispatched at 11:48 a.m. Tuesday for a report of cardiac arrest. When they arrived at the residence, they found an adult male with traumatic injuries. The victim was declared deceased at the scene. Police said they found evidence of stab wounds and bludgeoning. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday. Police said an initial investigation indicated that Abbasi's wife received a call from a relative in New Jersey asking her to check on the victim. The relative in New Jersey received a text message from Shakeelabbasi asking them to check on the victim. When the victim’s wife went to check on him, she found him not moving and covered with blood. She called 911, and the call was dispatched as a cardiac arrest because of how dispatch software coded the call, police said. Police said Shakeelabassi had been home ear…

Three Overnight Shootings, Two Fatal, Raise Murder Rate To 210 In Baltimore

Baltimore City is just one homicide away from reaching the total number of homicides last year. There were at least three shootings on Tuesday evening. Two of them were fatal. 

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in Baltimore Highlands before 8 p.m. About an hour later, a 28-year-old man was shot and killed in southwest Baltimore. 

A 23-year-old was shot and survived. That shooting happened along Old York Road. There have now been 210 homicides which compares to 211 for all of last year

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Says His Cancer Is Almost Gone.

After eight weeks of intensive treatment, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says 95 percent of his cancer is gone. 

The Republican governor told The Washington Post he still has some remnants of the dozens of tumors doctors found two months ago, "but it's dead." 

Hogan has remained active through his treatment for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which includes five-day stays at University of Maryland Medical Center every three weeks. But the self-described workaholic and "touchy-feely kind of guy" says he's had to cut back his hours and avoid contact with people because of his weakened immune system. 

Hogan says doctors were shocked by his results and they hope his next scan shows all his tumors are gone. Regardless of the results, Hogan will need to complete all six rounds of his 18-week treatment.

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Man Found Murdered In Catonsville Home

Baltimore County Police are investigating a homicide in Catonsville in the 1000 block of Southridge Road. Officers were dispatched at 11:48 a.m. Tuesday for a report of cardiac arrest. When they arrived at the residence, they found an adult male with traumatic injuries. 

The victim was declared deceased at the scene. Baltimore County Police have identified the homicide victim as 50-year-old Shakeel Ahmed Abbasi. Police have taken one suspect, who was known to Abbasi, into custody in connection with this incident. Formal charges have not yet been filed. Detectives believe that this is a targeted crime. 

Police say further information will be released as it becomes available. 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020. Relatives of the Catonsville man tell WBAL TV News  he was a cab driver and he lived in the home for about a dozen years.   They say he was a husband and a father of 2 boys. A cab was parked at the home when detectives were investigati…

Man Shot Dead In Baltimore In Porsche Robbery

Police are identifying the 58-year-old Gwynn Oak man who was shot and killed in Baltimore in what detectives believe began as a robbery. 

Police announced Tuesday that Paul Hilroy Passley was shot in the head early Monday in the Penrose area. Police say Passley's 2001 Porsche Boxster was stolen and later involved in a hit-and-run in the nearby Evergreen Lawn neighborhood, where the suspects left the car and ran. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP. The homicide is the city's 19th of August and the 208th of 2015.
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Baltimore County Police Investigate Fatal Hit-And-Run

Police in Baltimore County are searching for the driver of a crossover vehicle that they say hit and killed a person in Essex Monday morning. 

It happened around 5:30 a.m. along Eastern Blvd and Virginia Avenue. 

The driver of the white Nissan Murano kept going. If you have seen the vehicle you are asked to contact County police.

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Two More Fatal Shootings In Baltimore Over the Weekend.

Baltimore City police report two fatal shootings over the weekend in Baltimore.

The latest happened early Sunday morning. A man was shot in the 200 block of North Caroline Street. He died at Hopkins hospital. Another man died after he went to Hopkins to get treatment for a gunshot wound. Police believe he was shot in the 2500 block of Jefferson Street. 

The fatal shootings bring the homicide rate to 207 for the year. That compares to 211 for all of last year.
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Woman Dies In Northeast Baltimore House Fire

A woman was found dead Sunday night after a house fire in northeast Baltimore. Baltimore City fire officials said crews responded to the fire at about 9:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of Daywalt Avenue. When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. While the roof of the home collapsed, firefighters had the fire under control within 30 minutes. The woman, who was in her 40s, was found inside the home, fire officials said. No one else was injured in the fire, and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
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Fatal Shooting In Baltimore County

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating a shooting in Dundalk that left a man deceased. Just before 11 p.m. last night, police say officers responded to the 2900 block of Cornwall Road 21222 for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived on the scene, they located an adult male victim sitting in a Honda Accord. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and was declared deceased at the scene. The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Tyrone Anthony Creighton of the Unit block of Ambo Circle 21220. This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. Detectives will be working to determine if this was a targeted crime. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
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(Pre-Season) Baltimore Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints 30-27

Joe Flacco and backup quarterback Matt Schaub directed first-quarter touchdown drives, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints 30-27 Thursday night in a preseason opener. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was held out by coach Sean Payton. Brees participated in pregame drills but remained on the sideline after the opening kickoff.

Triple Fatal Shooting Raises Baltimore's Murder Rate To 205

WBAL reports that Police are investigating after three men were killed in a shooting in Baltimore. 
Police say it happened around 10:40 p.m. Thursday. Police say they were patrolling the area of York Road and Willow Avenue when they heard gunshots. Police then found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds in the intersection of Willow and Alhambra avenues. 

One of the men died at the scene. Two other victims died after being taken to area hospitals. 

Police recovered handguns from two of the victims. Police have not released a motive for the shooting or identified the victims. 

Earlier this month, Baltimore recorded its 200th homicide of the year. This triple shooting raises the rate to 205. There were 211 homicides in total in 2014. Killings began to spike dramatically in May, with 42 in a single month. There was a brief dip in June, with 29, then another rise in July, when the city saw 45 homicides, making the month Baltimore's bloodiest since 1972. The uptick comes after rioti…

Immigrant Activist Protest Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Policies

Immigrant activists are scheduled to protest Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to comply with a federal program to notify federal authorities about when and where people facing possible deportation will be released from jail. 
The protest is scheduled for Thursday at the governor's mansion in Annapolis. 

Maryland corrections officials say the state is notifying federal officials about release dates and times of any inmate who has been identified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as an immigration enforcement priority. 

The state, which oversees the Baltimore jail, says it will voluntarily hold such inmates for up to 48 hours beyond their scheduled release, if officials provide a detainer supported by a warrant. 

Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer says the policy is a public safety issue, not an immigration issue. Today's demonstration is being organized by CASA of Maryland. Organizer Gustavo Andrade said the Hogan Administration's thinking on this issue is,  "politics of the …