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Goodson Attorneys Request Gray Medical Records

A  hearing on various pretrial motions in the case of Officer Caesar Goodson is set for this Wednesday, and according to documents posted on the court's website Thursday, the defense is seeking access to Freddie Gray's medical records.
CLICK HERE to read the various filings. Goodson was the driver of the transport van that carried Gray to the Western District when he was arrested on April 12.  It was in that van, where prosecutors believe that Gray suffered his fatal injuries.  He died a week later. Goodson is charged with second degree murder, depraved heart and six other offenses. In a motion dated December 17, defense attorneys Matthew Fraling and Andrew Graham request Gray's medical records dating back to April 12, 2010. They cite a March interview that Gray gave with police Sgt. John Herzog in which Gray told him that he had a previous back injury.   The transcript of the interview was provided to Goodson's defense team earlier this month, after the issue was rais…

Road Closures Scheduled Downtown For New Year's Eve

If you're driving around downtown tomorrow, expect street closures and parking restrictions for the annual New Year's Eve celebration and fireworks at the Inner Harbor. City transportation officials have a list of traffic closures in place. One set of closures is in place from 2 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday. During that time, commercial vehicles (not including taxis, buses and other modes of transportation) will not be allowed on the following stretches:  Fayette Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to President Street (no commercial vehicles may travel on or south of Fayette Street)President Street from Aliceanna to Fayette Streets (no commercial vehicles on or west of President Street)Light Street from Pratt Street to Key HighwayKey Highway from Light to McComas StreetsHanover Street from McComas to Montgomery Streets (no commercial vehicles on or north of McComas Street, including Hanover Street)Pratt and Lombard Streets from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to …

Video Of "Bold" Fatal Shooting Released By City Police

City police are asking for the public's help to identify people in a video who may know the victim or were suspects in a fatal shooting that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man.
WBAL-TV reports that officers were called to the 1000 block of Greenmount Avenue around 1:20 a.m. Monday for a report of a shooting. Officers found the victim, later identified as Rykeise Shaw, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. There are several people in the video that police said they want to talk with including a man selling something outside the location. They also want to talk with a man who's with the victim in the video and they want to identify and talk with two suspects. "The video we just showed you is probably clear enough for someone to ID who that bad guy is. I don't care if it's a family member. We don't care if it's the mother of that suspect. He's a murderer and we need him off the…

Ravens, Mallett Shock Steelers 20-17

The Baltimore Ravens fully expected to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers - even if few others gave them a chance of pulling off the upset. In a season of defeats and injuries, the Ravens added a memorable chapter to this contentious rivalry with a 20-17 victory Sunday. The Ravens (5-10) had lost three straight, the last two by a combined 69-20 score. In this one, however, they turned back the Steelers (9-6), who were riding a three-game winning streak and striving for a playoff berth. ''This might sound brash, but we believed the whole time that we were going to beat Pittsburgh,'' Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith said. ''Records, score, how good they're playing - nothing matters when you're playing Pittsburgh.'' Smith had an interception and limited the dangerous Antonio Brown to 61 yards, part of a strong defensive effort that gave Baltimore with its first season sweep of its AFC North rivals since 2011. ''It makes this season because obviousl…

One Dead After Car & Bus Collide

Maryland State Police are investigating after a woman is killed when her car collides with a Megabus. Troopers say the accident occurred  at around 8:30 this morning, on Northbound 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway) near the Beltway. Troopers say the victim, 65-year-old Miriam Barnshaw of Centreville was riding in the car driven by her son, 40-year-old Brian Barnshaw of Centreville. Investigators say the Barshaws were traveling on  westbound on the Beltway and exited onto northbound 295.  Brian Barnshaw lost control of his car, and it skidded into the commuter bus. Miriam Barnshaw was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her son was taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma. The bus was carrying 18 passengers.  None of them were hurt. Maryland State Police ask  motorists who may have witnessed to call state police at the Glen Burnie Barrack at 410-761-5130
Source WBAL

Miller Promises Help For Baltimore City, Scrutiny Of Hogan Tax Cuts

Senate President Mike Miller promises lawmakers will work to approve a number of bills to help Baltimore City in the upcoming legislative session. In an interview recorded for Sunday's Maryland's News This Week, Miller said there would be bills to address vacant housing, economic development, education funding and police accountability. Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch had formed a task force to address police accountability in the wake of  the death of Freddie Gray.   Miller said he would back legislation to make some changes to the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. Those changes include reducing the amount of time officers accused of wrongdoing can wait   before they cooperate with investigators. In the same interview, Miller said he believed  the Officer William Porter trial, and the trials of the other officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray, should never have been held in Baltimore City.  Miller also believes lawmakers will override a number of bills v…

Molotov Cocktail Tossed Into Woman's Baltimore Home

Baltimore police say a Molotov cocktail was tossed into a woman's home in West Baltimore, but it did not explode. 

Investigators say a 63-year-old woman woke up to the sound of her windows breaking and the smell of gasoline at about 5 a.m. on Thursday. Police said the homemade firebomb, made out of a beer bottle, was tossed into the woman's first-floor bedroom window but didn't ignite. 

No injuries were reported, and there are no suspects. The department's arson unit is investigating the incident.
Source WBAL

Pope Encourages UN-Backed Peace Process For Syria, Libya

Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace agreements for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the "monstrous evil" and atrocities they have endured and praising the countries that have taken in their refugees. 

Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, Francis issued a plenary indulgence for Catholics in hopes of spreading the church's message of mercy in a world torn by war, poverty and extremist attacks. The sun-soaked St. Peter's Square was under heavy security, as it has been since the Nov. 13 Paris attacks by Islamic extremists that left 130 dead. 

An indulgence is an ancient church tradition related to the forgiveness of sins. Francis announced it after delivering his annual "Urbi et Orbi (To the city and the world)" speech listing global hotspots and his prayers for an end to human suffering. 

Francis referred to the "brutal acts of terrorism" that struck…

Retrial Scheduled For June In Porter Case

Prosecutors will retry the case against Officer William Porter. The new trial is set to start June 13, after the trials for the other five officers charged in Freddie Gray's death, a court spokeswoman said. Porter's first trial ended last week in a mistrial. The date was set in a scheduling conference held Monday in circuit court Judge Barry Williams' chambers. It will be formally approved at an administrative court hearing Tuesday at Courthouse East. Porter has waived his right to appear. The date for Officer Caesar Goodson's trial is still set for Jan. 6. Goodson faces the most serious charges in Gray's death. Porter faces four charges in Gray's death--involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment--but a city jury could not reach agreement on any of those counts. Since Porter still faces those charges, however, prosecutors will likely be unable to callhim as a witness in Goodson's trial.
Source WBAL

Chiefs Cruise Past Ravens 34-14

The Kansas City Chiefs capitalized on a variety of miscues by the Baltimore Ravens and extended their winning streak to eight games with a 34-14 victory Sunday. Tyvon Branch returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and Marcus Peters clinched the victory with a 90-yard interception return for a score with 4:36 left. Kansas City (9-5) also scored touchdowns following a drive-extending penalty by Baltimore and a failed fake punt. With the victory, the Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to follow a five-game skid with eight successive wins in the same season. Kansas City also kept itself in the thick of the AFC playoff picture. Baltimore (4-10) lost its third straight and fell to 2-5 at home. It's the first time in their 20-year history that the Ravens have lost five home games.
Source WBAL

2 Men Fatally Stabbed In Downtown Baltimore

Police say two men were fatally stabbed in downtown Baltimore. Police say the stabbing occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of North Calvert Street. City Hall, the offices of The Baltimore Sun and Mercy Medical Center are near that location. Police say one of the victims walked to a hospital, and the second victim arrived a few minutes later. Both died from their injuries. They were 28 and 19 years old. Police have not released any information about suspects or a possible motive. With well over 300 slayings in the city in 2015, Baltimore is on pace for a near-record number of homicides. Police are also investigating several other non-fatal shootings that occurred this weekend.
Source WBAL

Mistrial Declared In Officer William Porter Case!

A mistrial was declared Wednesday on all charges in the trial of Officer William Porter. The jury could not come to an agreement on any of the four charges facing Porter, the first of six Baltimore officers to face charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Both sides will meet tomorrow to determine how the prosecution will proceed. If called in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the police van in which Gray suffered his fatal injury, and still facing charges, Porter could invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. Gray's death and the protests and civil unrest that followed drew national attention on issues of police misconduct, particularly in the context of other police-involved deaths of late in Cleveland, Chicago, North Charleston and New York.
— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) December 16, 2015 The outcome was met with outrage by…

Day 3 Of Jury Deliberations At Porter Trial

It is day three of jury deliberations in the trial of Officer William Porter.   When the jury of seven women and five men come back here to Courthouse East this morning,  they will have deliberated 11 hours since Monday afternoon.  The jury came back with a note around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon to say they were deadlocked.  Judge Barry Williams  told the panel to head back to the jury room and keep deliberating.  While prosecutor Michael Schatzow was in the courtroom for much of the day waiting for the verdict, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby didn’t arrive at the courthouse until after the jury was sent home for the night. Regardless of the outcome of his trial, Officer William Porter is viewed as a material witness in the trials of Officer Caesar Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White. Goodson's trial is scheduled for January 6. White's trial is set for January 25. Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless en…

Jury Deadlocked in Porter Trial, Judge Orders Deliberations To Continue

The jury in the trial of Officer William Porter told Judge Barry Williams Tuesday afternoon they are deadlocked. The jury came in around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Williams sent them back for more deliberations after re-reading some of the jury instructions. The jury did not say which of the four charges against Porter are at issue. The jury is not hung. If they were, that would be grounds for Williams to declare a mistrial. Around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday defense attorney Gary Proctor made a request for a mistrial, and to move this trial out of Baltimore City. Proctor told the judge his motion was based on the letter that Baltimore City schools CEO Gregory Thornton sent home to parents Monday, warning them of possible unrest. In the letter, Thornton said the school won’t tolerate any students leaving class to protest if Officer Porter is acquitted.  In court, Proctor praised Judge Williams for making sure the jury is not impacted bu outside influences, but he told the judge, "I didn't thi…

Wilson Throws 5 TD Passes As Seahawks Beat Ravens 35-6

As long as Russell Wilson continues to fling touchdown passes at a dizzying rate, the Seattle Seahawks just might survive their alarming shortage of running backs. Wilson threw five touchdown passes, three to Doug Baldwin, and Seattle wore down the injury-depleted Baltimore Ravens 35-6 Sunday for its fourth straight victory. Wilson went 23 for 32 for 292 yards. The five touchdown throws matched a career high - set earlier this season against Pittsburgh - and gave him 16 over his last four games. Baldwin scored on passes of 14, 22 and 16 yards. Tyler Lockett caught TD throws of 8 and 49 yards. "Guys were making plays all over the field," Wilson said. "And the offensive line is giving me enough time to make those decisions and get the ball out on time." Seattle (8-5) played most of the game without standout rookie running back Thomas Rawls, who broke his left ankle in the first quarter and is out for the season. Rawls had already gained 47 yards during the Seahawks&…

Baltimore ties record high temperature set in 1979

The National Weather Service says Baltimore has tied a record high temperature for the day set in 1979. The National Weather Service's Baltimore Washington office said on Twitter that as of 3 p.m. on Saturday, Baltimore hat hit 71 degrees. The weather service says that tied a record set 36 years ago.

Defense Rests in Porter Trial; Journalists Ejected For Trying To Record Video In Court

The defense has rested its case in the trial of Officer William Porter. The defense presented 12 witnesses over three days before resting its case just before 12:30 this afternoon. Judge Barry Williams dismissed the jury of seven women and five men for the weekend. After a one hour hearing with attorneys to discuss jury instructions recessed court until Monday at 9 a.m., when the jury will receive instructions and hear closing arguments. If there are no further legal issues, the jury could begin deliberating as soon as Monday afternoon. Today, the defense called four character witnesses including Porter’s Mother Helena, who called her someone "who likes to keep the peace and is a peacemaker." The only non-character witness who testified was Baltimore police Capt. Justin Reynolds,  who testified as an expert on city police training procedures. Reynolds said Officer Porter’s actions towards Freddie Gray went beyond what was expected for a backup officer.  The defense did not …

Officer Porter Claims He Was Unaware Of New Seat Belt Policy, Gray Never Asked For Ambulance

Officer William Porter has participated in more than 150 arrests in his time as a Baltimore police officer. Not one was seat belted in a police transport. That admission came in testimony from Porter himself, who took the stand in his own defense Wednesday as the second witness his attorneys called to the stand. Porter is one of six Baltimore City Police officers charged in the April death of Freddie Gray, who died April 19, one week after suffering injuries in a police transport van following his arrest.  Gray's death sparked a week of protests, riots, looting and a state of emergency in Baltimore City. While a new mandatory seat belt policy was emailed to officers three days before Gray's fateful arrest, according to testimony from former police Commissioner Anthony Batts' chief of staff, Porter said he didn't have an app on his department-issued phone to allow him to check his email and would have had to come in early or stay late to read it. The policy was include…