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Full Audio: Jimmy Mathis Town Hall With Some Of Baltimore's Mayoral Candidates

WBAL NewsRadio 1090's Jimmy Mathis hosted a town hall with Baltimore Mayoral Candidates: Former Mayor Shelia Dixon, Councilman Nick Mosby, State Senator Catherine Pugh and Councilman Carl Stokes.


Police Officer Injured In Northwest Baltimore Crash

Police are investigating a crash in northwest Baltimore involving a police officer. 

It happened late last night in the 5400 block of Reisterstown Road near West Rogers Avenue. 

WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team reporter Barry Simms said one car crashed into a pole and a police cruiser was lodged into the back of another car that ran up against the door of Peppers Discount Liquors. 

Investigators said the officer was responding to a call to back up another police officer. 

The officer was taken to a hospital for a knee injury. 

No word on the cause of the crash.

After Chris Christie's Trump Endorsement, Hogan Declines To Support Anyone In GOP Primary

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan won't be following suit after his friend and fellow Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, endorsed Donald Trump's presidential bid. “Governor Hogan has not endorsed anyone else in the Republican primary and is currently focused on Maryland, the legislative session, and changing our state for the better," a spokeswoman said in an email. Hogan earlier endorsed Christie's presidential bid, and hosted a fundraiser. Christie campaigned with Hogan during the latter's 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

Davis Says Investigation Underway After Man Suffers Broken Arm In Arrest - Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis is asking for help from anybody with smartphone video to get to the bottom of a police altercation that resulted in a man suffering a broken arm. Aaron Winston allegedly provoked and interfered with three officers escorting a friend of his early Sunday outside the Mosaic Nightclub in the unit block of Market Place, at Power Plant Live. Officers used physical force to subdue him, and he was arrested and taken on foot to the central district across the street, Davis said, correcting rumors he was taken to Central Booking. "It became evident that he had an injury that was sustained during the take-down, during the arrest, that required medical attention," Davis said. In accordance with his department's policy, Davis said Thursday an investigation has been launched into what happened at the nightclub. Police were called there by the club's private security.

"It's clear to all of us that we need to find …

Suspect Named In Shooting Of Two Elderly Victims, Police Declare Him Public Enemy No. 1 - Baltimore police have named the man wanted in the Monday shooting of two elderly victims and designated him public enemy No. 1. Carl Anthony Cooper allegedly fired the shots that struck Hogan McGill, 82, and Martha Gilliard, 90, in the leg. Police say Cooper, 36, had a background of drug offenses. "Right now, it appears that the motive behind the shooting has a drug nexus to it and the two individuals were caught in the crossfire," criminal investigations chief Col. Stanley Brandford said. #CarlCooper#PublicEnemy #1 — Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) February 25, 2016 Earlier this week, police released video of the shooter. "We take no delight in announcing Public Enemy No. 1," Commissioner Kevin Davis said, though he noted that recent such declarations have been followed with tips and swift arrests. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arres…

After Controversy, Towson High Student Will Be Able To Recite Poem That References Black Lives Matter - Towson High School senior will be able to recite a poem called "Believe Me" before his classmates tonight during a senior talent show. The poem refers to the Black Lives Matter movement.  The principal of the school told the Baltimore Sun that she never banned Senior Class President Marcus Shaw from reciting the poem. He claims that after a meeting with the principal he was not going to be able to perform it because he refers to police officers who start riots instead of keeping the peace. The senior also talks about the death of Eric Garner--the black man who was seen in video in New York as police put in him in a chokehold while he screamed he couldn't breathe. There was also an online petition signed by more than 2,500 in support of Shaw and his poem.
Source WBAL

Baltimore Co. Police Identify Man In Police-Involved Shooting - Baltimore County police have identified the Middle River man shot by an officer last week. George Greenwood Willinger III of the unit block of Volz Avenue has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, a handgun violation and other charges. He will be held without bail upon his release from hospitalization. Police say they recovered white baggies from Willinger's person that contained a white rock substance, yellow and orange pills and an "owe sheet." Police said after the incident that a passenger (since identified as Willinger) in a vehicle near Old Eastern and Harrison avenues got out of the car, placed his hand in his waistband area and made a sudden turn toward the officer, which led to the shooting. The driver, Timothy Dudek, was arrested on drug and firearms charges.
Source WBAL Credit: Baltimore County Police Department
George Greenwood Willinger III

Poll: Hogan Approval Rating At 63%; Democratic Party Still Viewed Favorably - A new poll finds Gov. Larry Hogan's approval rating remains high. 

The Goucher Poll of 545 Marylanders finds 63 percent approve of the job Hogan is doing. Seventeen percent disapprove of the job Hogan is doing.

He has an 86 percent approval rating among Republicans and a 50 percent approval rating among Democrats, in spite of some highly publicized battles with Democratic leaders in the legislature. That approval rating compares to a 58 percent approval rating Hogan received in a Goucher Poll in October, and to a 67-percent approval rating Hogan received in a Gonzales Poll last month.  

"Really Hogan has been able to sustain any criticism, so while at the elite level the Democrats are frustrated with him, this really hasn't resonated that much in the electorate as of yet," Goucher Poll Director Mileah Kromer told WBAL NewsRadio 1090. The telephone poll was conducted over a five-day period ending on Wednesday of last week. The poll has a margin of erro…

Police: 2 Seniors Shot, Injured In West Baltimore Shooting - Baltimore police are investigating after an elderly brother and sister were shot in the 3400 block of Clifton Avenue in Walbrook Junction. Two elderly people shot in 3400 block Clifton Ave in Walbrook Junction Balto. Police investigating — Barry Simms (@BarrySimmsWBAL) February 22, 2016 Police say the shooting happened around 1 p.m. outside a sub shop while the man, 82, and woman, 90, were waiting for a bus. Spokesman TJ Smith said they did not appear to be the targets of the shooter who fired from the shopping center across the street. Both were shot in the leg, and the woman suffered a graze wound to the head. "There's not any words to describe how ridiculous it is," Smith said. "Those of us who know the city, bad guys do bad things and guys who get involved in the game know the risks that come with that. But at the same time there are rules of engagement and elderly folks are off-limits." It's believed the sho…

Dreamchasers' Chino Delivers Health Update After Being Shot in the Head

VLadTV is reporting that just a few days after being injured in a drive-by shooting, rapper Chino has emerged to let fans know he's "recovering & doing well." The artist currently on Meek Mill's Dreamchasers imprint was shot in the head late Friday morning in Northwest Baltimore. "God is great never underestimate his power. #DaChasers," he tweeted out hours ago. No other details have been shared regarding the shooting as of Sunday afternoon. We wish him a speedy recovery. Source: Twitter

Two Dead In West Baltimore Shooting

Baltimore City Police are looking for witnesses and suspects in the shooting deaths of two men in West Baltimore Today. The shooting was reported at around 1:40 in the 2300-block of West Lafayette Avenue. Officers arriving at the scene found two men who had been shot. Both were taken to a nearby hospital where they later died. Police are asking anyone with information on the shootings  to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.

Car Crashes Outside Of Baltimore Police Headquarters - A vehicle possibly involved in a shooting crashed Friday evening in front of Baltimore police headquarters. Police were called to reports of gunshots fired in the 3900 block of West Coldspring Lane, but they did not find a victim. During a canvass of the area, officers noticed a black Acura driving erratically and saw it hit another car, Detective Jeremy Silbert said. Police said the officers followed the car onto the Jones Falls Expressway and saw it hit another car before it crashed into barriers in front of police headquarters on Fayette Street. The driver made a right turn onto Fayette Street and tried to make a U-turn when she lost control and crashed into the barriers, SkyTeam 11 Capt. Roy Taylor reported. The woman driving the car suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital, Taylor reported. Silbert called the woman a person of interest. A 33-year-old man suffering a gunshot wound to his leg walked into Sinai Hospital. His condition is not…

19 Hurt in Dundalk Bus Crash

Several people were injured after an MTA bus crashed in Dundalk Friday afternoon, officials said. Baltimore County fire officials said the crash was reported at 3:34 p.m. Friday along the 2900 block of Sollers Point Road. An MTA bus crashed into a light pole on the parking lot of American Kenpo Karate, officials said. Officials said 19 people were injured; two people suffered serious injuries. None of the injuries were life-threatening, officials said. There is no word on what caused the crash.

Sheriff Awards Slain Deputies With Medals Of Honor

The Harford County sheriff's deputies killed in the line of duty earlier this month have been honored with Medals of Honor. A viewing for Mark Logsdon, a 16-year veteran of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, started at 2 p.m. Thursday and will go until 9 p.m. at Mountain Christian Church. A viewing will also be held Friday from 2-9 p.m. Logsdon was fatally shot by 68-year-old Brian Evans, who first opened fire on another deputy, Patrick Dailey, a 30-year Sheriff's Office veteran, inside a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon on Feb. 10. Logsdon came into contact with Evans minutes later in a parking lot nearby and was fatally shot. Responding deputies killed the gunman. Logsdon, 43, was assigned to the Community Services Division. He is survived by his wife, three children and his parents. And he has left behind a grieving community, including the pastor of Mountain Christian Church, who was the Logsdon's neighbor in Fallston. "Everybody who talks about Mark says…

Baltimore County Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

Baltimore County Police detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened early Thursday morning along Old Eastern Avenue and Harrison Avenue in Middle River.  An officer shot a suspect who was taken to the hospital. There is no word on the suspect's condition. Baltimore County Police Corporal John Wachter says at around 2:00am an officer pulled over a vehicle that he suspected was involved in narcotics activity.  "The passenger exited the vehicle and started to walk towards Eastern Avenue and then stopped," said Wachter live on WBAL NewsRadio 1090. "The vehicle itself pulled around onto Harrison and put itself in a position roughly parallel with the officer;'s car. During an interaction between the officer and the passenger who exited the vehicle that passenger made a sudden movement towards his waistband that placed the officer in fear for his life." 
The tweets go on to say that an officer stopped vehicle for suspected narcotics activi…

Judge Schedules Motions Hearing In Nero Trial - Although prosecutors are seeking a delay from the state's highest court, Baltimore City Circuit CourtJudge Barry Williams is moving ahead with the trial of one of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Jury selection for Officer Edward Nero is scheduled to begin Monday. Williams has scheduled a hearing for Friday morning to address a number of pre-trial motions.
CLICK HERE to read the motions filed in Officer Edward Nero's trial. Many of the motions are similar to those that were heard before the trial of Officer William Porter which ended with a hung jury in December. The state attorney general's office, which is representing the state in various appeals in these cases, has asked the Maryland Court of Appeals to delay Nero's trial, and the trials of four other accused officers to determine if Porter can be forced to testify. Prosecutors have argued that "it is in the public interest" for Porter to testify at the trials of Ner…

Visitation Begins For Murdered Deputies - Snow and freezing rain did not deter hundreds of people from coming to the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, for the first day of visitation for Harford County Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey. He was one of two deputies shot and killed in the line of duty in Abingdon last week. Law enforcement officers from around the state were among those who came to pay their respects. By evening, there were people standing in the lobby of the church's worship center, where the visitation was taking place.   A large American flag stretched across two ladder trucks at the entrance to the church complex. The tucks were from the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, where Dailey was a volunteer firefighter for 37 years. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters the outpouring of support has meant a lot. The visitation will continue on Tuesday at the church from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. The visitation will include a firefighters memorial at 7 p.m. Dailey's funeral is sch…

Deadly Shooting In Northeast Baltimore - Baltimore Police are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred early Monday morning. According to Baltimore Police, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Northeast District patrol officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of E. 31st Street for a report of a shooting. Police discovered an 18-year-old-male who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound the head. Medics transported the victim to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Homicide detectives are interviewing several witnesses, as this investigation is open and ongoing. Anyone with information is ask to contact detectives at (410) 396-2100 or call Metro Crime 
Source WBAL Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Winter Weather Advisory For Parts Of Maryland Through Tuesday Morning - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that remains in effect to 10 am Tuesday. SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS | CURRENT WEATHER | WEATHER RADAR | TRAFFIC | LISTEN LIVE From the National Weather Service: ...Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10 am EST Tuesday... * precipitation type...snow...sleet and freezing rain. * Accumulation...2 to 4 inches of snow and sleet. Around one- tenth of an inch of ice from freezing rain. * Timing...snow will change to sleet and freezing rain late this afternoon...and all freezing rain Monday evening. Precipitation will gradually change to rain late Monday night into Tuesday morning. * Winds...southeast 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. * the teens tonight...rising into the upper 20s to lower 30s Monday into Monday night. Temperatures will rise into the mid and upper 40s Tuesday. * Impacts...snow and ice will cause slippery roads and travel will be difficult. Precautionary/preparedness ac…

Decisions Ahead This Week In Gray Related Trials - This is likely to be the week we learn whether there will be further delays in the trials of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The Maryland Attorney General's Office is asking the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, to intervene, to determine whether Officer William Porter should be forced to testify at the trials of the five other accused officers. Porter, whose trial ended with a hung jury in December, has been fighting any effort to force him to testify. He faces a retrial in June. Identical requests to the Court of Appeals were filed on Wednesday in each of the five remaining cases.
CLICK HERE to read the filing in the case of Officer Edward Nero, who is scheduled to go on trial next week.
So far the Court of Appeals has not acted on  the request. On Maryland's News This Week, attorney Warren Alperstein, who is not representing anyone in this case, said that such requests are rare.  He notes that prosecutors have limited groun…

Faculty Asks Catholic College's President To Resign - Faculty members of Mount St. Mary's University voted overwhelmingly Friday to ask the embattled president of the rural Maryland school to resign by Monday morning. They sent Simon Newman a letter announcing the 87-3 vote despite his announcement Friday afternoon that he was reinstating two faculty members he had fired Monday amid an uproar over his plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail and offer tuition refunds to those who chose to leave early in their first semester. The faculty letter, provided to The Associated Press by David McCarthy, the faculty secretary, said the dispute had divided the Emmitsburg college community in a way that could not be resolved as long as Newman continues as president. The letter said "it has become apparent that negative public attention has interfered with our ability to continue in our work and to bring new students and faculty to this campus." Calls and emails to the university spokesman were not immediately re…