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NYPD Now Believe Troy Ave Was Shot By A Rival Prior To Getting Gun. 2nd Gunman Sought - As the investigation continues into the shooting that occurred during T.I.'s concert at Irving Plaza in New York City on Wednesday, May 25, a clearer picture of what happened is starting to emerge. One person was killed and three were injured, including Brooklyn recording artist Troy Ave, who was shot in the leg. Police arrested the BSB Records CEO and charged him with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, after releasing video that shows him firing a gun backstage at the venue. They alleged that he was the lone triggerman and accidentally shot himself.
PIX 11 reports that detectives are now working on a different theory. According to their report, the 33-year old rapper was approached backstage by someone he had beef with and a fight ensued. During the scrap Troy and his friend/bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, were shot.
Ronald McPhatter a.k.a. BSB Banga died from a gunshot wound to the stomach As Troy and his assailant tussled over the gun a…

Baltimore School Support Staff Face Layoffs - Word of specific job cuts is now coming from Baltimore school system headquarters, on North Avenue. As promised, some school system employees learned Tuesday that their jobs are being eliminated. Interim schools CEO Tammy Turner announced earlier this month that several employees would be let go in order to further close the school district's budget deficit. Those opposed to the cuts said jobs that are on the chopping block will affect the classroom. While it does not appear classroom teachers will be affected by the job cuts, employees that support them may be headed to the unemployment line by the end of next month. Marietta English, the president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, said the layoffs couldn't have come at a worse time. "I can tell you there are vacancies in many schools. Every day, every school probably needs a substitute, and they don't have enough," English said. The teacher's union said top school administrators revealed th…

Hogan Rescinds 72 Largely Outdated Executive Orders - The governor's office released a list of rescinded executive orders on Tuesday, saying that the orders issued by previous administrations over the last 46 years are either outdated or superseded by legislation. The rescissions include executive orders issued by seven previous governors, going as far back as the Marvin Mandel administration.

The governor's office said the action represents the largest repeal of gubernatorial directives since Gov. William Donald Schaefer removed 48 executive orders in 1995. More than half of the rescinded orders deal with established boards or commissions that, in many instances, have not met for years, while others have been superseded by legislation, the governor's office said. For example, the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, which was created in 2011, completed its work in 2012 and has not met since.
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Troy Ave Pleads Not Guilty To NYC Club Shooting Charges. His Lawyer Says "He's The Victim"

(New York Daily News) A rapper accused of opening fire at a deadly nightclub shooting was the victim, despite video showing him shooting a gun as patrons ran for their lives, his lawyer said Monday. Rapper Roland (Troy Ave) Collins accused of attempted murder and of shooting himself in the leg was wheeled into court to face charges in the wild-west melee between shows Thursday at the Irving Place nightclub in Union Square. After ballistics tests, Collins’ charges could be upgraded to murder in the death of 30-year-old Ronald (Edgar) McPhatter. Collins pleaded not guilty, and was remanded without bail. The shooting happened at a T.I. concert, before the Atlanta-based rapper was set to take the stage. He was not involved in the violence, sources said. Collins, 33, winced as several officers and detectives took him out of a marked van and helped him into a wheelchair, where he sat with his right leg bandaged.

Prosecutors said Collins recklessly fired a gun five times in a crowded venue with no…

Layoffs Looming For Baltimore City School Employees - Layoffs are looming in the Baltimore City Public Schools System. Interim schools CEO Tammy Turner announced earlier this month that several teachers would be let go, in order to further close the school district's budget deficit. The Baltimore Teachers union said May 31 is the day city school system is set to send out layoff notifications. But regardless of the notification date, nobody is going to be laid off before June 30, school officials said. After meeting with school officials Monday, the union said up to 65 of its members could be impacted by a reduction of force brought about because of a more than $20 million deficit in the school system.

The union said that if a member has not been reassigned by June 30 they will be laid off, be entitled to unemployment and placed on a recall list that will be valid for up to two years. Baltimore Teachers Union president Marietta English said layoff notices are not indicative of an actual layoff and promises to work to…

5 Shot in Baltimore At Holiday Cookout - At least five people were injured Monday in a shooting in north Baltimore, city police said. 

Baltimore police spokesman Donny Moses said the shooting occurred around 3 p.m. in the 500 block of East 43rd Street. 

Police said it happened at a holiday cookout. The victims range in age from 20 years old to 59 years old and included four men and one woman. 

There is no word on at led to the shooting, but police said the injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2221.

Source WBAL

City Police Seek Suspect In Home Invasion, Sexual Assault - Baltimore City Police are looking for the man who broke into the home of a 71-year-old woman, robbing her and sexually assaulting her. 

Police say the home invasion occurred at around 2-30 Saturday morning in the 5300-block of Beaufort Avenue. 

The woman awoke to find a black man dressed in all black and a black mask standing over top of her. 

The man armed with a knife demanded money. 

The woman gave him cash, jewelery and other property. Before leaving the man sexually assaulted the woman. 

Police say the man then took off in the woman's car, and was later involved in a major accident. 

A witness pulled the man out of the car, and the man, who was injured left the scene. 

Police have recovered some physical evidence from the accident scene. 

Anyone with information. on this incident is asked to call city police.

Source WBAL

Chicago: 4 Dead, 48 Wounded In Memorial Day Weekend Shootings

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The police superintendent has spent the weekend - not at police headquarters - but out on the streets. A source tells ABC7 unofficial, internal police department data has this year's shootings surpassing the number during last year's Memorial Day weekend. Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the violence has to do with "too many guns and too many people willing to use them."

That may be the reason for a tally that includes 5 people killed and 55 others hurt in shootings from 12:01 a.m. Friday until around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Those numbers do not include three highway shootings under Illinois State Police jurisdiction. To break those numbers down: Last year over the Memorial Day weekend there were 48 shootings and 14 homicides were recorded.

The year before there were 26 shootings and seven murders.

The department said the official numbers come out Tuesday and they do not have any scheduled updates Monday.

"I've been out in several communities since F…

Girl Critical After Near Drowning - A 9-year-old girl was in critical condition after nearly drowning in a creek Sunday in northeast Baltimore. The girl was initially pronounced dead at the scene, but officials later confirmed she had a pulse. Authorities said the girl was pulled from the water at Herring Run Park in the 4700 block of Parkside Drive just after 2 p.m.
An afternoon of kids playing in a neighborhood park and a nearby creek quickly became something much worse. "I thought she was dead. I had to get somebody to help," said Laquwen Jefferson, a witness. "We were hanging out. We tried to save her and it was too deep, and the wave was pushing us back, and that's when we called 911, and this grownup came and dragged her out and started doing CPR," said Achir Draughan, a witness. "I was at the playground with my kids. I don't even live around here," said Gregory Singleton. "I was up here for probably 20, 30 minutes, and I done seen a group of kids coming…

Man Shot In Perry Hall - Baltimore County Police are investigating a late night shooting in Perry Hall. Police say a man was sitting in a car parked in the 5000-block of Forge Road at around 11:15 Sunday night when he was shot by a suspect who then fled the scene. The victim was shot several times, and remains hospitalized. Police believe this was a targeted crime and stress there is no threat to the community. Police ask anyone with information to call Baltimroe County Police at 410-307-2020, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Former Baltimore Lifeguard Dead After Being Shot In Apparent Argument

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Police in Baltimore say a man is dead after apparently being shot in an argument in the Fells Point neighborhood. Police said in a statement that officers were called to the 500 block of South Broadway Street just before midnight Saturday for a report of a shooting. Police say when they arrived they found 26-year-old Dominique Dungee of Baltimore suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the torso. Police say Dungee was taken to a hospital where he died. Police say investigators believe Dungee got into an argument with an unknown suspect, which led to him being shot. Dungee worked for Baltimore Parks and Recreation as a lifeguard and pool operator since he was a 14 or 15 years old. He resigned a month ago, said Gwendolyn Chambers with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. Tai Reynold, a friend and pool co-worker, said Dungee resigned from his job to focus more on school. Reynold called Dungee a "peacekeeper" and can't make sense of his killing. "…

Memorial Day Events In Maryland

Monday May 30, 2016
Memorial Day Ceremony 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens 200 E Padonia Rd Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093 (410) 666-0490
Odenton Volunteer Fire Company 2016 Carnival
Parade will start at 5:00 p.m. Carnival opens at 5:30 p.m. Any questions call 410-674-4444
Hometown Holidays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rockville Town Center 30 Maryland Ave 30 Maryland Ave Rockville, MD 20850
Memorial Day Ceremony
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Circle of the Immortals - Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens 200 E Padonia Rd Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Annapolis Memorial Day Parade Begins at 10:00 a.m. Annapolis, MD 410-263-7996
National Memorial Day Parade Begins at 8:00 a.m. Constitution Avenue Washington, D.C.
Memorial Day at Henry Park 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Henry Park 27 Flower St Berlin, MD 21811

Committeeman: Hogan Won't Face "Credible" Primary Challenge In Two Years For Not Endorsing Trump - Governor Larry Hogan has repeatedly said he has no plans to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and has no plans to attend the Republican National Convention in July. Traditionally the governor chairs the state delegation at the party's national convention. This year that job will fall to David Bossie, who is the president and CEO of Citizens United,, and was elected earlier this month to be Maryland's Republican National Committeeman. Bossie told Maryland's News This Week that he hopes Hogan changes his mind about supporting Trump, because Republicans should support their party's presidential nominee to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.   However, Bossie says Hogan's position on Trump does not damage Hogan's popularity with conservatives, and he doesn't think Hogan will get any significant challenge from a conservative Republican in a primary in 2018.

13-Year-Old Girl One Of Two Victims In Shooting - A 13-year-old girl and another woman were hurt Saturday in an early-morning shooting in Baltimore. Authorities said the shooting happened about 2 a.m. in the 1200 block of Washington Boulevard. Investigators said the girl suffered a graze wound to the head, and the woman was shot in the chest. Both were treated and released from area hospitals. Officials said the victims were with a group of people when multiple gunshots were fired.
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Baltimore Police Begin Body Camera Rollout - Baltimore City police are rolling out the long-awaited body-worn camera program, training more than two dozen officers who got cameras Friday. Community leaders believe the cameras will cut down on excessive force complaints and make officers less aggressive. The police said the cameras will give a fuller picture of an encounter and reduce false accusations. "It's going to create a level of civility all around," said Maj. Marc Partee, director of the education and training division. City officers are receiving body-worn cameras and training on how to use them. "When to turn it on, when to turn it off. Of course, there are issues of people not wanting to be on camera," Partee said. Universally considered a mutually beneficial law enforcement tool, officers are expected to use the cameras as often as they take a breath. "You basically want to capture everything, because you never know what is going to be important later on down the line. Ou…

Police Release Video Of Suspect In Northwest Baltimore Shooting - Baltimore Police say a woman was shot and killed Friday morning in Northwest Baltimore. Police were called at approximately 7:30 a.m. to the 2900 block of Rosalind Avenue in Cylburn. There they found the 41-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim, since identified as Latrina Ashburne of the 2900 block of Rosalind Avenue, died at an area hospital. Police believe the victim was getting into her car when she was approached by an unidentified man. She tried to run, but was shot. Police later released surveillance footage of the man they believe to be the shooter. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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Gov. Larry Hogan Vetoes Transit Oversight Bill, 5 Others - As the weekend deadline approaches for Gov. Larry Hogan to sign or veto bills passed in this year's legislative session, the governor today vetoed six bills that were popular with Democrats, and used strong language explaining why. CLICK HERE to read the list of bills the governor will veto. The move sets up override votes when lawmakers return to session in January. Two of the bills vetoed deal with transportation, as Democrats this year criticized Hogan for cancelling the Red Line light rail project in Baltimore, in favor of road and bridge projects in rural areas. One of the bills would have created an oversight board for the Maryland Transit Administration. In a veto letter to House Speaker Mike Busch, the governor called the bill, a "sophomoric attack on sound transportation policy, by creating a ...politically driven board top second guess the authority of an executive branch agency." CLICK HERE to read Hogan's veto letter on the MTA Oversight B…