Tuesday, May 31, 2016
RadioOnFire.com - 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 that among those facing layoffs are school secretaries, office assistants, business managers and classroom aides. These are support staff positions that some teachers said are critical to learning.
"They're important. We need all of the help we can get. You know, our kids need all of the resources that are available to them, and that's very important," said Tondalya Crites, a teacher.
"The support staff at my school makes my job much easier, and to hear that you could lose some, it's sad. The support staff is just as important as the main teacher," said Amanda Damiano, a teacher.
WBAL-TV 11 News has learned that besides support staff jobs, assistant principal positions may be eliminated along with some Baltimore City school police officers.
Final layoff numbers could come later Tuesday.
RadioOnFire.com - The governor's office released a list of rescinded executive orders on Tuesday, saying that the orders issued by previous administrations over the last 46 years are either outdated or superseded by legislation.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More than half of the rescinded orders deal with established boards or commissions that, in many instances, have not met for years, while others have been superseded by legislation, the governor's office said.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.
RadioOnFire.com - 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 make sure impacted teachers are reassigned.
City school officials said both sides agreed that Monday's meeting was productive and have "committed to continue to work together to most effectively support students and staff."
Public school employees got word of this workforce reduction in a notification that went out on May 26.
The teachers union is asking their members to "show up, stand up and be counted when the union asks for a show of strength."
Monday, May 30, 2016
RadioOnFire.com - 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.
RadioOnFire.com - 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.
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 Friday, and I do feel that positive vibe from that. So it is encouraging, but there's still a lot more work to be done," Johnson said.
The superintendent says "any amount of violence is unacceptable." He said he will remain visible on the streets but says he needs some help, especially from parents.
Four people were killed, including a 15-year-old girl, and at least 48 more have been wounded in shootings across Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.
The most recent homicide happened Saturday evening in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side.
Garvin Whitmore, 27, was sitting in the driver seat of a vehicle with 26-year-old Ashley Harrison about 5:20 p.m. in the 200 block of West Root when someone walked up to the vehicle and shot the man in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Whitmore, of the 5800 block of West 63rd Place, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:29 p.m., authorities said. At least 43 more people have been wounded in other Chicago shootings since 9:25 p.m. Friday.
Fifty-five people were shot, 12 fatally, in Memorial Day weekend shootings in 2015.
RadioOnFire.com - 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 up saying, 'Somebody's drowning,' So, me, I just took off. By the time I got to the bottom of the creek, the little girl was face first inside the water."
According to the kids, the girl, who couldn't swim, was walking across a pipe when she slipped and the current pushed her to a deep part of Herring Run Creek.
"To see somebody actually life slipping away in my hands is, I can't describe it," Singleton said. "I have a numb feeling. I'm just glad I was able to do my part in trying to save somebody's life. That's it."
Residents in the area told 11 News they have had concerns about a steep dropoff that goes from nearby Shannon Drive into the creek. They said other kids have slipped there in the past.
RadioOnFire.com - 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.
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.
"I never heard him argue with anybody, so the story that came out, I've never personally seen him argue with anybody. He was not that person. He was the person to diffuse the situation, so I think that's what happened. He tried to diffuse the situation and it went wrong," Reynold said.
Reynold said Dungee leaves behind a son.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP
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
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
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.
National Memorial Day Parade
Begins at 8:00 a.m.
Memorial Day at Henry Park
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
27 Flower St
Berlin, MD 21811
Sunday, May 29, 2016
RadioOnFire.com - 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.
at May 29, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
RadioOnFire.com - 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.
RadioOnFire.com - 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. Our mantra is record everything and let us figure it out," Partee said.
The classroom training is comprehensive. The material covers a combination of law, common sense and lessons learned from the department's pilot program, all relevant to what happens on the street.
"If you have to put hands on somebody, that camera needs to show why," Sgt. Habib Kim, an instructor at the police academy, told officers. "We want a couple minutes of the beginning of your driving to the call. You show up to the crime scene, we want the initial interaction. If things go sideways, we want to show that progression. We want to see what led up to everything going wrong."
The social media explosion of posting videos of police excessive force encounters with the public is fueling demand to equip law enforcement with body cameras.
The police in-custody death of Freddie Gray in April 2015 pressured City Hall to act.
"Show you getting medical support, show you loading (the detainee) into the wagon, show everything," Kim told officers. "You will have problems if you didn't record something that you should have."
A recent 11 News I-Team report on body cameras revealed limitations. The cameras provide a narrow view, and movement makes the situation look more intense that it is.
Experts believe body-worn camera programs will work best when everyone recognizes the limitations.
"Our job is to hold people accountable for their acts. That's what these cameras do to us," Kim said. "These cameras are going to show exactly what we deal with every day. If you do something wrong, it's going to catch. If you do something right, that's what it's going to catch."
The police academy is holding two body-worn camera sessions a week with the goal of full implementation by 2018.
RadioOnFire.com - 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.
RadioOnFire.com - 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 Bill.
Hogan also noted that under the bill 11 of the 16 members of the board would come from just six jurisdictions of the state.
On April 11, the last day of the legislative session, the House gave final approval to the bill by a vote of 87-51, two votes more than the 85 needed to override a veto. The Senate approved the bill by a 26-19 vote. Democrats need at least 29 votes to override a veto.
Hogan also vetoed a bill to replace the Harry W. Nice Bridge in Southern Maryland at a cost of $1-billion.
In a letter to Senate President Mike Miller, Hogan called the bill "unnecessary," and notes it is as "misguided" as a bill to score transportation projects according to theri environmental impact and ability to reduce traffic. The governor vetoed that bill at the end of March, and lawmakers overrode the veto in early April.
CLICK HERE to read Hogan's veto letter on the Nice Bridge bill.
The bill on the Harry Nice Bridge was sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas "Mac" Middleton, who is from Southern Maryland.
The bill passed vote chambers with more than enough votes to override a veto.
The governor also vetoed a bill sponsored by Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee chair Joan Carter Conway, that would ban Morgan State University from building student apartments in the 1500 block of Havenwood Road, unless the Hillen Improvement Association approves the deal. Carter Conway represents the Baltimore City district that includes Morgan State University.
CLICK HERE to read Hogan's veto letter on the Morgan State University bill.
In his letter to Miller, Hogan said the bill "represents improper and unwanted interference by the State Legislature into what is clearly a local zoning matter."
Lawmakers approved the bill last month with more than enough votes to override a veto.
Hogan also vetoed a bill that would have set up "the Maryland Education Development Collaborative" an 19 member board including lawmakers that would advise the State Board of Education along with local school boards on education policy. Hogan called the bill unconstitutional, violating the separation of powers in the Maryland Constitution.
Lawmakers unanimously passed that bill this year.
The governor also vetoed both a House and a Senate bill that would increase the state's renewable energy portfolio standard.
The Senate bill was sponsored by Senate majority leader Catherine Pugh. The identical House bill was sponsored by Montgomery County Del. Bill Frick.
In veto letter to both Busch and Miller, Hogan said that it would amount to a tax increase on all electric ratepayers which he says is "unacceptable."
CLICK HERE to read Hogan's veto letter on the Renewable Energy Bill
However, Hogan did call the goal of the bill "laudable"
Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, criticized the governor's veto in the following statement:
"Governor Hogan's veto of the bipartisan Clean Energy Jobs Act is a shock to business leaders and Marylanders who value clean air and water
"While we fully expect the General Assembly to override this veto, Governor Hogan has ushered in harm to our economy and environment in the meantime. This veto will likely cause immediate job losses in the solar industry, while temporarily delaying reductions in harmful air, water and climate pollution. It's deeply hypocritical for the Governor to say he supports reducing greenhouse gas pollution and now to veto the top policy solution.
"In defending his veto, Governor Hogan ignored the overwhelming economic and consumer benefits of clean energy, while using misleading statistics to distort the cost impact of the bill. In fact, the Clean Energy Jobs Act does not impose any new taxes while it will help Marylanders save money through affordable solar and better health. Meanwhile, the costs of fossil fuels to our health and climate keep rising.
"In a state that's experienced so much clean energy job growth and is so vulnerable to sea level rise, the Governor's veto is bad for business, bad for our environment, and bad politics."
Both the House and Senate bills passed this year with more than enough votes to override a veto.
Other Bills Become Law Without Signature
The governor is letting 85 other bills take effect without his signature.
Among the bills falling into that category, the College Affordability Act which among other things allows for an up to $5,000 state tax credit for people with student loan debts.
A bill that supporters say would protect the bee population by banning certain pesticides is also being allowed to take effect.
The governor is also allowing a bill that would expand the hours of all branches of the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore City to take effect without his signature.
CLICK HERE to see a list of Senate bills that are becoming law without the governor's signature.
CLICK HERE to see a list of House bills that are becoming law without the governor's signature.
The governor is also allowing a Senate bill to become law that would increase the amount of time first year teachers participate in mentoring and training programs, and increases the stipend teachers receive for teachers who hold a National Board Certification.
However, in a letter to Miller, Hogan says he objects to language that is specific to Anne Arundel County that lawmakers added at the request of the county teacher's union.
CLICK HERE to read the governor's letter on the teacher training bill.
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