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Pentagon Ends Transgender Military Ban

via (CNN) - The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.
The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year. The decision comes as the military has witnessed major changes in the role of women and the inclusion of gays, lesbians and bisexual service members in recent years.
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Baltimore Police Release Video Of Suspect Vehicle In Lor Scoota's Killing

RadioOnFire.com - City police have released video of a minivan allegedly used by the suspect who murdered local rapper Lor Scoota on Saturday. Police say the suspect exited a green Nissan Quest at a red light and opened fire on Tyriece Watson after a charity basketball game at Morgan State University.  Police say it was a targeted killing. Anyone with information about the van or its occupants should call police.
WATCH VIDEO HERE
Source WBAL

LAPD Spies On People With Its Tech Tools. Now The Attorney General Is Praising Its Digital Savvy?

RadioOnFire.com - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday to highlight the police department’s efforts to foster a stronger relationship with the community via social media.

The Los Angeles stop is part of Lynch’s national community policing tour, which spotlights departments that have excelled in that area according to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s final report, released last month. The LAPD, the report says, shines in its use of technology and social media.

But not everyone agrees with that assessment. The Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter considers such praise so wrongheaded that the activists are protesting Lynch’s visit. Read more.
Source HuffPost

Republicans Block Democrats From Mentioning The Gun Violence Sit-In On Social Media

RadioOnFire.com - House Republicans are trying to block their Democratic colleagues from mentioning the gun violence sit-in on social media, arguing that the words “sit in” or photos with signs calling for an end to gun violence violate rules on official business.  Rep. Judy Chu’s (D-Calif.) office ran into problems Thursday when it asked the Franking Commission — the bipartisan body that signs off on communications between lawmakers and constituents — to approve an ad directing people to its Facebook page. Read more. Source HuffPost

Baltimore County Police Outline Body-Worn Camera Program

RadioOnFire.com - The Baltimore County Police Department unveiled details on Thursday about the body-worn camera program which is set to begin Wednesday, July 6. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Chief Jim Johnson, along with Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger, conducted a press briefing on Thursday that provided details about how the cameras will be used, how footage will be managed, limitations of BWCs and the anticipated benefits. Read more
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House Set To Vote On Gun Measure Next Week

RadioOnFire.com - The House will vote on a measure next week that stops suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms, Speaker Paul Ryan told members on Thursday. The decision comes one week after House Democrats staged a 26-hour sit-in on the chamber floor to demand votes on legislation that would have blocked people on a no-fly list from buying guns and required background checks for purchases at gun shows and online. Read more.
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Michael Phelps Heading To 5th Olympics

RadioOnFire.com - Michael Phelps is heading to his fifth Olympics. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials in 1 minute, 54.84 seconds.
After whipping around to look at his time - which was likely a bit slower than Phelps would've preferred - he held up all five fingers on his right hand to signify Olympics No. 5. Shields came on strong to take the second spot on the Olympic team in 1:55.81. Read More: For Michael Phelps, The 5th Olympics May Mean The Most Yet Watching from the stands was Phelps' fiance and their 7-week-old son Boomer, who was wearing noise-canceling headphones adorned with American flags. Phelps still has two more events at the trials: the 100 fly and 200 individual medley. He could swim as many as six events in Rio, counting relays, looking to build on his 18 golds and 22 medals overall.
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Former Indianapolis Colts RB Zurlon Tipton Dead At 26 After Accidentally Shooting Himself

RadioOnFire.com - Zurlon Tipton has passed away after accidentally shooting himself. According to ESPN, the 26-year old was at a car dealership in Roseville, Michigan, when he reached into his duffle bag that contained two guns.  A.45-caliber semiautomatic went off, firing a round into his stomach.  He was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Both guns were registered to Tipton, who had a concealed carry license.

“The pistol deployed and the man staggered back about eight to 12 feet, then collapsed,” the dealership's managerMark DeMaratold theMacomb Daily. “We have an employee here who used to work for the fire department and he began working on the man.”
Zurlon Tipton shot himself in the stomach at Mike Riehl’s Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Roseville, according to police.

Changes Announced In Baltimore Police Use Of Force Policy

RadioOnFire.com - Changes are on their way to the Baltimore City Police Department's use of force policy. The changes include de-escalation of situations and immediate medical attention for anyone who claims they are injured. Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the changes on Wednesday.
Despite the Department of Justice investigation and last year's death of Freddie Gray, Mayor Rawlings-Blake says changes were already on their way.  The policy has more than doubled, from six to 14 pages and it includes stronger language on sanctity of life and the de-escalation of situations. They changes take effect July 1st.



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Lor Scoota's Family Announce Tribute & Block Party

RadioOnFire.com - The family of Lor Scoota held a news conference this morning at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and West Lafayette Avenue by the statue of Billie Holiday to say that Watson's work as a rapper, performer, mentor and community leader, is overshadowed by news of his murder last weekend.




Alexis Savage, who was Watson's personal assistant said he had mentored young people and other rappers, and was at times frustrated that so many youth turn to violence in Baltimore City. "We can't keep acting like our children are violent. They're not violent, they're hurting. When you hurt, you act out of anger. These children are angry, so what are we going to do about it," Savage told reporters. The family announced several tributes, including performances by hip hop artists that Watson mentored. Those artists will perform from 4 p.m. To 6 p.m. Tomorrow outside of the Wylie Funeral Home on Mount Street, as Watson's viewing is taking place inside fro…

Law Professor Files Complaint Against Mosby

RadioOnFire.com - A George Washington University law professor is filing a complaint against Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby over the investigation and prosecution of six police officers in the death of a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van.

John F. Banzhaf III says his complaint is being filed Wednesday with Maryland's Attorney Grievance Commission. Among other things, Banzhaf says in his 10-page complaint that Mosby appears to have violated Maryland's rules of professional conduct for lawyers, which requires that a prosecutor refrain from prosecuting a charge unless it is supported by probable cause.

So far, Mosby's office has tried three of the six officers charged in Freddie Gray's 2015 death. Two prosecutions ended in not guilty verdicts and a third resulted in a mistrial.

Gray's death set off protests and rioting in the city. Meanwhile, Baltimore and Harford County Delegate Pat McDonough, who is a Republican congressi…

Funeral Arrangements For Lor Scoota

RadioOnFire.com - Baltimore is still mourning the loss of 23 year old Lor Scoota. Below are his funeral arrangements. Please keep in mind it may be a little crowded. Keep the family of Tyriece Watson in your prayers.









2 Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport, 31 People Killed

ISTANBUL (AP) -- A Turkish official says two attackers have blown themselves up at Istanbul's Ataturk airport after police fired at them. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 31 people were killed in the attack while another senior government official told The Associated Press it could climb much higher. The senior official at first said close to 50 people had already died, but later said that the figure was expected to rise to close to 50. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, said as many as four militants may have been involved in the attack. Turkey's NTV television earlier quoted Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin as saying some 60 people were wounded.


Three Officers Cite "Defect" In Prosecution As Grounds For Dismissal

RadioOnFire.com - Three of the four remaining officers who face trial in the death of Freddie Gray are asking for their case to be dismissed arguing a "defect in the institution of prosecution." In motions posted on the Court's website, Officer Garrett Miller is seeking the dismissal, along with Sgt. Alicia White. The Baltimore Sun also reports Lt. Brian Rice, whose trial is scheduled to begin one week from today, has made a similar request. The request is based on what attorneys say are "defects" raised at the District Court and Circuit Court levels. CLICK HERE to read the motion filed by Sgt. White.  Identical motions have been filed by Officer Miller and Lt. Rice. Attorneys for all three officers cite an affidavit unsealed last week by Baltimore City Sheriff's Major Sam Cogen, who, along with State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, was also sued for wrongful arrest by the three officers.  In an affidavit unsealed in Rice's federal lawsuit, Cogen claims he …

Pennsylvania Man Charged With Killing Live-In Girlfriend In Baltimore County

RadioOnFire.com - A York County, Pennsylvania man faces charges of killing his live-in girlfriend in Baltimore County. Baltimore County Police are charging 48-year-old Michael Anthony Morant of Red Lion, with first degree murder in connection with the death of 30-year-old Rebekah Jea Strasbaugh. The woman was reported missing  Saturday afternoon by relatives who told police they had not seen her since Friday. Police later discovered Morant had driven to Baltimore City on Saturday to look for Strausbaugh.  He found her at the Shake Shack on Pratt Street, and the two got into his car, and headed north back to Pennsylvania. Police say as the couple traveled along I-83, they began to argue.  Morant pulled off I-183 to an area around Ensor Mill Road and Belfast Road in Sparks. The two got out of the car and continued to argue.  Police say at some point the argument turned physical. Police say the woman suffered injuries that left her unresponsive.  When Morant did get a response from the w…

Carroll Residents Appeal To State On School Closing

RadioOnFire.com - It is a packed hearing today at the Maryland State Board of Education meeting as Carroll County residents try to reverse a decision to close three schools.

North Carroll High, New Windsor Middle and Charles Carroll Elementary Schools are due to close on Friday, the result of a decision by the school board in Carroll County to deal with declining enrollment. Residents packed this morning's meeting of the State Board of Education to appeal the decision, citing a lack of transparency, and one resident raised the possibility the moves were illegal. The attorney for the school system defended the moves. The State Board of Education has not made a decision on the appeal. A spokesman says it could be considered in a closed door session at the lunch break of today's meeting, but that would be rare. The Board does have the power to delay the closing, while it considers the appeal.
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3 Arrested During Vigil For Slain Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota

RadioOnFire.com - Police arrested 3 people with disorderly conduct charges after a vigil for Lor Scoota on Monday.
"This was a largely peaceful gathering of people who cared for this young man that this city really, really loved," Kevin Davis said at a news briefing. "This gathering tonight included just a couple people who decided to act in their own self-interest and agitate the crowd." The vigil in Watson's memory began around 5 p.m. Monday and the crowd grew through the evening. Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh also showed up around 10:30 p.m. Monday and urged people to leave. The crowd dispersed around 11 p.m., but there were no injuries.  A small group of people threw bricks and bottles at police officers as they tried to clear the streets, Davis said. "We've been there and done that and that's not going to happen again," Davis said. , he said.
Source WBAL

Police Seek Tips, Social Media Clues In Rapper's Killing

RadioOnFire.com - Baltimore City Police  say even though detectives have gotten more tips about the fatal shooting of a local rapper than any other crime, officers have not identified a suspect in the slaying. 

Spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference Monday that investigators still need the public's help in finding the person who shot 23-year-old Tyriece Travon Watson Saturday evening. 

Martin, whose stage name was Lor Scoota, was shot while he was driving near Morgan State University, Moravia Road near Harford Road.  City Councilman Nick Mosby  said that Watson had been at a charity basketball game at Morgan State before being shot. 

Smith said anyone who had had photos or videos of the event that Watson attended, or of anything that happened between the time Watson left campus and was shot, should send them to police. 
Source WBAL

Motions Filed In Rice Case

RadioOnFire.com - Today marks a deadline for prosecutors in the next trial of an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  Lt. Brian Rice is due to go on trial a week from tomorrow on charges of manslaughter, second degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct. By the end of the day prosecutors must file any pre-trial motions they have, and any response to defense motions filed in the case. Rice, 42,  was the officer who first spotted Freddie Gray and two other men on the morning of April 12, of last year and started chasing Gray. Rice also helped load Gray back into the van at its second stop. The defense is trying to throw out any argument of the legality of the knife Gray was carrying. Prosecutors maintain the knife Gray was carrying was legal, therefore the arrest of Gray was illegal. The defense is also seeking to dismiss the reckless endangerment charge noting it does not apply to police vehicles. It is not known if Rice, like Officers Caesar Goodson a…

Lor Scoota: Baltimore's Version of Tupac or Biggie Smalls

RadioOnFire.com - The tragic loss of 23 year old Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota (Tyriece Watson) who was shot and killed over the weekend, takes me back to the mid 1990’s and the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. While they are not identical situations, there are many similarities in circumstances and impact. I believe that Lor Scoota is this generations Tupac or Biggie! The young hip-hop fans in Baltimore are mourning the murder of this rising star the same way we did in 1996 and 1997 respectively.




Like Pac' and Big, Scoota was a powerful voice for his generation. That's why he was frequently tapped to talk to the youth in Baltimore. He was coming from one of those events before his death. Like Pac' and Big, Scoota's catchy street raps told tales that the inner city could relate to. Like Pac' and Big, he was killed before he could reach his full potential. Just like the legendary Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, Tyriece Watson was killed in a hail of gunf…

Baltimore FOP President: "We Did Not Endorse The Social Media Campaign"

RadioOnFire.com - Over the weekend, The Baltimore Sun reported that the police union sent a tweet Friday night with a photo of actor Leonardo DiCaprio making a toast, with text reading, "Here's to the Baltimore 6 defense team." Another tweet referred to State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby as "the wolf that lurks." The tweets have been deleted. Police Chief Kevin Davis and Council president Jack Young called the tweets insensitive and inappropriate. Gene Ryan, Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police President was on WBAL NewsRadio 1090's C4 show this morning and spoke about the tweets released over the weekend.
Source WBAL

Cecil County's Top Prosecutor Arrested In Ocean City

RadioOnFire.com - Cecil County State's Attorney Edward "Ellis" Rollins is facing possible charges in Ocean City. He was arrested after police got a call about a naked man on a hotel balcony. Police released Rollins after consulting with the Worcester County State's Attorney, who'll decide what, if any, possible charges to bring.  Police tell WBAL Newsradio 1090 Rollins could face charges including indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.  No comment from Rollins, who was in Ocean City attending a conference of state prosecutors.  Here is the official statement from Ocean City police:  On Wednesday, June 22, at approximately 4 p.m. officers responded to the Clarion Hotel for a report of a nude male on a balcony. Officers located the room in question and ultimately took Edward D. Rollins, III of North East, MD, into custody for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. Officers consulted with Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby and were advised to releas…

Baltimore Cop Attacked By Dirt-Bike Riders

RadioOnFire.com - Baltimore police say an off-duty officer was attacked by men on dirt bikes. Police say the officer was driving her personal car about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when she accidentally struck one of the men near the 1100 block of N. Monroe Street.
She was attacked when she got out of her car to help the man she had hit.Police  ay the men were gone by the time other officers showed up. The officer hurt her ankle in the scuffle, but is expected to be okay. Police don't know if the men knew their victim was a police officer. Police are searching for the attackers. 
Source WBAL

Baltimore Woman Killed By Tractor-Trailer

RadioOnFire.com - State Police say a Baltimore woman was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in Frederick County.. Police say 49-year-old Bonnie Bush-Schaffer ran into the path of the oncoming vehicle about 4:40 a.m. Sunday.    She was pronounced dead at the scene along Route 15 at Tippin Drive in Thurmont.  Police say the driver of the tractor-trailer tried to avoid hitting the woman, but couldn't.  Investigators aren't sure why the woman ran into traffic. 

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Gunman Shoots Woman, Causes Car Crash in Baltimore

RadioOnFire.com - Baltimore police say a gunman fired at a moving car, injuring a passenger.  The driver tells police a man tried to rob her about 3 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of W. Lafayette Avenue.  She jumped into her car and tried to speed away when the man shot at her.  He missed the driver, but struck a 24-year-old woman in the passenger seat.  Police say the driver then struck a wall in the 100 block of W. Mulberry St. as she tried to drive to the hospital.  The 24-year-old shooting victim is expected to survive her upper body wounds.  Police are searching for the shooter. 
Source WBAL

Popular Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota Dead. Reportedly Shot 11 Times

RadioOnFire.com - Popular Baltimore based rapper Lor Scoota real name Tyriece Watson (23) was killed today (June 25) in east Baltimore after being shot 11 times while driving in a car. We want to send our prayers and condolences out to the family, friends and fans of this young man. This is truly a big loss for our city. His songs excited this generation of Baltimore hip-hop fans and he will forever live on thru his music.






Before he was killed, Watson hosted a charity basketball game at Morgan State University. Fliers promoting the event bore the slogan was "Pray For Peace In These Streets."

Watson lived in the 1900 block of Clifton Avenue in Baltimore.



Baltimore Police said the following:

On June 25, 2016 at approximately 6:56 p.m., officers responded to Harford Road at Moravia Road for a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound. That victim was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced dead a short time…

Maryland Authorities Say 3 Killed, 2 Hurt Following Shooting

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland authorities say three people have been killed and two others wounded in a shooting in the eastern suburbs of Washington D.C. Prince George's County fire officials tell WTTG-TV (http://bit.ly/28XfNMj ) that all five adult victims were found about 9:43 p.m. Friday inside a home located in District Heights. Two surviving victims were taken to a trauma center. Prince George's County police said one of them is in critical condition and the other is in stable condition. Police said the shooting does not appear to be random and they are currently searching for possible suspects. No further information was immediately available.
Source WBAL

Rioter Sentenced To 15 Years For Building Explosive Device

RadioOnFire.com - A Baltimore man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for making a destructive device during last year's riots and, separately, for a shooting during a drug deal. Maybe he should have opted for a bench trial with Judge Barry Williams. It seems to work for everybody else!  U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Donta Betts, 20, pursuant to an April plea deal. In that agreement, he admitted to his participation in looting at the CVS Pharmacy at 2509 Pennsylvania Ave. on April 27, 2015. By 5:44 p.m. that day, rioters put propane cylinders and charcoal briquettes near the CVS entrance. Betts admitted he set a roll of toilet paper on fire and put it on top of the propane and charcoal, then squirted lighter fluid on top of it. He was seen doing this in photos published by local and national media. He then fled before an explosion there sent large metal fragments toward bystanders. “Donta Betts engaged in arson, looting, assault and other mayhem during the Baltim…