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NYE Street Closures, Vehicle Restrictions For Tonight In Baltimore

Weekend Events Numerous streets will be closed and commercial vehicles will be prohibited from a large area of downtown Baltimore for the annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular at the Inner Harbor. Most commercial vehicles will be prohibited from an area bordered by the following streets from 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 31st until 2 a.m. on Sunday, January 1st: - Fayette Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and President Street. No commercial vehicles SOUTH of Fayette Street - President Street between Aliceanna and Fayette Streets. No commercial vehicles WEST of President Street. - Light Street between Pratt Street and Key Highway. - Key Highway between Light and McComas Streets. - Hanover Street between McComas and Montgomery Streets. No commercial vehicles NORTH of McComas Street, including on Hanover Street. - Pratt and Lombard Streets between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and President Street. - I-395/Howard Street from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard exit to Pratt Stree…

4 People Shot, 2 Killed at Meek Mill Concert in Connecticut - Four males were shot, 2 of them killed, after a Meek Mill show at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT. The video above appears to show the start of the shooting as Meek Mill and his entourage seem to be leaving the event.  Following the incident, there was at least one car accident, although it is not clear that the occupants of the vehicles were involved in the shooting.  Wallingford police are currently investigating the shooting but have not announced any suspects or motive.

UFC 207: Amanda Nunes Destroys Ronda Rousey In 48 Seconds! - Ronda Rousey's future in the UFC looked all but over in Las Vegas as the former women's bantamweight champion was blown away in 48 seconds by incumbent champion Amanda Nunes.

Fast heavy hands from Brazilian Nunes, a renowned vicious starter, stunned Rousey who was returning to the Octagon for the first time since her defeat 13 months ago against Holly Holm in a bid to reclaim her bantamweight crown.

Rousey is understood to have earned $3 million for the fight. Rousey's time may be over, certainly against strikers of the power and intensity of Nunes, but without the queen of the armbar, women's MMA would never have grown so popular so quickly.

"This is my time," said Nunes. "Ronda Rousey did a lot for the sport and we thank her for that, but now I am the champion. I loved it that they disregarded me. I prepared my body and spirit for this moment. Ronda Rousey was never going to take this belt from me."
Nunes was defending her title for …

Queen Anne's Sheriff's Deputy Shot, Critically Injured Following Domestic Disturbance Call  - A Queen Anne's County sheriff's deputy is out of surgery -- but remains in critical condition -- after being shot early Thursday morning. The incident occurred at 209 Edmore Road in Chester Harbor. Prior to the shooting, the suspect's girlfriend requested that her father call 911 as the two were just involved in a physical altercation. Around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to the residence. Upon arrival, they found no one in the home -- the father picked up his daughter and transported her to the sheriff's office, according to Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police. Just after midnight, Warren Scott Hogan, a four-year veteran of the force, escorted the female, and her parents, back to the residence to get her belongings. Police say the suspect and his girlfriend, accompanied by Hogan, engaged in a verbal altercation upon entering the one-story home. The suspect, identified as 52-year-old James Rich, then went into a back ro…

President Obama Beats Out Trump as Most Admired Man in America - Earlier this week President Barack Obama said he's "confident" he could've won a third term, and judging by this year's annual Gallup poll, it appears that he's right. The poll results reveal Obama is the most admired man in America for the ninth straight year. According to the Gallup poll, Americans named President Barack Obama more than any other living man when asked whom they most admire in 2016. The poll, conducted between Dec. 7 and Dec. 11, was open-ended and there was a huge variety in the answers, but more Americans named Obama than anyone else. Obama won first place with 22 percent of Americans choosing him. President-elect Donald Trump came in second place with 15 percent of the vote. Obama's seven percent margin of victory was his smallest in the nine consecutive years he's won the annual poll. In third place was Pope Francis with four percent, and Bernie Sanders followed with two percent. Nobody else earned more than one …

Woman Stabs Transgender Man On Train After He Offered His Seat - This past week, a transgender man named Ijan Jarrett was stabbed by a woman on Christmas night while riding the MTA 4 train in New York City after offering her his seat. According to Jarrett, a woman named Stephanie Pazmino was riding the 4 train along with her cousin when he decided to offer his seat to the woman. Pazmino declined, then immediately told her cousin that she doesn't want to sit next a black person. Jarrett said "I got up anyway and said to her that she didn’t have to sit next to me. I took a seat across from her and just forgot all about it.” From there, when the woman got up to get off the train, she began to punch Jarrett. However, the woman also had a knife in her hand, which Jarrett did not realize. According to police reports, the woman had a two-inch knife which she used to slash the man in the face with. From there, Jarrett hopped off the train and ran to alert the police, then passed out shortly after. Pazmino ended up getting caught …

Dylann Roof Is Not Attempting To Defend Himself Against Death Penalty - In 2015, a white supremacist named Dylann Roof fatally shot nine black church members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was taken into custody and his trial began on December 7, 2016. However, Roof eventually went on to tell the judge in the case that he planned on presenting no evidence to convince the jury that he shouldn't receive the death penalty for killing the church members in cold blood. This comes after the murderer let go of his original defense attorneys in the case. Roof did this after a jury convicted him of 33 counts of hate crimes along with obstruction of justice at the beginning of December. According to the L.A. Times, Roof told the judge he still plans on being his own lawyer even when the penalty phase of his trial kicks off next week. Despite his claims, Roof's former lawyer says he still has the ability to change his mind about bringing back attorneys until opening statements begin nex…

Former NFL Safety Keion Carpenter Dead at 39 - Keion Carpenter, a former Woodlawn High School standout and ex-NFL safety, has died at the age of 39 in Miami, Florida at Jackson South Community Hospital, according to a statement released by a family spokesperson.

Carpenter collapsed during a family vacation and was in a coma for 24 hours leading up to his passing.

The Maryland-native played college football at Virginia Tech before signing with the Buffalo Bills in 1999 as an undrafted free agent. He was then traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2002 where he finished out his six-year career.

After his career, he founded The Carpenter House in Baltimore, a nonprofit organization utilized to empower the community through affordable housing, youth athletics and mentorship.

"His strongest connection in the city were the kids within the community," spokesperson Casay Vaughn said. "No matter where he was, he made sure to come back and show them that (anything is possible)."

Diamond K of said t…

Baltimore Co. Police Release Video Of Pikesville Police-Involved Shooting

Baltimore County Police on Wednesday released body camera footage of the Pikesville police-involved shooting. Warning: The videos may be disturbing to some viewers.

The incident, still under investigation, saw an Officer Remmers fire once at Bryant Junious Palmer, 48, who lived in an apartment in the 4600 block of Debilen Circle. Police released videos from the cameras worn by both Remmers and the other officer at the scene. Department policy is to only release the last names of officers involved in shootings. Remmers has been on the force for seven years, and has no previous shooting incidents on his record. Police said Palmer moved toward the officers in a threatening manner, an account supported by the video. After officers arrive to the apartment's front door and turn on the audio recording on their body cameras,the man emerges from the apartment and, with a knife in his hand, moves toward police. The officers retreat down the stairs behind him and Remmers fires one shot from …

Anne Arundel County Soccer Coach Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Youth - A youth soccer coach has been charged in Anne Arundel County in the alleged sexual abuse of one of his players. Eris Murray, 55, of the 1700 block of Wolcott Way in Hanover, turned himself in last Thursday. He's been charged with two counts each of second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, one count of sexual abuse of a minor, one count of second-degree child abuse, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of sodomy. In October, the Department of Social Services got a report of sexual child abuse. Police say they worked with social services staff and spoke with the victim, who said they were abused on two occasions about four to eight years ago. The victim said the perpetrator, identified as Murray, was their youth soccer coach for the Maryland City Mustangs at the time. Murray has since been freed on bail.
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President Obama Says He Would Have Beaten Trump, Trump Responds - In an interview with David Axelrod released yesterday, December 26th, President Obama claimed that he would have defeated Donald Trump had he been allowed to run for a third term. "I'm confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it," Mr. Obama said.

President-elect responded on Twitter with a firm denial that Obama could have beaten him.

It's an interesting debate: President Obama won the popular vote in both the 2008 and 2012 election, while Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 but did not defeat Hillary Clinton in the popular vote.


The Obamas Give Their Final Christmas Address

A&E's KKK Docuseries Has Been Canceled - A&E has taken a lot of heat over its upcoming KKK docuseries, at first titled, "Generation KKK," and later changed to, "Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America."  Yesterday, A&E released a statement announcing that the show will be canceled altogether. According to the statement, the show was canceled after the network learned that some of the show's producers violated ethical guidelines by paying for access to subjects.  "While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E's policies and practices for a documentary," the statement reads.  In other words, producers paid members of the KKK in order to gain access for the documentary series. A&E said that the network will continue to pursue ways to expose hate groups in America. Source:

Police Shoot Man Holding Knife - A man allegedly holding a knife was shot by Baltimore County officers Friday night in Pikesville. Officers responded to the 4600 block of Debilen Circle just before 11 p.m. Friday after receiving a call reporting a disturbance. When officers knocked on the door of the apartment from where the call was placed, a man answered the door allegedly holding a knife. After exchanging words with the police, the man allegedly moved toward the officers in a threatening manner, police said, and one of the officers shot the man. The man was shot in the upper body and was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he is being treated for injuries that are not life threatening. The officer will be placed on routine administrative leave. The investigation will be reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office, once completed.
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Donald Trump Tweets About the U.S. Strengthening Nuclear Capabilities - President-elect Donald Trump stirred up controversy on Thursday (Dec. 22) night after he tweeted that the U.S. "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability." Trump added that the country should continue to do so "as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."
Trump's communications director Jason Miller clarified the message, telling the media, "President-elect Trump was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation and the critical need to prevent it — particularly to and among terrorist organizations and unstable and rogue regimes. He has also emphasized the need to improve and modernize our deterrent capability as a vital way to pursue peace through strength." Source: USA Today

Berlin Market Suspect Killed In Milan - The Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin was killed early Friday in a shootout with police in Milan, ending The Tunisian man suspected of attacking a Christmas market in Berlin was killed early Friday in a shootout with police in Milan during a routine patrol, ending a Europe-wide manhunt. 

"The person killed, without a shadow of a doubt, is Anis Amri, the suspect of the Berlin terrorist attack," Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said. Amri, who was the subject of a Europe-wide manhunt, was identified with the help of fingerprints supplied by Germany. 

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Monday's attack outside Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in which a truck plowed into a crowd of shoppers, killing 12 people and injuring 56 others. 

Amri, 24, who had spent time in prison in Italy, was stopped by two officers during the routine police check in the Sesto San Giovanni neighbo…

One Dead in Early Morning Shooting - Baltimore City Police are investigating an early morning homicide in South Baltimore. 

At around 6:30 this morning, police received a call for someone who was not breathing in the 1100-block of Ward Street. 

Officers discovered a 59-year-old man who was shot in the stomach. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Detectives are trying to identify a suspect and a motive.

Source WBAL

Bedridden Man Found Dead In Canton House Fire - A bedridden man was found dead in a house fire in Canton Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were called to a house in the 600 block of South Belnord Avenue off Fleet Street near Patterson Park. Officials said crews found the body of a man in his 60s or 70s in the house. No further information was immediately available. This is a developing story.
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Baltimore Co. Police Say Distracted Pedestrians Driving Rise In Fatalities - Baltimore County Police say they're seeing more and more fatal pedestrian-involved accidents and say pedestrians themselves are to blame. Chief James Johnson said police have recorded 18 fatal incidents this year, close to the 20 seen last year in 565 incidents where a pedestrian was hurt. He said the spike cropped up in recent years, and only part of it has to do with an increase in traffic density. "When we examined these cases, we determined that the pedestrian is usually at fault," Johnson said. "In fact, this year alone, in 14 of the cases, the pedestrian was at fault."
There were 14 cases last year, as well, where pedestrians were at fault in fatal incidents. While unlike for drivers, there are no laws in Maryland that force pedestrians to look up from their cell phones, Johnson said it's up to pedestrians to exercise good judgment. "We're so focused again on the next destination. We're preoccupied with electronic device…

Police Drug Lab Supervisor Charged With Drug Possession - An administrator at a police drug lab in Maryland has been accused of stealing opioid painkillers from a box where people can drop off their unwanted prescription medications. 

Anne Arundel County police said in a statement that 48-year-old Annette Box of Pasadena was arrested Wednesday and faces numerous charges. Police say investigators traced drugs found in her car to the drop box. 

As a result of her arrest, police say the drug lab's activities have been temporarily suspended. Police Chief Timothy Altomare has asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to do an audit of the drugs in the department's possession. 

Box is the manager of the department's drug lab, a position she's held since 2012. Police say she's been suspended from duty. No attorney was listed for her in online court records. Box has been  criminally charged with possession of the following prescription controlled dangerous substances: -          One pill Hydrocodone 1.5 mg -       …

Lawyer who Killed Wife & Blamed BLM Gets Charged with Manslaughter - Claud "Tex" McIver, a prominent Atlanta attorney, was charged with involuntary manslaughter (a felony) and reckless conduct (a misdemeanor) after killing his wife in what he claimed was an accidental shooting inspired by his fear of Black Lives Matter protesters. Back in September around 12:30 a.m., a driver took Tex and his wife Diane to their house in the city's Buckhead neighborhood.  Diane rode in the passenger seat while Tex rode in the backseat of the SUV.  McIver claims he was worried about "unrest" in the city from Black Lives Matter protests happening in Lenox Square and downtown over the weekend.  His paranoia reportedly got worse when the driver took a wrong turn and ended up in an unfamiliar downtown area after trying to take a quicker route, said McIver's spokesperson Bill Crane.  While lost and surrounded by people who he claimed looked threatening, and supposedly fearful of getting carjacked, McIver asked his wife for his gu…

Tom Arnold Tweets "It's On!" When Speaking on Racist Trump Video Release Actor Tom Arnold broke the news on Tuesday (Dec. 20) that he has a video of president-elect Donald Trump making racial and sexist remarks during outtakes of "The Apprentice." At first, Arnold said he didn't want to release the tape in order to keep his friends who worked on the show safe. Now, he took to Twitter to say "it's on!" after he claims Trump's camp left a voicemail about a defamation suit. Tom tweeted, "Wife told me there's house line VM from Trump Camp about defamation suit so it's on! Open Apprentice vaults 4 discovery! Miss Universe too!!"

Check out what else he had to say about the situation above. Source: Twitter

Police: Retired Officer Shoots Carjacking Suspect In Carroll Park - Baltimore City Police say they are investigating the shooting of a would-be carjacker in southwest Baltimore. Police were called around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday to an area near Washington Boulevard in Carroll Park, where three young men had approached a man sitting in his car. Police said the assailants tried to carjack the victim. Police said when one of the assailants pulled out what appeared to be a handgun, the victim pulled out a gun and shot the assailant once. The assailant, a 13-year-old boy, is in critical condition. The firearm he possessed was a replica, police said. The two other assailants fled. Police said the victim is a 73-year-old former Baltimore City police officer, who retired in 1974. Police said he currently works as a private investigator and has a handgun permit from the Maryland State Police for the weapon. Police say the man  remained at the scene.
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Baltimore's Mayor and City Council Getting Raises - The mayor and other top officials in Baltimore will be getting a pay raise in the new year.

Without debate, the Board of Estimates approved raises for Mayor Catherine Pugh, Comptroller Joan Pratt, City Council President Jack Young and the members of the City Council. All three officials sit on the board, though they abstained from voting for their own raises. Under the plan, the mayor gets a nearly $4,300 raise for an annual  salary of $175,926.00. Young and Pratt will each get raises of nearly will see raises of more than $2,800 each for an annual  salary of $116,490.00. City Council Vice President Ed Reissinger will get a more than $1,800 for a salary of $74,888. The remaining 13 members of the city  council will each get a more than $1,600 r raise to earn nearly $67,756.00 a year. The raises will take effect on January 1.

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Former NFL Player Robert Eddins & Friend Found Dead in Detroit Basement - Former NFL linebacker, Robert Eddins, 28, and another man, Ricky McFarland, 32, were found shot to death in Eddins' Detroit home on Tuesday [Dec. 20].  The gas stove was left on, leading investigators to believe the suspect(s) tried to cover up their tracks.  According to police, there were no signs of forced entry, giving investigators the impression that the victims might have known whoever committed the double homicide. "There's at least one if not more individuals that just committed a double murder," said Capt. Kurt Worboys. The victims were found by Eddins' father, who came to check on his son. "The last time he had spoken to him was 6 p.m. last evening," said Bridget Eddins, his mother. "Between then and now is when the crime occurred." "All they know is they went out last night," she said. "There isn't a car here. There's nothing here. That's his dad's truck. He came here and found him. …

Trump On Tape Saying 'Every Racist Thing Ever', Claims Actor Tom Arnold - The actor Tom Arnold has claimed to have video of Donald Trump using racist language, obscenities and denigrating his own son in outtakes of The Apprentice.

“I have the outtakes to The Apprentice where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children,” Arnold told Seattle-based radio station KIRO.

The actor and comedian said a contact from the reality TV show passed him the material before last month’s election, but he did not release it because of a confidentiality clause and the expectation that Trump would lose.

“[When] the people sent it to me, it was funny. Hundreds of people have seen these. It was sort of a Christmas video they put together. He wasn’t going to be president of the United States.”

Arnold said that the Sunday before the election Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood agent asked him to release the materia…