Friday, March 31, 2017

The Second Year Of Light City In Baltimore Started Today - Light City Baltimore starts on Friday.
For those who didn't get to see Light City Baltimore last year, you have more opportunities this time around. The festival is longer this year -- one of many changes spectators can expect to find.
This year, the festival will run nightly from  7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. through April 8th and it will remain open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. 
“We've upped our technical game and scaled up our installations here at the harbor,” Kathleen Hornig, festivals director for the Baltimore Office of Promotions and the Arts, said. “Most of them are completely new to the festival. We only have two repeats.”
Even though artists from the around world participate, organizers wanted to keep the Charm City in Light City.
For its second year, organizers wanted bigger, bolder and brighter exhibits. Organizers said that is the event’s unofficial motto.
Last year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people over seven nights.
For more information on the festival, go here.

Source WBAL

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ivanka Trump Takes Job at the White House as Assistant to the President - Ivanka Trump has transitioned from an informal adviser to an unpaid government employee was made official on Wednesday (March 29). While some ethics experts were concerned about Ivanka's new role, the President's daughter addressed the concerns in a statement.
She wrote, "I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees. Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role."
Source: CNN

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fake Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years for Lethal Butt Injections - Oneal Ron Morris was sentenced to ten years for injecting unknown materials into women's butts, which killed 31-year-old Shatarka Nuby. The woman began getting injections from Morris, 36, starting in 2007, and she died in prison in 2012 from what a medical examiner said was from “massive systemic silicone migration.”
Morris was allegedly injecting Fix-a-Flat and silicone into women's butts and silicone, which she sealed with super glue. Morris denied the allegations in court, adding that Nuby was her friend.
Morris, who is transgender, was sentenced to serve her sentence in a men's prison.
Source: NY Daily News

Sean Spicer Tells Black Correspondent April Ryan to Stop Shaking Her Head - Sean Spicer has gotten media attention throughout his short stint as White House press secretary, and on Tuesday (March 28), things seemed to have flared up to an all-time high during an exchange with longtime White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, April Ryan.
Ryan, who has been sitting in on press briefings since the early 90s, asked Spicer about the recent rocky months for the Trump administration. She stated, “Two and a half months in, you’ve got this [Sally] Yates story today, you’ve got other things going on, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got wiretapping,” before being cut off by Spicer, who interjected and said, “No, we don’t have that.”
Spicer denied a connection between Trump and Russia, and told Ryan, “I’m sorry that that disgusts you. You’re shaking your head. I appreciate it.”
Things got even more heated after Ryan asked about Trump's recent meeting with former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, someone who has publicly opposed Trump. Spicer told Ryan, ”It’s interesting that you ask those two questions back to back. On the one hand, you’re saying what are we doing to improve our image? And then here he is once again meeting somebody that hasn’t been a big supporter of his. … It seems like you’re hellbent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays. … I’m sorry, please stop shaking your head again.”
Check out the full clip above.
Source: YouTube

Michigan Agrees to Spend $87 Million to Replace Flint's Poisonous Lead Pipes - The State of Michigan has allotted $87 million of federal and state funds to replace thousands of contaminated lead pipes throughout Flint, whose residents have been exposed to lead-tainted water for more than a year.
The proposal, if approved, would settle a lawsuit brought by Flint residents against the city. It would also require the state to provide free bottled water and begin a program of water testing. The deal aims to replace thousands of pipes in and around Flint homes by the year 2020.
A federal judge is expected to review the proposal on Tuesday.

Monday, March 27, 2017

15 Shot, 1 Killed in Deadly Shooting at a Cincinnati Nightclub - One person is dead and at least 15 were injured after a deadly shooting last night at Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to Police Chief Isaac Elliot, the shooting occurred around 2 am early morning on [March 26th] after local men got into a dispute at the bar, escalating in shots being fired some several different people.
No arrests have been made at the moment, but ATF has recovered some firearms at the scene, they plan on using ballistics to trace the weapons. Stay tuned for more updates.
Source: LA Times

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Suge Knight Hospitalized with Life-Threatening Blood Clot - Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight has reportedly been admitted into a hospital to undergo treatment for blood clots that his fiancee says doctors have described as "life threatening."

Knight was checked into Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center on Wednesday, March 22. The clots are only the latest in a series of health crises that have challenged the 50-year-old mogul, sending him in and out of the emergency room over the course of the two year stint he has spent behind bars fighting charges related to the murder of industry peer Terry Carter. Fans will recall Knight facing a medical emergency one year ago this month, when he was forced to undergo surgery on his appendix.

According to Toi-Lin Kelly, who is engaged to Knight, he hasn't been receiving adequate treatment, and she speculates that his health is being purposely neglected. “It has been two years of in and out of the hospital, dealing with the same blood clots because the hospital doesn't want to deal with the pressure of the Sheriff's (jail officials) while he is seeking care,” Kelly told the New York Daily News. Should Knight's health take a turn for the worst, Kelly says she and Knight's attorney's have been preparing to make a case against the prison. “I am not confident they care about his well-being, if at all. I can tell you we are well documenting the actions of the jail and USC Medical so we can stay on top of this," she said.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Veto-Proof Majority Approves Baltimore Minimum Wage Hike - The Baltimore City Council on Monday voted in a veto-proof majority for a bill that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2023.
The vote was 11-3. Under the bill there would be gradual increases in the minimum wage starting in 2019. Until then, the city would be tied to the state minimum wage, now $8.75 an hour, but will rise to $9.25 an hour this July, and $10.10 an hour in July 2018. The city minimum wage will then rise to $11.25 the following year, with $1.25 an hour increases until it reaches the $15 level.
Once the minimum wage hits $15, it will be increased by the city Wage Commission based on inflation.
Workers under 21 would be exempt from the higher minimum wage. City Councilmen Leon Pinkett, Yitzy Schleifer and Eric Costello voted against the measure.
Mayor Catherine Pugh hasn't said yet if she'll sign the measure, saying it would affect the city's ability to pay major expenses like federally-mandated police reforms.
"What a minimum wage will do for just my agencies, 800 people, I have to look at this from a total perspective of what's going to be best for Baltimore," Pugh told WBAL last week. "As I look at it right now, Baltimore needs to be in line with the rest of the state, so I'm looking at it."
Source: WBAL

Milwaukee Jail Under Fire For Forcing Women To Give Birth In Shackles - Last week, a jail in Milwaukee, WI was slammed with a class action lawsuit charging its personnel with forcing dozens of women to give birth in shackles.
The suit was filed on March 14 on behalf of 27-year-old inmate Melissa Hall, who was pregnant during her incarceration at Milwaukee County Jail in 2013. Hall is said to have been locked in a "belly-chain" described to have bound her wrists to her waist, while her legs were planked with irons, during labor. The suit alleges that the guards responsible for transporting and keeping watch over Hall would refuse to unshackle her despite the insistence of hospital workers.
As a result of Hall's confinement, doctors say it was difficult for them to give her an epidural and she was forced to endure more pain. The markings of the shackles are reported to have been left on her body. The prison oversaw the same procedure for at least 40 other inmates, the suit alleges; accusing the facility of inflicting "physical pain and suffering" and imposing "unreasonable risks of harm," to the women it lists.
Despite the Wisconsin Department of Corrections having long abolished shackling of inmates during childbirth, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons ridding a similar mandate in the years since, Milwaukee County Jail has continued to enforce a policy which ensures that all detainees remain shackled while receiving medical treatment, including those carrying a pregnancy. Among the defendants named in the suit is famed Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke, who oversees the facility. The suit calls Clarke's protocol for chaining women in childbirth "excessive" and “not rationally related to a legitimate, non-punitive purpose.”
It is not the first time that the Milwaukee jail has been taken to court over its handling of child labor among its inmates. Similar lawsuits were filed in 2014 and December of 2016, with one case citing a woman being shackled for the duration of her 21-hour labor and the other respectively citing the death of a newborn alleged to have occurred in part as a result of the labor stress.

FBI Director Refutes Donald Trump’s ‘Wiretap’ Tweets

WASHINGTON ― FBI Director James Comey on Monday directly refuted President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

Without providing any evidence (and apparently by relying upon media reports), Trump claimed earlier this month that Obama had wiretapped his office at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. Appearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, Comey said he had no evidence that could back up the president’s allegations.

“With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said. “The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components, the department has no information that supports those tweets.”

The House Intelligence Committee is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey confirmed on Monday that the bureau is conducting an investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election and potential ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Source Huffington Post

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Irish Prime Minister Schools Trump on Irish Immigration While Standing By His Side - President Donald Trump hosted the Prime Minister of Ireland as the nation's guest at the White House on St. Patrick's Day, and while reflecting on the significance of the holiday, the Irish PM made a couple of remarks that seemingly endeavored to politicized the occasion.
“It’s fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate St. Patrick and his legacy,” Prime Minister Enda Kenny said. “He, too, was an immigrant. And even though he is, of course, the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he is also the symbol of — indeed, the patron of — immigrants.”
As Kenny moved along he further expounded on the role immigrants, particularly Irish immigrants, have played in the development of the U.S. economy, political structure, social and cultural life. Trump stood abreast the Irish PM, giving nothing off by his expression, but the moment quickly spread about the media, with many purporting that Kenny was delivering a statement to the President. Trump's reputation for strictly addressing immigration has, of course, preceded him in the states, but it is becoming clear that there are even those overseas for whom his policies have become a point of contention.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Man Shot Inside Cell Phone Store In Northeast Baltimore - Baltimore Police are investigating a shooting that occurred inside a cell phone store in northeast Baltimore.
Officers responded to the 3200 block of Belair Road around 7:05 p.m., for an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds.
Preliminary investigation revealed, the victim was inside the business when an unknown suspect entered the store to rob the victim. The suspect shot the victim, then fled on foot in an unknown direction.
The victim is listed in serious condition.
Anyone with information about this shooting should call detectives at (410) 396-2221 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Source WBAL

Thursday, March 16, 2017

After Trump Said Mexico Would Pay for Wall, Cost Included in Proposed Budget - President Donald Trump presented his plans for the federal budget on Wednesday, March 15, and among the expenses is the border wall that on the campaign he promised Mexico would pay for.
Under Trump's proposal, $4.1 billion of taxpayer money would go towards the construction of the massive project, with the breakdown splitting the bill so that $1.5 billion of it is covered this year and $2.6 billion of it is spent during the 2018 budget year, starting on October 1.
Based off of recent estimates, it would appear that the $4.1 billion Trump has pledged is marked up for a partial completion of the wall only, with the remainder of the cost being left for a future budget. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the total cost of the project should run in the area of $21.6 billion, over the span of three years. That number is considerably higher than the $12 billion Trump estimated it would take during his campaign.
Trump has admitted that citizens will foot the bill for the project for some months now, stating after his inauguration in January that Americans will have to shoulder the cost, but that he will flip the cost back on to Mexico in some form or fashion, at one point raising the possibility of imposing a 20% tariff on Mexican imports; a move that was ridiculed by some who speculate that it would only lead to Mexico increasing the price of goods, which would ultimately put the cost back on American consumers.

Trump's Budget May Cut Funding to NYPD's Fight Against Terrorism - It looks as if President Trump does not have the best interest of the police in mind like he previously stated, because according to his proposed federal budget, the NYPD is looking to lose their funding for the fight against terrorism.
Previously, Trump let the nation know that he would be slashing funding to cities that allowed their area to be a sanctuary to illegal immigrants, as well as cities that refuse to arrest or detain immigrants who are not in the U.S. under legal circumstances. Places like Miami have already felt the wrath of Trump's threat.
With that said, New York City's Mayor de Blasio already made it clear that New York would still remain a sanctuary, and that it would potentially cost the city millions of dollars in federal aid. Police Commissioner James O'Neill gave a statement on the proposed budget, saying, "Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated. It is the backbone of our entire counterterrorism apparatus.” Bill de Blasio had some choice words for Trump's budget as well, saying, "Let me be clear: New York City is in the crosshairs of the president's budget. New Yorkers will be hurt by it. President Trump's budget confirms he does not value working families. It contradicts his campaign promises." de Blasio went on to ask President Trump to "come back to New York City and talk to the people hurt by his budget."
A spokesman for the NYPD named Peter Donald tweeted about Trump's budget as well, "This budget as proposed would make #NYC increasingly less safe." The NYPD is not the only one on the chopping block, as the proposed budget is set to take away funding for PBS, NPR, and funding for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mark Cuban Offers Obama 10% Ownership of Mavericks for $300 Million - Former President Barack Obama is already set to return from his post-presidency vacation tour to a $60 million book deal with Penguin Random House, and by the looks of it there will be a load of other offers coming his way. One such proposal was made by business mogul Mark Cuban, who is inviting Obama to consider joining him as a part of the Dallas Mavericks ownership group it was announced on Wednesday, March 15.
Cuban is reportedly dangling a deal before the 44th President that would give him 10% of the franchise for a bulky $300 million. By most indications, the asking price would be above Obama's net worth, which in 2016 was valued at $12.2 million. His $400,000 a year presidential salary put him slightly above Michelle Obama, whose wealth was estimated at $11.8 million.
For what it's worth, Obama has expressed interest in purchasing ownership of an NBA team before. Back in January former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest made mention of Obama having pondered the possibility of pursuing stake upon leaving office, stating that it'd be a go "potentially, if the opportunity arose, under the right circumstances."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sean Spicer: Trump Didn't Mean Obama Literally Had His Wires Tapped - Donald Trump stirred up controversy last week after tweeting that Barack Obama had his wires tapped, writing, "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

Press Secretary Sean Spicer decided to attempt to clear things up in a press conference on Monday (March 13), and he explained, "The president was very clear in his tweet that it was, you know, 'wiretapping,'" which Spicer said while using air quote motions with his hands. "That spans a whole host of surveillance types of options."

The Justice Department requested more time to release a report after it was expected to release information on their investigation on Monday.

Source: CNN

Laurence Fishburne's Daughter Arrested on DUI After Crashing Car - Montana Fishburne, the daughter of actor Laurence Fishburne, is in hot water after being busted on suspected DUI over the weekend.

Montana, 25, was arrested near her home in Fort Lauderdale after two Florida Highway Patrol officers responded to a wreck on I-95. In the accident, Montana allegedly rear-ended a Range Rover in her Toyota Corolla.

Fishburne was arrested and charged with DUI, DUI with property damage and DUI with a blood alcohol level above 0.15. She was released from the Broward County Sheriff's Office jail the next day after posting a $2,500 bond.

The young woman last made headlines in 2010 after delving into a brief career in porn; a move which reportedly had her famous father livid.

You can see her mugshot from the arrest up top.

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott Under Fire for Exposing Woman's Breast at Parade - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is under fire for pulling a woman's shirt down and exposing her bare breast to a crowd at a St. Patrick's Day parade over the weekend. A video surfaced of the incident, which shows the woman slapping Ezekiel's hand away before and after he pulled down her shirt.
A representative for Elliott spoke to TMZ, telling them that the woman wasn't mad at the football star and continued to hang out with Ezekiel and his friends after the incident.

Elliott has been under investigation with the NFL since July over a reported domestic violence situation.
Source: TMZ

Man Arrested in Connection with Murder of Toya Wright's Two Brothers - Antoine Edwards, 31, was arrested on March 9th and charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Toya Wright's brothers, Joshua and Ryan "Rudy" Johnson. The brothers were found shot to death in a car in New Orleans on July 31, 2016.
NOPD homicide detective Theo Kent said in a sworn affidavit that multiple people tipped him off to a man named "Toine" or "Tweezy," who confessed to the shootings to others at least one time. It was also reported that several witnesses picked Edwards out in a lineup.

Toya commented on Edwards' arrest, telling TMZ, "All we want is justice for my brothers .. We thank everyone for their prayers and support."
Source: TMZ/NOLA

Monday, March 13, 2017

Floyd Mayweather Officially Comes Out Of Retirement, Eyes Fight With McGregor - Floyd Mayweather Jr. extended himself further than he thus far has in approaching a possible fight with UFC star Conor McGregor, when on Saturday, March 11, the 49-0 boxing great announced that he was coming out of retirement solely to pursue the crossover match.
“Everybody get your phone out ... Post this to the internet as soon as possible,” Mayweather told an eager room of onlookers, while sitting through one of the many interviews he's been doing on his UK tour. It was an opportune time for the TMT boss to throw down the gauntlet, as he had after all been only miles away from McGregor's turf. Mayweather began to list off the times he had to travel into another fighter's domain, take less money and play second fiddle as the B-side. It was a reference to McGregor's claim that Floyd is purposefully pricing himself out because he actually doesn't want to fight the Irish brawler.
“For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor. I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain, let’s fight in June," said Floyd. "You’re the B-side. I’m the A-side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and saying you want to fight. You’re blowing smoke up everyone’s [butt], if you want to fight, sign the paperwork.”

Sunday, March 12, 2017

National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch - A winter that has been fairly quiet so far is about to get very complicated.
  • Snow to start falling Monday night into Tuesday morning
  • Heavy snowfall possible, depending on movement of storm
  • Storm system will lift north, east Tuesday night
  • Check back for updates! Forecast is ever-changing
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon for much of Maryland, saying there's a potential for 5 or more inches of snow within a 12-hour period.
From the National Weather Service:
The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon.
* Precipitation type...snow.
* Accumulation...potential for 5 or more inches of snow within 12 hours. Some locations may see significantly higher accumulation.
* Timing...snow will overspread the area Monday evening and persist into Tuesday. * Impacts...the heavy snow may make many roads impassable and may produce power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines.
* Winds...northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
* the lower 30s. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
From WBAL-TV 11:
Snow is forecast to fall starting Monday night. The heart of the storm and heavy snow will fall during Tuesday morning's commute, particularly north and west of the Interstate 95 corridor.
WBAL-TV 11 Weather meteorologist Miri Marshall said, while it's very early in the forecasting stages, as much as 4-8 inches or more of snow could fall by Tuesday morning, but it depends on where the rain-snow line will move and when.
There are several different scenarios that show the rain-snow line in different places by early Tuesday morning, which will impact how much snow will fall.
The position of the area of low pressure is important. If the storm tracks farther west, snow will mix in with rain and sleet and that could cut down on the snow totals. But if the storm tracks farther east, drawing more cold air into the area, more snowfall is possible.
The storm is forecast to taper off Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rep. Cummings Asks Trump To Soften Talk About Black Communities

(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) said Wednesday that he used his meeting at the White House with President Trump on prescription drug prices to also address the president's past rhetoric about black communities.

Speaking to reporters outside the West Wing after his meeting, Cummings -- who is a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus -- said he told the president that his language about African-American neighborhoods and inner cities had been "hurtful."

"I said I don’t know if anybody has ever said this to you, but most African Americans are doing pretty good," Cummings said. “And when we hear those words about carnage and we're living depressed situations, I told him that it was very hurtful to people.”

In speeches and public comments, Trump has frequently portrayed inner city America and many African-American communities in bleak terms.

In a pitch for black voters on the campaign trail in August, Trump rhetorically asked African-Americans what they “have to lose" by voting for Trump. "You live in your poverty, your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed," Trump said at the time.

Cummings, a longtime resident of Baltimore, said he urged the president to acknowledge that not all African-American-majority neighborhoods are “places of depression [and] where people are being harmed.”

The Maryland representative also said he told Trump that he believed voter fraud -- which the president has often raised -- is "all but nonexistent." He said that any "reasonable investigation of voting in the United States" should instead include an acknowledgment of voter suppression.

The president "seemed to get it" on both issues, Cummings said. "Now where he goes from there I don't know, but I could not come out of this meeting without raising those issues."

But the primary reason for Wednesday's meeting was to discuss prescription drug prices, a policy area where Cummings and the president have expressed potential common ground.

Along with Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Cummings presented Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with a proposal that would allow Medicare to better negotiate drug prices.

Cummings said Trump "was clearly aware of the problem and he made it clear to us that he wanted to do something about it."

Source WBAL

Police: Man Dies After He Was Shot On Circulator Bus - Police are investigating a fatal shooting aboard a Charm City Circulator bus. 
City police said officers were called around 2:50 p.m. to the 200 block of South Broadway in Upper Fells, where a 26-year-old man was shot in the stomach. The victim was shot three times. He was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries several hours later.
Police said the assailant was a black man who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes with white soles. He ran east on Gough Street toward the Perkins Homes, police said. Homicide detectives and citywide shooting officers are on the scene. 
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2221 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.
WBAL-TV 11 contributed to this report.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chicago Man Beats Murder Case, Gets Killed Minutes After Leaving Jail - A Cook County man beat a murder case, but was not so fortunate after leaving jail and being murdered literally minutes after his departure.
23-year-old Kamari Belmont was held for robbery and murder charges from 2015 after he allegedly shot one man during a robbery, then robbed another man hours later in the same day. The man that he shot ended up dying a month later.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the prosecutors in Cook County dropped the murder charges at the end of January 2017 after too much time went by in accordance to Illinois' trial statute. However, the robbery charges were kept and Kamari Belmont was held on a $100,000 bond. Shortly after, Belmont was released after a friend posted $10,000 on the bond. Reports noted that after being released, he walked a few blocks away when a white SUV pulled up to his car and began firing from the truck. The truck pulled off and crashed down the street, with the assailants inside fleeing the scene. Belmont died in the middle of the street.
Despite Belmont being murdered so quickly upon his release, his attorney believes that this was not a retaliation for the murder and robberies that happened in 2015.

Couple Goes on FB Live, Snitches on Themselves, Gets Charged with Murder - According to the Dallas Morning News, Alex was walking through a parking lot when a gunman fired at him in the middle of the street around 2:40 p.m. Thursday. He was taken to Baylor University Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
Police released surveillance video showing the gunman dressed in all black and photos of red 2007 PT Cruiser, which apparently belonged to Coleman, according to her arrest affidavit. Police eventually located the vehicle Friday through witnesses who provided them with locations. The couple also went on Facebook Live showing off a gun and bullets while boasting about shooting someone.
Coleman and Griffin-White denied having any involvement in the killing of Alex with Coleman writing she's "far from a murderer" in a separate Facebook post. She then posted a photo of the couple on Instagram, with her holding a rifle while Griffin-White stood behind her holding a gun. She captioned the photo, "I'm his Bonnie he my Clyde."
Bail has been set at $500,000 for each of them.

9 Arrested, Including 8 Juveniles, In Caught-On-Video Assault

**WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN VIDEO** - Nine were arrested--including eight juveniles--in a brazen assault and robbery just blocks from Baltimore Police headquarters.
The eight teens--seven of whom are from Baltimore, the eighth of whom is from Baltimore County--were all charged as juveniles. The ninth, 18-year-old Derell Smith, 18, of the 1700 block of Belvedere Avenue, was charged as an adult with robbery and second-degree assault.
Police spokesman T.J. Smith says it's believed Smith was the ringleader of the group, which included one boy as young as 12.
"One of these kids is in elementary school...not that the school has anything to do with it but we're talking about elementary and middle school age kids," Smith said.
He said Commissioner Kevin Davis has spoken with the victim, who was robbed of his cell phone and was treated and released at the scene. He said Davis also plans to visit the city schools where the suspects hailed from and talk to students.
"We can't have things like this happening," Smith said, noting the crime took place outside the Charles Center Metro Subway Station, just a few blocks from police headquarters. "It's one cell phone with a group of people, what are you gonna do with it?"
The assault was caught on video and shared on social media by a witness. Smith noted the umbrage taken by the eyewitnesses, and credited witnesses with helping them positively identify a suspect.

Source WBAL

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Disgraceful! Ben Carson Refers to Slaves as Immigrants in Speech - Newly confirmed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson referred to slaves as "immigrants" while speaking on Monday to department employees. 
"That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson said. "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."


Monday, March 6, 2017

Gymnastics Coach In Child Pornography Case Sentenced To Prison - A former Howard County youth gymnastics coach was sentenced in federal court Friday to six years in prison as part of a plea deal for distribution of child pornography, prosecutors say.
Paul Bollinger, 57, was also ordered to serve 12 years of supervised released by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in federal court in Baltimore.
Bollinger worked as a gymnastics coach in Maryland for more than 30 years until his arrest.
Bollinger admitted in his plea agreement that on May 15 of last year, he distributed computer files containing videos of child pornography using a file sharing program. An undercover Baltimore County detective downloaded at least 10 of those files.
A state search warrant later executed on Bollinger's Windsor Mill home led to the discovery of a desktop on and running file sharing software, with numerous file titles investigators say were indicative of child pornography being actively shared and downloaded. The desktop wallpaper depicted a naked girl lying on her stomach. Police seized the computer and other drives containing more than 40,000 images and 100 videos of child pornography. Police also found more than 100 pages of handwritten stories about a man having sex with young children.
At the time of the search, Bollinger told law enforcement his involvement with child pornography was an obsession, and that he had been viewing such material since 1990. He said he preferred girls around the age of those he coached, but denied any inappropriate contact with children.

Source WBAL

Woman Dead After Vehicle Veers Off Interstate, Strikes Tree - A woman died this past weekend after her vehicle struck a tree off a Maryland interstate. 
Troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to Washington Boulevard (Exit 10) on the inner loop of I-695 around 8 p.m. on Sunday night.
Upon arrival, they found Rebecca Young, 24, of Baltimore, dead at the scene. 
The preliminary investigation revealed that the 2008 Mini Cooper traveled off the roadway to the right and hit the tree.
The collision is still under investigation and any witnesses are asked to contact the investigating Trooper; Trooper Shiveler.

Source WBAL

Donald Trump Signs Revised Executive Order On Travel Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shutting down the U.S. refugee program.
The revised travel order leaves Iraq off the list of banned countries but still affects would-be visitors from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.
Trump privately signed the new order Monday while Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally unveiled the new edict. The low-key rollout was a contrast to the first version of the order, signed in a high-profile ceremony at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes as Secretary of Defense James Mattis stood by Trump's side.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was not scheduled to hold an on-camera briefing Monday either, leading to the appearance that the president was distancing himself from the order, which was a signature issue during his campaign and the first days of his presidency. The order also risks being overshadowed by unsubstantiated accusations the president made over the weekend that former President Barack Obama had ordered the wiretapping of his phone during the campaign.
The original travel ban caused immediate panic and chaos at airports around the country as Homeland Security officials scrambled to interpret how it was to be implemented and travelers were detained before being sent back overseas or blocked from getting on airplanes abroad. The order quickly became the subject of several legal challenges and was ultimately put on hold last month by a federal judge in Washington state. That ruling was upheld by a federal appeals court.
The revised order is narrower and specifies that a 90-day ban on people from the six countries does not apply to those who already have valid visas or people with U.S. green cards.
The White House dropped Iraq from the list of targeted countries following pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had urged the White House to reconsider, given Iraq's key role in fighting the Islamic State group. Syrian nationals are also no longer subjected to an indefinite ban, despite Trump's instance as a candidate that Syrian refugees in particular posed a serious security threat to the United States.
In a call with reporters Monday morning, senior officials from Homeland Security and Justice Department said the travel ban was necessary to allow the government to review what more can be done to properly vet would-be visitors and refugees.
The officials said 300 people who arrived in the United States as refugees were currently under investigation as part of terrorism-related cases. The officials pointed to those cases as evidence of the need for the travel order, but refused repeated requests to address how many of those people were from the six banned countries or how long they have been in the United States.
A fact sheet describing the new order circulated before the new order was announced cites negotiations that resulted in Iraq agreeing to "increase cooperation with the U.S. government on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to the United States."
The mere existence of a fact sheet signaled that the White House was taking steps to improve the rollout of the reworked directive. The initial measure was hastily signed at the end of Trump's first week in office, and the White House was roundly criticized for not providing lawmakers, Cabinet officials and others with information ahead of the signing.
In a statement after the new order was signed, Rep. Elijah Cummings said Trump's policy remains, in his view, unconstitutional.
“But the American people should not be fooled by the president’s second attempt: his policy still bans immigrants only from Muslim-majority countries, it still cruelly blocks refugees, it is still un-American, and it still will harm American national security interests more than help them," the Baltimore Democrat said.
Rep. Andy Harris, a Cockeysville Republican and the lone Republican member of Maryland's congressional delegation, cheered the new order.
"I applaud President Trump for doing everything he can to assure that immigrants from countries which are either state sponsors of terrorism, or where ISIS has significant presence, will be properly vetted before entry," Harris said in a statement. "This temporary pause in immigration from those six countries was long overdue - giving our law enforcement and Homeland Security officials adequate time to work to develop vetting measures that will protect us from terrorist infiltrators."
"I applaud President Trump for doing everything he can to assure that immigrants from countries which are either state sponsors of terrorism, or where ISIS has significant presence, will be properly vetted before entry.  This temporary pause in immigration from those six countries was long overdue - giving our law enforcement and Homeland Security officials adequate time to work to develop vetting measures that will protect us from terrorist infiltrators."
Trump administration officials say that even with the changes, the goal of the new order is the same as the first: keeping would-be terrorists out of the United States while the government reviews the vetting system for refugees and visa applicants from certain parts of the world.
According to the fact sheet, the Department of Homeland Security will conduct a country-by-country review of the information the six targeted nations provide to the U.S. for visa and immigration decisions. Those countries will then have 50 days to comply with U.S. government requests to update or improve that information.
Additionally, Trump's order suspends the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days, though refugees already formally scheduled for travel by the State Department will be allowed entry. When the suspension is lifted, the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. will be capped at 50,000 for fiscal year 2017.
The new version also to removes language that would give priority to religious minorities. Critics had accused the administration of adding such language to help Christians get into the U.S. while excluding Muslims.
"I think people will see six or seven major points about this executive order that do clarify who was covered," said presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway in an interview with Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends."
She said the new order will not go into effect until March 16, despite earlier warnings from the president and his team that any delay in implementation would pose a national security risk, allowing dangerous people to flow into the country.
Legal experts say the new order addresses some of the constitutional concerns raised by a federal appeals court about the initial ban, but leaves room for more legal challenges.
"It's much clearer about how it doesn't apply to groups of immigrants with more clearly established constitutional rights," said University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck. "That's a really important step."
Removing language that would give priority to religious minorities helps address concerns that the initial ban was discriminatory, but its continued focus on Muslim-majority countries leaves the appearance that the order is a "Muslim ban," Vladeck said.
"There's still going to be plenty of work for the courts to do," he said.

Associated Press writer Alicia A. Caldwell and Sadie Gurman and WBAL NewsRadio 1090 digital content producer Tyler Waldman contributed to this report.
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