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    A brain-eating amoeba claims the life of a 6-year-old boy in Texas Pandemic Pallets filled with stockpiled items are reportedly gaining popularity at grocery stores ahead of the winter months Monday Night Football, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Live Stream, NFL football predictions, odds, tv channel, start time The Kansas City Chiefs will face the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD.  The Chiefs will look for a third straight win tonight after last week’s 23-20 over the Chargers while the Ravens will look to stay undefeated after a 33-16 win last week against the Houston Texans. © Provided by For The Win Both QBs have had impressive starts, Lamar Jackson has...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Commission to Restore Trust in Policing, formed last year in response to the illegal activity of the Gun Trace Task Force, hoped officers would participate in mass to a survey on misconduct. But that didn’t quite happen. Less than nine percent of city police officers responded when sent an ethics and misconduct survey. “The culture of BPD is still not good,” Commissioner Parker said. “Even the police officers don’t trust where they work,” Commissioner Robb said. Attorneys hired by a state commission sent the survey and said neither the department nor the union wanted to disseminate it. “We have an organization where not everybody is pulling an oar in the same direction. They seem to be...
    We get the matchup most think we will see again in the AFC Championship game when the 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs pay a visit to the 2-0 Baltimore Ravens on “ Monday Night Football.” These are the top two favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LV. We also have a matchup of the last two MVPs: Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (2018) and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson (2019). The reigning Super Bowl LIV champions got an early-season scare last weekend, having been extended into overtime by the Los Angeles Chargers and rookie QB Justin Herbert. Kansas City failed to cover as nine-point favorites, was outgained 479-414, and had only nine points through three quarters. Meanwhile, it has been anything but...
    We get the matchup most think we will see again in the AFC Championship game when the 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs pay a visit to the 2-0 Baltimore Ravens on “ Monday Night Football.” These are the top two favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LV. We also have a matchup of the last two MVPs: Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (2018) and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson (2019). The reigning Super Bowl LIV champions got an early-season scare last weekend, having been extended into overtime by the Los Angeles Chargers and rookie QB Justin Herbert. Kansas City failed to cover as nine-point favorites, was outgained 479-414, and had only nine points through three quarters. Meanwhile, it has been anything but...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City health officials said they’ve noticed an alarming number of students without proper vaccines against childhood diseases. Some local schools are making sure kids are ready to go back to school. With the school year officially underway, students should be getting their vaccines for things like measles and mumps. But, health officials say an increasing number of students aren’t getting vaccinated. University Of Maryland physician Dr. Matthew Grant said part of the blame is on the coronavirus pandemic. “People don’t necessarily think they have to get all of the vaccinations if their children are distance learning but it’s still just as important if they are going out into the community to play with friends or go to...
    BALTIMORE, MD (WJZ)– Baltimore City Police were called to the 3600 block of Swann Drive around 7:30am Saturday morning for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they found 38-year-old Leroy Green of the 3600 block of Rexmere Road suffering from a gunshot wound. Green was pronounced dead at the scene by medics after police say he was found slumped over his vehicle by someone walking through Druid Hill Park. Homicide detectives are investigating this murder and ask anyone with information to call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup. Follow @WJZ on Twitter and like WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore on Facebook
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Schools’ CEO says the virtual start to this unprecedented school year has been fairly smooth. “It’s been a real solid start to the new year,” Dr. Sonja Santelises told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “Our school board — our community — is absolutely monitoring the health conditions within Baltimore City. We want to responsibly return. We’ve actually had some students in person since the summer in much smaller groups. We will be opening this Monday more student learning centers. We’ll be bringing back some of our most vulnerable students.” >>WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two Baltimore City council members want public works department workers to immediately get a $5,000 bonus. Councilmen Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer and Zeke Cohen are proposing the bonus for both full-time and part-time employees. Schleifer had already called on the City to give the DPW workers an hourly raise. >>WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    There’s a heavyweight battle of AFC powers in Baltimore on Monday night. One team has won 11 consecutive games dating back to last season, including three postseason contests. The other is riding a 14-game regular-season winning streak. While it sounds somewhat cliché, the defenses will have to step up in this game. In 2018, the Kansas City Chiefs scored 565 points – the third-highest single-season total in NFL history. This past season, the Ravens led the NFL with 531 points. It’s also worth noting that neither of those teams managed to get to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs have turned things around on the defensive side of the ball after struggling the first 10 games of 2019 and Steve...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Public Schools are partnering with Lyft and Uber to help students get their immunizations. All students must have certain immunizations to attend school. To assist families needing transportation, the rideshare services will offer free rides to students to immunizations appointments. Families with a scheduled appointments should contact their child’s school. Find information on immunization on the city schools’ website.  There are also several other places children can get their immunizations. Medicaid or proof of insurance is not required. UMB/UMMC FREE Immunization Clinic  Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 120 Penn St., Baltimore, MD 21201. No charge, no appointment required, available to all students. The Baltimore City Health Department TIKE Immunization...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One man was killed and three men were injured in shootings Thursday night, three in Baltimore City and one in Baltimore County. The first shooting in the city happened around 7:23 p.m. in east Baltimore. City police said officers responded to the 1400 block of East North Avenue to find a 38-year-old man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to this left thigh. Police learned he was shot five blocks away in the 1900 block of East North Avenue. The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Around 35 minutes later, Baltimore County police officers responded to a home in the 4200 block of Nadine Drive near the city/county line for a report of a man...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two men were injured in shootings Thursday night, one in Baltimore City and one in Baltimore County. The shooting in the city happened around 7:23 p.m. in east Baltimore. City police said officers responded to the 1400 block of East North Avenue to find a man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to this left thigh. Police learned he was shot five blocks away in the 1900 block of East North Avenue. The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Around 35 minutes later, Baltimore County police officers responded to a home in the 4200 block of Nadine Drive near the city/county line for a report of a man who had been shot. When officers arrived,...
    It’s Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson, Round III. Here’s how the Baltimore Ravens can secure their first victory over the Kansas City Chiefs since 2012. This past weekend of NFL action was disastrous and injury-riddled, which in turn left a bad taste in the mouths of fans everywhere. Luckily, Week 3 is just around the corner. While we’ve mostly seen advertisements of the Sunday Night Football matchup between Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, we’re here to remind you that Monday night will feature Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson, Round III. The first two matchups have gone in the favor of Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, including a 27-24 overtime victory in 2018 and a 33-28 win last year. If...
    Monday night’s AFC showdown in Baltimore is a must-win for the Ravens. It may be only Week 3 but it feels like the Game of the Year (at least in the AFC) is set to take place on Monday night. Patrick Mahomes and the 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs head to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the 2-0 Baltimore Ravens in a showdown of the last two NFL MVPs as well as a tiebreaker edge in the race for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Ravens are also the team entering the game with all the pressure of trying to live up to the hype of their expectations. Kansas City has already shown they can win in big spots...
    A federal judge has ruled the city of Baltimore must issue over $30K back to a woman after keeping half of a settlement she was awarded after an incident involving police officers. Read More: Baltimore postal facility sat on 68,000 pieces of election mail for 5 days before primary The Baltimore Sun reports that the city committed an “illegal act” when it took $31,500 from Ashley Overbey Underwood after she settled a lawsuit and then spoke out publicly about allegations that police beat her. The judge ruled she must be refunded the full amount plus 6% annual interest. “The seeming inference is that their illegal act should not be undone simply because no one thought, or even suspected, it...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Anthony Avery is one of the more than 400 teachers and other Baltimore City school employees who received sudden notice they will be laid off just days from now. He was told October 2 will be his last day. “I’m a computer teacher. Right now, we’re virtually learning. It’s crazy to me that my students won’t have the one person who can help them strengthen their skills in technology during the time when they need their technology skills to be top-notch to navigate this pandemic,” Avery told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. The employees—some of whom work full-time hours—are classified as temporary by Baltimore schools. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Glenmount Elementary/Middle School emergency meal site will close for all of Wednesday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. City Schools said the employee may have had contact with others. The meal site will clean and disinfect the building according to the district’s cleaning standards. For alternative meal sites, please visit https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/meal-sites.
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore City Schools plans to lay off about 450 temporary employees and halt hiring systemwide as it tries to make up for a $21 million budget shortfall incurred during the coronavirus pandemic, according to school officials. The layoffs, affecting many full-time employees, including some teachers and teacher’s assistants, are expected to save about $3.7 million in spending by the end of the fiscal year next summer, The Baltimore Sun reported. Baltimore City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises said the budget gap was caused by a reduction in some federal reimbursements during the pandemic combined with the added costs to provide about 55,000 laptops and 15,000 internet hotspots to students learning remotely, among other factors. The $21 million figure...
    Baltimore officials passed a bill Monday to rename a Columbus monument located near a memorial for fallen police officers the “Police Violence Victims’ Monument.” At the meeting, the Baltimore City Council voted 10-4 to approve the legislation, according to WBAL. “The Columbus Monument obelisk is located in Herring Run Park and is in the same section of the park as a memorial for five Northeast District police officers who died on the job,” the report said. In a statement Monday morning, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said he spoke with several council members regarding his concerns about the obelisk’s proposed name change: Having the proposed monument be in such close proximity to a police memorial, honoring officers who have died in the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A Baltimore City mayoral forum Friday was interrupted by an apparent “Zoom bomber” during Republican Shannon Wright’s opening remarks. “Then he said, ‘I pledge my life to Pakistan,’ then he started saying some things I didn’t recognize and saying the N-word,” Wright said. “I refuse to let it deter me. I refuse to let it shake me. I refuse to let it stop me. It actually gives me more motivation, more energy to continue forward.” Other candidates say they knew the forum had been hacked as soon as music interrupted Wright. “When I heard the music and the talking in the background, I knew we had been compromised,” independent candidate for mayor Bob Wallace said. “Personal attacks,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Morgan State’s Edward P. Hurt Gymnasium will serve as an early voting and election day voting center, the University announced Friday. Beginning on Monday, October 26, through Monday, November 2, citizens registered to vote in Baltimore City can take advantage of early voting on Morgan’s campus in northeast Baltimore. The Hurt Gymnasium will be one of only eight locations designated as an early voting site throughout the city. On Tuesday, November 3, Morgan State will serve as an official Election Day site along with 23 other city-wide locations. Throughout all of the dates, the Hurt Gymnasium will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also, From September 28-30, Morgan State’s campus will serve as a ballot drop...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore must stop withholding tens of thousands of dollars from an alleged victim of police misconduct, despite the city’s accusation that the Black woman violated a non-disparagement clause that was part of a 2014 settlement, a federal judge ruled Monday. The judge wrote that the city must pay Ashley Overbey Underwood the remaining $31,500 due to as part of her settlement, plus interest. The order comes after a federal appeals court ruled in July 2019 that Baltimore’s practice of reducing financial settlements to alleged victims of police misconduct when they speak about their experience is unconstitutional, likening the practice to “hush money.” The ACLU of Maryland had sued on behalf of Underwood in that...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s Office of the Inspector General released the findings of its investigation into the city’s deals with a local businessman linked to the Catherine Pugh “Healthy Holly” book scandal Tuesday. City Council President Brandon Scott asked the city to investigate all contracts in the last five years with Grant Capital Management back in December after it was revealed that James Preston (J.P.) Grant was a book purchaser involved in the Healthy Holly scandal. This request came two weeks after Pugh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of tax evasion. The charges stemmed from the scheme to sell her “Healthy Holly” books to organizations and people with businesses...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Council on Monday is considering two bills that would remove the name of Christopher Columbus from an annual holiday and a city monument. One of the bills would change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Howard County announced a similar move last week. RELATED COVERAGE: Howard County To Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day Instead Of Columbus Day These States, Cities Are Ditching Columbus Day To Observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day Instead Vote On Returning Baltimore’s Toppled Christopher Columbus Statue To Original Owners Delayed Christopher Columbus Statue Retrieved From Baltimore Harbor After Protesters Tossed It Historians Say Communities Should Re-Evaluate Who Gets Honored With Statues In Wake Of Baltimore’s Columbus Statue’s Toppling Video:...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Republican congressional candidate Kim Klacik released a new ad Sunday focusing again on Baltimore’s trash problems among other issues she said are plaguing Black city residents. “I see a Baltimore that picks up trash,” Klacik said. “There are piles of garbage all around Baltimore. It makes life unsafe for our families. I’ll work with city leaders to get Baltimore Soild Waste Bureau the resources it needs to take out the trash.” “Our streets should be the reflection of our leaders, clean, not dirty,” she continued. Tens of millions of you have shared the struggle of black people in Baltimore. You cared about our black lives more than our own leaders. They have done nothing for us.Now...
    BALTIMORE — A Baltimore City Schools meal site is closed Monday for deep cleaning, the school system announced earlier Monday morning.  Gardenville Elementary School, including its meal site, will be closed.  It’s a precautionary measure after a potential case of COVID-19 was identified. For alternative meal sites, please visit https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/meal-sites.  For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's city council president is expected to introduce a bill Monday that would officially change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Maryland's largest city. A spokeswoman for President Brandon Scott said he expects the bill, which is cosponsored by Councilman John T. Bullock, will pass, The Baltimore Sun reported. A similar motion was unsuccessful in 2016, but the second attempt comes as protestors around the world have called for institutions to reexamine their ties to leaders, military officers and other such historical figures who some say are symbols of racism. And for years, Native American advocates have pressed states to change the holiday over concerns that Columbus spurred centuries of genocide against indigenous...
    Kim Klacik, the GOP congressional candidate for Congress from Baltimore, has attempted to do something that Hollywood executives often try, but seldom succeed: make a sequel better than the first. Klacik, who hopes to fill a vacant seat left by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, the legendary Democrat, posted her first campaign video in August ono her Twitter account, which propelled her to be embraced by top Republicans and interviewed by some of the most influential shows in the country, including ABC's "The View." The original ad was simple. She wore a red dress and took viewers on a tour of a city that seemed abandoned. The message to voters in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District was: the city has been plagued by violence and unemployment...
    Kim Klacik, a former Republican strategist and the Republican congressional nominee for Maryland’s 7th district, released a campaign ad Sunday as a follow-up to her massively viral campaign video this summer in which she walked around Baltimore hammering the city’s Democratic leadership and pointing to problems plaguing the city. In the original ad (shown below), Klacik walked around the city drawing attention to its crumbling infrastructure and other problems, remarking at the end of the video that “black people don’t have to vote Democrat.” Democrats don’t want you to see this. They’re scared that I’m exposing what life is like in Democrat run cities. That’s why I’m running for Congress Because All Black Lives Matter Baltimore Matters And black people...
    Baltimore, MD (WJZ)– Baltimore City Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 13-year-old girl from Baltimore City. Police say Maria Vazquez was last seen Sunday in the 4800 block of Erdman Avenue. The teenager was wearing a black puma hoodie, black leggings and white Nike Air Force-1 sneakers. Maria is about five-feet, three inches tall and weighs about 252-pounds. Family and friends are concerned about Maria Vazquez’s well-being. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Maria Vazquez is urged to contact the Baltimore Police Department’s Missing Person Unit at 443-984-7385 or by simply dialing 911. Follow @WJZ on Twitter and like WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore on Facebook
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Wheelabrator Baltimore is stepping up to help keep recyclables out of the waste stream. This comes as the Baltimore City Department of Public Works has put a hold on recycling collection until November amid a staffing shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines To help keep recyclables out of the waste stream, Wheelabrator Baltimore is making more collection sites available throughout the city. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday, 30-yard dumpsters will collect recycling in Brewers Hill, Butchers Hill, Fells Point and Riverside. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Samantha Smith is the mother of two young students in the Baltimore County Public School system and she’s outraged over the superintendent’s sudden announcement this week that some children can go back for in-person instruction in November—months earlier than initially planned. Additionally, Dr. Williams announced the school system’s timeline for staff and student reentry for small groups. The plan calls for teachers and school-based staff to be back in buildings Oct. 19 and small groups of students back in classrooms Nov. 13.https://t.co/3ZgodCRVz1 pic.twitter.com/CMxXS6Q9yp — Baltimore County Public Schools (@BaltCoPS) September 17, 2020   “They keep pulling the rug out from under us every time we make a plan,” Smith said. “How can you expect teachers...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises warned of financial issues related to the coronavirus pandemic in a letter to city schools staff Friday. Santelises said the abrupt closure of city schools in the spring due to Covid-19 led to unavoidable expenses to the district over the last six months. “Expenses included the purchase of approximately 55,000 laptops for students and teachers, 15,000 hotspots for student broadband access, and large quantities of cleaning supplies for our buildings – among many other items. While the district has received several COVID-related grants, a large gap remains between expenses incurred and grant funding,” she wrote. “While the district has received several COVID-related grants, a large gap remains between expenses incurred...
    A grand jury has indicted 15 suspected gang members who the Anne Arundel County police said were running a drug and sex trafficking ring out of a Brooklyn Park hotel for months. David Brown, 44, of Baltimore, and Michael Copeland, 41, of Glen Burnie, were the ring leaders who were living and working out of an entire floor of the Comfort Inn & Suites south of Baltimore, police said. The investigation into the drug- and sex-trafficking operation, called Operation Too Close for Comfort, started in May 2019. Detectives watched members of the unidentified gang and said they saw Brown and Copeland buying and selling drugs, said Chief William Lowry during a press conference Wednesday. Police learned that some fatal overdoses...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Jack Young and Baltimore Health Corps initiative announced an additional 10 partnerships to totaling more than $2.68 million to help support operations. “I want to thank all of our partners who recognized the critical needs the Baltimore Health Corps fills in public health and economic development,” Young said. “The contributions and collaborations created to support this program provide significant support to the City’s response to COVID-19.” The Baltimore Health Corp is recruiting, training and employing more than 300 residents to serve as contract tracers and care coordinators. “With our partners’ help, we are able to more quickly reach those who have been confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, provide medical advice, care coordination, and limit the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan met with Baltimore officials about violent crime in the city Wednesday. “Earlier today, I met with Mayor Young and Commissioner Harrison to discuss the ongoing violent crime crisis in Baltimore City. There can be no more excuses and no more delays—we need to attack this crisis from all sides so that we can finally put an end to the bloodshed,” Hogan tweeted. As of Monday, police reported 50 people were shot, 15 fatally, in the city since Sunday, September 8. Earlier today, I met with @mayorbcyoung and Commissioner Harrison to discuss the ongoing violent crime crisis in Baltimore City. There can be no more excuses and no more delays—we need to attack this...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Fifteen alleged gang members have been indicted on drug charges following a monthslong investigation spanning multiple Maryland jurisdictions, Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Wednesday. Police began investigating the group last year after learning members were selling drugs out of a Comfort Inn in Anne Arundel County. The gang members reportedly traveled to other parts of the state and other states as part of the scheme, the attorney general’s office said. Several leaders have also been indicted on sex trafficking charges. Officials said 44-year-old David Brown of Baltimore used staff at the hotel and other gang members to hide their activities and, along with others, forced women to engage in sex trafficking for money, narcotics and rooms at...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore city officials announced Wednesday that some youth fall sports will return and they will begin to permit for private events at parks as the city is reporting a downward trend for the coronavirus. Mayor Jack Young said although the COVID-19 numbers are trending downward, the virus is not gone and people need to continue to follow protocols to stay safe. Athletic permits will be allowed for fall sports, with the exception of football, rugby and wrestling. “Our goal is to make sure Baltimore’s youth are safe and engaged,” said city officials. All players and coaches must wear masks at all times during practice and competition.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The mother of a 14-year-old murdered in northeast Baltimore came back to the scene where her son, Ty, was shot just days ago to honor his life. “I could care less who did it because what difference does it make if they catch him. I still can’t have my son back,” his mother, Tamesha, told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. She asked us not to use her last name. “He was my baby.” #WJZ at 5: A mother speaks about the death of her 14yo son in Northeast Baltimore @wjz pic.twitter.com/M41DzIIc5u — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) September 15, 2020 The teenager was gunned down in the 2600 block of Polk Street in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood just before noon...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Council is set to vote on two bills that, if passed, would help hospitality workers return to the jobs they had before COVID-19 led hotels and event centers to lay off staff. One of the bills would allow former employees to get their jobs back for a certain period of time even if the business is under new ownership. “This is what this is all about: making sure those folks laid off and furloughed during the pandemic have the opportunity to come back to the job they worked so hard for and put so much time and effort into,” city councilman Kristerfer Burnett said A number of hospitality workers told WJZ they get unemployment...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City’s recycling collection sites extended their hours on Tuesday. This comes as trash and recycling are not routinely being picked up because of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. “I share your frustration that we are not where we should be or where I want us to be,” Baltimore City Department of Public Works Acting Director Matthew Garbak said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines In a hearing Tuesday afternoon, DPW leadership told city council members it wishes it had no choice but to prioritize trash over recycling pick-up. “The added challenges of increased...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore police announced the indictment of the drug trafficking organization known as “Showtime” on Tuesday. The organization was operating out of the back alley of 2400 Brentwood and Greenmount Avenues in East Baltimore, police said. Ten of the members are criminally charged for multiple drug offenses and handgun related crimes. The organization, led by Avon Winchester and David Harrison, includes; Nathan Hickson, Ronnie Hall, Thelonius Monk, Martray McNair, Dequan King, Antwan Hopkins, T’Shon Butler and John Hancock. Credit: Baltimore Police The group was distributing quantities of fentanyl, cocaine and other controlled dangerous substances in and around the area of the 2400 block of Brentwood Avenue. The investigation resulted in the sale of nearly 2,000 suspected fentanyl gel...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Department of Public Works is extending hours at the community collection sites to help residents with their recycling. Starting this week, the community collection centers’ hours will be extended on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 6 p.m. The locations will still be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We are extremely appreciative of City residents who have received the recent changes to recycling services well. Those residents saw the change as DPW’s way of continuing recycling services in a community friendly manner, permitting the Department to better manage staff and keep residential trash collection as the main priority during this time. Our two-week assessment of the modified recycling services...
    Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner openly trashed the city of Baltimore in interviews with Bob Woodward — and a top official in the city is letting him have it. As Woodward reported in his new book “Rage,” Kushner believed President Donald Trump was very savvy to describe Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” as it forced Democratic officials to defend the city from the president’s attacks. “The Democrats are getting so crazy,” Kushner told Woodward. “They’re basically defending Baltimore. When you get to the next election, he’s tied them to all these stupid positions.” Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott described Kushner as a “slumlord” and said he’d come to regret attacking his city. “We need true leaders that are going...
    All Times EDT AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Cleveland 26 19 .578 New York 25 21 .543 Detroit 20 24 .455 Baltimore 20 25 .444 Seattle 19 25 .432 Kansas City 18 28 .391 Los Angeles 18 28 .391 Boston 16 30 .348 Texas 15 29 .341 ___ NOTE: Games back data omitted because not all teams have played the same number of games due to postponements. Postseason qualification this season is determined based on winning percentage. Friday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 6, Baltimore 0, 7 innings, 1st game N.Y....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is continuing to mobilize volunteers to support residents with recycling and trash pickup due to delays and suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Those interested in volunteering to assist with this initiative can do so by clicking here. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Scott is encouraging residents to contact the Council President’s Office if they need assistance with issues involving recycling pickup or missed trash collection. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced Friday it will be expanding the Slow Streets Program with over 10 additional miles to be installed. The Slow Streets program began on July 27, 2020, to provide a safe way of calming traffic and reducing traffic volumes to give residents more social distancing space while moving around outside. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The Department of Transportation said this is a temporary initiative based on the public health response. Roadways that are designated as Slow Streets will be restricted to local traffic only. Traffic calming measures will be implemented to provide neighborhoods with safe areas to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Department of Public Works announced Friday they’re going to be making several changes after pulling the recycling staff over to trash collection due to staffing shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Monday, they are extending drop-off hours at community collection centers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The centers will continue to be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’re also working to get a private company to help with trash services. The city said this will continue until at least November 1. For the...
    By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press The Baltimore Police Department revealed Friday that an aerial surveillance system being tested across the city since May has given officers information in 81 criminal cases, including 19 homicides, but acknowledged it does not have enough data yet to determine the program's effectiveness. Of the cases backed by aerial imagery, 21% have been closed with an arrest compared to 16% of similar incidents that were not captured by the wide-angle cameras mounted on airplanes sweeping Baltimore. The figures, which are provisional, are contained in a report covering the first half of the six-month pilot program. “This report provides an extensive review of the program’s progress, while fulfilling our commitment to transparency in sharing data...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With the new school year officially in full swing, it’s important to make sure every student has access to proper technology and devices for distance learning. That’s exactly why on Friday some students in Baltimore City picked up new Chromebooks thanks to a partnership with Verizon’s innovative learning initiative. This program was actually created before the pandemic, but teachers and parents say with the switch to virtual learning, it couldn’t have come at a better time. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Bridging the digital divide is the goal of Verizon’s innovative learning initiative. “I came to pick up our new laptops for school,”...
    The Baltimore Police Department revealed Friday that an aerial surveillance system being tested across the city since May has given officers information in 81 criminal cases, including 19 homicides, but acknowledged it does not have enough data yet to determine the program’s effectiveness. Of the cases backed by aerial imagery, 21% have been closed with an arrest compared to 16% of similar incidents that were not captured by the wide-angle cameras mounted on airplanes sweeping Baltimore. The figures, which are provisional, are contained in a report covering the first half of the six-month pilot program. “This report provides an extensive review of the program’s progress, while fulfilling our commitment to transparency in sharing data on where the program is...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two Baltimore City Public Schools meal sites are closed Friday due to a COVID-19 case, officials said. The sites at Dr. Nathan A. Pitts-Ashburton Elementary/Middle School and Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy are closed but will reopen Monday. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Further details about the case that prompted the closures, including whether a worker or visitor was the one who tested positive, were not immediately available. Stay with WJZ on this developing story. To get breaking news alerts, download our app now! For the latest information on...
    ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Baltimore County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 10-year-old boy who hasn’t been seen since September 4. Markel Tayshawn Coley, 10, of the 1400 block of Hopewell Avenue, was last seen September 4 and is known to frequent N. Glover Street and other areas in Baltimore City, police say. If you have any information on Markel’s whereabouts, you are asked to call police immediately. #MISSING: Markel Tayshawn Coley (10), 4’11, 100 lbs, missing from the 1400 blk of Hopewell Ave., 21221. LS on 9/4/20 and is known to frequent N. Glover St., 21224 and other areas in Baltimore City. If seen, please call 911. #BCoPD ^RR pic.twitter.com/OSRnS96UkK — Baltimore County Police...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The ACLU of Maryland argued again in court Thursday against Baltimore City’s privately-funded aerial surveillance program. The six-month pilot program has been flying since April when it was approved by the City’s Board of Estimates. Its engine is often a constant sound heard in the sky. “It’s an audible reminder of the fact that everyone in Baltimore is under constant video surveillance any time they go outside,” David Rocah, of the ACLU of Maryland, said. >>WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In the recently revealed interviews between President Donald Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner reported by journalist Bob Woodward, Baltimore managed to come up in conversation- again. The interviews will appear in Woodward’s latest book, “Rage.” The New York Times reports that in a conversation with an associate, Kushner brought up last years’ Twitter attacks on Baltimore. He describes his father-in-law as good at getting people to react to their own detriment, “gleefully citing the defense that Democrats issued of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Baltimore, Maryland, and his city- after the president attacked Cummings last year,” “The Democrats are so crazy, they’re basically defending Baltimore,” said Mr. Kushner. “When you get to the next election, he’s...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — MedStar Health is providing a new way to get to patients in need. Next week, the company will launch a new donor-funded, mobile health center that will go around parts of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County, providing primary care to the Harbor Hospital’s most vulnerable communities. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines This mobile center comes with two exam rooms and even a mini-lab. Plus, it will provide COVID-19 tests. Through support by the Baltimore Ravens, the France-Merrick Foundation and Kevin and D.J. Plank, this center will also be equipped and staffed to attend sporting events. For the latest information on coronavirus go to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — At Pier 5 in the Inner Harbor, a tugboat captain is teaching Baltimore’s inner-city youth about the maritime industry. Captain Darwin Peguese invited the city’s young and eager to come on board. “Unless you have an opportunity to actually work onboard one of these vessels, you really have no opportunity to get into the industry,” he said. Until now, young adults like Rodney had never been on a boat. “I have no experience working on a boat,” he said. “It’s my first time doing stuff like this. I love it!” Now Rodney is part of a crew, along with D.J., Evan and Tyler, learning something new. “These opportunities should be available to the inner city because it’s...
    BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ)– For the first time ever, students in Central Maryland are starting the year online. There will be no bells ringing and no lockers slamming as the new school year begins in Baltimore City as well as Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford, Carroll and Howard counties. Welcome Back and happy learning!¡Bienvenidos y feliz aprendizaje! #WeAreAllLearning pic.twitter.com/JZp1GIB8Ue — Baltimore City Public Schools (@BaltCitySchools) September 8, 2020 On average, students will get 3-and-a-half hours of online learning instruction per day. In March, Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order, closing schools to in-person learning because of the high numbers of people infected. However, last month he authorized schools to open in person.  He cited improving COVID-19 metrics.    
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — His spirit and incredible outlook captured Baltimore’s hearts, and now a group is looking to honor the legendary Mo Gaba by buying an entire section of cutouts at M&T Bank Stadium in his honor. There won’t be any fans to start the fall football season, so instead, the Ravens are selling cutouts to occupy the seats. This gave people an idea: to buy out an entire section of 575 seats for the young man who left his mark on the city. “You meet him once and you understand the hype,” said Dean Tejeda with Thread Level Midnight. The Baltimore superfan and sports talk show host died in late July after a lifelong battle with cancer. But those...
    Pro-life demonstrators painted the street outside a Planned Parenthood with the phrase “BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER” in downtown Baltimore. Fifteen people used non-permanent paint to draw the message around 5 a.m. Saturday outside the Planned Parenthood center, the Baltimore Sun reported. The group was comprised of members of anti-abortion organizations Students for Life of America and Human Coalition Action, as well as public policy group Frederick Douglass Foundation. Shortly after 6 a.m., officers arrived but didn’t issue any citations or remove the paint. Police said the city has allowed groups to paint murals on the street in recent months. “[The message] will remain here unless the city wants to come take it out, and that would be outside the...
    Donald Trump has told Baltimore to ‘be smart’ and elect Kim Klacik to Congress, insisting the city is currently the ‘worst in the nation’ and asserted his belief that she can ‘fix it, and fast’. The president’s latest public endorsement of Klacik, the second in a week, was made in a thread of tweets Sunday morning discussing the current levels of violence and crime in the Maryland city. ‘Be smart Baltimore! You have been ripped off for years by the Democrats, & gotten nothing but poverty & crime,’ Trump wrote. ‘It will only get worse UNLESS YOU ELECT KIMBERLY KLACIK TO CONGRESS. She brings with her the power & ECONOMIC STRENGTH OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.’ Trump continued by crediting Klacik’s...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The former home of jazz musician Cab Calloway is no longer standing in west Baltimore. The city demolished the home — which was deemed structurally unsound — on Druid Hill Avenue on Saturday after a long battle with the Calloway family. The family wanted to preserve the home as a historical spot, but the city chose to move forward with demolition and plans to redevelop the area.  
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The City of Baltimore is looking for trash and recycling volunteers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Recycling services have been suspended until at least November, as city crews focus on trash pickup. Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott said that he will be mobilizing his office to support in the effort until regular services can resume. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “In these challenging times, we must pull together as a community and be willing to think outside of the box,” Scott said. If you are interested in volunteering (especially if you have access to a pickup truck!) please fill out the following form: https://t.co/Tglcj12eaN....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Police have issued an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Brian Adams in connection with a hit-and-run incident on August 21 where two bicyclists and a pedestrian were injured. The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Eastern Avenue during a community bike ride when a red Ford F-150 struck the bicyclists and pedestrian before fleeing the scene, police said. The two bicyclist were taken to area hospitals with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. Adams, of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, is being charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and three counts of first and second degree assault. Anyone who sees and or knows of Adams’ whereabouts is asked to call Warrant Apprehension...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Court records show Baltimore has settled at least at least 12 lawsuits related to the Gun Trace Task Force scandal. The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that City Solicitor Dana Moore declined to provide details. Moore says city attorneys were working through the process of finalizing the agreements. Settlements orders for nine cases appeared Friday afternoon in filings from the federal lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court. Attorneys confirmed an additional three cases also had been settled. The city is facing dozens of claims related to the actions of corrupt task force officers, who were convicted of racketeering and sentenced to between seven and 25 years in federal prison. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Department of Planning is making it count in perhaps the most important year of response in decades. Marylanders have until September 30 to fill out the 2020 Census, which Austin Davis, of the Baltimore City Department of Planning, said is more important than ever. “These census counts are crucial to getting our city and our communities the funding they need for things like healthcare, temporary assistance, unemployment,” he said. Davis also said it’s important for the number of potential coronavirus vaccines. Every Marylander uncounted represents thousands of dollars in unassessed federal funding over the next 10 years. It’s why they’re in Cherry Hill incentivizing residents to fill it out, and earn prizes. Face masks,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City will move fully into phase 2 of its reopening plan on Tuesday, September 8 at 5 p.m. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young made the announcement during a press conference Friday. “I know that the government announced the state would be moving to phase 3 at 5 p.m. today,” Young said. “While some parts of the state may feel ready to move fully into phase three that is not the case for the city of Baltimore. Right now, we want to focus on harm reduction and public health safety for the holiday weekend.” Earlier this week, Young said Baltimore would not be moving into Phase 3 of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan, after Gov. Larry Hogan said...
    OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Getting ready for this Labor Day Weekend? There are concerns your family get-togethers could lead to a spike in the coronavirus. “Large crowds are extremely dangerous, period,” Dr. Gregory Branch, Baltimore County Health Officer, said. Dr. Branch is among the 110,000 people in the state who contracted COVID-19. Ahead of the Labor Day Weekend, he’s ringing the alarm. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Both local and federal health officials don’t want to see a repeat of certain scenes, like a massive pool party on Memorial Day Weekend in the lake of the Ozarks. “I think everybody has to remember, even if...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Kathleen Lyon, the co-owner of Baltimore’s historic Senator Theatre, posted a video of the lights going up on the stage—in anticipation of reopening Friday.   Lyon said they will reopen Friday for 25 people only per auditorium to see the movie “Tenet.” Lyon noted the extensive investment that has been made at the Senator with touchless technology for ordering concessions—and other safety measures in place. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “We are unsure by what metrics theaters are being evaluated,” Lyon told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “We look at casinos that have been open for months. We look at gyms that have been...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As tourism begins to reopen in Baltimore, there are concerns about an increase in trash on city streets as sanitation crews work to address a backlog. On Monday, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works stopped collecting curbside recycling and redirected those resources to picking up trash. Residents are now required to drop off their recycling at collection locations across the city until November 1. “That was not a popular decision to be made, but frankly it was the right decision,” city councilman Eric Costello said. The change comes as DPW crews have been behind on dozens of trash pickup routes due to staffing shortages caused in part by COVID-19. It also comes as Baltimore slowly reopens...
    TOWSON, MD. (WJZ) — Baltimore County will move into Stage Three effective Friday at 5 p.m. along with the state. They will go with a modified plan, which will allow enclosed and outdoor theaters to reopen and retail and religious facilities to expand indoor capacity. Face coverings are still required for those five-years-old and up, in any indoor business, service, organization or establishment that serves the general public. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski is still urging residents to do anything they can to slow the spread, including social distancing. County officials have already issued notices to “multiple bars and restaurants” across the county for violation of state COVID-19 requirements. Baltimore City will not move into Phase Three, but said it...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s mayor says the city won’t immediately follow most of the state into the third phase of its coronavirus recovery plan. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said at a news conference Wednesday that he didn’t want to see the city erase the gains made over the past month. Young said he anticipates moving Baltimore into the second recovery phase next week, which would allow restaurants to expand their indoor dining capacity. He said additional details would be announced at a later time. Young urged caution over the Labor Day weekend, saying it was not the time for large gatherings. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s mayor says the city won’t immediately follow most of the state into the third phase of its coronavirus recovery plan. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said at a news conference Wednesday that he didn’t want to see the city erase the gains made over the past month. Young said he anticipates moving Baltimore into the second recovery phase next week, which would allow restaurants to expand their indoor dining capacity. He said additional details would be announced at a later time. Young urged caution over the Labor Day weekend, saying it was not the time for large gatherings. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An audit of the U.S. Postal Service found 68,000 political mailpieces sat unprocessed for five days at a Baltimore postal facility in May before the June 2 primary. The audit, published on Monday, says the mail was sent on May 12 and sat that long before it was discovered by facility management. At that time, candidates were fighting in several political races- including mayor, comptroller and City Council president. While ballots were being sent around during this time, the audit specifically says “political mail” and not ballots. “That might be the reason why I didn’t get a lot of votes,” Mayor Jack Young said Wednesday. The audit was performed to evaluate the U.S. Postal Service’s readiness for...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 21-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in the city in early August, city police said Wednesday. Police arrested John Brown on August 14 in the August 6 fatal shooting of Yohannes Carr in the 2400 block of Etting Street. Brown is being held without bail at Central Booking. 2 People Killed In Separate Shootings In West Baltimore Thursday Night, Police Say Officers responded to the scene just before 10:30 p.m. on August 6 to find Carr with multiple gunshot wounds. He died at the scene. It’s unclear what led to the shooting.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City students have the opportunity for some in-person learning this semester, though the school system will be taught online for at least the beginning of the fall semester. Starting September 28, Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Recreation & Parks will partner to give more than 1,000 students in-person access to their virtual learning lessons at 15 locations both in schools and city rec centers. Student Learning Centers will give students grades K-5 who might be less likely to be engaged in virtual learning a way to complete their lessons. From 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, students will participate in virtual learning in small cohort groups led by a distance learning proctor. Students will...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Jack Young announced a $30 million eviction prevention program on Wednesday, meant to help keep Baltimore families in their homes as the eviction moratorium expired this week. The program, set to begin in late September, builds on the city’s Temporary Rent Support program to give more extended support to families, the mayor said Wednesday. Baltimore residents can qualify if they have a household income of 50 percent or less of the average medium income, prove their issues are related to COVID-19 and provide proof of pending eviction proceedings. The percentage of Baltimore residents receiving food stamps jumped 25 percent to 33 percent from March to June, while the percentage of residents falling behind on rent during that...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Watermark Journey’s fleet of boats gives tours of the Inner Harbor. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, they had tours seven days a week. But since the pandemic, they’ve had to reduce their operations to just three days a week and at 25 percent of the boat’s capacity. “There’s nothing better than seeing people enjoy Baltimore’s harbor from a boat,” Zack Gibbons, the Baltimore Operations Manager for Watermark Journeys, said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “The tourism hasn’t been there,” Gibbons added. “We’re hurting.” It’s why Visit Baltimore is rolling out a new plan to revitalize the City’s tourism industry. “It’s going to take us to...
    DUNDALK, MD. (WJZ) — Baltimore County Police arrested two adults and four juveniles in connection with Monday’s auto thefts and burglaries in Baltimore County and the city. A 911 call for eight or nine suspicious subjects and vehicles in Dundalk just before 3 a.m. racing around the area of Oakwood Road, 21222. As officers arrived, those subjects fled in vehicles and on foot, all at first evading the officers. One officer was able to catch up with one of the fleeing vehicles, however, but the driver and passenger had fled from the car on foot, escaping. The officer determined the car they left behind had been stolen in a robbery in Baltimore City earlier Monday morning. Other vehicles that were...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s Department of Transportation is adding new red light and speed cameras across the city. It’s part of the city’s Automated Traffic Violation Enforcement System, to increase safety by reducing driver speeds in school zones and keep drivers from running red lights. The speed cameras detect vehicles that exceed the posted speed limit by at least 12 miles per hour, which operate in Baltimore City school zones Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the school year. Violation fines are $40 set by state law. The signs will be installed starting on or about September 14 and enforcement will start 14 days from the signs being put up at the following locations: 3500-3900...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City council president Brandon Scott is asking that the city do more to help residents after the Department of Public Works suspended curbside recycling through November 1. Scott sent acting DPW Director Matthew Garbark a letter expressing frustrations to ongoing challenges associated with regular trash and recycling pickup and called on DPW to take steps to better serve residents. “For some of our neighborhoods, this announcement comes on top of weeks of disruptions to residential trash and recycling pick up. While COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for our city, it is unacceptable for us to be at this point and more must be done to ensure seniors, people with disabilities, and people without personal vehicles can access...
    Baltimore, MD (WJZ)– Detectives from the Baltimore City Police CRASH Team are investigating a fatal single vehicle accident in the 6500 block of Fort Smallwood Road. Investigators say just after midnight the driver of a Subaru Impreza was traveling eastbound on Fort Smallwood road when they apparently lost control and crashed into the median of the roadway. The driver was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.   Two other people were inside the vehicle at the time of the accident and sustained minor injuries. Anyone with information about this fatal accident is urged to contact Baltimore City Police at 410-396-2606. Follow @WJZ on Twitter and like WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore on Facebook  
    Baltimore, MD (WJZ)– Baltimore City Police have arrested and charged 38-year-old Tyiron Kindred after he allegedly drove through a police barricade striking a marked police vehicle and injuring an officer. The incident took place around 4:15a.m. Saturday morning in the 500 block of E. Baltimore Street when police say Kindred struck the officer’s vehicle before attempting to run from the scene on foot. Kindred was arrested a short time later and the injured officer was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. Kindred is facing several assault charges in connection with this incident. Baltimore City Police say this is the second incident committed against members of the Baltimore Police Department in the last 24-hours. The...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A former Baltimore Department of Public Works supervisor pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of extortion under color of official right for misusing his authority by accepting cash payments to have DPW crews do work for private companies, the justice department said Friday. Ronald Smith, 46, of Elkton, admitted to receiving at least $64,000 for the work he had DPW crews do for the businesses in 2014 and 2015, according to a plea agreement. He faces up to 20 years in prison. According to the plea agreement, Smith had city crews install water, sewer and fire lines for lower prices than contractors approved by the city and personally enriched himself from the deals. Philip Loverde, the...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Most Maryland jurisdictions have now found enough election judges for the general election this fall, the State Board of Elections said Friday. With just 66 days to go until the November election, local boards are still trying to build up their benches so they have replacements if people drop out. Baltimore, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Talbot counties, as well as Baltimore City, need more Republican election judges, while Allegany County is searching for more Democratic election judges, the elections board said. RELATED COVERAGE: More Than 11K Marylanders Signed Up To Be Election Judges, Gov. Hogan Says ‘We Knew It Was Going To Be Crazy, But Not This Crazy’ | Maryland Election Officials Talk Challenges, Work...
    Recycling pickup is suspended in Baltimore starting August 31 in order to address the coronavirus-related trash backlog, the Department of Public Works (DPW) announced Thursday. “We’ve reached our breaking point,” Acting Director Matthew W. Garbark said during a press conference, according to CBS Baltimore. The report continued: By cancelling curbside recycling pickup, DPW officials say their employees and contractors can focus on trash pick up. The coronavirus pandemic has increased the amount of residential trash in the city, officials said, as well as leading to come employees contracting the virus. Following the first outbreak of the coronavirus at one of its facilities, a second was reported on July 17 at another facility and the department sent everyone except a few workers home...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Schools are still starting their semester online amid the coronavirus pandemic. Parents, teachers, Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises and Comcast want to make sure students have the Internet access they’ll need in order to get to class. “Having a reliable Internet connection is essential,” Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines A City Council hearing on Thursday night addressed unreliable Internet access for students. “You would see the screen and it starts to freeze,” said senior Kimberly Vasquez. “I’m angry. I don’t think I should have to go through this.” She’s not alone. 40...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Officials have identified the Baltimore City Department of Public Works employee who died while working his route Tuesday as Donald Savoy. Savoy was a 12-year veteran of the solid waste division. Baltimore DPW Employee Dies, City Official Says Acting DPW Director Matthew Garbark said Savoy was “truly respected and admired” by his colleagues. “He will be truly missed and we are certainly mourning his loss,” Garbark said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Garbark also added Savoy’s death points out some of the on-the-job challenges DPW employees face. Exact details of Savoy’s death have not been released.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Department Of Public Works officials say a number of issues have created a major backlog in trash pickup around the city. In order to address the backlog, the city will no longer pickup recycling for a period of time. “We’ve reached our breaking point,” officials said. ???? City recycling will no longer be collected for the time being, per acting director. Those crews will be dedicated to trash pickup on a full-time basis. "Weve reached a breaking point." — Paul Gessler (@PaulGessler) August 27, 2020  
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Taking the message of Black Lives Matter on the move, and the next stop, Baltimore. Ride To D.C. is the largest protest bike ride in U.S. history, and over 150 participants have arrived in Baltimore after leaving from New York City on Wednesday morning. The group is raising awareness about the importance of Black lives. This pit stop in Charm City is just part of their 250 mile, six-day long bike tour that will end in the nation’s capital, just in time for the National Action Network’s Commitment March on Friday. That march will commemorate the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is declared for Baltimore City on Thursday, as a heat index is expected to reach 105 degrees in the region. “Excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States.  The effects of extreme heat are exacerbated in urban areas, especially when combined with high humidity and poor air quality,” said Dr. Dzirasa. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous for young children, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions.  I encourage all residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves as well as their families, neighbors, and pets.” The Health Department’s Division of Aging will open the following locations as cooling centers on Thursday, August 27th from 9 a.m....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Police Department is welcoming 47 new trainees to the police academy. The department said this is one of the biggest recruit classes in awhile. Mayor Jack Young and Commissioner Michael Harrison spoke to the men and women of the class. The trainees will now go through a 27-week course. If you’re interested, the department said they’re still hiring. Two cadets also started their careers this week.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City FOP responded to Monday night’s incident between a suspect and a police officer, saying it is “indicative of a city overrun by violence.” A Baltimore police officer was taken to a hospital and a police cruiser was hit by gunfire after a suspect opened fire during a traffic stop in west Baltimore Monday night, police said. Last nights shootout btw BPD officers and violent criminals in the WD is indicative of a city overrun by violence. Our brave officers are working with seriously reduced manpower per shift and a Commissioner who has zero ability to lead in the midst of such violenceMike Mancuso — Baltimore City FOP (@FOP3) August 25, 2020 The FOP spoke...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore Department of Public Works employee died Tuesday. A city official said the employee worked for the solid waste division. In a statement, DPW spokeswoman Yolanda Winkler didn’t give specifics about what happened but shared condolences for the employee’s family. “We have suffered a lost in DPW’s Solid Waste family today.  We all share in this lost and offer our sincere condolences to the family. We will not  release any particulars regarding the loss of life of one our very own until family members are notified.  We request that you respect the privacy of the family at this time.” Stay with WJZ on this developing story. To get breaking news alerts, download our app now!
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Maryland lawmakers announced new federal funding for Baltimore City to help the city prepare for pandemics.  U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $843,988 in federal funding for the City of Baltimore through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fiscal Year 2020 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants.  The new funding will be used to develop “regional solutions” in response to catastrophic events, including preparing for pandemics. “This new federal funding will help strengthen Baltimore’s emergency preparedness and response efforts,” the lawmakers said in a statement, “With robust training and resources, city officials can quickly and effectively manage future crises by providing emergency health care services,...