Today will reach the 80s again before a chance for storms rolls in. Tomorrow will be sunny in the upper 70s.
- Edward Nero, one of Freddie Gray’s arresting officers, is disputing the prosecutor’s finding that Gray’s knife was legal. Among other charges, Nero faces a false imprisonment charge for arresting Gray without a legal reason. Nero’s defense team wants to examine the knife.
- Businesses and planners for upcoming events are hopeful that customers will show up in the days to come. Between the unrest and the curfew, many events were rescheduled or cancelled, and bars and restaurants have struggled with absent customers.
- Developer Carl Verstandig of America’s Realty LLC sees opportunity in the areas damaged most by Monday’s riot. Verstandig vows to invest $15 million in damaged and vacant properties in the area around North and Pennsylvania. America’s Realty is known for buying into struggling shopping centers and retail strips and turning them around.
- The city is expected to approve hiring law firm Warnken LLC $50,000 to train officers on legal stops of suspects. The contract was in the works before Freddie Gray’s arrest on April 12th. Warnken argues that Gray’s running from police was not probable cause for officers’ pursuit and arrest under Maryland law.
- A couple of mysterious surveillance planes were spotted over Baltimore during last week’s events.
- Prince announced a last-minute peace concert for Sunday at Royal Farms Arena. Tickets will go up for sale at livenation.com tonight at 5pm.
Last night, there was a non-fatal triple shooting at Carey and North streets – just a block from the Penn/North CVS. There was also a fatal shooting Monday night in the Druid Heights neighborhood.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will submit her budget for the city’s next fiscal year (starting July 1st) today. (The budget process and deadlines were in motion before recent events.) The budget includes a 2% raise for city employees, includes no significant cuts to city programs, and no property tax cuts.