After the hottest day since 2013, today will be another scorcher, with highs in the mid 90s and a heat index over 100. Same story tomorrow. There’s a ‘Code Red’ heat advisory and a ‘Code Orange’ air quality warning in effect.
If you need another reason to never go outside again, the city is secretly full of bees.
In new court filings, three of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray argue that they gave initial statements under duress, fearing that they may lose their jobs. Two officers are also arguing that they thought they were being questioned as witnesses, not suspects. The officers are challenging to have the statements removed from the evidence that could be used at trial. Five of the six officers (everyone but Caesar Goodson Jr., the van driver charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder) are also requesting to be tried separately. Rulings on these requests are expected in coming weeks.
Early Saturday, a Baltimore Police officer was stabbed in the face and neck while responding to a domestic incident at an apartment complex in Mid-Town Belvedere. The alleged attacker, 20-year-old James Goss, was arrested at the scene. The officer, who has not been identified, was released from the hospital yesterday.
A man died last night after being shot in the chest in west Baltimore’s Franklintown Road neighborhood, marking the first homicide in the city since Wednesday, but the 27th so far in July. At least four other men were shot in other incidences over the weekend.
Fells Point neighbors are worried about traffic and parking impact from the Harbor Point development set to start opening next year, especially since a bridge down Central Ave. won’t open before the first offices, spilling more cars into the neighborhood’s narrow streets. The city’s Department of Transportation’s message to residents: deal with it. DOT is hoping to make some adjustments that could help ease the situation (less turn lanes off Pratt at President, another turn late at Aliceanna and Boston), but warn that rush hour will be rough for the foreseeable future.