Can’t catch a break

Rain moves out this morning, giving way to sun and highs in the upper 80s. Sunny, with high temperatures just shy of 90 tomorrow.


Baltimore added three more homicides on Monday morning. In separate incidences, three men were shot and killed in east Baltimore. In south Baltimore, Curtis Bay Elementary was closed after a body was discovered on a nearby street (no cause of death identified yet).

Yesterday, police identified Sunday’s murder victim found in a burning home as 16-year-old Arnesha Bowers.

There have been 13 homicides in the first 8 days of June (though the official count includes two deaths from May).


Larry Lomax, the curfew protester seen pepper sprayed and thrown to the ground by police in a viral video clip (VIDEO), is expected in court this morning, facing assault charges. Lomax is charged with second-degree-assault, inciting a riot, and disorderly conduct because he allegedly approached officers while walking quickly “with his fists balled up tight in an aggressive manner yelling obscenities.” After being arrested on May 2nd, Lomax spent the next 4 weeks in jail.


A Circuit Court judge struck down State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s request for a gag order in the criminal case against six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The strike down is a procedural issue; the SA filed the request while the officers’ case was still in District Court. Mosby can file another gag order request – her team has been clear that they want to avoid litigating the case in the press.


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced $4.2 million in additional funding for after-school and summer programs, saying that the funds were freed up by previous budget cuts.

At yesterday’s City Council meeting, member Carl Stokes called for the city to stop turning off water to homes until all delinquent business accounts have been dealt with. In the last few weeks, water service was cut off for about 2000 customers, 1300 have made payments and had service restored. A few hundred business accounts owe the city millions in unpaid bills.


The proposed renovation for Federal Hill’s Cross Street Market includes plans for a greenhouse, presumably to protect plants from weekend vomit.