Sticky heat continues today, with highs in the mid 90s and the possibility of an afternoon storm. A ‘Code Orange’ air quality alert is still in place. The weekend will remain hot, though more clouds will move in by Sunday.
Police arrested two men, Adonay Dixon and John Childs, in the murder of 16-year-old Arnesha Bowers. The arrests follow neighborhood tips, a check of Bowers phone records, and a confession from Childs. According to charging documents, Bowers was sexually assaulted and strangled before the house was ransacked (for $40 dollars, an iPad, and a laptop) and set on fire.
Police commissioner Anthony Batts also announced indictments of 11 suspects in a drug conspiracy, with several of the men also suspected in recent violence in southwest Baltimore, including a Memorial Day double shooting that injured a 9-year-old boy. 8 of the suspects have been arrested.
A man was shot and killed last night in the Tremont neighborhood in southwest Baltimore. This is June’s 14th homicide in the city.
Baltimore’s Department of Transportation is finalizing its proposed changes to Charm City Circulator service. Starting next month, the plan is to end the downtown to Fort McHenry Banner Route, extend the Purple Route through Charles Village, and limit Orange and Green Route service. Some Locust Point residents are petitioning to keep the Banner Route.
Maryland’s Child Protective Services office is trying to remove itself from the ‘free range’ parenting debate, with a new directive saying that letting children play outside or walk home alone is not neglect. A Montgomery County family recently came under national attention when neighbors called police after seeing their children play unattended in a nearby park.