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17 Jul

Barricade situation ends in Southwest Baltimore; Suspect in custody

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – A barricade situation early Sunday afternoon on the Southwest side of Baltimore has ended after nearly five hours, with one man taken into custody, and no hostage injuries, police said.

Officers on patrol at about 11 a.m. this morning, observed a man who was wanted for a rape that occurred within the past 24 hours, and proceeded to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle did not stop, and a pursuit began for a period of time and ended at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street when the suspect vehicle collided with another vehicle on the street.

Police say the person inside of the civilian vehicle suffered from only minor injuries and was taken to a hospital to receive medical attention.

The suspect immediately fled from the vehicle into the Burger King on Washington Boulevard with what police believed to be a handgun. There were four individuals inside of the Burger King when the suspect entered, police say they were held against their will. Those inside included a 7-year-old girl, 17-year-old female employee, 25-year-old manager and a 67-year-old patron.

Over the course of several hours, negotiators were able to talk the suspect into releasing some of the hostages. At approximately 1:45 p.m., the 17-year-old employee was released. Shortly after at 2:20 p.m. the 67-year-old man was released.

The person was taken into custody when the incident ended at about 4:50 p.m., according to T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Police Department, but his name and age was not immediately available. The final two hostages were released when the suspect surrendered to police. No information was available as to if there was a weapon found and no other details of the incident were made immediately available either.

There were no reports of injuries to the hostages.

Police were diverting traffic around the surrounding communities.

This story will be updated.

17 Jul

Suspect on the loose following double shooting in West Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Two people are recovering after being shot in the Mondawmin neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

The shooting took place just after 3 p.m., outside of homes located on Clifton Avenue and N. Fulton Avenue.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the chest and is listed in critical but stable condition. The second victim was shot in the leg, his injuries are considered non-life-threatening. Both men are receiving medical treatment at area hospitals, police said.

Both victims have yet to be identified.

It is unclear at this time what prompted the shooting.

If you have any information, contact Citywide shooting detectives at 410-396-2221.

16 Jul

Brooklyn walk-in shooting victim dies

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Police are investigating what led up to a shooting that took the life of 24-year-old Jenna Manuel Saturday evening. The victim walked into Harbor Hospital bleeding, and later succumbed to her injuries.

In a statement released by police, they were called to the hospital for a walk-in shooting victim at approximately 3:28 p.m. Arriving officers found Jenna Manuel suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the chest. Hospital staff treated her, but she passed away several hours later.

Detectives were able to determine that the woman was shot while in her vehicle on Maude Avenue near 6th Street in South Baltimore. They believe that an unknown suspect in a brown or maroon Honda, got out and fired several shots from outside of their vehicle towards Manuel. That vehicle fled the scene shortly after.

Homicide detectives are still trying to gain witness statements. Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-LOCKUP.

25 Jun

Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota fatally shot

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Baltimore City Police have confirmed the death of 23-year-old Tyriece “Lor Scoota” Watson, of Clifton Avenue, following what police call a “targeted” shooting after he was shot while driving Saturday evening.

Sources say Lor Scoota, one of Baltimore’s fastest up-and-coming rappers, was leaving the “Touch The People Pray For Peace in these Streets Charity Basketball Game” when he was shot and subsequently killed.

At about 6:56 p.m., Lor Scoota was shot while driving his vehicle eastbound on Moravia Road at Harford Road, when an unidentified black man began firing a weapon after stepping into the street, police said.

He was transported to an area hospital where he died a short time later.

Due to the injuries he sustained, homicide detectives are taking control of the investigation.

The suspect was last seen wearing a white bandanna. No additional suspect information is available at this time.

Baltimore Councilman Nick J. Mosby released the following statement in response to passing of Tyriece “Lor Scoota” Watson:

I am saddened to hear about the senseless murder of Tyriece “Lor Scoota” Watson. He had a heart for youth and took the time out of his schedule to join me on my #EyeAmBaltimore Tour to high schools in West Baltimore following last year’s uprising where he spoke about the importance of staying in school.Tonight, he had just completed hosting the “Touch the People Pray for Peace in These Streets” Charity Basketball Game at Morgan State University when his life tragically ended. To the Watson family, and youth throughout the City of Baltimore, please accept my condolences for this loss.

Anyone with information may call detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

15 Jun

‘Forever Loyal Bandit’: Serial bank robber arrested in Virginia

Falls Church,Va. (WBFF) — The man wanted in connection to a string of bank robberies in northern Virginia has been arrested, county police said.

The Fairfax County Police Department confirmed that Amin Huie, 42, of Arlington was arrested Friday afternoon, June 10.

Huie was wanted in connection with six bank robberies, and one attempted robbery, dating back to June 2014.

After a thorough investigation made in conjunction with the FBI Washington Field Office Violent Crimes Task Force, the Fairfax County Police Department, the City of Falls Church Police Department, and the Arlington County Police Department, officials believe Huie to be the ‘Forever Loyal Bandit.’

In the most recent bank robbery, police were called to the Capital One Bank on West Broad Street and Falls Avenue. Officers issued a lookout broadcast after the suspect fled the location before any officers arrived. A short time later officers from the City of Falls Church located a suspect matching the description of the bank robber and detained him.

Huie was taken to the Arlington County Adult Detention Facility and was charged with robbery, police said.

On Monday, Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes detectives were able to obtain four more robbery warrants that will be served to Huie upon his release.

12 Jun

Nearly 100 vehicles burned in NE Baltimore junkyard fire

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Smoke and flames tore through a junkyard in Northwest Baltimore on Sunday, sending a large amount of smoke visible throughout the city.

The fire broke out shortly before 3 p.m., on Erdman Avenue near E. Federal Street.

Baltimore City Fire Department estimates approximately 80 and 100 vehicles that were damaged in the blaze.

No injuries were reported and no additional structures were burned. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters worked diligently against heavy winds to prevent the fire from spreading to a neighboring building, according to officials.

11 Jun

Police seeking information about shooting death of a 38-year-old man

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Baltimore City police are searching for the person who killed a 38-year-old man in Southwest Baltimore Saturday afternoon.

Police discovered the victim on Shipley Avenue and W. Baltimore Street at about 3:41 p.m. with several gunshot wounds to the body. Medics were then called to the scene to transport the victim to Bon Secours Hospital. The victim later succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving to the hospital, police said.

Homicide detectives were originally called to the scene to investigate due to the victims injuries, they are now taking control of the investigation.

Homicide detectives are asking for anyone who has information about the shooting to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

07 Jun

Recall Alert: Kashi GOLEAN Honey Pecan Bars

LANDOVER, Md. (WBFF) — Kashi GOLEAN Honey Pecan Baklava Bars are the latest product to be recalled by Giant because they may be contaminated with listeria.

The following product is included in this recall:

Kashi GOLEAN Honey Pecan Baklava Bars, 1.5 oz., UPC 1862710472 with Better if Used Before dates of Jul2116; Aug0716 & Sep1316

Kashi Company, Giant Food LLC announced recalls for several other bars such as the Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars, Nature Valley Bars, select Cliff Bars, and certain Atkins bar items that may also contain listeria.

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To date, both companies haven’t received any reports of illness. Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause serious listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease.

Customers looking for additional information on the recall may call Kashi at 1-877-747-2467. In addition, customers may call Giant Food Customer Service at 888-469-4426 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website.

04 Jun

Boater found dead after trying to retrieve a hat

EDGEWATER, Md. (WBFF) — Emergency responders have recovered the body of a man who drowned in the South river after jumping in the water Saturday evening, according to Anne Arundel County fire department.

Divers recovered the body of 47-year-old Joseph Vincent Rossi, around 10 a.m., after resuming their search efforts around the surrounding waters of the South River near Selby Bay.

The incident was reported Saturday evening about five minutes after 7 p.m.

Officials said that operator of the boat called 911 and informed them that a man lost his hat, jumped out of the boat to retrieve it and disappeared.

It is believed that he was not wearing a safety vest at the time of the incident.

Search crews with the Anne Arundel County fire and the Maryland Natural Resources police conducted the initial search.

Rossi’s body will be transported to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, says the MDNRP.

03 Jun

Dunbar graduation ceremony over capacity, parents locked out and enraged

BALTIMORE (WBFF) –The atmosphere outside of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School was filled with anger and frustration Friday as a large number of parents and family members stood on the sidewalk, locked out of their children’s graduation.

Many of the parents had stamped tickets allowing them VIP access to event. However crowds of attendees forced school officials to shut their doors.

“I’m furious,” said Candace Bailey, “I have a ticket here and I cannot get in. I cannot see my graduate walk across the stage and I think that is unfair. I am devastated”

Bailey and her entourage estimated that there were over 200 people all waiting to get inside. Many of them had colorful balloons and wrapped gifts to commemorate the proud moment. Instead many were forced to wait outside until the end of the ceremony.

Some of the graduates, Bailey claimed, stood outside crying, refusing to go into the graduation without their family.

The school’s silence enraged many of the people left out on the school’s walkway.

“You have administrators that will not come out here and speak to us [and who] say nothing to us,” said Bailey.

Some parents were allowed access to the school’s gym to watch the graduation on a projection screen. The gym was supposed to be for parents without stamped graduation tickets.

Carol Jones, the mother of 10 children, told FOX45 she showed up to the school on time with her tickets but was refused entrance.

“There was just so many people that we just couldn’t get in.”

Jones, on the brink of tears, said she was really excited to see her son, the last of children at home, to walk across the stage. “We’re hurting, we’re sad. No one has come out to talk to us.”

FOX45 have not received an official response from Dunbar Officials at this time. Nor is there any notice about explaining entrance to the graduation on the school website.