Soul food restaurant co-owner among 6 killed in Baltimore weekend shootings

Six people were killed in shootings over the weekend in Baltimore, including one of the owners of a soul food restaurant in Little Italy.

Trevor White, one of the co-owners of RYMKS Bar and Grille, attended AFRAM on Friday and was part of a podcast in which he talked about being a Black businessman in Baltimore. White, 40, promoted his businesses and pushed for other minorities to start their own.

“Baltimore City is a great place to open a business start a business and build your footprint,” White said in the podcast. “My thing is the more businesses I can be a part of, the more businesses I can open, the more ability I have to employ people and get people to work.”

He was killed hours later. Police said officers were called around 4:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of gunfire in northeast Baltimore. Police said officers arrived on Lakeside Avenue and found White shot multiple times. He died at the scene.

A sign posted on the restaurant’s door read: “Due to unfortunate events, RYMKS Bar and Grille will not be opening today (Monday). We look forward to your support in the future.”

White also operated VBS Tax and Accounting on Liberty Road and was the director of ReBuild Metro, a nonprofit group that focuses on affordable housing.

Police are investigating other weekend homicides, including the killing of a woman near a bus stop around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“My brother was standing on the porch. He actually saw the victim fall,” said a resident who asked to remain anonymous.

The woman was shot multiple times on Talbot Road in northwest Baltimore. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they are still trying to find family members before releasing her name.

According to police, from Friday through Sunday, there were six fatal shootings in Baltimore and six other shooting victims survived.

Police told 11 News the city has had 166 homicides so far this year, compared to 158 this time last year. There are 317 nonfatal shootings so far this year, compared to 323 at the same time in 2021.

Communities are stunned by the violence.

“I thought, ‘Here it is in our neighborhood. You can’t get away from it,'” a resident said. “It’s a drag. People getting shot in the streets, and who knows what for, you know?”

Police said they are trying to find suspects and motives for the killings.

Source: WBAL

Baltimore announces lawsuit against ghost gun manufacturer

On the same day that Maryland’s ban on so-called ghost guns takes effect, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott held a news conference to announce a lawsuit the city will file against the nation’s largest ghost gun manufacturer.

Scott’s office said the lawsuit is against Polymer80, Inc., a gun manufacturer that sells kits for individuals to build firearms.

“This company, through their business model, is intentionally undermining state and federal firearms laws by designing, manufacturing, selling and providing ghost gun kits and parts to buyers who do not undergo a background check and are flooding our city with these untraceable, unserialized firearms and we will hold them accountable,” Scott said.

Ghost guns are firearms assembled from kits that do not have a serial number. Without a serial number, it is difficult for law enforcement to trace the guns back to a crime.

“The number of ghost guns we are seeing on our streets and in the hands of violent offenders is growing continuously,” Scott said adding that Baltimore City police seized 128 ghost guns in 2020, 352 in 2021 and 187 so far in 2022.

In April, Gov. Larry Hogan told legislative leaders that he would let the bill to ban ghost guns take effect without his signature.

Source: WBAL

1 teen dead, 1 teen injured in Inner Harbor shooting

One teenager is dead and another was injured Saturday evening in a double-shooting at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, police said.

City police told 11 News two people — a 17-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy — were shot shortly after 7:30 p.m. at Pratt and Light streets.

The boy, Neal Mack, has since died and the girl was taken into surgery and is in stable but serious condition, police said.

Police said officers are searching for the assailant. Police said the shooting stemmed from a confrontation, and it’s unknown whether the two victims were together at the time of the shooting.

“This is an unnecessary tragedy,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. “It’s about young people carrying guns, young people with the willingness to use those guns indiscriminately in crowds. It is about them having a total disregard for human life.”

Source: WBAL

Preakness 2022: Your guide to the 147th running of the Preakness

The middle jewel of the Triple Crown returns in 2022 on May 21.

The Preakness was postponed to October in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, which marked the latest running of the race in a history that dates back to 1873. And, Rombauer won last year’s race, which returned to its spot as the second race in the Triple Crown.

This year’s race will be highly anticipated to see whether long-shot Kentucky Derby-winner Rich Strike can get one win away from the most improbable Triple Crown ever.

 EXPLAINERHow 81-1 shot Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby

PREAKNESS LIVE & INFIELDFEST

Last year, Preakness LIVE replaced InfieldFest with a socially distant concert experience. This year’s Preakness will feature both programs!

Preakness LIVE on Friday, May 20, is being billed as racing’s biggest after-party! It’s a culinary, arts and music festival taking place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Get Preakness LIVE tickets here.

Preakness LIVE set times — main stage from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  • 5 p.m. — Brittney Spencer
  • 5:30 p.m. — DJ Quicksilva
  • 6 p.m. — D-Nice, featuring Darin Atwater and Soulful Symphony
  • 7:30 p.m. — Megan Thee Stallion
  • 9 p.m. — Ms. Lauryn Hill

The Culinary Stage opens at 4 p.m. with a Chef Expo by Marcus Samuelsson, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.

The 300 Unplugged Stage starts at 4 p.m. with Brave Williams, Gary Groove, Mond Already, Money Jake, Shannon Ramsey, Yanna Maria, DJ Keebee and Hi-Def.

InfieldFest on Saturday, May 21, features performances by world-renowned artists from the heart of the historic Pimlico Race Course. This year, Marshmello is the headliner, joined by Frank Walker and Moneybagg Yo. The Chainsmokers will take part in a special NBC broadcast performance. Get InfieldFest tickets here

PREAKNESS SCHEDULE

POST-POSITION DRAW: Monday, May 16, 4 p.m. (See our coverage here)

Here are the post positions and morning lines as of Monday:

  1. Simplification (6-1)
  2. Creative Minister (10-1)
  3. Fenwick (50-1)
  4. Secret Oath (9-2)
  5. Early Voting (7-2)
  6. Happy Jack (30-1)
  7. Armagnac (12-1)
  8. Epicenter (6-5)
  9. Skippylongstocking (20-1)

BLACK-EYED SUSAN DAY: Friday, May 20. Doors at Pimlico Race Course open at 10 a.m.

PREAKNESS STAKES: Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico Race Course in northwest Baltimore. There are races all day leading up Preakness post time, which is around 6:50 p.m.

Admission gates open at 9 a.m. on Preakness Day with a first post of 10:30 a.m. Traffic flow will be the lightest before noon, and wait times could be lengthy between noon and 3 p.m.

PREAKNESS TICKET INFORMATION

General admission tickets start at $60 and go up from there for concourse, clubhouse, grandstand, dining and Turfside Terrace levels. Buy Preakness tickets in advance here.

Can’t go? Watch the special coverage and all of the Preakness Stakes on WBAL-TV 11.

PLACE YOUR BETS: How to wager on the Preakness

PROHIBITED ITEMS LIST

The following items are prohibited everywhere on Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Days:

  • Drugs or weapons of any kind
  • Outside food or beverage of any kind
  • Glass containers of any type
  • Tents
  • Umbrellas of any kind
  • Balloons, balls and Frisbees
  • Drones of any kind
  • Selfie sticks
  • Camelbacks or water bladders of any kind
  • Chairs or folding chairs of any kind
  • Hibachis or barbecues
  • Ladders, scaffolding or other raised devices
  • Bulk or oversized carrying devices
  • Non-folding, or folding, metal furniture
  • Hand carts or wheeled carts
  • Backpacks and duffel bags

Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all indoor and seating sections. Please use designated smoking areas.

The following items are prohibited in the grandstand/clubhouse:

  • Outside beverages of any kind (including alcohol, beer, wine, soft drinks, water or other beverages)
  • Outside food of any kind
  • Coolers, backpacks or thermoses
  • Vaping not permitted anywhere indoors

The following items are permitted in the grandstand/clubhouse:

  • Beach blankets and suntan lotion
  • Cellphones, cameras (up to 35mm), camcorders and binoculars
  • Clear bags for personal items, no larger than 18 inches x 18 inches
  • Empty, clear water disposable bottles
  • Personal bags including purses, no larger than 18 inches x 18 inches (subject to search)
  • For medical needs and equipment, please see on-site supervisor

The following items are prohibited in the turfside terrace and clubhouse:

  • Outside food or beverage items
  • Coolers, backpacks, or thermoses

The following items are prohibited in the InfieldFest/Mug & Vine Lounge presented by Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer:

  • Thermoses
  • Balloons, balls, and frisbees
  • Food or beverages of any kind (including alcohol, beer, wine, soft drinks, water, or other beverages)

The following items are permitted in the InfieldFest/Mug & Vine Lounge presented by Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer:

  • Beach blankets (InfieldFest only) and suntan lotion
  • Cellphones, cameras (up to 35mm), camcorders and binoculars

*Pimlico reserves the right to confiscate any such item.

All persons entering Pimlico and their camera bags, purses and containers are subject to direct physical search or indirect search by wanding or magnetometers.

Mayor Scott Announces the Launch of the B’More Summer Information Hub

BALTIMORE, MD (Thursday, May 12, 2022) —Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott joined Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises, local officials, nonprofit, and philanthropic partners to announce the launch of the B’More Summer Information Hub, which can be found at: www.bmorechildren.com/bmoresummer

The Hub, centralizes and catalogs thousands of summer programs, events and opportunities for young people and their families, ranging from camps at Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and Enoch Pratt free Library to camps run by nonprofit providers, to more than 22,000 summer learning slots at Baltimore City Schools.

“Our young people deserve access to safe, affordable, and engaging opportunities during the summer months,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “From starting their first job and learning new life skills through programs like Youthworks to building new friendships at one of the thousands of summer camps in the City, summer is a time of exploration, growth, and new and exciting adventures for Baltimore’s young people. It is also a challenging time for many of our youth and families struggling with food insecurity and lack of opportunity. We are connecting young people and families to incredible summer opportunities and expanding efforts like Summer SNAP to provide meals to thousands of young people.”

This summer, the city and key strategic partners will provide:

  • Nearly 3,000 summer camp slots managed by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks;
  • More than 6,500 summer jobs for youth ages 14-21 through Youthworks;
  • Baltimore City Schools will offer more than two dozen district-wide summer program options, including two virtual programs;
  • 53 Baltimore City Schools will be hosting summer programs with more than 22,000 seats available;
  • 9,110 slots, funded through a $5.3M investment by the Summer Funding Collaborative to support 93 high quality summer programs for children and youth living in low-income families throughout the city, including a $2M investment by the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund in programs for older youth, 14-21 years of age;
  • The B&O Railroad Museum is hosting 2 free camps that include aftercare; The Reading on the Rails Camp will serve 60 children for two weeks for children in grades 1-6 and a sensory friendly camp to serve 15 neurodiverse children for one week for grades 1-6;
  • Expansion of the city’s summer SNAP program to provide meals to thousands of young people.

“BCYF is honored to make an investment in older youth who are often overlooked and lack access to out-of-school time enrichment,” said Alysia Lee, President of the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund. “These young people are close to or in the beginning phases of adult-hood and they need to know they still have the support of their city and its institutions.”

In addition to the launch of the B’More Summer Information Hub, the Mayor announced the kick-off of B’More Lit, a new summer event series launched in partnership with DTLR. The series will start on May 28th and will feature a DJ, live performances by local artists, free food, vendors and more for teens. The B’More Lit series will be held in locations throughout the city.

The Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success and Baltimore’s Promise led a summer steering committee that included key partners like, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, the Summer Funding Collaborative, the Department of Social Services and others. The group compiled data on available summer opportunities and centralized the data for families to access through the B’More Summer Information Hub. The steering committee analyzed the data and determined the need for additional summer slots and activities for older youth and expansion of neighborhood-based opportunities. 

“Prioritizing Youth” is a cornerstone of the Scott Administration’s action plan and larger strategy for a safer, accountable, and more equitable Baltimore. This collective effort ensures that quality, engaging educational and recreational summer programming is accessible to all children and families in Baltimore City.

Marilyn Mosby announces reelection run for Baltimore state’s attorney

Despite her upcoming trial, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has announced she is seeking re-election for her job.

In the three-minute-long announcement video, Mosby said she is proud of the work she does, bringing “real reform and meaning progress for Baltimore.”

Mosby would be the third Democratic nominee seeking the position of Baltimore’s state’s attorney and will face candidates Ivan Bates, Roya Hanna and Thiru Vignarajah in the primary. 

“Looking forward, there is still so much more work to be done, but I am more confident than ever that Baltimore is on the verge of scripting our greatest chapter ever, and I’m running for re-election as state’s attorney because I love Baltimore and I love our people,” Mosby said in the announcement.” We take whatever is thrown our way and we keep pushing, we keep fighting, we keep moving forward,”

Mosby still faces charges of perjury related to a COVID-19 financial hardship withdrawal and a false statement on a loan application.

Her new trial date is Sept. 19 and she maintains her innocence.

This report will be updated.

Source: WBAL

Guide: Baltimore Orioles Opening Day

The Baltimore Orioles announced plans to welcome fans back to the ballpark to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the club’s home opener at 3:05 p.m. on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards:

Festivities will begin at 2:25 p.m. with a special pre-game ceremony emceed by Orioles broadcaster Rob Long. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. Opening Day will feature:

30th Anniversary Tribute Video: The Orioles will welcome fans back to their ballpark and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards with a video tribute featuring an original poem by Baltimore-based poet and author Kondwani Fidel.

National Anthem: The Morgan State University Choir, one of the groups to perform the inaugural national anthem at Oriole Park on April 6, 1992, will return to perform its rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner from the sod farm prior to the game. A 30-foot-by-42-foot flag from Fort McHenry will be lowered from the batter’s eye during the performance. The flag is a replica of the one that flew over Fort McHenry when Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem.

Color Guard: Colors will be presented by members of the Baltimore Police Department Color Guard and the Baltimore City Fire Department Color Guard.

Flyover: The national anthem performance will conclude with a flyover by the 104 Fighter Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard 175th Wing.

Source: WBAL

Child’s death in southwest Baltimore rowhome fire now being investigated as a homicide

A mattress fire inside a rowhome in southwest Baltimore Friday night resulted in the death of a young girl, said to be between the ages of 3 and 4. Crews were called around 6 p.m. Friday to the 4700 block of Vancouver Road for a report of a fire, officials said. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office. The death has been included in Baltimore’s homicide numbers, making the current total 88. This case is now being investigated by homicide detectives.

Source: WBAL

Marilyn Mosby trial officially postponed to September

In February, after her indictment charges, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby requested a speedy trial. On Friday, court documents showed she wanted it postponed to September, and the new date has been granted.

According to documents obtained by WBAL, the change was made “at the request of the Defense and for good cause shown.”

Mosby’s attorney, Scott Bolden, alleges the U.S. Attorney’s Office is engaged in a rolling production, which does not allow his client enough time to start the trial in May.

The new trial date is Sept. 19.

In January, a federal grand jury returned the indictment Thursday charging Mosby with federal charges of perjury and making false mortgage applications, relating to the 2020 purchases of two vacation homes in Florida.

This report will be updated.

Source: WBAL