Mikenzie Frost, FOX Baltimore

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Recent articles by Mikenzie:

People go to prison for Mediciad fraud. Are actions at Baltimore City schools similar?

As the investigation into the potential criminal charges continues inside Baltimore City Schools following the confirmation of enrollment irregularities at one West Baltimore high school, the question remains around the intent of the actions. An internal report done by the school district confirmed ghost students, ghost classes, and grade changing schemes happening at Augusta Fells Savage… → Read More

Absence, silence continues from City leaders as Baltimoreans look for violence solution

The cycle of silence continues from elected leaders while the frustration from people who are forced to live with the violence every day grows. During a FOX45 News town hall on Oct. 12, none of the elected leaders invited – including Mayor Brandon Scott and Councilman Robert Stokes – attended to participate in the town hall. It’s the latest example of the absence displayed by people elected to… → Read More

Hogan's budget surplus plan met with caution from Dem leaders: 'Devil is in the details'

Questions about specifics and impact from Gov. Larry Hogan’s $2. 5 billion budget surplus spending proposal still loom after he unveiled his priorities Thursday. The fiscal year ended with a $2. 5 billion surplus and Hogan unveiled his plan to spend the cash. While touting his leadership during the pandemic, he said getting the budget balanced took “hard work and discipline. → Read More

Mayor Scott reiterates moving OIG hearing for transparency, advocates for closed session

The controversy surrounding Baltimore’s inspector general oversight panel continues as more questions arise about the transparency and city code adherence arise. Caption: Mayor Scott reiterates moving OIG hearing for transparency, advocates for closed session One day after Mayor Brandon Scott announced he was postponing the third scheduled hearing of the Office of Inspector General Advisory… → Read More

Will quarterly Council hearings with City Schools be enough to get answers about failures?

The education hearing chaired by Councilman Robert Stokes on Sept. 23, 2021, produced the notion of holding quarterly hearings with Baltimore City Public Schools but raised the question of productivity and the possibility of getting answers. Stokes, chair of the Education, Workforce and Youth Committee, said the district, including CEO Sonja Santelises, provided “a full outline of what they are… → Read More

Councilman Stokes to hold Augusta Fells hearing Thursday. What would you ask City Schools?

Thursday, the second investigative hearing will be held by subcommittee of the Baltimore City Council following investigations done by FOX45 News’ Project Baltimore into the failures at one West Baltimore high school that has raised several questions about systemic concern and the potential for criminal charges. → Read More

Santelises: District working with authorities 'beyond personnel action' for Augusta Fells

City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises spoke out about the findings of the internal investigation into a West Baltimore high school confirming grade changing allegations, inflated enrollment numbers and false classes after six months of investigations from FOX45 News’ Project Baltimore. Santelises won’t speak with FOX45 News about the matter on camera, but she talked to C4 and Bryan Nehman Tuesday… → Read More

Marilyn Mosby doubles down on policies: 'We cannot prosecute our way out of gun violence'

“Drug dealing fuels violence in this city right. Guns. Drugs. Murder. That comes with the territory,” City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said during a community meeting in September. A week later, she’s defending her policy to not prosecute some drug charges while participating in the first meeting of Mayor Brandon Scott’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy. → Read More

HVAC upgrades, spending questions go unanswered by City Schools as problems persist

Given the air conditioning woes at dozens of Baltimore City Public Schools, there are several questions the district has yet to answer about the status of the upgrades made to school’s ventilation systems. Wednesday marked the third day in a row – and the fifth overall in the 2. 5 week-long school year so far – students in Baltimore City were sent home early at more than 20 different buildings… → Read More

Mask mandate begins in public schools; Gov. Hogan says lawmakers 'usurped' local authority

After a legislative panel gave the final approval for mandatory mask-wearing in public schools, Gov. Larry Hogan downplayed the importance of the decision, noting most school boards had already implemented the requirement and said lawmakers assumed too much authority. The universal mask mandate for schools was passed by a vote of 10 to 7 after a four-hour hearing Tuesday, following a vote by the… → Read More

Surveillance video of 7-Eleven ATM theft shows 'well organized,' 'brazen' smash and grab

An early-morning smash-and-grab ATM theft has Baltimore Police asking the public for help in identifying the suspects. RELATED |EXCLUSIVE | Video shows smash and grab ATM theft at Baltimore 7-ElevenThe latest theft happened at 4:32 a. m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Thames Street in Fells Point, according to Baltimore Police, marking the 11 reported ATM theft in the… → Read More

Council President Mosby wants stimulus spending oversight, Mayor Scott says it's happening

During a Baltimore City Council meeting on September 13, City Council President Nick Mosby introduced a resolution to call for oversight of the $641 million in American Rescue Plan funding coming into Baltimore City; oversight that Mayor Brandon Scott had already committed to providing as the money is prepared to be spent. ALSO READ |Nonprofit organizations in Baltimore can get stimulus money.… → Read More

After days of silence following Augusta Fells probe, Mayor Scott faces questions

Almost a week after a two-year investigation was complete into a west Baltimore high school, revealing grade changing schemes and inflated enrollment numbers, Mayor Brandon Scott had yet to comment on the findings until when asked directly on Tuesday. The probe, launched in 2019, confirmed reporting for the last six months done by FOX45 News’ Project Baltimore about enrollment and grading… → Read More

City leadership silent following Augusta Fells investigation: 'The system has failed'

The investigation into Augusta Fells Savage Institute, a probe that was launched in 2019 but just was completed, has been met with mostly silence from Baltimore City leadership. Baltimore City Schools released the damning findings of an internal investigation into the west Baltimore high school on Sept. 2 where FOX45 News uncovered serious allegations of grade changing and enrollment… → Read More

Baltimore's watchdog faces questions about her concerns surrounding advisory board

Who is tasked with watching the watchdog in Baltimore City, and who should it be, were the central questions during a two-hour long meeting Wednesday afternoon as the city’s independent inspector general answered questions from the panel she’s been critical of in recent months. The Inspector General Advisory Board, led by City Solicitor Jim Shea, spent more than two hours asking questions of… → Read More

Baltimore Mayor Scott on school hearings: 'I'm not a legislator anymore'

While the leader of Baltimore City Schools is expected to answer questions from the City Council Education, Workforce and Youth Committee during an investigative hearing in September, Mayor Brandon Scott said he’s staying out of the education issues – at least when it comes to accountability efforts from City Council. The investigative hearing is scheduled for Sept. → Read More

Full in-person Baltimore City services may not return until January 2022

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Baltimore City emerged from the local state of emergency July 1 after Mayor Brandon Scott announced the end of restrictions but the expiration of an emergency on paper doesn’t’ mean elected leaders will be flocking back to work in person. Mayor Scott’s announcement in June came one day after Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state’s emergency declaration would expire July 1. → Read More

BPD firearm analyst made 'error' potentially leaving 9 months of evidence unusable

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – A Baltimore Police Department firearm forensic expert is on leave after an investigation found nine months’ worth of evidence could be unusable. Lindsey Eldridge, a spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department said the error was noticed in April 2021 during a regular quality assurance check in the lab. → Read More

Expert: Continued silence from councilman about education accountability is 'a scandal'

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Councilman Robert Stokes has yet to reveal when he will hold another investigative hearing into student performance and bring City Schools CEO before his committee to answer questions, despite several days of demanding answers from him as an elected leader. Caption: Expert: Continued silence from councilman about education accountability is 'a scandal' (WBFF) → Read More

Scott: Federal crime fight help push is about getting the same attention other cities get

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the federal government requesting more assistance to help Baltimore City in its crime-fighting efforts as the homicides continue to tick up and resources within the police department dwindle. Caption: Scott: Federal crime fight help push is about getting the same attention other cities get (WBFF) ALSO READ |Baltimore Mayor… → Read More