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Budget cuts hit city police a decade ago

The tug-of-war over funding for the Baltimore City Police Department is nothing new to City Hall. RELATED | Ten years ago, when Baltimore's homicide rate hit a 23-year low, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake began slashing positions at the police department. At the time, the city's pension plan was draining city coffers and cutting staff helped close the budget gap. In 2012, 5% of police… → Read More

Baltimore sees growing number of teen gunshot victims

Two more teenagers became Baltimore's latest victims of violence this afternoon. The gunfire ripped through Hoffman and Bradford Streets Monday afternoon, sending a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old to the hospital. RELATED | Their injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening. So far this year, 13 teenagers have been shot and killed in Baltimore, three fewer than the 16 teens who lost their lives… → Read More

Early-morning attack raises new questions in Fells Point

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Detectives are searching for the suspects who attacked a 30-year-old man in Fells Point early Friday morning. RELATED | Councilman requests deputies return to Fells Point following stabbing. Surveillance cameras captured the fight that ended with the stabbing of the victim at Broadway and Aliceanna Streets. Neither the suspects nor a motive have been identified. → Read More

Maryland braces for problem gamblers as sports gambling venues prepare to open

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - At 16, Jared Cohen began making small wagers on card games with friends. Caption: Maryland braces for problem gamblers as sports gambling venues prepare to open. By 18, he was wagering a small fortune on the tables in Atlantic City. → Read More

Critics wonder if "smart meters" are behind the city's questionable water bills

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Brenda Zimmerman is still attempting to understand how her water bill ballooned to almost $24,000. "There's only like one or two people in my house," said Zimmerman. She's one of hundreds of customers now fighting questionable water bills. RELATED | While the city has yet to publicly identify the problem, Zimmerman is convinced the smart meters are to blame. "It can't be us. I… → Read More

Customers demand explanation from Baltimore's postmaster for late mail

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore postal customers demanded an explanation from Baltimore's postmaster after enduring a year of late and lost mail. "Yesterday, I received a letter which I sent in 2018," a city customer told postal administrators. ALSO READ |UPDATE: Baltimore man's disability check finally arrives in mail; USPS problems persistTheir complaints came during a virtual meeting organized… → Read More

"It Infuriates Me" Baltimore County Resident's Sticker Shock Over Water Bill

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - "I said something is wrong, something is absolutely wrong," said Obdulio Oden when he opened is April water bill. RELATED |Disabled bed-bound senior fighting nearly $3000 water bill. His water bill had jumped from a normal $30 to more than $1,600. The city had billed his Windsor Mill home for 2,652 gallons of water in one month. "I checked every pipe, every faucet, every… → Read More

National association blasts Baltimore County bill that would oversee Inspector General

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The National Association of Inspectors General is urging Baltimore County leaders to re-evaluate a bill aimed at stripping independence from the county's Inspector General's Office. RELATED | Baltimore County politicians draft bill to handcuff Inspector General's Office. The bill, set to be introduced at Tuesdays County Council meeting, calls for the establishment of an… → Read More

PHOTOS | Strong storms leave damage as the holiday weekend approaches

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Powerful storms tore through Maryland on July 1, 2021, leaving many families cleaning up right before the 4th of July weekend. Annapolis was hit particularly hard. Images from the approaching storm showed the ominous situation to come. Sharon Gilligan. → Read More

Houston teen inducted into Naval Academy following mother's death

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The FBI and the ATF are helping search for the killer of Michelle Cummings, the Houston woman who was shot and killed outside her Annapolis hotel early Tuesday morning. Cummings had vowed to attend Wednesday nights induction ceremony where her son, Leonard Cummings, III, was one of 1,200 men and women inducted into the U. S. Naval Academy. → Read More

Baltimore's Sexual Assault Clearance Rate below National Average

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - When it comes to sexual assault cases, Baltimore City Police Detectives are clearing one out of every five. Commanders released the finding at a budget hearing earlier this month. ALSO READ |Road rage shooting highlights culture of violence in Baltimore. The 22% clearance rate is far below the national average of 33%. "22% is very low," said Carol E. Tracy, Executive Director… → Read More

"We won't stop": Ministers take crime fight to "the toughest neighborhoods"

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A group of ministers, community leaders and other professionals are hoping a little help can stem the city recent wave of violence. The group, called "We Our Us," began walking through some of Baltimore's most violent communities two years ago. RELATED | CRIME WALK | FOX45 News Questions Mayor Scott On How Walks Help Reduce Crime. Their approach is far from the "tough on… → Read More

Mayor's absence from special Town Hall draws fire in Fells Point

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Businessowners in Fells Point were shaking their heads on Friday after Mayor Brandon Scott failed to attend a town hall meeting, which his office had promoted. RELATED | Expert: 'It's irresponsible' of Mayor Scott to imply he'll be at town hall and not attend. "He's the leader of Baltimore City, and he's a no-show," said owner Beth Hawks. The city had called the virtual… → Read More

A quarter of homicide suspects are already on probation

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - One out of every four suspects charged with murder in Baltimore last year was under state supervision at the time of the killing. Governor Larry Hogan has criticized the city for failing to get violent, repeat offenders off the streets. RELATED | 'We should be living decent, not in poverty': Baltimore's blight growing frustrating. However, there are growing questions about… → Read More

Crisis at the pumps, as supply fails to meet demand

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Panic-buying is being blamed for shortages at many Maryland gas stations. By late afternoon on Wednesday, Gas Buddy was reporting 15% of Maryland stations were out of fuel. "I want people to know our supply chain is still working. There's no need for panic-buying," said Governor Larry Hogan at an afternoon news conference. RELATED |However, the supply shortages had already… → Read More

Schools wrangle with Parents in dispute over Race

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Two of Baltimore's most elite private schools are learning a hard lesson about race in the classroom. A letter recently written by anonymous parents of students at Gilman and Bryn Mawr accuses the school of allowing students to be labeled as "racists" and "white supremacists" and putting the fear of consequences in students who dared to speak up. → Read More

Frustration over failure to stiffen penalties for repeat offenders

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore City Police announce the arrest of 29 suspects in the past five weeks who are charged with injuring or killing their victims. More than half of the suspects are repeat offenders which angers many lawmakers. ALSO READ|Baltimore hits 100 homicides in 120 daysIn Annapolis this session, a Republican-backed bill aimed at stiffening the penalties for repeat, violent gun… → Read More

Mosby denies the existence of a tax lien on property

BALTIMORE (WBFF)- The courts insist it exists, but City Council President Nick Mosby insist it does not. In an interview on WYPR this week, Mosby repeatedly denied there was ever a tax lien placed on his property. However, as late as Friday afternoon, the circuit courts showed an active tax lien filed by the IRS more than a year ago demanding more than $45,000 in unpaid taxes. "There's no lien… → Read More

Mayor and Governor at odds over Police Funding

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -A real war of words has developed between Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. It was ignited by an announcement on Wednesday that the Mayor would establish a task force to study how to reduce the city police budget over the next five years. "You can't improve a situation by defunding it," said Governor Hogan on Thursday. RELATED | Gov. Hogan… → Read More

Marilyn Mosby claims 93% felony conviction rate

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says 93% of felony cases ended in convictions in 2020, but not everyone is convinced. Mosby spells out her conviction rates in an annual report released on Thursday. The report cites an 85% conviction rate in homicides. 98% of narcotics cases ended in convictions. RELATED | Norris: Baltimore still 'ridiculously dangerous' even with… → Read More