Reports: Acting Commissioner Tuggle has withdrawn his application for BPD’s top job

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle discusses a viral video showing a police officer assaulting a man at an Aug. 13 press conference. Image via Facebook Live.

Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner has taken himself out of the running to be Baltimore’s next permanently appointed top cop, according to reports.

Three days and nearly 379,000 gallons of sewage later, DPW stops a leaking pipe in Westport

Photo by Ethan McLeod

It took a few days, as well as a pit to contain some overflowing human waste, but the Baltimore City Department of Public Works said Friday that it’s stopped a damaged sewer main that began overflowing in Westport after it was allegedly damaged by a BGE contractor.

Construction on the new Camden MARC stop begins today, shutting down the Light Rail station until baseball season

The current MARC station at Camden Yards. Photo by Ed Gunts.

The state’s $7 million-plus overhaul of the Camden MARC station begins today, with plans to give it a design that’s more complementary to Oriole Park at Camden Yards than the present space frame-supported roof at the stop, as well as the historic Camden Station building that until recently housed the Sports Legends and Geppi’s museums.

While MARC service actually won’t be interrupted at the mostly outdoor stop, the Maryland Transit Administration will be shutting down the Light Rail station that thousands of passengers use to get to and from games during baseball season. Trains will thus go straight from Hamburg to the Convention Center stop, and vice-versa.

Juvenile detention centers use yoga to teach mindfulness

Boys at the detention center follow Jackson and Carter in “downward dog” on Sept. 25, 2018. (Courtesy of Eric Solomon)

By Savannah Williams
Capital News Service

Ten young men file into the gym, wearing identical maroon polos, white undershirts, navy sweats, white socks and black, laceless shoes. Soon, they’re removing those shoes and placing them behind 10 royal-blue yoga mats, rolled out on the basketball court floor.

The gym smells faintly of sweat and rubber, and life-size posters of Ravens football players are displayed around the room’s cinder block walls.

The two instructors lead the boys in slow, calming breaths, and show them how to roll their heads in lethargic circles to stretch and loosen up their necks.

“Do what’s comfortable for you,” one says.

BGE says it was actually the city’s contractor that broke a ‘large sewer line’ in Westport, sending sewage spewing

Photo by Ethan McLeod

One day after the city blamed a Baltimore Gas and Electric-contracted crew for damaging a sewer line in Westport and sending thousands of gallons of sewage flowing out by the hour, the utility giant is saying was actually a city contractor that caused the foul leak.

BGE contractor damages sewer line, sending sewage flowing into Patapsco River in Westport

Photo by Ethan McLeod

In a classic case of utility work gone horribly wrong, a contractor for Baltimore Gas and Electric today damaged what the Baltimore City Department of Public Works says is a “large sewer line” in Westport, sending human waste flowing into the Patapsco River’s Middle Branch nearby.

10 vendors, including some old favorites, announced for redeveloped Cross Street Market

Rendering via Caves Valley Partners

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the city reaching a deal with Caves Valley Partners to re-do Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, the market today announced 10 new and returning vendors, ranging from longtime tenants to a shiny new coffee shop, plus Korean and Vietnamese options.

Howard County approves $17 million for Ellicott City flood plan

The lower half of Main Street past the Caplan’s building are the main properties proposed for removal in the historic district on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo by Howard R. Fletcher/Capital News Service)

By Howard R. Fletcher
Capital News Service

ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland—The Howard County Council in a narrow 3-2 vote approved two bills on Monday night that will allocate nearly $17 million toward a controversial five-year flood mitigation plan for Ellicott City.

BPD takes all-hands-on-deck approach after violent week

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

Following a deadly week that saw 18 killings in Baltimore, police are taking an all-hands-on-deck approach in attempt to quell violence.

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle announced today that an additional 527 officers and detectives, 66 sergeants and 20 lieutenants will be deployed on city streets, focusing on areas where they believe retaliatory shootings may occur, over the next three days.

‘He’s moving! He’s moving!’: Body cam footage shows intense shootout between police and man killed by officers

Still via body camera video from Baltimore Police Department

Body-worn camera footage from last Sunday’s fatal police shooting of a man in Poppleton shows an exchange of dozens of shots between the suspect, who police say began firing while he lay on the ground, and a pair officers who had chased him there in a police cruiser.

The suspect, Nathaniel Sassafras, was killed in the shootout.