Immigrants, led by Jamaicans, slow Baltimore’s population loss

St. Mary’s Restaurant and Bar is known as one of Baltimore’s best Jamaican restaurants. Jamaicans are the largest immigrant group in the city, where population loss is being slowed by growth in the immigrant community. Ian Round/Capital News Service.

By Ian Round
Capital News Service

Steve McMurray was not long out of high school when he moved to the United States.

He left St. Mary Parish, a rural area in northeastern Jamaica, for trade school in Miami. He spent about a year and a half there, met a Jamaican girl with family in Maryland, and they moved to Baltimore.

Their relationship didn’t last, but he stayed. Now, more than 30 years later, McMurray owns what some say is the best Jamaican restaurant in Baltimore, doubling as an informal cultural center for what the U.S. Census reported as the city’s largest immigrant group.

In response to one-star review, Atlas Restaurant Group attacks The Sun

Image via the Atlas Restaurant Group’s Facebook page.

Baltimore Sun reviewer Christina Tkacik thought the crab cakes at The Choptank were bland, the french fries were “cardboard-stiff,” the calamari had too much Old Bay (if there is such a thing) and the atmosphere was stuffy.

Deadline nears for Maryland uninsured-motorist debt amnesty

Uninsured Maryland drivers have until Dec. 31 to have 80 percent of unpaid debts for driving uninsured waived and get back on the road legally. Capital News Service photo by Eric Myers.

By Eric Myers
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Time is running out for uninsured motorists in Maryland to take advantage of a program that forgives 80 percent of uninsured-driving debts that became delinquent before 2017.

Debtors have until Dec. 31 to register for the program and begin repaying the remaining 20 percent of their total fines. If an individual registers and pays at least one-sixth of their remaining 20 percent of debt by the end of the year, they have until June 2020 to finish paying.

Agora plans to expand two more buildings along Charles Street

A rendering of Agora’s plans for 1125 N. Charles St.

Agora is growing again.

Two months after it started to renovate the former Hynson, Westcott and Dunning building at 1030 N. Charles St., to provide office space for its staff, the company is planning to expand two more buildings one block away.

BPD releases body-worn camera, security footage of John Feggins shooting

A still of security camera footage that shows Officer Ryan Glass and John Feggins on the ground tussling over a gun.

The Baltimore Police Department today released footage of the moments before and after officers fatally shot 24-year-old John Feggins on Oct. 30. Security footage from a nearby Rite Aid pharmacy shows Feggins and Officer Ryan Glass tussling on the ground as they fight for control of a handgun.

“Small number of tasks” still to be completed in Suiter case, police now say

Det. Sean Suiter. Photo via Baltimore Police Department.

A day after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby described the investigation of Det. Sean Suiter’s death as an “open” matter, contradicting a determination made by police, the BPD said there are a “small number of tasks” to complete in the case.

Johns Hopkins Health System unveils plans for $400 million, 12-story research tower

A rendering of the proposed research tower. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Johns Hopkins Health System plans to build a $400 million, 12-story research tower at its East Baltimore medical campus by the spring of 2023.

Hopkins representatives unveiled preliminary plans today that showed part of the research tower will be a new structure rising in place of the Brady Building, a seven-story structure that dated from 1915 and was demolished this year to make way for the new project.

BPD closes Suiter case after state police review, maintains suicide ruling

Det. Sean Suiter. Photo via Baltimore Police Department.

The Baltimore Police Department has closed the case on the death of Sean Suiter after a review by the Maryland State Police found nothing to suggest it “was anything other than a suicide,” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said today.

The inquiry did not determine the case needed to be re-investigated, and because of that, and the similar conclusion of an independent board tasked with looking into Suiter’s 2017 death, the BPD made its decision, the commissioner said.

Mayor Young says Harrison’s crime plan is starting to take hold, asks for community help

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young appears on WYPR’s “Midday with Tom Hall” on Nov. 6, 2019. Image via Facebook.

Across two interviews today, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Police Commissioner Michael Harrison’s crime plan is working, even as shootings and homicides continue apace.

At his weekly press conference, the mayor said the micro-zones police have targeted under the commissioner’s strategy are seeing results, but criminals have now relocated.

“They’re moving out, so we have to start shifting,” he said.

Police shoot and kill armed man in Cedarcroft

The Rite Aid in the 6300 block of York Road. Image via Google Street View.

Police shot and killed an armed man who lunged at an officer during a traffic stop near the city-county line, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.