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Who Is Manzie Smith Jr., Man Accused Of Killing 69-Year-Old Evelyn Player?

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore police and city officials on Thursday said 62-year-old Manzie Smith Jr. had been arrested and charged with the murder of Evelyn Player, a 69-year-old church staffer who was found dead inside the Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore last month. According to court records, the last known address of Smith, who sometimes appears in records with the Sr. suffix, is in the Oldtown neighborhood. Officers arrested Smith on Wednesday in the 4900 block of Crenshaw Avenue in the Frankford neighborhood. Smith was convicted of rape and assault in 1992, but Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Thursday there was no evidence Smith sexually assaulted Player. In 2014, he was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery. Smith was released on mandatory supervision, which ended in October, Harrison said. There’s also no evidence Smith and Player knew each other, the commissioner said. Investigators found DNA evidence at the scene of Player’s murder that led them to Smith, but Harrison declined to offer more details.
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Lexington Market Will Add Charro Negro, Retain Dancing Potato, Developer Says

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The redeveloped Lexington Market will add a new vendor, Charro Negro, and retain one, Dancing Potato, that’s had a stall since 2013, developer Seawall said Thursday. This will be the second location in the city for Charro Negro. For 13 years, owners Jesus and Gabby Romero have operated a restaurant in Greektown offering tacos, tortas, quesadillas and other cuisine inspired by Mexico City. “These are the recipes of my mother and my mother-in-law, Mexico City-style tacos and tortas,” said Jesus Romero. “I’m a real history buff and when I saw that the new Lexington Market was calling for vendors,...
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Harford County Man Charged In Pair Of Sexual Assault Cases

BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — A Harford County man is under arrest in connection with a pair of recent sexual assaults, and investigators believe there could be more victims, authorities said Thursday. Televon Cornelius Jones, 36, of Edgewood was taken into custody Wednesday on two counts of second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said. The charges stem from an investigation into two sexual assaults reported a week apart, deputies said. About 4 p.m. Nov. 4, a woman called to police to report an assault that occurred about an hour earlier at the Dollar Tree in...

Laurel farmer's market shut down due to lack of mask mandate compliance

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - A popular farmer’s market in Laurel was shut down Thursday by the Prince George’s County Health Department because of employees and customers not complying with the county’s indoor mask mandate. One employee who wanted to remain anonymous told FOX 5 most of...

Maryland's former first lady running to become state's next attorney general

Maryland's former first lady is running to become the state's next attorney general. Katie Curran O'Malley has spent decades as the daughter of, and wife of, elected leaders in Maryland, and on Thursday, the Democrat became a candidate in her own right by officially launching a primary bid to replace retiring Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

Jury Shown Graphic Images In Murder Trial For Keith Smith, Who Blamed Panhandler For Wife’s Death

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On day two of the case of the State of Maryland versus Keith Smith, prosecutors painted the defendant as a person who violated his wedding vows, stabbed his wife five times and then blamed her murder on a panhandler. The prosecutor, assistant state’s attorney Shaundria Hanna, called an assistant medical examiner as a witness Thursday, who showed jurors graphic images of Jacquelyn Smith’s five stab wounds to the chest. Two of those wounds were so bad, the witness said they penetrated all the way through the chest cavity and caused significant injuries to the lung and heart. The injuries...

Baltimore Man Charged In Asian American Women’s Beatings Pleads Not Criminally Responsible

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man accused of attacking two Asian American woman with a cinderblock inside their Baltimore liquor store is pleading not criminally responsible. A defense attorney for Darryl Doles entered that plea Thursday in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Doles, 50, is charged with attempted murder and hate crime offenses, among a list of other charges, in what prosecutors described as a “rampage” on Asian-owned businesses back in May. According to charging documents, Doles attacked Asian people in three separate West Baltimore businesses in less than 30 minutes May 2. The indictment said Doles attacked the victims because he was denied service...

Baltimore Residents Weigh In On President Biden’s COVID-19 Winter Action Plan

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — President Biden unveiled a new COVID-19 Winter Action Plan on Thursday which aims to slow the spread of the virus, and some Baltimore residents shared their thoughts on it with WJZ. The plan includes: Boosters for all Adults Vaccinations to protect children and keep schools open Expanding free at-home testing Stronger public health protocols for safe international travel Protections in workplaces Rapid response teams that can battle rising cases Supplying treatment pills to help prevent hospitalizations and deaths A continued commitment to global vaccination efforts Steps to ensure the country is prepared for all scenarios Some Baltimore area residents in Hampden said the plan seemed like a step...