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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,...

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...

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.

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...

BARCS Needs Your Help Replenishing Its Emergency Medical Fund

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter is seeking public donations for its nearly depleted Franky Fund, which pays for emergency care of the more than 800 animals who need treatment each year. In the last 30 days, the fund has run low as 72 animals have required emergency medical care, BARCS said. That need became even greater recently as the shelter took in a dog that was struck by a car in Gwynn Oak over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The ordeal left the dog, affectionately known as Butter Bee, with a broken jaw. At first, she was in...

Proudly PA | Strathmeyer Christmas Trees

This time of year, people focus on finding that perfect Christmas tree... and hopefully the pursuit of it is better than Clark Griswold's experience. The name Strathmeyer in York has almost become synonymous with Christmas tree. "I'm going to say early 1900s, late 1800s my great grandfather used to own...

Katie Curran O’Malley Launches Maryland Attorney General Bid

BALTIMORE (AP/WJZ) — Former Baltimore judge Katie Curran O’Malley formally announced Thursday that she is running for attorney general. The former Maryland first lady retired from the bench in October and formed a committee to explore a run after current Attorney General Brian Frosh announced he wouldn’t seek reelection next year.

34th Street lights back on in 2021 for Christmas season

The "Miracle on 34th Street" returned Saturday to Hampden after a shutdown because of COVID-19 last year. Santa even made a special appearance when the lights went on. Baltimoreans said it's not really the holiday season until the "Miracle on 34th Street" lights come on. "It's the beginning of the...
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The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland host Free Minority Outreach Fair

Hanover, Md.— The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland are continuing the tradition of partnering with the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA) to create opportunities for small-, minority-, and women-owned businesses to engage with potential contracting partners. These include leading prime construction companies, utilities, education providers, professional...