Hogan spokesman: Purple Line funding agreement expected soon

Aug 22, 2017
Railway Gazette

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A federal funding agreement for a 16-mile light rail project in the traffic-choked suburbs of the nation's capital is expected to be signed "in the very near future," a spokesman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday.

The agreement would free up $325 million in federal funds already appropriated and a total of $900 million over the life of the funding arrangement, said Doug Mayer, the governor's spokesman. Hogan spoke with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Monday and Friday in what Mayer described as "very productive, high-level conversations."

Prince George's Police Department

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation of a man accused of fatally stabbing his sister and two cousins, all under the age of 10.

The Washington Post reports that 25-year-old Antonio Williams interrupted a court hearing Monday in a Maryland suburb of Washington and repeatedly shouted, "I am not the one you're looking for!"

Counter Current News

  BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors say a third video from a Baltimore police officer's body-worn camera shows questionable activity by police.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's state's attorney, said in a news release Monday that the video was recorded in June. She says it was reported as a re-enactment of the seizure of evidence.

Mosby says police notified her of the video this month. Prosecutors identified about 100 criminal cases that have been and or will be affected by the video. Forty-three of those cases were dropped.

225-year-old Columbus monument vandalized in Baltimore

Aug 22, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) — A 225-year-old monument to Christopher Columbus was damaged by a vandal who took a sledge hammer to the obelisk in Baltimore.

Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference that crime apparently occurred early Monday. A video of the vandalizing was posted on YouTube.

The video included narration by a man who pummeled the base of the 44-foot-tall monument, shattering part of it.

Smith says police have not identified suspects in the crime.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Prosecutors have reached a plea agreement with one of four men charged with murder in the shooting of a New Castle man in 2015.

Twenty-six-year-old Timane Dollard was scheduled to appear at a plea hearing Monday, but the hearing was continued at the court's request.

Dollard's plea agreement follows co-defendant 26-year-old Marquivus Hardy's guilty plea in March to second-degree murder, assault and other crimes in the shooting of 29-year-old Isaias Gonzalez.