Crime, Police/Fire

Fatal Edgewood shooting suspect arrested in Philadelphia

EDGEWOOD, MD—An Aberdeen man has been charged with second-degree murder for his role in a fatal shooting at D&M’s Deck Tiki Bar and Grill in Edgewood last week. The shooting took place at just after midnight on Friday, February 17, in the 2200-block of Pulaski Highway. When officers arrived, they found 24-year-old Dajuan Simmons of Aberdeen suffering from multiple gunshot …


Around Maryland, Entertainment, Events, Weather

Groundhog Day 2024: Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA—Who’s ready for an early spring? On Friday morning, February 2, 2024, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and predicted that there would be an early spring. The popular Groundhog Day tradition, which is celebrated in the United States and in Canada, derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day …


Meteor creates mid-Atlantic fireball across night sky [VIDEO]

BALTIMORE, MD—Many mid-Atlantic residents were startled by a large meteor that created a fireball in the sky on Sunday night. Hundreds of eyewitnesses have filed reports of a bright meteor observed at 9:23 p.m. on September 3, according to NASA Meteor Watch. The event was also captured by several publicly accessible cameras in the region and at extreme range by …

Attorney General Brown announces successful prosecution of all 6 defendants charged with distributing large amounts of fentanyl throughout Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown on Monday announced the successful prosecution of a criminal organization involved in the distribution of large amounts of fentanyl, which led to multiple overdoses throughout Maryland and surrounding areas. All six defendants charged in connection with the organization have pleaded guilty, following a long-term investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Unit, …

FBI offering $15,000 reward for info on Mid-Atlantic drug trafficker

PITTSBURGH, PA—A Martinsburg, West Virginia man is the first person to be placed on the FBI’s new Regional Fugitive Program. The program is intended to publicize information that will help lead to the apprehension of violent offenders and have a significant impact on the community. As part of the program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified violent fugitives in …

Chesapeake High School teacher named one of ’20 to Watch’ by international education technology nonprofit

TOWSON, MD—Justin Patterson, interactive media production instructor and technology education department chair at Chesapeake High School STEM Academy, has received a prestigious “20 to Watch Award” from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The award will be presented at ISTELive 2023, June 25-28, in Philadelphia. According to an ISTE news release, “This award recognizes 20 up-and-coming individuals who …

Baltimore-area drinking water deemed safe following chemical spill near Philadelphia

BALTIMORE, MD—Baltimore’s Department of Public Works has deemed drinking water in the Baltimore region as safe following a hazardous chemical spill that occurred in Bristol, Pa. — outside of Philadelphia. DPW officials have been closely monitoring the situation and confirmed on Wednesday that there have been no reports of the hazardous materials spreading beyond the affected area in Bristol, Pa. …

Weis Markets donates $250,000 to regional children’s hospitals, pediatric cancer foundations

SUNBURY, PA—Weis Markets this week announced it has donated a total of $250,000 to seven regional children’s hospitals and pediatric cancer foundations throughout its seven-state market area. Funds were generated through in-store customer donations in December and a company contribution. “Children’s hospitals and pediatric cancer foundations are on the front lines of innovation and care for some of the most …