News Updates Around South Baltimore

| August 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

COP Walk with the Mayor and Police Commissioner 

The Southern District Police and Community Relations Council have announced a COP Walk with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and new police commissioner Anthony Blatts tonight in Federal Hill.  This walk provides a nice opportunity to meet them, area police officers and neighbors, as well as voice any concerns about the area.

Here is the announcement:

There will be a special COP walk with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the new police commissioner Anthony Blatts. It will be this Thursday, August 30 at 8 pm. The meeting place will be the Light Street Entrance to the Cross Street Market. Everyone is invited to attend. It will be a short walk. Just 1 hour or less. Please join us and bring a neighbor.

Crime Update from Southern District Police

Update:  The two individuals arrested have been linked to all 12 robberies and were caught using the stolen credit cards at an area gas station.  They are both currently in jail and awaiting due process.

I’m sure many of you heard about the string of robberies in South Baltimore. There is now great news to share as suspects in nine of those cases have been arrested.  Great job Southern District Police!  Here is their update:

Since July 29th, there have been a total of 12 reported robbery victims (9 successful robbery incidents) in Federal Hill, Otterbein, Riverside and Locust Point combined. Arrests have been made in 9 of them. The open cases include a bar fight (001 Ropewalk on 8/11), a drug related robbery (1600 Olive on 8/19) and a robbery of a laptop that detectives may have suspects. We will continue to focus extra police officers in the area. The robbery crew arrested on 8/24 has been charged with a total of 7 robberies in sector 4 of the SD and charges are pending for at least two cases in the CD, one in Dundalk and they are being considered as possible suspects in 2 other SD cases.

Johnson Street Now One Way

In case you haven’t noticed yet, or haven’t had to do an unexpected U-turn, Johnson St. along the west side of Riverside Park is now a southbound one-way street from Randall St. to Wells St.  This was done to create angled parking facing Riverside Park.  Angled parking is estimated to create 30% more parking spots on a block.  I’ve heard some complaints about the traffic pattern and many will have to think about it when traveling near the park, but it certainly added some much needed parking. More streets are also currently being studied for the same transition.

Here are some recommendations for the new traffic pattern:  If your are used to traveling north on Johnson St. to get around the park, now Light St., Patapsco St. and Charles will need to be used until you get to Randall St.  Also be careful when school lets out around Thomas Johnson Elementary around 2:30pm as all cars now have to come down to Light St. to get north.  Traffic has been a challenge so far, especially with the water leak on the 1600 block of Light, but hopefully it will get better in the near future.

Water Leak Being Fixed on 1600 Block of Light St.

There has been a water leak on the 1600 block of Light St. over the last couple of months and it has created a big mess (in more ways than one!)  There are huge potholes, the surface is always wet and rocks have been scattered throughout the block.  Adding to the mess is the sidewalk being blocked off as four new townhomes are built adjacent to the leak.

Crews have finally begun to fix this mess today and the 1600 block of Light St. is currently closed, which will make the combination of no northbound routes on Johnson St. and Light St. a big challenge when school lets out every afternoon.  Hopefully it is fixed quickly, but definitely avoid the Light St. and Heath St. area if you are in a rush.

Changes for the Baltimore Grand Prix

As you all know, the Baltimore Grand Prix is this weekend and many traffic changes will be made. Here is a map that shows road access and closures. You can also read the signs on bus stops to find out where they have been re-routed and  this site provides some pretty good basic traffic information as well.

Also to note, do not put out recycling tomorrow as it was picked up today.





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