News Wrap: Winter Storm, Frigid Temps; Suspect Dies in Custody

Feb 16, 2015

NOAA forecast map of storm headed toward the mid-Atlantic
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Region Braces for Another Round of Snow 

The area’s frigid temperatures are just a preview of the weather forecast for tonight going into tomorrow. Much of Maryland is bracing for Winter Storm Octavia, expected to be the biggest snowfall of the winter so far. Forecasts predict up to six inches possible across the Baltimore area tonight and tomorrow, and up to ten inches in areas to the south. Western Maryland is under a winter weather advisory, while winter storm warnings are posted for the rest of the state. 

A Code Blue alert remains active in Baltimore City, at least through tonight, as the region continues to deal with dangerously cold weather. The alert triggers extended services at public and private shelters and warming relief is offered to those without heat or electricity.  A half-dozen city residents have died from the cold this year.

Suspect Dies in Police Custody

An internal investigation is underway after a suspect in an attempted murder died in the custody of Baltimore City police. Authorities said the unidentified man began having breathing difficulties due to a pre-existing condition after he was arrested and taken to the Northern District station on Saturday. Police say the man was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Before medics arrived, police say they performed life-saving efforts on the man to no avail.

Senate President Says Hogan Tax Cuts Doomed 

Don't expect any of Governor Hogan's proposed tax cuts to pass this legislative session. That's the prediction from Democratic Senate President Mike Miller, who told the Sun last week that he thinks the state should first concentrate on fully funding public education and balancing the budget. Miller says any discussion of tax cuts should come when there's a budget surplus. 

Crash Sends 15 to Hospitals 

More than a dozen people had to go to the hospital after a collision involving a senior citizen transport vehicle in Pikesville. The crash happened this morning in the 3500 block of Woodvalley Road. Police say a vehicle operated by a company named Select Care collided with an SUV. In all, 15 people were taken to area hospitals and police say there was at least one serious injury. 

Body Found After Fire Was Murder Victim 

A body found after a fire Friday afternoon at a home in the city's Coppin Heights neighborhood was a murder victim.  City police say the unidentified man had been shot several times. His body was discovered by fire crews after they extinguished a blaze at a home in the 1700 block of Ashburton Street.