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Woman charged in fatal stabbing of girlfriend

Tekeya Johnson died after struggle

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Tamala Harris faces a second-degree murder charge. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore City Police)

Baltimore City Police on Sept. 23 arrested Tamala Harris, 25, in connection with the stabbing death of her girlfriend, Tekeya Amanda Johnson, 24, in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road in the Northeast section of Baltimore, according to police charging documents.

Officers responded to a report at around 5 a.m. of a domestic-related incident and a non-breathing victim. When entering the apartment, the officer shouted, “police.” The officer heard a female voice, later identified as Tamala Harris, stating “over here,” according to the documents.  He entered the rear bedroom where Tekeya Johnson was lying on the floor, unresponsive, with a stab wound to the lower abdominal area.

At the scene was Harris who appeared to have self-inflicted non-life-threatening lacerations to the interior of her forearms and abdomen, according to police. Both Johnson and Harris were transported to separate hospitals, and Johnson later died.

Harris was treated and released after initially refusing medical treatment. She was then transported to the Homicide Section. Harris told police that she had a fight with Johnson. A witness reported hearing the women cursing and yelling at each other. Harris reportedly told a medic on the scene that her girlfriend was stabbed.

According to court records, Harris was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, and possession of a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure. A preliminary hearing will be held on Oct. 22.

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Moore pardons more than 175,000-plus cannabis-related convictions

Governor signed executive order at State House on Monday

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BY BRENDA WINTRODE and PAMELA WOOD | Gov. Wes Moore pardoned more than 175,000 cannabis-related convictions Monday, nullifying guilty verdicts decided when carrying small amounts of the drug or paraphernalia was illegal.

The Democratic governor signed an executive order during a State House ceremony, granting clemency to thousands of people convicted in Maryland. The convictions to be pardoned include more than 150,000 misdemeanors for simple possession and more than 18,000 for possession of drug paraphernalia with an intent to use.

The rest of this article can be read on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Blade wins multiple journalism awards

Society of Professional Journalists recognizes writing, design work

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The D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored the work of the Washington Blade at its annual Dateline Awards dinner last week.

The Blade took top honors in the weekly newspaper editorial/opinion writing category for a piece by Michael Lavers, the Blade’s international news editor, titled, “Bearing witness to the unimaginable,” which recounted watching raw footage of Hamas’s attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

In it, Lavers wrote, “The Israeli government clearly wants the world to understand the barbarity of what happened on Oct. 7, and that is why it has shown footage of that horrific Saturday to journalists and lawmakers. The footage left me deeply shaken, and perhaps that was the point.”

Washington Blade graphic designer Meaghan Juba won the Dateline Award for front-page design in the weekly newspaper category.

And in the weekly newspaper-features category, the Blade’s Kathi Wolfe was recognized as a finalist for her piece titled, “Meet one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet.”

“These awards reflect our 55-year commitment to journalistic excellence,” said Blade Editor Kevin Naff. “Congratulations to our team for another year of award-winning journalism.”

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Baltimore Pride event disrupted by possible chemical agent, causing panic and injuries

Incident caused a stampede

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This year’s Pride Parade and Festival was expected to attract 100,000 people. (Photo by Kaitlin Newman/the Baltimore Banner)

BY JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and BRENNA SMITH | A possible chemical agent was released in front of the main stage at the Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party on Saturday night, causing a stampede.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. and police did not release the chemical agent, according to a spokesperson. The main stage for the event was located near North Avenue and Charles Street.

The rest of this article can be found on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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