Alex DeMetrick

Alex DeMetrick 175x131Alex DeMetrick has been a general assignment reporter with WJZ Eyewitness News since September 1984.

Alex began his journalism career in California.

Alex has received many awards from United Press International and The Associated Press.  He also received a Lincoln University Award for his political reporting.

A native of Michigan, Alex moved to California at the age of seven.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University and pursued graduate studies at San Jose State University.

Alex enjoys sailing, hiking, writing, movies and jazz.

Maryland Man Gets Unknown Bite While Paddle Boarding

Bowen was paddling into a beach Wednesday evening in the Anne Arundel County community of Mayo, Md., when he noticed something different about his leg. 

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BWI Among 15 U.S. Airports Testing Out CT Scanner For Luggage

New scanners at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport use CT technology first developed for medicine.


MEMA Report Reveals Goals, Improvements For Emergency Action

In Ellicott City, where it took months to recover from a flood two years ago, repairs to infrastructure re-opened Main Street much faster, with state and local agencies learning from 2016 flooding.


Toxic Algae Bloom In Florida Is Killing Marine Life; Causing Breathing Issues In Humans

A toxic red tide has been plaguing Florida’s gulf coast for nine months, and shows no signs of giving up.


‘Bleeding All Over The Place’: Eel Bites Md. Woman Vacationing In Hawaii

It’s the kind of vacation memory no one wants, but it’s what Kristen Porter experienced while vacationing in Hawaii.


1st Confirmed Longhorned Tick Found In Maryland

Officials have confirmed that the first longhorned tick has been confirmed here in Maryland.


Controlled Dam Breach At Cascade Lake Underway

A controlled breach of a dam at Cascade Lake, which was pushed to capacity by heavy rains, is underway in Carroll County.


Impact Of Heavy Rainfall Still Felt As Clean Up Continues From Debris

Park workers bolstered by a small army of volunteers were hauling trees and tires out of the water and off the beach. 


Heavy Rains In July Ruined Many Crops Throughout Maryland

It was too much of a good thing, with July’s heavy rains ruining many crops throughout Maryland.


Maryland Among States Suing Trump Administration, Company Over 3D Guns

Maryland is among eight states filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish a 3D-printed guns.


Maryland State Police Pilots Needed, 14 Vacancies

It takes 70 civilian pilots to keep 10 Maryland State Police helicopters in the air. There are currently 14 vacancies.


Conowingo Dam Spill Gates Opened Leading To Worry About Contaminating Chesapeake Bay

The amount of rain Maryland has seen this week means a lot of swollen rivers due to runoff.


One Year Later: Revisiting Md. Community Ravaged By Tornado

It has been exactly one year since a powerful tornado formed in the Chesapeake Bay and blasted onshore in Kent Island, leaving a trail of destruction behind.


Deadly Duck Boat Crash Brings Back Memory Of Boat Crash In Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

High winds and waves swamped a duck boat in a Branson, Missouri lake Thursday.


Work Being Done In Md. To Get Aircraft Of The Future Off The Ground

A small group of engineers have been working away in a hanger at a rural airport in Calvert County in order to get a new aircraft off the ground.


Parkland And Great Mills Teens Cope With Loss Together

Last March, a student at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County opened fire on classmates.


Federal Trial Began Monday In Killing Of Fort Meade Soldier

Stationed at Fort Meade, 24-year-old Karlyn Ramirez was shot to death in August 2015, at her off-base townhouse in Severn.


Mosquito Populations Increase Due to Wetter Spring

A wetter than normal spring produced a lot of mosquito larvae, which are now taking wing to feed on us.


More Dolphins Are Being Spotted Around Bay Bridge Area

Most dolphins stay offshore from Maryland, but not all. The fishing boat “Amazing Grace” spotted a pod of dolphins north of the Bay Bridge in late June.


Campers Invited To Goddard Space Center To Talk With Orbiting Astronaut

These video link-ups with astronauts are normally done in schools, but since it’s vacation, Goddard invited in local summer camps.


Researchers Looking For Invasive Chinese Mitten Crab In Chesapeake

The invasive Chinese mitten crab hasn’t been seen in the Chesapeake Bay since 2012.


Maryland Crab Safe To Eat, But Officials Say Check Labels

Maryland’s Health Department is warning people not to eat fresh crab imported from Venezuela.


Health Department Issues Warning For Crab Meat From Venezuela

Maryland’s Health Department is warning people not to eat fresh crab imported from Venezuela.


Chesapeake Bay Health Improving With Help From Community-Funded Projects

Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay is a big job.


Annapolis Community Comes Together To Mourn Capital Gazette Victims

While the focus of the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette is on the suspect and the investigation, there is also a community that is grieving.


Light City Brought 442,500 Visitors, $33 Million To Baltimore

Light City 2018 reportedly brought in more than $33 million to the Baltimore economy, and nearly half a million visitors to the Inner Harbor.


NASA Studying Air Pollution Over Maryland Waterways

Turns out unhealthy air, the kind that triggers Code Orange and Code Red days isn’t isolated to cities — it also hangs out over the water.


Cause Finally Revealed In Deaths Of 13 Bald Eagles Back In 2016

In 2016, four dead bald eagles were found by a man walking in a field in Federalsberg on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


UMD Football Player Who Unexpectedly Passed Remembered As ‘Someone No One Will Ever Forget’

19-year-old Jordan McNair was remembered by hundreds of mourners.


Mites Packing Mighty Bite, Causing Big Problems For Bears

The tiniest of creatures is causing big problems for some black bears in Maryland and neighboring states.


Baltimore Co. Hospitals Provided With Narcan To Give To Families Of Overdose Patients

For first responders, Naloxone is the go-to drug to stop overdoses from opioids.


Arborists Warning Of Toppling Trees After Heavy Rainfall Locally

Over the past month, heavy rain has made conditions perfect for bringing down trees.


Health Risks Increasing For Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Vibrio naturally occurs in brackish water, like the Chesapeake. In summer, it increases.


Construction Worker Killed In Baltimore Trench Collapse Laid To Rest

The family and friends of Kyle Hancock gathered at a Glen Burnie funeral home to mourn and remember a young man whose life was taken in a trench collapse last Tuesday in Clifton Park in Northeast Baltimore.


Historic Francis Scott Key Buoy Placed For Season

It’s an annual tradition: commemorating the spot where the author of the national anthem was when he wrote The Star Spangled Banner.


Towson Row Development Hopes To ‘Breathe New Life Into Downtown Towson’

The Towson Row Development has been on hold for years, but not anymore. Five empty acres off York Rd. are finally getting a $359 million makeover.


Baltimore Trash Wheel Family Continues To Grow With 3rd Addition

The trash wheel family continues to grow in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.


Long Stretch Of Rain Impacting Maryland Agriculture

The long stretch of rain has impacted agriculture in Maryland. Farmers are hoping for improved conditions.


New Center Offers Science, Tech Classes To Baltimore Community

A number of schools offer students classes in science and technology, but a brand new center is expanding those offerings and more to the entire community.


Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Improving But Challenges Lie Ahead

In 2010, the five states in the Chesapeake watershed pledged to make the Bay healthy by 2025. As we hit the midpoint, scientists say hard work still remains.


How Natural And Man-Made Forces Make Ellicott City Vulnerable To Flooding

The second deadly flood in less than two years in Ellicott City is raising questions about nearby areas that make the community susceptible to destructive flooding.


4 Students Charged After Md. School Vandalized With ‘Hateful,’ Anti-Semitic And Racist Graffiti

Four students were charged with hate crimes after “hateful and sickening” graffiti was found Thursday morning at a Maryland high school.


Scientists Collect Female Mussels To Restore Population, Keep Waterways Clean

Very few waterways contain a mussel called the eastern elliptio. An exception is Deer Creek in Harford County.


NTSB: Deadly School Bus Crash Driver In Baltimore Unfit For Job

A federal panel says drivers in the November 2016 deadly school bus crashes in Baltimore and Chattanooga, Tennessee shouldn’t have been behind the wheel.


Denver Nuggets Star Donates Game Room To Baltimore School

Friday wasn’t a regular day for students at Johnston Square Elementary School.


Southwest CEO Reassures Maryland Shareholders Following Recent Incidents

Marylanders who own stock in Southwest Airlines got a chance to meet with the company’s CEO in Annapolis.


Anne Arundel Co. Announces Increased Police Presence For Light Rail

New passengers will be riding the Light Rail in Anne Arundel County, and police will be joining Maryland Transportation Authority officers in an effort to boost security.


Man Killed After Being Struck By Light Rail Train In Baltimore

Baltimore City Police say a male was struck and killed by the Light Rail Thursday morning.


Port Of Baltimore Holds Ro-Ro Rodeo For 22nd Year

Much of the Port of Baltimore’s cargo comes equipped with wheels; some with very big wheels. Heavy equipment that must roll on and off ships.


Topgolf To Open Location In Baltimore In 2020

Topgolf will be coming to Baltimore.


Maryland Seafood Trade Workforce Decimated By Seasonal Worker Lottery

Maryland crab picking houses say they are facing a collapsing industry because of federal action that’s created a labor shortage.


Md. Weighing Options For Conowingo Dam To Prevent Mass Release Of Sediment

For almost 90 years, Conowingo Dam has provided hydroelectricity and held back much of the dirt that washed off the land into the Susquehanna River.


Investigators Puzzled By Fish Kills In Baltimore Waters

Thousands of dead fish have ended up in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and experts still aren’t sure why.


Baltimore Hospitals Pledge More Resources For Opioid Users

Baltimore’s 11 hospitals are pledging to do more to combat the opioid epidemic.


Maryland Astronaut, Teacher Video Calls Students From ISS

South River’s auditorium holds a lot of seats. Very few were empty, because the International Space Station provided some excitement.


4M Gallons Of Sewage, Rainwater Overflow Into Jones Falls, Inner Harbor

Heavy downpours early Monday morning triggered an overflow, sending a massive mixture of sewage and rainwater into Jones Falls.


Oyster Planting Season Begins Around Chesapeake Bay

Millions of babies were delivered Tuesday in the middle of the Tred Avon River in Talbot County.


20-Year Study Reveals How Gwynns Falls’ Water Quality Is Affected

The heavy rains during the past 24 hours are now pouring into waterways, like the Gwynns Falls, which runs through Baltimore and Baltimore County.


Ransomware Attacks On The Rise As Hackers Prey On Consumer Information

When it comes to spreading disruption, hackers who use ransomware are a growth industry.


Will You Take Part In The ’30 Days Of Picking Up Litter’ Challenge?

April is often called the cruelest month, but could it also become the cleanest month in Maryland?


Hear From The Firefighters Who Saved 93-Year-Old Woman From Apartment Fire

The Easter morning 3-alarm fire that swept through the Owings Landing Apartment complex triggered a dangerous rescue by firefighters.


TESS Telescope Set To Give Us Never Before Seen Look Of The Universe

There are a lot of stars out there, but the ones that are brightest and closest to earth will be the target of TESS.


Baltimore Scholar 1 Of 3 To Be Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Schools

Gilman school senior Mekhi Johnson was accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges.


Maryland Among States Suing US Government Over Census Question

Maryland has joined a coalition of attorneys general suing the federal government to block the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.


Court Docs: Boyfriend Of Murdered Pregnant Teacher Told Police He Shot Her In The Head

Details of an ever-changing story are emerging in the murder of Columbia high school teacher Laura Wallen.


Winter Weather May Disrupt Maryland Crabbing Season

The Department of Natural Resources measures how many crabs are in the Chesapeake Bay every year to determine what the summer crabbing season will look like.


Md. Medical Officials Want Bleeding Training As Common As CPR Training

Whether it’s a traffic accident or a shooting, doctors at Shock Trauma want the public to learn how to slow the bleeding of trauma victims.


Final Tests Underway For Parker Solar Probe Before It Heads To The Sun

Engineers and technicians are doing the final tests of the Parker Solar Probe at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.


Efforts Continue To Build Hyperloop Connecting D.C., Baltimore

The goal is to get hyperloop trains fast enough to travel from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes in the first real-world build out.


‘Green Space’ Project Hopes To Bring Cleaner Water To Baltimore

It’s a lot to ask of wildflowers and other gardens, but investors think they will help improve Baltimore’s environment.


‘Green Network’ Plan To Link Baltimore Parks And Trails, Create More Green Space

Turning blight into green space has been talked about for years in Baltimore. The city now says it has a plan to do just that.


Anne Arundel Co. School At Center Of Racism Allegations

Students joined their parents, local pastors and the Anne Arundel County NAACP, to speak about unsettling words. Words they say were aimed at them at Chesapeake High School.


Baltimore City Council Unanimously Approves Styrofoam Ban

The Baltimore City Council has passed a bill that bans plastic foam containers for carryout food and drinks.


Debris, Trash And Litter Flowing Into Conowingo Dam Following Extreme Weather

When extreme weather ends, the side effects just begin. Restoring power took most of this week — after last week’s nor’easter — and now a different effect is flowing downstream.


Police: FBI Agent Involved In Anne Arundel County Murder-Suicide

The Anne Arundel County Police Department is investigating a murder-suicide Wednesday morning.


BGE HOME Workers Volunteer To Make Care Packages For Troops

Gratitude takes many forms. When it’s 3,000 care packages for U.S. troops, it also takes many hands. In this case, hundreds of BGE HOME employees are volunteering for Operation Gratitude.


USPS Offering $25,000 Reward For Suspects Who Robbed Mail Carrier

It’s a big reward for a common crime, but then the U.S. government takes robbing a mail carrier of her cell phone very seriously.


Police Searched For Suspect Week Leading Up To PG Co. Officer Slaying

The week before Glenn Tyndell was accused of the shotgun slaying of Prince George’s County Police Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin, Tydell was already wanted by police.


BWI Airport Demonstrates How To Properly Fly With Gun

TSA staged a briefing at BWI Wednesday on the right way to fly with a gun.


Nearly 20 Hate Groups Tied To Maryland, SPLC Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center tracked 954 active hate groups, a 4-percent jump, and 19 of those organizations were connected to people in Maryland.


Groups Announce New Goal Of Adding 10 Billion Oysters To Chesapeake Bay

A partnership between dozens of groups has set a new goal of adding 10 billion new oysters to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025.


NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellites Set To Launch Next Week

A lot will be riding on a NASA rocket on Feb. 27.


Maryland Officials Preparing For Spotted Lanternfly Invasion

Maryland officials are preparing for the likely spring invasion of a leaf-hopping insect that harms crops and recently overran southeastern Pennsylvania.


Baltimore Councilman Says ‘100 Percent’ Hanover Street Bridge Is Dangerous

The Hanover Street Bridge has been a Baltimore landmark since 1916, and it’s showing its age.


Md. Hopes To Catch A Ride On Hyperloop As D.C. Gives Elon Musk’s Company Digging Permit

It’s billed as the high-speed travel system of the future, but just how far off is the Hyperloop?


Legislators Want System That Could Prevent Train Crashes In Place By End Of Year

A safety system that can prevent train crashes remains a work in progress, and Congress is getting fed up.


‘Beagle Bill’ Hopes To Help Animals Used In Medical Research

Those who support the proposed Beagle Bill in Maryland are hoping for a win for animal used in medical research.


Trump’s Budget Plan Would Cut Chesapeake Bay Funding By 90 Percent

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget places federal funds for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay back on the chopping block.


New Horizons Spacecraft, Controlled From Md. Lab, Sends Back Farthest Photos Ever Taken

The NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken.


BGE Becomes One Of First Power Companies To Test Drones As Potential Tool

BGE is testing drones to keep an overhead eye on overhead lines.


Mountains Of Recycled Oyster Shells Helping Recovery Efforts In The Bay

The Oyster Recovery Partnerships’s shell donation program is going strong.


Amtrak Engineer Ordered To Stand Trial In Philadelphia Crash

A judge reinstated twice-rejected criminal charges and ordered an Amtrak engineer to stand trial for a deadly 2015 train wreck in Philadelphia.


Styrofoam Ban Once Again Being Considered By Baltimore City Council

Baltimore lawmakers are once again considering a proposed ban of polystyrene foam, a substance more commonly known by its brand name, Styrofoam.


Possibility Of High-Speed Trains Between D.C., Baltimore Firms Up

Maglev trains running between Baltimore and D.C. are far from certain, although a potential route is firming up.


70 Mammal, Dinosaur Footprints Found On Fossilized Slab Discovered At Goddard Flight Center

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center may be Maryland’s home to outer space, but it turns out it was also home to dinosaurs.


Business Is Booming: Port Of Baltimore Gets Much-Needed Cranes

The Port of Baltimore has received more cranes to handle the influx of increased deliveries at the Port.


Lunar Trifecta: ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ To Take Place Tuesday Night

The moon may appear nightly, but not usually like Tuesday night.


Salisbury Boy Came Within Millimeter Of Dying After Brain Impaled By Screw

What started out as a project to build a tree house ended in a freak accident and emergency surgery for 13-year-old Darius Foreman of Salisbury.


Baltimore Co. State Lawmakers Question Schools Chief Verletta White

State lawmakers from Baltimore County are gearing up to question interim school superintendent Verletta White about a wide range of issues – charges against her former boss, questions about her own consulting work and the continuing audit of district purchasing.


Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Preparing Probe ‘To Get Closer To Sun Than Ever Before’

There’s no room for mistakes when you send a spacecraft on the closest journey to the sun ever attempted.