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UPDATE Counting Maryland's Mail-In Ballots Can Start as Early as Saturday

Maryland Matters broke the news first that Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Thursday that state and local elections officials can begin counting mail-in ballots as soon as Saturday while the court considers a broader challenge to early ballot counting from Del. Dan Cox (R-Frederick), the GOP nominee for governor. On Thursday afternoon, three judges on the 15-member Mar...
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Update on Fatal Fire-Sixth Fire Death This Year in Anne Arundel

AACO FD Lieutenant Jennifer Maccallair provides the following information Fatal Fire: Lothian, MD   Date: September 29, 2022 Time: 9:45 a.m. Location/Address: 30 Patuxent Mobile Estates, Lothian, MD 21409 Type of Incident: Fatal Fire Description of Structure/Property: Mobile Home (single-wide). ...
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Conduit Street Closure Scheduled Tomorrow

Conduit Street will be closed from 6 am to 2 pm on Friday, Conduit Street is scheduled to be closed onSept. 30 to facilitate concrete trucks coming in and out of the job site for the Hillman Garage rebuild. This may cause delays on Duke of Gloucester Street, especially during the morning rush hour. Meantime, since the effects of now, Tropical Storm Ian is expected ...
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Ballots and Voting in Maryland

Different County Board of Elections Start Mailing Out Absentee and Paper Ballots as soon as tomorrow. But, when those ballots will be allowed to be tabulated is still up in the air as the GOP Gubernatorial Candidate, Dan Cox, is challenging a Judge's decision to allow the counts to start before November 6. The issue is the length of time for primary results to be validated by...
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MD State Workers to Get Cost of Living Raises

The Governor is taking credit for promised Cost of Living Increases (COLA) Here's the release put out by his communications office. Governor Larry Hogan today announced that all employees across state government will receive a 4.5% cost of living adjustment (COLA )increase— effective November 1, 2022—as part of a series of measures to enhance statewide workfo...
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Fatal Fire in Lothian

Just after 9:30 am on Thursday, September 29, 2022, Fire Fighters from Anne Arundel County were dispatched to a dwelling fire in Patuxent Mobile Home Estates, just off Sands Road, in Lothian, with reports of a male trapped inside. The AACOFD said they located a male victim who was declared deceased at the scene.        ...
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New Area Code 227 Coming to Parts of Maryland

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC)  announced the assignment of 227 as a new area code which will eventually serve the same geographic area in Maryland currently served by the 240 and 301 area codes. The Commission voted on August 3, 2022, to approve a petition filed by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), which is the neutral third-party entity that allocates...
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Anne Arundel County Police find Body in Burned-Out Vehicle

Anne Arundel County firefighters say they found a body inside a burned vehicle late Tuesday night.  Police said they are conducting a death investigation, but suspect it was a homicide. Firefighters extinguished a car fire late Tuesday night, near a winding stretch of Brock Bridge Road north of Route 198 near the Howard County Line. They discovered the fire in the ...
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FBI Busts Pasadena Man for Child Porn

A 32-year-old Pasadena man named Justin Lee Snowden faces federal child pornography charges after being arrested Friday for sending videos of children being sexually abused to an undercover FBI agent online and attempting to acquire more depictions of child pornography from the agent. Media reports say that Snowden told undercover agents that he sexually abuses the children and h...
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Police Say Crowd Blocked Officers Trying to Help After Deadly Shooting in Odenton

The incident happened over the weekend, on Sunday. 38-year-old Alexandre Leon Gray Jr was found dead in the 1500 block of Annapolis Road. Another victim of a gunshot was also found at the same scene, suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. Police are not releasing any more information about the man, other than he's 30 years old.  Anne Arundel County police say a la...
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Admiral Drive Affordable Housing Project Part of Hogans $32 Million In Affordable Rental Housing Awards

Governor Larry Hogan today announced nearly $32 million in project awards through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) 2022 application round for federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and state Rental Housing Funds. Funds have been awarded to 12 projects as part of the competitive round. Nine additional non-competitive awards were made through the...
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New Company Takes Over Downtown Annapolis Parking Enforcement

Tourists and locals should be on the lookout for new parking signs along some downtown Annapolis streets as a new company takes over managing parking enforcement.  Media reports say that Premium Parking’s enforcement area includes areas south of College Avenue, King George Street, Randall Street, and Dock Street, and east of Church Circle and South Street, stretching to Spa Cree...
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Annapolis Couple Plead Guilty to Espionage - Again

The Toebbes, the Annapolis couple accused of trying to sell military secrets to a foreign country pleaded guilty for the second time. Both 43-year-old Jonathan Toebee and his 46-year-old wife Dianna appeared Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Trumble in the Northern District of West Virginia, agreeing to longer sentences after a different judge rejected their first plea deals...
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Baltimore Cop Accused of Murdering his Son in Anne Arundel County Will be Tried by Judge

A 35-year-old police officer from Baltimore has chosen to have a judge hear his case as opposed to a jury trial. Eric Glenn Banks Jr is accused of killing his 15-year-old stepson Dasan Jones after the teen's body was found hidden in an upstairs loft at a Curtis Bay townhome in July 2021. Police say that officers found Jones’ body, Banks asked to say goodbye t ...
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Maryland Board of Election Praises Circuit Court Judge's Decision on October Canvasssing

The Maryland State Board of Elections (SBE) is pleased by the Court’s decision, which will allow local elections officials across the State to begin canvassing mail-in ballots on October 1. This ruling provides election officials with additional time to canvass and tabulate these ballots to ensure that all critical election-related deadlines established by law are met. ...
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Judge Says, Let The Counting Begin on October 1st

The counting of mail-in ballots for the November election can begin on Oct. 1 across Maryland Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge James Bonifant ruled Friday.  Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement about the decision: “We welcome Judge Bonifant’s decision allowing the State Board of Elections to institute early canvassing for the general...
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So Long to Snow Days in Anne Arundel County Schools

The collective groans of "aw-man!" keep rolling through the state of Maryland as Anne Arundel's board of education has decided that there will not be any days off for inclement weather. So-long School Days! Welcome back to virtual learning days when travel is too perilous to head out to school. Earlier this year both the Montgomery County and Worcester School Boards of E...
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Firefighters Still Battling Fire near Curtis Bay since 8 AM Thursday Morning

Lieutenant Jenny J. Macallair, media spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department says crews of 30 are being rotated in and out of the contained fire in a commercial building near Curtis Bay. It's an energy plant and coal is involved. Firefighters were first called to the scene at 8 this morning. She tells W...
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Midshipman Accused of Rape Acquitted

A Naval Academy midshipman was found not guilty of second-degree rape by a jury yesterday morning following more than a week of arguments in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.    The Baltimore Sun reports that  Garrett Lee Holsen, of Wisconsin, that he had intercourse with a heavily intoxicated midshipman during an off-campus party last year follo...
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Montgomery County Judge To Decide How Soon We'll Know Final Results of the General Election

Lawyers for the Maryland State Board of Elections and Del. Dan Cox, the Republican nominee for governor, made arguments Tuesday before a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge on a petition allowing for early counting of mail-in ballots in the General Election. The issue is the enormous number of paper ballots requested by those who are living both in and out of state, a year after paper ballots...
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Maryland Is One Of the Top Two Happiest States In the U.S.

Maryland is one of the happiest places on earth.  Well, maybe not, but Wallet-Hub says it's in the top two of happiest states in our Republic. Here's what the authors of the study say they figured it out: "In order to determine the happiest states in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Work...
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City Ethics Commission Reprimands Annapolis Mayor Buckley Over The Docking of His Private Boat

The city's Ethics Commission reprimands Annapolis Mayor Buckley over the docking of his private boat Mayor Buckley should have recused himself when the City Council voted to deputize a personal boat as being used for official city business to retain docking rights at a dingy dock that restricted boats to a certain length. The commission received a complaint this pas...
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Focus of Serial - True Crime-Podcast Free for at least 30 Days

The man, who was the focus of an award-winning podcast called "Serial" was found guilty 23 plus years ago for killing his girlfriend. But new evidence caused his guilty sentence to be vacated.  The Baltimore Sun reports  Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn on Monday overturned Syed’s first-degree murder trial ended in a mistrial in 2019. In 2020d ...
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Northrup-Grumman Cuts Ribbon on Expansion of Linthicum Research Faciity

Business reporters couldn't get the cost of the new facility that was added to Northrup Grumman's original $20-million facility that was opened in 2014. But dignitaries were there for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Anne Arundel County Executive Stueart Pittman and Congressman John Sarbanes.  The new 25,000-foot center, company officials reportedly say is needed to help the ...
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Friends Don't Strong-Arm Rob Friends-But, Annapolis Police Say Some Do

A 20-year-old from Annapolis was arrested for allegedly brandishing a handgun, along with two of his buddies, and stealing a car and other things from another 20-year-old who visited them near Newtowne Drive. Police report that the group was smoking marijuana in the rental car when the alleged victim was asked by the primary suspect, who officers identified as Terry Maurice Lemon. Lemon is...
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Cruise Ship Crew Member Rescued this Past Friday from Chesapeake Bay

Troopers from the Maryland State Police Aviation Command on Friday rescued a crew member who was having a medical emergency aboard a cruise ship sailing in the Chesapeake Bay The aviation crew from the Easton Section, Trooper 6, responded to the Chesapeake Bay off of the shores of Kent Island around 7 p.m. on Friday. The United States Coast Guard – Sector Baltimore called advisi...
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Reminder - Camden Line Trains 857 (5:20 pm departure from Camden Yards) and Train 858 (6:55 pm departure from Union Station) will be canceled today and through September 30. Passengers may ride other Camden Line trains and passengers are reminded that Camden Line tickets are always cross-honored on the Penn Line. Penn Line Train 445 departs Penn Station at 5:35 pm and Penn Line Train 446 depart...
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Anne Arundel County Pledges Support for Veterans and Their Care Givers

Anne Arundel County will be the first county in Maryland to sign on to the Hidden Heroes cities and counties program, one of the campaign's key national initiatives designed to develop military caregiver resources at a local level.  Hidden Heroes is an initiative of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.  Mrs. Dole was a one-time president of the National American Red Cross, attorney...
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Anne Arundel County Police Shoots and Kills Allegedly Armed Man

Multiple officers shot an allegedly armed man in Harwood early on Saturday morning.  A police spokesman says the fatal shooting was in response to a call to a domestic violence situation at the 4100 block of Sands Road. Media reports say a woman w ran to a neighbor's house for help. Police responded to gunfire at the woman's home, and the man emerged from nearby woods with a f...
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21 Year Old Man From Severn Arrested for Weapons and CDS

Police took notice of a vehicle in a Motel-6 parking lot. Then, the olfactory senses took over. What they saw confirmed what they smelled: suspected marijuana. And, what else was in the 2015 Honda Accord, parked at the Motel 6 located at 1630 Annapolis Road in Odenton? A loaded .40 caliber Polymer 80 handgun. This led to the arrest of Derek Hamilton Smith Jr.    ...
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We Remember POWs and MIAs Today

You've served with them. You are related to them. You know of them. You feel the holes in your heart because they are no longer here. We hear you. We know.

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Railway Labor Agreement Reached- Commuters Should Expect Delays on MARC

The President and his Department of Transportation announced an agreement with freight rail workers, whose lines are used by Maryland commuters, the Camden and Brunswick lines will operate. But, because of a backup of freight trains, there are still delays expected on the MARC lines. CSX railroad workers had planned to strike Friday to seek a new deal aimed at improving working c...
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MARC Camden Lines Could Be Affected by Possible Freight Railroad Workers Strike

The Maryland Transit Administration is already making plans in event that a strike is called by those who work for CSX Freightlines, the railroad whose tracks MARC trains use.  According to media reports, a tentative agreement was rejected Wednesday by one of the railroad unions. If a deal isn't reached the first nat...
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Police Arrest One for a Stabbing on Admiral Drive

A thirty-year-old Washington D.C. woman was arrested by Anne Arundel County police for stabbing another woman in the 600 block of Admiral Drive in Annapolis last night. Police say they were called to an area hospital at around 9:30 pm on Tuesday night where a woman walked in complaining of stab wounds....
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Annapolis City Resolution to Oppose New Golf Links at Greenbury Point Doesn't Pass

A proposal to pass a resolution against developing a portion of Greenbury Point Natural preserve into 18 more holes for the Navy's golf course didn't get enough votes. Alderman Rob Savidge, of the 7th Ward, said the resolution was needed because, "From what I hear, Gladchuck is still planning on pursuing this project in the future. That's why I feel it's important...
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