Anton Black case: Maryland Gov. Hogan wants answers about teen's death in police custody on Eastern Shore

Gov. Larry Hogan said he is pushing for answers for the family of Anton Black, an African-American teenager who died in police custody on the Eastern Shore. The family of Black, 19, of Greensboro, has been seeking information about his death since his fatal encounter with local police in September. But they’ve yet to receive details from police investigators or the state medical examiner’s office about how their loved one died. “We have no cause of death. We don’t have an M.E. report. We don’t have a death certificate,” said LaToya Holley, 37, Black’s sister, in an interview. “We haven’t even heard of the results of the toxicology. Nothing.” (Balt. Sun)

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Board of Public Works to vote on adding statues of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman to Maryland State House

Maryland’s Board of Public Works on Wednesday is set to vote on a contract to erect bronze statues of two abolitionist heroes to the State House. The board — which is composed of Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp — is set to consider a contract to design and erect statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass in the Old House of Delegates Chamber. The Department of General Services is recommending The Christmas Company of Sterling, Va., be awarded the $575,000 contract to complete the work within 390 days. The project includes “structural and potential infrastructure modifications to accommodate the new statues.” (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery council seeks ways to investigate police-involved deaths

Montgomery County Council members are grappling with ways to boost public faith in law enforcement after last summer’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Silver Spring. Freshman council member Will Jawando (D-At Large) introduced the Law Enforcement Trust and Transparency Act last week, while his colleague Hans Riemer (D-At Large) is drafting a bill that would create a committee to oversee policing policy in the state’s most populous jurisdiction. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel County Council hears intense debate on immigration

After hearing from the public Tuesday evening, the County Council was likely to reject two resolutions asking County Executive Steuart Pittman to revive a federal immigration screening program and not to use proceeds from another for legal fees for detainees. Late last week, ICE officials informed the county it was ending a contract to house immigration detainees in reaction to Pittman pulling the county out of the 287(g) program that had county corrections officers screening inmates for immigration violations. Money from that contract was eyed by Pittman to provide some legal assistance to detainees. (Capital)

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Maryland state prosecutor who investigated political corruption cases of Dallas Dance, John Leopold to retire

Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt, who has prosecuted corrupt politicians, announced Tuesday that he is retiring later this year. In a letter Davitt sent last week to Gov. Larry Hogan, Davitt said he would step down Aug. 1. “It has been a true honor and privilege to serve the people of this outstanding state during the past several years,” Davitt wrote in the letter, which his office released Tuesday morning. (Balt. Sun)

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Defense in Capital Gazette shooting case will get more time to explore an insanity plea

The judge presiding over the Capital Gazette shooting case Tuesday extended the deadline for an insanity plea, giving the suspected shooter until March to modify his not guilty plea. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken gave the defendant and his counsel an extra seven weeks to explore a not criminally responsible by reason of insanity plea, opening the possibility he could serve a sentence in a mental health prison facility. (Capital)

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A special paint night to benefit Community Foundation of Carroll County

The tree is a symbol of immense and enduring strength. Meaning can be found in its spreading branches of protection and the roots that hold it firmly in place. Within the Community Foundation of Carroll County’s logo, a single symbolic tree stands out. And that is why those who attend the Community Foundation of Carroll County’s paint night fundraiser on Jan. 31 will be painting a tree. The paint night — to be held from 6-9 p.m. at VFW Post 467 in Westminster — will be led by artist Lyndi McNulty, owner of Gizmos Art. (Carroll County Times)

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They sought ‘lead paint virgins’ and bought their settlements. It will be hard for victims to get their money back

A Chevy Chase company that made millions of dollars from deals with victims of lead poisoning targeted an “entire generation of youth coming of age in Baltimore” with its deceptive practices, Maryland’s top law enforcement official alleges. But even if a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Brian Frosh is successful, the amount of restitution those victims can receive is severely limited by a separate class-action claim. The settlement of that lawsuit, brought by two of Access Funding’s former customers, entitles victims of the company to receive about $750,000 — about 4 percent of what Frosh’s office asserts they are owed. (Balt. Sun)

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