Change in MSP mindset leads to more human trafficking arrests

A change in mindset at the Maryland State Police has led to more arrests for human trafficking and prostitution. Charges were handed down Oct. 4 to Craig Okeido Anderson, 32, of the unit block of Melve Avenue in Catonsville, for four counts of prostitution, two counts of human trafficking for compensation, one count of human trafficking by using force and one count of second-degree assault in the Howard County District Court. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Boaters try curious remedies to deter waterfowl

 

An enemy to many boaters, mallards rest on a pier at the South Annapolis Yacht Centre. Boaters have adopted an assortment of curious tactics to deter ducks and geese from making a mess on the decks. (Capital)

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The paid vacation isn't paid for yet: Carroll residents struggle with forced furlough

Some are calling the forced furlough of federal workers due to the government shutdown a paid vacation. For many of those workers, though, it’s anything but. Lawrence Rhodes, of Westminster, said his family is something of a furloughed family. Both he and his wife, Pilar, work for the Social Security Administration, and two of his sons work for the Transportation Security Administration at BWI Airport. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Batts offers open hand to LGBT community at hate-crime forum

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts offered an open hand to the LGBT community at a hate-crime forum in Mount Vernon, saying he wants to stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" with community members to improve officers' interactions with them on the ground. "We're here to be open, we're here to engage, we're here to be part of the community -- all parts of the community," Batts said. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis woman stunned as online fundraiser nets more than $400K

Staring at the glow of her computer, Melissa Smith couldn’t believe her eyes. An online fundraiser for the Annapolis woman, paralyzed from the chest down, had started hours earlier. The goal was $50,000. Smith figured that was the amount she’d need to put a down payment on a “fixer-upper” home to retrofit for her wheelchair. (Capital)

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Public input on Baltimore's bus network sought

The Maryland Transit Administration is in the midst of a "comprehensive review" of its bus network in Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs — the first in more than a decade — and it is about to open the process to the public through a series of workshops. (Balt. Sun)

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Salisbury residents may appeal public water plan

Homeowners in the Morris Mill and Coulbourne Woods subdivisions who have well water contaminated with trichloroethylene — and those who don’t — will be able to meet with county officials Monday to learn about the proposal to extend public water to the entire neighborhood. The meeting at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center will be the first chance for homeowners to interact with the county council since they voted to move forward with the project in September. (Daily Times)

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Annapolis City Dock Master Plan heads to public approval

The City Dock Master Plan is now in the hands of the citizens of Annapolis. The Annapolis City Council approved final amendments to the plan in a 4½-hour meeting Thursday afternoon. A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 21 at City Council chambers. (Capital)

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