City settles assault claim for $95K 

The Board of Estimates last week approved a $95,000 settlement with a Baltimore man who alleged city police officers chased and assaulted him without probable cause. (Daily Record)

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Hagerstown Police Dept. to use grant to hire two new officers

A federal grant will allow the Hagerstown Police Department to hire two new officers to help bolster its depleted force. Chief Mark Holtzman said the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program grant will provide $250,000 for the department to support the salaries and benefits of two new officers over the next three years. (Herald-Mail)

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3,500 pounds of food donated to Maryland Food Bank’s Western Branch

A monthlong drive organized by the Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration resulted in nearly 3,500 pounds of food being donated to the Maryland Food Bank’s Western Branch on Monday. The 3,431 pounds of food collected during September, which was Hunger Action Month, are the equivalent of 2,859 meals, according to a state police news release. (Herald-Mail)

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Bladensburg's oldest building gets new repairs for bicentennial event

Bladensburg officials want to resurrect the town’s oldest surviving structure — a house that played a crucial role in the War of 1812 — in time for next year’s bicentennial commemoration. The Bostwick House, built in 1746, is a 2.5-story brick structure on a 7.7-acre property on 48th Street, near the Anacostia River. (Gazette)

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Howard ranks 2nd in nation in median income at $108,844

Howard County households are among the most prosperous in the nation, according to results from a recently released survey. Income data from the American Community Survey, an annual data collection project run by the Census Bureau to supplement the once-a-decade census, shows that Howard County has the second-highest median household income in the nation. (Patuxent)

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Public comment period extended for Humane Society's development plans

The Humane Society of the United States will have more time to address issues surrounding the headquarters planned for property on Professional Drive. The society got approval from the Gaithersburg Planning Commission Sept. 25 to extend the public comment period surrounding the organization’s plans for development on its Professional Drive property. (Gazette)

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Westminster grapples with police use of license plate readers

The Westminster Police Department could soon begin using license plate readers -- technology that scans license plates automatically during an officer's routine patrol to search for vehicles that might be stolen or linked to an open warrant. But Westminster City Council members are leery of approving a proposal by Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding that would allow such technology. (Patuxent)

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Hearing set for requested change to Emerald Pointe development plan

Washington County officials have scheduled a hearing Tuesday afternoon to obtain additional public reaction to a requested change to the final development plan of the Emerald Pointe development north of Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail)

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