Facing government shutdown, federal parks in Hagerstown area prepare to close

As Americans waited Monday to find out whether members of Congress would reach a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown, federal parks in the region were preparing to close to visitors. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield, and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park were to be closed Tuesday if the House and Senate failed to reach a deal by Monday night. (Herald-Mail)

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Sykesville Police Chief Williams retires

After 12 years as Sykesville’s police chief and 42 years in police work, Chief John Williams has retired, leaving behind an era of community policing, friends and co-workers of Williams said. Williams began law enforcement work as a patrol officer with Prince George’s County about 42 years ago. Twenty years later, he retired as an investigator from the police department. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Federal government shutdown likely to impact Harford

The 23,000 civilians, contractors and members of uniformed military who work at Aberdeen Proving Ground were preparing Monday for the possibility of a federal government shutdown on Tuesday that is likely to have an impact well beyond the boundaries of the huge Harford County military installation. Not only is the Proving Ground's Harford's largest employment center, but the impending closing of federal offices and agencies in the wake of a nasty political fight in Washington, would affect thousands of other Harford County area residents both directly and indirectly. (Aegis)

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D.C.’s National Aquarium shuts down, scattering aquatic denizens

They’re busting up the old gang. The giant Pacific octopus will head north to Baltimore, along with the loggerhead sea turtle. The alligator pair will move south to Louisiana, where they will be released into the wild south of New Orleans. And Toby, the blue lobster — well, he’s still looking for a new home. After more than 100 years in the District, the National Aquarium shut its doors Monday — one of the few closures in town this week not related to the bickering on Capitol Hill. (Wash. Post)

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High court: Arrest in gun case was valid 

A Maryland law permitting security officers to carry handguns inside a business establishment with management’s permission does not extend outside the building, the state’s top court said in validating the arrest of a gun-toting strip-club bouncer who broke up a disturbance in the parking lot. (Daily Record)

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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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