City prosecutors lose three trials with accused rapist on stand

Nelson Bernard Clifford has been tried in three separate rape cases in recent years. Each time, he was linked through DNA to the scene and his accuser said she had been bound, blindfolded and attacked. And each time, the 35-year-old was acquitted after giving similar testimony: He said the sex was consensual and surmised the women accused him of rape because they were either upset over a financial dispute or worried their boyfriends would find out. (Balt. Sun)

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Charges dropped against Severna Park couple in tree-cutting case

Standing on their back porch in Severna Park on Thursday, Nilos and Kelly Sakellariou felt vindicated. The last three years have been filled with lawsuits, court hearings and criminal charges, all stemming from tree-cutting services they ordered around their Bellehahn Court home in 2010. (Capital)

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Bike path pushes downtown, SU ties

For years, city leaders and Salisbury University officials have wanted to build a stronger connection between the campus and downtown. Now they have one set in asphalt. (Daily Times)

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Staff to develop use-in-common driveway waiver process

Carroll County staff will create a process for property owners sharing driveways with other homeowners to seek waivers with the county on driveway building requirements. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Transportation rules relaxed on White Oak project

The Montgomery County Planning Board concocted an alternative process to approve a $3.2 billion public-private life sciences complex when it met Sept. 4 for a last working session before voting on the proposed White Oak Science Gateway master plan. The new approval system was drafted in response to concerns from County Executive Isiah Leggett’s administration. (Gazette)

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Neglected rail crossing irks Collins

With work set to begin this month on road improvements at the Waldorf intersection of Route 5 and Old Washington Road, Charles County commissioners’ Vice President Reuben B. Collins II is upset about the neglected states of an adjacent Exxon gas station and nearby CSX rail line. (Gazette)

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County to continue municipal recycling program

Bottles and cans might soon have to cover less distance to land in a recycling bin near Brunswick or Thurmont. The Board of County Commissioners decided Thursday to continue and possibly expand the county's municipal recycling program. (News-Post)

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Governor seeks better police training about people with disabilities

Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to improve training for law enforcement and other first responders who encounter people with disabilities, an issue raised by the death of a Frederick County man, aides said. (Balt. Sun)

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