Deadly September Has Baltimore City Leaders Working To Curb Violence

Shocking homicide numbers this year have city leaders looking for ways to combat the growing number of murders. There have been almost 200 murders in 2013 and September is the second deadliest month this year. From stabbings to shootings, Baltimore City police have their hands full with murder investigations. The mayor has already added additional prosecutors to the state’s attorney’s office in response to the crime. (WJZ-TV)

Read Full Article

Heroin in Frederick County — "This is an epidemic"

The day her son died, Diane Elliot saw a drug dealer pull into the parking lot outside her Emmitsburg apartment. She ordered the man to leave, but he wouldn’t listen. “I actually screamed at him and said, ‘Get out of here if you are going to sell my son heroin,’” she said. (News-Post)

Read Full Article

Hagerstown fears $20 million state stormwater mandate

Hagerstown officials said Tuesday they are expecting the state to require the city to treat or remove pollutants in stormwater runoff from 20 percent of its impervious surfaces that existed before 1985 at an estimated cost of $20 million over five years. In the last 18 months, Maryland has intentionally let National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase stormwater permits — permits tied to a municipality’s general runoff and pollutant load — expire for smaller communities, called Phase II communities, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said. (Herald-Mail)

Read Full Article

Silver Spring 'Haunted Garden' owner pushes back against Montgomery in court

Montgomery officials didn’t play by the rules when they obtained a court order barring “Haunted Garden” owner Donna Kerr from holding an annual Halloween event at her Silver Spring home, her attorneys argued in pleadings filed Wednesday. They asked Montgomery District Judge Patricia Mitchell to dissolve a temporary restraining order, which she issued late Friday afternoon without a formal hearing. It directed Kerr to cancel the gathering, which was scheduled for five nights over the final two weeks of the month. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

Technology driving younger generations' shift away from cars, study finds

New car-sharing services, travel applications and other technological tools are contributing to the broader shift away from driving among Americans, especially younger ones interested in digital multitasking on the go, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. In Maryland, drivers have decreased their mileage by 4.1 percent since 2007, the organization said, and fewer young people are seeking drivers' licenses in high school. (Balt-Sun)

Read Full Article

Eco-friendly islands populate Columbia lakes

If you've taken a walk around some of Columbia's lakes and ponds recently, you may be wondering what those small islands resembling gardens floating in the water are. You also may be wondering how they got there and what do they do? According to Columbia Association's Assistant Director of Open Space Sean Harbaugh, the "floating wetlands," as they are called, are CA's latest attempt to increase the sustainability of its lakes and ponds. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Frederick police target downtown crosswalks for pedestrian safety

Frederick police are targeting Carroll Creek in their latest pedestrian safety enforcement effort. Officers issued 11 citations Monday afternoon to drivers who did not yield at crosswalks on South Market Street, and the department might soon revisit the downtown location because of the operation's success. Lt. Wayne Trapp, Frederick Police Department patrol commander, said the program involved an officer in plain clothes posing as a civilian crossing one of two crosswalks at Carroll Creek on South Market Street. Police have received numerous complaints about drivers not stopping for pedestrians in the Carroll Creek crosswalks despite posted caution signs. (News-Post)

Read Full Article

Demolition of Brutalist fountain at McKeldin Plaza closer to reality

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc. is planning an overhaul of McKeldin Plaza at Pratt and Light streets to make it a more appealing place for public gatherings and events. The first phase would include the demolition of the McKeldin fountain and skywalk and numerous new tree plantings. The plan is still in its early stages and requires more fundraising to bring it to fruition. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

Read Full Article