MTA Fights Back Against Cell Phone Robberies On Public Transit

MTA police say they have seen a spike in cell phone and tablet thefts since 2011. Now they’re trying to stop it. Brazen thieves target transit riders, snatching expensive devices then taking off. Now the transit administration is fighting back. They’ve stepped up enforcement, placing officers at bus and rail stops and putting plain clothed officers on buses and trains. (WJZ)

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Oct. 1 // Leggett: No catering to Chevy Chase country club in altering Purple Line route

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says the agreement with the Columbia Country Club to alter the Purple Line’s route for the sake of its Chevy Chase golf course is not a special deal for wealthy and politically connected members, but one of several cases in which officials are working to accommodate property owners along the planned 16-mile route. (Wash. Post)

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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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Ex-offenders less likely to return to prison, Maryland officials say

The percentage of Maryland ex-offenders likely to return to prison within three years of release has fallen by double digits since 2000, state prison officials reported Monday. Secretary Gary D. Maynard, the top official at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, credited the prison system's improved educational and job skills training programs, as well as stronger partnerships with state agencies that provide medical and mental health services to inmates and upon their release. (Balt. Sun)

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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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