May 23 // Advocates to monitor drunken driving cases, claiming Montgomery County judges are too lenient on offenders

A year and a half after "Noah's Law" went into effect, advocates and Montgomery County officials say it isn't doing enough to prevent drunken driving. Rich Leotta—the father of police Officer Noah Leotta, whose death in 2015 inspired the state law—said Tuesday that judges are not consistently ordering drunken driving offenders to install an ignition interlock in their cars as required by the law. (Bethesda)

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'Your client is a one-man crime wave': Teen charged in Baltimore County officer's death has lengthy juvenile record

The West Baltimore teen’s crime spree began in December, prosecutors say, and, over the subsequent months, he stole four cars, skipped court dates and escaped from a juvenile center. When a Baltimore County police officer confronted him Monday, 16-year-old Dawnta Harris ducked down and accelerated a stolen Jeep, running over Officer Amy Caprio as she opened fire, prosecutors say. (Balt. Sun)

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A byproduct of the rainy weather: sewage overflows

Millions of gallons of sewage-laced water have flowed into the Jones Falls and Inner Harbor following storms that swept across the metropolitan area in recent days. In public reports mandated by state law, the city Department of Public Works has disclosed that 1.2 million gallons of untreated sewage mixed with stormwater were released last Thursday into the underground portion of the Jones Falls south of Penn Station. An additional 1.5 million gallons overflowed into the stream on Saturday. (Brew)

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Hopkins survey finds gun owners, non-gun owners agree on many safety proposals

A national survey conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that gun owners and non-gun owners largely agree on gun control policies. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says the survey measured support of 24 different gun policies and gun owner and non-gun owners agreed on 63 percent of the policies. The survey also shows for 23 of the 24 gun policies, the majority of respondents supported gun regulation, which includes background checks and restricting a person subject to a domestic violence restraining order from having a gun duration the order. (WJZ-TV)

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Harford County drug awareness campaigns earn awards

Harford County has been recognized for its efforts to combat the opioid crisis through an arts awareness campaign. The National Association of Counties awarded the county with its 2018 "Best in Category" award in the Arts, Cultural, and Historic Preservation category. The award is the second NACo Achievement Award for addiction prevention efforts and the the sixth NACo Award for excellence in three years for County Executive Barry Glassman's administration. (WMAR-TV)

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Governor, mayor to recreate summer kickoff tradition

With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, local and state officials are renewing a traditional season kick-off event not seen in decades. Ocean City will celebrate the arrival of the summer of 2018 Friday by bringing back a ceremonial kickoff event that first took place over 70 years ago. In 1946, Maryland Governor Harry O’Connor and Ocean City Mayor Daniel Trimper, Jr. kicked off the summer season by meeting on the beach and planting a ceremonial umbrella in the sand. (Dispatch)

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Comptroller to promote summer tourism in Garrett County

Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit Garrett County on Wednesday, part of a statewide pre-summer promotion of family-friendly venues. Franchot will start at the Simon Pearce Factory Store and Glassblowing Workshop to present a proclamation and tour the studio. The facility opened in 1999 and is an expansion of the factory’s headquarters in Vermont, founded by Simon Pearce in 1981. (Times-News)

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May 22 // Baltimore County police officer killed after confrontation; police searching for suspects

A Baltimore County police officer was killed in a confrontation Monday as she responded to an afternoon call in Perry Hall, setting off an hours-long manhunt for suspects as police searched densely populated suburban neighborhoods. The officer’s death prompted outcry throughout the state, and the search left nearly 2,000 students stranded in their schools well into the evening as police looked for the suspects, considered armed and dangerous. (Balt. Sun)

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