Prince George’s sheriff’s deputy suspended on drunken-driving charges

A Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputy has been suspended as she faces drunken-driving-related charges from a July incident, the sheriff’s office said. Deputy First Class Maria E. Mejia-Paz has been charged with driving while impaired by alcohol, failure to control speed to avoid collision, reckless driving and related charges stemming from an incident on July 20, the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office said. (Balt. Sun)

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Camden Station in Baltimore reopens following $7 million renovation

Camden Station outside Oriole Park in Baltimore has reopened after a $7 million renovation with a larger waiting area, restrooms, ticket vending machines and bicycle racks. The station, just east of the Camden Yards warehouse along the railroad tracks at Howard and Conway streets, provides MARC Train and light rail service to tens of thousands of baseball fans, commuters and other transit riders. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Fire Department Gets Nearly $300K In Federal Funding

FEMA is giving Baltimore’s fire department nearly $300,000 in funding for new equipment and a paramedicine program. The city’s congressional delegation said Thursday the $298,345 will help support the department’s Mobile Integrated Health/Community Paramedicine program with the University of Maryland Medical Center as well as help it buy new equipment. The funds come from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefirefighters Grant program. (WJZ)

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Judge rejects Baltimore Police’s bid to dismiss lawsuit in drug planting case involving GTTF and Det. Suiter

A federal judge gave the green light Thursday to a multi-million-dollar lawsuit alleging Baltimore Police officers wrongfully imprisoned two men by planting drugs on them to justify a deadly high-speed chase in 2010, denying motions by the police department and several officers to dismiss the case.The incident involved members of the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force now serving time in federal prison and the late Det. Sean Suiter, who was found fatally shot in the head in West Baltimore one day before he was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury considering charges in the sprawling federal investigation of the corrupt gun unit. (Balt. Sun)

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OC Council Approves $300K For Fire Truck Engines

Resort officials this week approved a $300,000 emergency expenditure request to replace motors in three of the Ocean City Fire Department’s frontline fire engines, although some creative financing softened the fiscal blow somewhat. On Tuesday, Ocean City Fire Department Chief Richie Bowers and most of the command staff from both the volunteer and career divisions came before the Mayor and Council requesting $300,000 in funding to replace the motors in two fire engines and one engine tanker. Bowers told the elected officials the motors in one or all of the three engines could fail and any time, which would have a negative impact on operational readiness and response capability. The chief told the Mayor and Council the existing motors are no longer produced by the manufacturer and parts are not readily available.


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Maryland Jockey Club says Justify tested clean before and after 2018 Preakness

A day after the New York Times reported that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for a banned substance in the run-up to the Kentucky Derby, the Maryland Jockey Club said that the Bob Baffert-trained colt was clean in pre- and post-race drug tests for the 143rd Preakness. Earlier Thursday, Churchill Downs Racetrack released a similar statement saying that Justify had come up clean on pre- and post-race tests for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. (Balt. Sun)

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New Convenience Store Planned For Route 50

Plans for a 7-Eleven at the intersection of Samuel Bowen Boulevard and Route 50 are moving forward. On Wednesday, the Worcester County Technical Review Committee met with Eric McWilliams of Bohler Engineering to go over details of a 7-Eleven proposed for land at the intersection of Route 50 and Samuel Bowen Boulevard. Coincidentally, another 7-Eleven is being planned further west for the intersection of Route 50 and Route 818 by developer Spiro Buas. (The Dispatch)


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Health Care (and Smiles) for All

The University of Maryland School of Public Health's Center for Health Equity, the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Maryland State Dental Association Foundation will host the Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival at the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland on September 13 & 14. The event will transform the Terrapins' basketball court into a mobile dental clinic with over 100 chairs to provide more than 1,000 people in need with more than $1.5 million in free dental care. (UMd)

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