Ocean City adopts $127 million budget

With little fanfare or discussion, Ocean City officials this week formally adopted the fiscal year 2019 budget at a little over $127 million, holding the town’s property tax rate at last year’s level. After a weeks-long process during which the proposed budget was scoured over, the council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2019 budget on second reading on Monday with no more discussion. The total budget for all funds is just over $127 million with the general fund making up around $85 million, representing an increase of $653,503 over the current budget. (Dispatch)

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Attorneys say Baltimore County officer showed 'aggression,' accused teen was in 'survival mode'

Attorneys for the teenager accused of running over and killing Baltimore County police Officer Amy S. Caprio called for the public release of body camera footage from the incident, saying their client was in “survival mode” when he ran over the officer. J. Wyndal Gordon and Warren Brown, two prominent Baltimore defense attorneys who are representing 16-year-old Dawnta Harris, said Thursday morning that the footage will help answer questions surrounding Caprio’s death, and ultimately help their client’s case. (Balt. Sun)

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Fourth teen charged in Baltimore County officer's death held without bail

The last of four teens charged in Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio’s death was ordered held without bail at the county detention center, along with three other boys charged in her killing. During a bail review hearing Thursday at the Baltimore County District Court in Towson, Judge Barbara Jung ordered Eugene Robert Genius IV, 17, held without bail due to the serious nature of the charges against him, which include first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. (Balt. Sun)

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Hundreds turn out for viewing of slain Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio

Several hundred people, a mix of family, friends and police officers — past and present, lined up on Belair Road on Thursday to pay their respects to slain Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio. Among them was Scott Roper, a longtime Baltimore City police officer. Though he retired from the force years ago, he said at heart he’s still a police officer. (Balt. Sun)

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May 24 // Gov. Larry Hogan makes E-ZPass devices free for Maryland motorists

The electronic E-ZPass devices that speed motorists through Maryland toll collection plazas will now be given free to new customers, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. At a news conference at the Bay Bridge, the Republican governor said the Maryland Transportation Authority will no longer charge the $7.50 fee for the transponders drivers attach to their vehicles. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County Council meets to pass budget — and possibly select a county executive

The Baltimore County Council will meet Thursday to adopt a $3.3 billion budget — and possibly appoint a new county executive. The 10 a.m. meeting initially was scheduled to pass a series of spending bills that will lay out the government’s budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, as well as to consider other policy issues, such as whether county employee health plans should cover 12 months of birth control. (Balt. Sun)

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Consent decree reforms progressing despite leadership shake-up, Baltimore Police officials say

Despite back-to-back command shake-ups in the last four months, the Baltimore Police Department is holding to a reform schedule set forward under its consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, police officials said Monday. “We’re still moving ahead,” said Chief Michelle Wirzberger, who heads the department’s consent decree compliance office. “There’s been no change. There’s been no delay. There’s been no let-up whatsoever in terms of our work.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore launches program helping residents pay for cleanup after some sewage backups

Baltimore will now pay up to $2,500 toward cleanup costs associated with some basement sewage backups. The city launched the reimbursement program last month under a federally supervised program to modernize its aged, leaky sewer system. Only sewage backups caused by heavy rain are eligible for the program, and the backups must be reported within 24 hours. Claims for reimbursement of cleanup costs must be submitted to the city within 90 days of the incident. (Balt. Sun)

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