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Drunk Drivers in Md. Will Have Slain Cop's Image in Cars

He was killed by a drunk driver last year

(Newser) - The face of a police officer killed by a drunken driver will appear on ignition interlock devices installed in the vehicles of Maryland motorists convicted of a DUI. A postage stamp-sized sticker bearing Officer Noah Leotta's picture will be attached to the devices to remind drivers of the 24-year-old... More »

Man Dies 3 Days After Calling Police for Help

'Mr. Boyd was in need of medical attention, and the police responded with violence'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Baltimore County man died in the hospital three days after being repeatedly punched by officers responding to his 911 call, the Guardian reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , Tawon Boyd called 911 early last Sunday. He told officers his girlfriend, Deona Styron, had "got him intoxicated and... More »

Teen Girl Pepper Sprayed, Charged After Bike Crash

Police say the 15-year-old was assaultive

(Newser) - Police in Hagerstown, Maryland, say officers pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl and charged her with assault and disorderly conduct after her bicycle hit a car, the AP reports. Capt. Paul Kifer said Wednesday that the white officers who arrested the mixed-race girl acted properly. He says she became assaultive as officers... More »

5 Richest and Poorest States

Maryland is top, Mississippi is bottom

(Newser) - The median income in Maryland is a far cry from the median income in Mississippi, according to 24/7 Wall St . Its new ranking (based on this new 2015 Census Bureau data ) shows the richest and poorest states in the country, based on median household income in 2015. The top... More »

Hero Driver Saves 20 Kids From Burning Bus

'My biggest reward is my babies are safe': Maryland bus driver Renita Smith

(Newser) - If you want any bus driver taking your kids to and from school, it's Renita Smith. That's likely the feeling of nearly two dozen sets of parents in Maryland's Prince George's County after Smith yanked their children off a school bus that burst into flames Monday,... More »

It's So Hot in Baltimore That Schools Are Closing

Dozens of them

(Newser) - Dozens of Baltimore County schools that don't have air conditioning are closed Friday because of the heat, the AP reports. The temporary closures of 37 schools are because of a measure approved by the county's board of education earlier this month that says non-air-conditioned public schools must close... More »

6 Found Dead So Far in Mysterious Maryland Explosion

But one man reported missing has been found alive

(Newser) - The death toll has risen as searchers sift through the rubble from an explosion at a Maryland apartment building . Montgomery County Police said Monday that a sixth body has been found in the debris of the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring, the AP reports. An explosion at the four-story... More »

Mystery Blast Rocks DC Suburb, Injures 30

At least 3 firefighters among the injured

(Newser) - Fire officials say at least 30 people, including at least three firefighters, have been injured in an explosion and fire at an apartment building in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC, reports the AP . First responders were dispatched to the scene in Silver Spring just before midnight Wednesday after a... More »

Woman's Facebook Account Deactivated Amid Fatal Standoff

Site blocked Korryn Gaines' posts upon police request

(Newser) - The world might've seen more of Korryn Gaines' five-hour standoff with police Monday, but Facebook granted a police request to shut off her account. The social media site deactivated Gaines' Facebook and Instagram accounts, which she was using to broadcast the standoff before she was fatally shot in Randallstown,... More »

State Balks at Serial Retrial

Maryland is appealing judge's ruling to give Adnan Syed a new trial

(Newser) - A Baltimore judge was wrong to consider "a novel standalone claim" about the reliability of cellphone tracking evidence in granting a new trial for a man whose murder conviction was re-examined in the Serial podcast, the Maryland attorney general's office says. Appealing the decision to retry Adnan Syed,... More »

5-Year-Old Hurt in Shootout Between Woman, Baltimore Cops

23-year-old Korryn Gaines died after hourslong standoff

(Newser) - A nearly six-hour standoff with Baltimore County police Monday ended with a shootout that left a 23-year-old woman dead and a 5-year-old injured, the Baltimore Sun reports. Cops arrived at a Randallstown, Md., apartment just before 9:30am to serve arrest warrants on a man living there and on Korryn... More »

Driver Pokemon-Goes Right Into Police Car: Cops

'That's what I get for playing this dumb-a-- game': distracted Baltimore driver

(Newser) - Even a Legendary may not be able to get a young man from Baltimore out of trouble after his SUV ran into a police car early Monday while he was allegedly playing Pokemon Go, the Baltimore Sun reports. USA Today notes body-camera video was released that shows a Toyota RAV4... More »

Court: Parents Are Legally Responsible for Kids' Drinking

If they've 'willfully' and 'knowingly' provided the booze

(Newser) - In what one attorney calls a "wake-up call to the so-called cool parents," Maryland adults who provide alcohol to underage kids can be held legally responsible if those kids harm themselves or others, the Washington Post reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , adults in Maryland could already be... More »

In Maryland Lightning Strike, Ben Franklin Saves the Day

Original lightning rod took the hit when Maryland's State House was hit

(Newser) - Gov. Larry Hogan says the Maryland State House was saved from a lightning strike "by a 208-year-old original Ben Franklin lightning rod." The nation's oldest State House was hit by lightning Friday evening, triggering a sprinkler system in its historic dome, reports the AP . Fire officials say... More »

'Active Shooter' at Military Base Just a False Alarm

Turns out to be a misunderstanding at Joint Base Andrews

(Newser) - The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an "active shooter" report that turned out to be a false alarm, the AP reports. The report stemmed from someone who made a distress call after seeing security forces... More »

Md. County to Kill Pesky Geese, Donate to Food Bank

Humane Society comes out against program, but parks department says it's tried everything

(Newser) - Officials in Montgomery County, Md., have put up fences and attempted to rearrange habitats, but the goose problem in parks there is so bad that they're now resorting to a last-ditch remedy: killing them and donating what's edible to feed the hungry, NBC News reports. Per a press... More »

Rapper Hosts 'Peace' Event, Is Killed on Way Home

Lor Scoota was fatally shot in Baltimore on Saturday

(Newser) - Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota hosted an event calling for "peace in the streets"—and was fatally shot an hour later, reports the Washington Post . Authorities say Tyriece Travon Watson was driving home from a charity event at Morgan State University around 7pm Saturday when a black male wearing... More »

Wife Says Husband Kept Her Locked Up for Months

He would allegedly take her for walks around the neighborhood

(Newser) - A 51-year-old city worker is in jail after his wife told police he kept her locked up in their Maryland apartment for nearly three months, the Daily Times reports. According to WMDT , the unnamed woman says her imprisonment started March 26, the day they moved into the apartment in Salisbury.... More »

Maryland's GOP Governor Isn't Voting for Trump

Larry Hogan says he might write another name on ballot

(Newser) - Maryland's Larry Hogan has become the latest governor to decide that being a Republican doesn't mean you have to vote for Donald Trump. After months of skirting the question, Hogan told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't plan to vote for Trump in November, reports the Baltimore Sun... More »

National Aquarium Moving Its Dolphins to Sanctuary

8 will head to seaside facility by end of 2020

(Newser) - Baltimore's National Aquarium says it will send its eight dolphins to "the nation's first seaside dolphin sanctuary" before the end of 2020 amid increasing pressure from animal activists. The animals will live out their lives in the outdoor facility, which has not been built, but will still... More »

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