Washington County sheriff wants to reduce open arrest warrants with a law on state income tax refunds

Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore wants to reduce the number of active arrest warrants in the county through legislation that would prohibit those charged in warrants from collecting state-income tax refunds. Anne Arundel County passed a similar law in 2012, and the results so far have been impressive, Mullendore said. (Herald-Mail)

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Bill would have Baltimore City run detention center again

A state lawmaker wants Baltimore to take over running the city's detention center again. Baltimore County Delegate John Cluster plans to introduce legislation to hand the reigns of the jail back to the city. The jail has been controlled by the state since lawmakers passed a bill to do so in 1991. Cluster said after 22 years and rampant corruption at the facility, it's clear the city-state partnership is failing. (WBAL-TV)

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Worcester charity Santa House may lose home after holidays

A longtime Worcester County charity providing holiday gifts for hundreds of local families is losing its headquarters and may have to shut down if it can’t find a new home. For more than a decade, Worcester County officials have allowed Santa House to use, at no cost to the organization, an 8,000-square-foot warehouse in Snow Hill for storage and office space. Effective Jan. 15, the county’s Department of Liquor Control is reclaiming the space, and will use it to house bulk liquor purchases. (Daily Times)

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State foresees shortfall in water funds

The state estimates Frederick County could end up underfunding required stormwater programs by about $18 million in its upcoming budget, potentially leaving it unable to comply with a federal permit. In fiscal 2015, the county's 1-cent stormwater fee and other budgeted funding for water quality efforts will pay only 21 percent of the projected cost of the drafted permit, according to the report.  Environmental advocates say the numbers show it's high time for Frederick County officials to start filling the funding gap. (News-Post)

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A hazy future: Heroin usage on the rise in Carroll

It’s a fight Carroll knows all too well, a struggle against a typically white or brown powdered substance that presents itself as a euphoric high and a warm sensation throughout the body. Fifteen years ago, a group of residents banded together in an attempt to decrease heroin usage in the county. But now that Carroll’s heroin-related overdose deaths jumped from two in 2011 to 13 last year, it appears the drug is back. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Lawyers disagree on sentence for Md. man in Iran satellite case

An attorney for a Maryland man convicted of illegally helping Iran launch its first satellite says his client should spend no more than 27 months in prison, not the approximately 16 to 20 years the government is recommending. An attorney for Nader Modanlo made the recommendation in a letter Tuesday to the judge overseeing the case. He called the government’s recommendation “truly shocking.” Modanlo was convicted by a jury earlier this year and is set to be sentenced by a federal judge in Maryland on Friday. (Daily Record)

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Frederick County sheriff’s deputy suspended after assault in Hagerstown

A Frederick County sheriff’s deputy is suspended from duty after police say he punched another man in the face in downtown Hagerstown. Deputy First Class Kevin Darnell White, a 13-year veteran of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, is charged with second-degree assault stemming from an incident early Saturday. (News-Post)

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Alleged Victim’s Attorney Seeks Records In Naval Academy’s Sexual Assault Case

An attorney for an alleged victim in a sexual assault case involving two U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen is asking for court records. Ryan Guilds wrote an email this week to the academy’s superintendent, noting it would not be an issue to obtain similar documents from a civilian court. (WJZ-TV)

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