At 278, Baltimore has more homicides so far this year than New York and more per-capita than Chicago

Baltimore Police on Wednesday announced the deaths of three men shot in two separate incidents on Tuesday and one last month — pushing the city’s homicide count to 278 so far this year. Baltimore is on pace for its deadliest year on record, on a per-capita basis and in total homicides. This year is on pace to push 2015 and 2016 to second- and third-deadliest on a per capita basis, respectively, and to surpass the city’s record homicide total of 353 in 1993, when there were about 100,000 more residents in the city. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Phelps Opens Up About Anxiety In New Doc ‘Angst’

Baltimore native Michael Phelps speaks out once again about mental health, and his target audience this time around are children who are struggling with anxiety. The pressure seems more intense now than it’s ever been. His record in the water is untouched. The greatest of all time with 28 Olympic medals. But Phelps has fought and conquered another challenge: depression. “Then finally I got to a point where it was my tipping point, I just blew up,” Phelps said in the documentary. In a new documentary called “Angst” he’s trying to help children who are struggling with anxiety. (WJZ-CBS)

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Harford officials try to set record straight on $100,000 allocation for hurricane relief

Harford County is not writing a $100,000 check for hurricane relief, a top aide to the county executive said Tuesday evening. Under legislation introduced last month, the county merely is allocating the money from its cash reserves to cover costs associated with aiding communities in Texas and Florida cleaning up after two major hurricanes, Director of Administration Billy Boniface testified during a County Council public hearing on the legislation. The county has not yet received any requests for aid, despite its offers after Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston, Texas area in August and Hurricane Irma hit Florida in September, Boniface, told council members, as he sought to clear up any misconceptions about the proposed allocation contained in Bill 17-016. (Aegis)

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Anne Arundel County finalizes $1.7M agreement to house ICE detainees

Starting Oct. 30, Anne Arundel County will profit off the detention of alleged immigration violators at two long-vacant dormitory sections of a Glen Burnie jailhouse to house ICE detainees. The intergovernmental service agreement between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Anne Arundel County guarantees a minimum revenue of $1.7 million a year, after a 60-day ramp-up period, for housing up to 130 detainees at Ordnance Road Correctional Center. That’s about $43,070 per detainee at a $118 per bed rate. (Capital)

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Baltimore sewer pipe was sawed off, connected to storm drain leaking into Jones Falls, officials say

Baltimore sewer inspectors recently had reason to believe the city’s century-old network of pipes had sprung another leak in an area of Woodberry near Clipper Mill. What they found was no ordinary crack or break in an old sewer line. A Department of Public Works crew found a 100-year-old sewage pipe that had been routed within a larger storm drain installed only 82 years ago. And at some point within the last two decades, the 8-inch cast-iron pipe had been sawed off, resulting in sewage discharge into the Jones Falls. How that happened is “lost to history,” department spokesman Kurt Kocher said. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford Sheriff's Office buys simulator to train deputies for shooting incidents

With more and more mass shootings happening across the country, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is ensuring its deputies have the tools necessary to train for such incidents. The Sheriff’s Office purchased two weeks ago a VirTra judgmental training simulator that trains deputies in various shooting situations, from mass casualty situations to a suicidal person. Sheriff’s Office leaders demonstrated for the media the simulator’s walk-in, elevated platform that surrounds the deputy 300 degrees at the Southern Precinct station in Edgewood Wednesday afternoon. (Aegis)

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Surge ambulance units bound for Harford County

Two backup/surge ambulances, the first units for Harford County’s planned long-term transition to a county-run EMS service, departed their manufacturing plant in Florida Monday, bound for Maryland where they will be phased into service over the next nine months. The units are expected to arrive by the middle of next week, once they pass a pre-delivery inspection by the manufacturer, Atlantic Emergency Solutions, of Manassas, Va., according to county government spokesperson Cindy Mumby. (Aegis)

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Kohn brothers named family Philanthropists of the Year

Since moving to Carroll County in 2001, Kohn Creative has become a centerpiece of the community, though many may not realize or recognize it. Over the past 16 years, the company has donated its skills in graphic design, marketing and production to events and nonprofits throughout the county. After renovating the old post office building on Main Street in Westminster, Matt and Josh Kohn, owners of Kohn Creative, said they began to work on partnering with local organizations to ensure their support for the community. Over the years, they have donated their time, artwork, supplies and more to organizations and events like The Arc Carroll County, FallFest and the city of Westminster. (Carr. Co. Times)

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