Harford planning board nixes big industrial rezoning request, supports most others

Sighs of relief and gasps of disappointment were among the reactions of the 70 or so people gathered Wednesday evening to see how the Harford County Planning Advisory Board would vote on each of the 112 requests to have properties rezoned during this year's Comprehensive Zoning Review. Those who live and work along Spesutia and Old Stepney Roads in Perryman breathed a sigh of relief after the board voted in favor of keeping a neighboring 88-acre plot residential rather than change the zoning to allow industrial uses. (Aegis)

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Midges become nuisance for Back River

If you live or work in Middle River or Back River, no doubt you've dealt with midges  They're small and harmless, but they're causing headaches. So much so that Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order to help get rid of them. People who live and work in the area say the little bugs make summer intolerable. Sam Weaver owns Weaver's Marine Service along the river and says they're such a pest, he's losing business. "People can't stand to come down and sit out on their boats or enjoy the water front," he said. (WMAR)

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Howard County police to add Asian liaison officer

As Howard County's Asian community continues to grow, the police department is set to add an Asian liaison officer in the coming months in an effort to match its resources to the changing demographics. Howard's Asian population grew to an estimated 18.3 percent of county residents in 2016, compared to 14.4 percent in 2010, according to U.S. census data. The county's Korean population in particular makes up a sizable portion of that population at nearly 30 percent, according to 2010 census data. Funding for the new position was approved July 1 as part of the fiscal 2018 county operating budget. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Two Maryland doctors indicted on drug charges after allegedly writing prescriptions for more than a quarter-million doses

Two Baltimore-area doctors flooded Maryland streets with more than a quarter-million doses of illegally prescribed painkillers and sedatives in recent years, compounding the state’s opioid epidemic, investigators said Thursday. State and federal law enforcement officials announced the doctors have been indicted on charges of selling prescriptions for cash — one man allegedly dealing out of his Mercedes — in separate schemes that investigators said caused two deaths, attracted pill-hungry customers from as far away as Youngstown, Ohio, and transformed the grounds outside a North Baltimore clinic into an open-air drug market with unruly crowds. (Balt. Sun0

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United Way of Central Maryland announces $116K for programming support in Carroll

The United Way of Central Maryland announced Tuesday more than $116,000 for programming supporting the organization’s goal of improving the lives of Carroll County residents. United Way’s grants will support the overall mission to help low-income individuals and families in Carroll County obtain the necessities of a better life: education, housing, employment and health, according to a news release from the United Way of Central Maryland. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Baltimore home sales, prices rose in July as inventory constricted

Home sales and prices in the Baltimore region rose in July as housing inventory continued to dwindle, limiting buyers’ choices. The sales of 3,589 properties closed in July, inching up 0.8 percent from the same month last year, according to a report released Thursday by the local multiple listing service. The median sales price also inched up 0.9 percent, to $270,000, the MarketStats by Showing Time report said. Prices in the Baltimore area have risen year-over-year for each of the past 17 months. In July, prices hit their highest level for that month in nearly a decade. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County weighs whether to require body cameras for moonlighting officers

After an off-duty police officer fatally shot a man in a supermarket parking lot last week, Baltimore County officials say they are considering requiring officers who moonlight as security guards to wear their body cameras. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has asked the county attorney to review the issue after a police officer working security shot and killed 35-year-old Christopher E. Clapp outside a Giant supermarket in Catonsville. State Sen. Jim Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat, called for the county to require the camera use. (Balt. Sun)

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Bywater park to be closed for $277,000 in improvements

The park near Bywater Mutual Homes will be closed Tuesday and expected to reopen in November after improvements are made. The new Kingsport-Bywater Park includes sidewalk ramps, play equipment, a walking path, updated stormwater management and a small parking lot, according to a news release from the city of Annapolis. It will cost about $277,000 using Program Open Space money, a grant from the state's Community Parks and Playgrounds Program, and city money. The city is paying $18,335 as a match to the Program Open Space money. (Balt. Sun)

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