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September 07, 2008

State police catch both escaped inmates

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) - State police say they've caught the second of two inmates who walked away from a correctional center in Queen Anne's County.

Department of Corrections officials say 41-year-old Billy Gene Dolly and 52-year-old James Allen Cramer left the grounds of the Eastern Pre-Release Unit in Church Hill without permission about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

State Police say an anonymous tip helped Queen Anne's County Sheriff's deputies catch Cramer on Thursday afternoon. A trooper spotted Dolly at an intersection in Barclay on Thursday evening and he was arrested.

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Police say Cramer was serving time for drugs and robbery with a deadly weapon. They say Dolly was serving time for theft.

Emergency workers stand by to respond after Hanna passes

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley said resources and emergency workers have been pre-deployed in southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore as Tropical Storm Hanna moves through the state.

He said 19 local emergency centers have been opened around the state and officials from nearly every state agency are staffing the state Emergency Operations Center.

O'Malley said Maryland National Guard troops are on standby in Salisbury and La Plata.

He said officials are most concerned about wind gusts and the potential for flooding along the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River.

Five arrested on ginseng charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State conservation officers have arrested five Wyoming and Summers county residents on charges of illegally harvesting or selling ginseng.

The Division of Natural Resources says the names of those arrested are being withheld as part of the ongoing investigation.

An investigation led to the arrest of a dealer and two others in Wyoming County and the confiscation of more than 50 pounds of ginseng on August 29. Eight pounds of ginseng were found at another home. In another case, officers arrested two Summers County residents August 30 and seized 126 roots valued at more than $500.

Ginseng possession in West Virginia is allowed only from September through November, so the medicinal plants can reproduce and produce a new crop.

Gum disease rate high in Appalachia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Researchers found advanced gum disease in 80 percent of adults in an oral health study in Appalachia.

The project by West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh tracked 445 families in both states.

Richard Crout, associate dean for research at WVU's School of Dentistry, said the study shows rampant periodontal disease in adults, with signs of bone loss in 85 percent of subjects.

Left untreated, periodontitis can lead to bone destruction, tooth loss and even heart disease or stroke.

West Virginia has the highest rate of tooth loss in the country, with a third of residents 35 or younger having lost at least six permanent teeth.

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