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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2012
Hagerstown resident David Benton started riding a scooter four months ago when his motorcycle broke down. He said he doesn't have insurance for the scooter, but supports a new Maryland law that will make having it a requirement after Oct. 1. “I believe there should be insurance,” Benton said. “Where's the liability if someone runs into somebody ... Who's going to pay for my hospital bills?” The law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the legislative session earlier this year.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 28, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com An increasing number of gay people had been asking for marriage licenses. It was time for Maryland's attorney general to get involved. State law and jurisprudence offered bits and pieces of gender guidance, such as a reference to a "widow" possibly marrying a "widower" and an 1828 court case that mentioned "man and woman. " So, the attorney general used anatomy to bolster his opinion that only a man and a woman may make up a wedded couple.
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February 4, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, is again pushing legislation to add homeless people to the list of those protected by hate crime laws. A Senate panel is scheduled to hold a hearing on the proposal Wednesday afternoon. Maryland law already calls for extra penalties for violent crimes against victims singled out because of race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. In previous years, similar measures have failed after Democrats and Republicans alike split on the addition of homeless people to the list.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 7, 2012
More than four years after Smithsburg police Officer Christopher S. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty, his father is trying to get the fallen officer's service weapon. Larry Nicholson said he wants the handgun as part of a memorial for his son. Maryland law allows police officers' guns to be sold or transferred in a variety of ways, but doesn't permit what Larry Nicholson wants to do. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, have filed House and Senate versions of a bill to help Larry Nicholson with his quest.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 11, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- More than 1,200 Western Maryland residents who bought home-security systems from unlicensed salespeople last year can get refunds as part of a settlement between the Maryland attorney general's office and APX Alarm Security Systems, a Utah-based company whose door-to-door salespeople in Washington County were unlicensed. The attorney general's office sent complaint forms to 1,267 APX customers, who must fill them out and return them to get a refund, spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said Wednesday.
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by TAMELA BAKER | February 25, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - That people convicted of sexual abuse against children were being released before serving half of their sentences seemed to Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, to be a crime in itself. So for the second year, Shank is attempting to get legislation approved that would increase the amount of time a convicted child molester would have to serve before being eligible for parole, and would decrease the amount of time off convicted molesters could earn for good behavior while incarcerated.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 14, 2007
ANNAPOLIS - Three proposals by Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, on Tuesday were part of a state House committee's agenda of sex-crime bill hearings. Shank's most significant bill would eliminate parole for certain adults convicted of sexually abusing children. Another bill would add the crimes of sexual abuse and continuing sexual abuse when the victims are children to those considered "violent. " A third bill would make it illegal to lure a child in public in an attempt to commit a sex crime.
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January 9, 1998
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer HANCOCK - A man claiming responsibility for two burned animal carcasses that were dumped Sunday night in front of a Stine Road home has contacted Maryland State Police and explained the circumstances behind the incident. The owner of the smaller animal, now determined to be a cat, told Trooper 1st Class C.J. Barnard that a stray dog attacked his cat, disemboweling it. "Afraid the dog might have rabies, the man told me he then shot the dog and the injured cat and tried to burn them," Barnard said Thursday.
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July 8, 1997
Trucker may face $10,000 fine A Canadian trucker could be facing nearly $10,000 in fines for operating a rig in Washington County that weighed nearly double allowed by Maryland law, according to Maryland State Police. State police stopped Steven Roy Pepper, 28, of Smith Falls, Ontario, on Interstate 81 at Halfway Boulevard in late June for a weigh check. The vehicle, which had 11 axles, was weighed in at 195,600 pounds, police said. The permit for the truck only allowed for a weight of 110,000, police said.
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April 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley has been quick to enact a Maryland law to create extra protections to keep the Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore. The move to give Maryland eminent domain authority to buy the second leg of the Triple Crown was among the first bills to be signed Tuesday, a day after the state's legislature adjourned. The race is a centerpiece of Maryland's horse racing industry, and O'Malley pushed for the law in case federal bankruptcy proceedings of Magna Entertainment Corp.
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July 21, 2013
With temperatures nearing the 100-degree mark during the past week, some area residents expressed concerns about animals being left in cars and what agencies to call to report such activity. “I called the humane society a few days ago and they were closed in the evening when I saw two dogs at the City Park, locked in the car,” a Hagerstown resident said recently in Mail Call. “Then I called the police department, and they told me they don't handle such matters, that I was to call the humane society.” Another person in Mail Call a day later said she was told that as long as the vehicle's windows were cracked and there was ventilation, there was nothing that could be done about an animal being left in a car. “But I'm curious about who you also call when you do see this, if the city police or anybody doesn't respond to it,” the Hagerstown resident said.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2013
With a section of the city's firearm regulations requiring repeal because it is superseded by state law, the Hagerstown police chief wants to take the opportunity to “close a gap” in current restrictions by making it unlawful to possess and transport weapons on city streets unless they are unloaded and enclosed in a case.  Police Chief Mark Holtzman told the mayor and five-member city council Tuesday during a work session at City Hall that...
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
Hagerstown police say four shootings in the city over the past week were retaliatory strikes between the Bloods and Crips street gangs. Lt. Tom Langston said Monday that the first incident occurred at about 7 p.m. April 15 behind a house in the 200 block of North Jonathan Street, where a man he alleged is associated with the Bloods exchanged gunfire with a juvenile associate of the Crips. At first, police believed the adult was the only person who was shot, but an investigation determined that a juvenile also was hit. Langston said both sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2013
Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, has introduced a bill in the Maryland General Assembly that would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later, except under some circumstances such as medical emergencies. The bill, known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Edward R. Reilly, R-Anne Arundel. “Since children in the womb 20 weeks old or older feel pain … we should not allow abortions for children 20 weeks old or older,” Parrott said at a press conference Wednesday.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2012
Hagerstown resident David Benton started riding a scooter four months ago when his motorcycle broke down. He said he doesn't have insurance for the scooter, but supports a new Maryland law that will make having it a requirement after Oct. 1. “I believe there should be insurance,” Benton said. “Where's the liability if someone runs into somebody ... Who's going to pay for my hospital bills?” The law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the legislative session earlier this year.
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September 1, 2012
Three changes in Maryland's law this fall should help neighborhoods that have been hurt by the housing foreclosure crisis, an official said late last month. The changes were approved by the state legislature earlier this year after being recommended by a special task force appointed to study such problems, said Kathleen Murphy, president of the Maryland Bankers Association and a task force member. Murphy said the state is in the process of writing regulations to carry out the changes, which are to take effect Oct. 1. She provided information about the changes: • To speed up the time it now takes for vacant properties in foreclosure to be put up for sale, “there will be a process where the lender can apply to the local government for a certificate to confirm that the property they're foreclosing on is vacant,” Murphy said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2012
Kristin B. Aleshire is pressing for answers about an 11th-hour robocall that attacked him before the Washington County commissioners election nearly two years ago. Aleshire said he wants the state to enforce election laws that still haven't been followed from that campaign season. The Maryland State Board of Elections has forwarded Aleshire's complaint to the state prosecutor's office, which previously investigated the robocall case and found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2012
Much more money flowed through two successful statewide petition drives this year than a similar effort last year. The Maryland Marriage Alliance spent more than $160,000 on collecting enough signatures to force a referendum on Maryland's new same-sex marriage law, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by The Herald-Mail. MdPetitions.com, a group led by state Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, spent about $56,000 this year on a petition effort against Maryland's new congressional boundaries map. In contrast, MdPetitions.com spent about $9,500 last year to force a referendum on Maryland's new law granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2012
Smithsburg Police Chief George L. Knight Jr. urged state senators on Thursday to help a local family obtain a slain officer's service weapon. Christopher S. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty for Smithsburg police on Dec. 19, 2007. Knight said Nicholson worked hard to become a police officer, overcoming a heart condition. Nicholson had been on the job for about a year and a half when he was “ambushed” by a man who already had killed his ex-girlfriend earlier that day, Knight said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 7, 2012
More than four years after Smithsburg police Officer Christopher S. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty, his father is trying to get the fallen officer's service weapon. Larry Nicholson said he wants the handgun as part of a memorial for his son. Maryland law allows police officers' guns to be sold or transferred in a variety of ways, but doesn't permit what Larry Nicholson wants to do. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, have filed House and Senate versions of a bill to help Larry Nicholson with his quest.
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