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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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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 31, 2011
Maj. Sam Billotti of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is qualified to be a lawyer, but Maryland won’t let him do both jobs at once. Billotti has a law degree and has been admitted to the Maryland bar. However, state law prohibits sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, among others, from practicing law. A bill pending in the Maryland General Assembly seeks to help Billotti and others like him. It would let a sheriff or deputy sheriff work...
NEWS
June 11, 1998
In 1997, the National Organization for Women launched Victory 2000, a campaign to elect 2,000 feminist candidates to all levels of public office by the year 2000. The Washington County NOW chapter will form an Activist Campaign Team. Linda Smith, NOW vice president, will lead a workshop on how to get involved in a political campaign on Tuesday, June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The workshop will be held in the First Floor Conference Room of the Washington County Administration Building.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 2, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Three public defenders entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday on behalf of an inmate indicted in the January shooting death of a Roxbury Correctional Institution officer, according to court records. A jury trial is scheduled to begin July 31 for inmate Brandon Travon Morris, 20, who was indicted Feb. 22 by a Washington County grand jury on 36 counts, including three first-degree murder charges, in Roxbury Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten's Jan. 27 death, court records show.
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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 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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April 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Legislation to create early voting in Maryland cleared the General Assembly late Monday night, and Gov. Martin O'Malley has indicated he will sign the bill. For 2010, early voting will be allowed for six days, beginning on the second Friday through Thursday before the election, but not on the Sunday that falls between them. An early voting site to be chosen six months before the primary election. The bill also authorizes a local board to establish an early voting site at a shopping mall.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 19, 2011
Two top Washington County law enforcement officers  and several area lawmakers say they would support tougher safety laws for mo-peds and motor scooters. Their comments follow two area accidents, one in which a rider was killed and another in which the rider was critically injured, over a 10-day period. Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore and Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said they would back stricter laws that at the very least would require riders to wear helmets to increase their chances of survival.
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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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