Gov. Larry Hogan makes E-ZPass devices free for Maryland motorists

The electronic E-ZPass devices that speed motorists through Maryland toll collection plazas will now be given free to new customers, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. At a news conference at the Bay Bridge, the Republican governor said the Maryland Transportation Authority will no longer charge the $7.50 fee for the transponders drivers attach to their vehicles. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County Council meets to pass budget — and possibly select a county executive

The Baltimore County Council will meet Thursday to adopt a $3.3 billion budget — and possibly appoint a new county executive. The 10 a.m. meeting initially was scheduled to pass a series of spending bills that will lay out the government’s budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, as well as to consider other policy issues, such as whether county employee health plans should cover 12 months of birth control. (Balt. Sun)

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Consent decree reforms progressing despite leadership shake-up, Baltimore Police officials say

Despite back-to-back command shake-ups in the last four months, the Baltimore Police Department is holding to a reform schedule set forward under its consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, police officials said Monday. “We’re still moving ahead,” said Chief Michelle Wirzberger, who heads the department’s consent decree compliance office. “There’s been no change. There’s been no delay. There’s been no let-up whatsoever in terms of our work.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore launches program helping residents pay for cleanup after some sewage backups

Baltimore will now pay up to $2,500 toward cleanup costs associated with some basement sewage backups. The city launched the reimbursement program last month under a federally supervised program to modernize its aged, leaky sewer system. Only sewage backups caused by heavy rain are eligible for the program, and the backups must be reported within 24 hours. Claims for reimbursement of cleanup costs must be submitted to the city within 90 days of the incident. (Balt. Sun)

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Wandering buskers and topless sunbathers take Ocean City to court

From inhaling buckets of Thrasher’s fries and Fisher’s popcorn to drinking at the naughtily named bars, letting loose nutritionally and otherwise is part of going to Ocean City every summer. But even Maryland’s favorite resort town has to draw the line somwhere. And it’s apparently this side of profane language, bare breasts and unfettered busking. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel fails to file mandatory report on development near schools for two years

The Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning failed to release annual reports in 2016 and 2017 that detailed residential developments that affected county schools. The report has required under county law since 2003. The county auditor noticed that two years of reports had not been filed and brought this to the attention of Zoning Officer Phil Hager. (Capital)

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Three more teens charged with murder in death of Baltimore County police officer; all held without bail

Baltimore County police charged three more teenage boys as adults in the death of police Officer Amy S. Caprio, who was killed Monday while responding to a call in Perry Hall. Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15, Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16, and Eugene Robert Genius IV, 17 — all of East Baltimore — were each charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. They were apprehended Tuesday morning, hours after police arrested 16-year-old Dawnta Harris and charged him with murder. (Balt. Sun)

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Two prominent defense attorneys will represent teen charged in killing of Baltimore County officer

Two prominent local defense attorneys will represent one of the teenagers charged in the killing of Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio. Attorney Warren Brown, who along with attorney J. Wyndal Gordon is representing 16-year-old Dawnta Harris, said that he spoke to his client Wednesday morning. Harris was arrested Monday and charged as an adult Tuesday with first-degree murder in Caprio’s case. (Balt. Sun)

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