Here's how you can use those orange Spin bikes to ride around Salisbury

 

A sea of orange is coming through Salisbury — a sea of orange bicycles, that is.  The city of Salisbury and Salisbury University kicked off a collaboration with Spin, a nationwide bike-share program, on Thursday morning, Feb. 22, with an inaugural ride. From the university campus to downtown Salisbury, bright orange bikes rode down the Camden, South, and Waverly bike lanes. (Daily Times)

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Heroin dealer linked to corrupt Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force officer sentenced to 15 years

Glen Kyle Wells supplied only a small fraction of the heroin sold by a Northeast Baltimore drug crew. But he contributed a powerful friend to protect the drug dealers: city police Detective Momodu Gondo. A boyhood friend of Gondo, Wells, 32, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for his role in the million-dollar heroin ring. (Balt. Sun)

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More than half of gun owners don't safely store their firearms, Hopkins survey finds

More than half of American gun owners do not store their weapons safely, increasing the risk that their firearms will be used unintentionally, a new survey by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. The Hopkins researchers surveyed 1,444 gun owners in the United States about their storage practices and found that 54 percent didn’t put them in a safe place when not in use. The researchers defined safe storage as being in a locked gun safe, cabinet or case; locked into a gun rack, or stored with a trigger lock or other lock. (Balt. Sun)

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Number of deer with chronic wasting disease increases in Western Maryland

The number of Maryland deer confirmed to have the fatal chronic wasting disease increased by roughly 50 percent based on the most recent sampling by the state’s Wildlife & Heritage Service. Ten positive cases of diseased animals, confirmed via laboratory testing since 2011, bring the new total to 27. The 10 deer consisted of two does age 2.5 years, five yearling bucks and three bucks age 2.5 years. (Times-News)

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Pilot program targeting Shore’s invasive plants

A new cooperative program is aimed at addressing invasive plants on the Lower Shore. Matthew Hurd of the Maryland Forest Service shared information regarding a pilot program meant to decrease the prevalence of invasive plant species on the Lower Shore with the Worcester County Commissioners this week. Hurd said he was seeking funding to start the program from a number of entities and hoped Worcester County would provide $25,000 each of the next five years. (Dispatch)

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Ocean City Council formalizes parking changes

Public parking in Ocean City likely got a lot more efficient and perhaps a little more expensive this week after resort officials passed a resolution setting the new fees and fines associated with the implementation of a new system. Last month, the Mayor and Council approved a new state-of-the-art parking payment and enforcement system for the streets and municipal lots in the downtown area to the tune of nearly $600,000. The new system utilizes license plate reader technology and will result in a switch from the current “pay and display” system to a “pay by plate” system. (Dispatch)

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Frederick County launches new program to address unnecessary 911 calls

In 2017, 105 high-volume 911 callers visited the Frederick Memorial Hospital emergency room 1,500 times and collectively amassed around $4.5 million in hospital bills. Those same 105 residents resulted in more than 1,200 calls for service and 1,600 dispatches by emergency responders, which cost the county nearly $800,000, according to Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner. The majority of those calls, though, weren’t for medical crises or life-threatening injuries. Instead, a large number came from residents who needed help with chronic or recurrent health problems but had nowhere else to turn. (News-Post)

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New overnight shelter director hopes to tackle homelessness in Frederick

Former professional football player Aaron Collins knows it takes teamwork to win the game. Though his tackling days have ended, the retired outside linebacker hopes to bring teamwork from the field to the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs’ Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter. The coalition hired Collins to serve as its shelter director this month, after the previous director, Milt Higgins, retired at the end of 2017, according to Nick Brown, the organization’s executive director. (News-Post)

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