Regional Recap, July 13, 2010

| July 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Powerful Storms Cause Widespread Damage. A storm that rolled through Monday evening caught a lot of people off guard and left behind quite a bit of damage.Power lines could be found down across the area, as well as trees in several communities.Emergency crews reported seeing extensive damage.A Glen Burnie resident said lightning struck a shed, causing a fire.”The lightning struck the power line three times and there was, like, a little campfire. Twenty minutes later, the fire department got here, and the whole shed went up in flames,” resident Danielle Good said.The owners said they lost thousands of dollars in equipment and the two sheds were destroyed.Lightning was also reported to have struck a house in Crownsville, igniting a fire in the homeowners’ newly finished basement.

Annapolis Sex Offender Charged With Rape Faces More Charges.  A 28-year-old registered sex offender charged last week with second-degree rape involving a teenager faces more charges.As the investigation continued Monday, Anne Arundel County police announced new charges filed against James Mason III, of Annapolis.Mason was initially charged with second-degree rape, perverted practice and four counts of contributing to a minor. The initial charges related to a 13-year-old girl.Based on witness and victim interviews and evidence recovered, detectives said they determined Mason also engaged in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl in the case.As a result, detectives issued an arrest warrant on the following charges: second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.Mason remained held Monday on $500,000 bond, and the most recent arrest warrant was placed as a detainer.

Officials: Deputy Shoots Man Wielding Machete Type Knife.  A Stevensville man is injured after he apparently threatened officers with a large knife and a deputy fired back in return. Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a condo on Marion Quimby Drive in the Eastern Shore town of Stevensville late Sunday night for the report of a man with a knife. Officials said Donald Keith Turner, 26, came out with a machete-type knife with a 15-inch blade. Authorities said Turner approached the officers and wouldn’t drop the weapon as ordered. One deputy fired several shots, striking Turner in the arm and abdomen. The deputy was placed on routine administrative leave, pending an investigation.

O’Malley Ad Fact Check: What’s True, False? Gov. Martin O’Malley released his first television ad this campaign season, but what’s true and what’s not? WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team reporter David Collins broke it down.According to one political analyst, O’Malley’s first TV ad this campaign signals that the general election race for governor is under way before the primary even happened. Experts said it is a tight race partially because voters don’t have a sharp image of O’Malley.The ad he uses is vague with nuanced language to tout the governor as a sound fiscal steward working for the middle class, Collins reported.In the ad, O’Malley claims he inherited a $1.7 billion budget deficit, while former Gov. Bob Ehrlich contends he left a $1 billion surplus.O’Malley’s claim is not true, Collins reported. According to budget records in the Department of Legislative Services, when Ehrlich left office, Maryland had a $1.3 billion surplus — but that budget contained $700 million more in spending than revenues, meaning O’Malley inherited a long-standing structural deficit on top of a recession.

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