Regional Recap, December 23, 2010

| December 23, 2010
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Anne Arundel Fire Crews Called To Another CO Leak. Anne Arundel County fire crews were called to a home Wednesday evening after getting reports of a carbon monoxide leak there.Crews were called to a home in the 1900 block of Champlain Drive in Severn at about 5:30 p.m.Sky Team 11 Capt. Roy Taylor reported that eight people were inside the home. He said two people showed symptoms of CO poisoning, but they refused treatment.Taylor reported that fire officials determined the problem started with the home’s furnace.Fire crews spent the evening ventilating the home and checking CO levels.

Anne Arundel Police: Cab Driver Stabbed, Vehicle Stolen. Investigators are looking for two teens who assaulted and stabbed a cab driver Wednesday morning in Anne Arundel County before driving off in his car.Authorities were called to the area of Route 424 and Governor Bridge Road in Davidsonville at about 2:30 a.m., where officers said they found the 53-year-old victim lying in the roadway.The cab driver told police that he was taking two teens from Annapolis to Davidsonville when they hit him in the head with a hard object, assaulted him and pulled him from the vehicle. He said one of the teens stabbed him in the upper torso before he was able to run away.

New Insect Found At Baltimore’s Port. An insect found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists at the Port of Baltimore is being classified as a new species at the site.An expert described the insect as a little-known species of wood-boring weevil. Weevil’s are known to damage crop plants.Officials said the finding brings equal parts celebration and concern.Customs officials said they consider pest interception a victory in the mission to protect American agriculture, but they worry if other pests like it have made it past America’s ports.

Racing Commission Approves Full Season Of Racing For 2011. A deal that was reached with the governor that will allow for a full season of horse racing in 2011 was unanimously approved Wednesday evening by the Maryland Racing Commission.The announcement came after weeks of speculation that, among other things, the annual Preakness race at Pimlico could be in jeopardy.In a prepared statement, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office said, “I am pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached, and that industry representatives, track owners, horsemen and breeders were able to come together to reach a consensus that will allow for a full season of racing in 2011.”11 News learned that the state will shift $3.5 million in slots revenue to track owners, and horsemen have agreed to give an additional $1.7 million to track owners.

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