Regional Recap, December 22, 2010

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Former Anne Arundel Officer Gets Five Years On Child Porn Charge.  A former Anne Arundel County police lieutenant has been sentenced to five years in prison on a child pornography charge.James Cifala, 47, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography after he was caught “sexting” with a teenage girl.Federal prosecutors said Cifala asked the girl to send him sexually explicit pictures of herself via cell phone. Prosecutors also said a search of Cifala’s computer revealed images of child pornography that were unrelated to the victim.

Racing Commission Rejects Live Racing Plan.  The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday unanimously rejected a conditional live racing plan submitted by the track owners.The ordeal has many concerned about the future of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.During the meeting on Tuesday, horsemen accused the track owners of putting a dagger into the heart of the industry.”This agreement is an insult to Maryland racing. What has happened now is that this ownership has brought Maryland racing to the verge of ruin,” said Alan Friedman, attorney for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.The conditional business plan submitted by track owners called for the General Assembly to amend several laws, including turning a matching track improvement fund into a track operation account.

Anne Arundel Police: Man Had Sex With Girl, 14. Anne Arundel County police said a 22-year-old man faces sex charges in connection with an alleged Monday incident that involved a 14-year-old girl. Officers responded at about 5 p.m. to the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway for a report of a “sex offense in progress,” according to a statement from Anne Arundel County police.Investigators spoke with a female from Baltimore and a man from Severn. The two were in a vehicle behind the abandoned Ames department store, police said.Authorities said they learned that the man and girl met on a social networking site in August and had met numerous times since then.

A White Christmas For Maryland?  The prospect for a Christmas snow is still on the table! However…the latest computer model guidance is showing me that the whole storm system is slowing down. In other words, we might get some light snow on Christmas, but the main event could hold off until Sunday or even Monday. There are still a few models that have the whole thing missing us to the south. The two models I trust the most are actually split on the solution…the JMA model is the one with the miss…the ECMWF has a big slam snow storm for us!

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