Regional Recap, February 17, 2011

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Missing Annapolis Man, 91, Found Down EmbankmentPolice said a 91-year-old man with dementia was found about 200 feet down an embankment after his family reported him missing Tuesday night.Anne Arundel County officers said the man left a home on Wayward Drive at about 5 p.m. Family members told police he went for a walk in a wooded path behind the home and had not returned.The police department’s aviation and K-9 units were called to assist, along with firefighters and Chesapeake Search and Rescue.The man, whose name wasn’t released, was found just after 10 p.m. in the Rolling Knolls community.Police said infrared radar technology was key in finding the man.

MD Senate Panel To Vote On Gay Marriage. A panel of Maryland senators is set to approve same-sex marriage legislation, setting the stage for final Senate vote soon.Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, the chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee said committee members will vote on the bill to legalize same-sex marriages Thursday.The proposal has the support of seven of the committee’s 11 members. A vote by the full Senate is expected to be close: 23 senators have pledged their support, 24 are needed to advance the bill to the House.

More School Districts Could Offer Early Retirement PackagesAfter Baltimore offered more than 700 teachers an incentive package to retire early to head off a budget deficit, more Maryland school districts might follow suit.State schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick predicted it’ll only be a matter of time before more buyout proposals are put on the table for public school teachers.The Baltimore offer is for teachers with at least 10 years on the job. To sweeten the deal, those who sign up by April will get 75 percent of what they’re now being paid over a five-year period.

SHA To Expand Emergency Patrol Coverage.  A state agency is expanding its services to help motorists at no cost to taxpayers.State Farm Insurance is donating $1.3 million to the State Highway Administration that will be used to beef up its emergency patrol coverage throughout the state.The SHA emergency patrol team provides free roadway assistance and services to drivers stranded along Maryland highways.”We’re like (motorists’) heroes. We pull up when people are usually out of gas or overheated or broken down in the middle of the road. A lot of people don’t want to stop and help,” said Frank Harris, a member of the patrol team.

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