Regional Recap, February 2, 2011

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Calling, Texting, Could Soon Get You Pulled Over. Legislators in Annapolis are working to make texting and using handheld cell phones while driving a primary offense.The current law is only a secondary offense. If the new law passes, police would be able to pull drivers over for those offenses instead of having to find another reason to write a ticket.Supporters said their goal all along was to make the bill a primary offense. Many said they always felt a secondary offense would be difficult to enforce.

School Districts Running Out Of Snow Days.  Several school districts in the 11 News viewing area have either used up all their allotted snow days or are getting close to doing so.Several bouts of winter weather over the past two months have forced several counties in Maryland to either close or open late.Administrators build a certain amount of snow days into the calendar year for bad weather, but some have already reached that threshold. Carroll County scheduled four snow days at the start of the year and so far has used six. Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County have two days to spare.

Police: Charges Pending In Hit And Run Death Of Former Coach In Pasadena. Police said they have identified the driver in the fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a former Johns Hopkins fencing coach.The investigation is still under way, but police said charges are pending.Police said the incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 27 when 77-year-old Richard Oles was hit by a pickup truck with a snow plow.Investigators said Oles was walking along Mountain Road near Edwin Raynor Boulevard in Pasadena when the incident occurred.Police said the driver of the Ford F-350 involved has come forward and given them a statement about what happened.

Officials Seize 3 Tons Of Poached Rockfish. Maryland Natural Resources police have seized 3 tons of illegally caught rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay off Kent Island.Natural Resources police spokesman Sgt. Art Windemuth said an officer discovered a 900-yard anchored gill net off Bloody Point on Monday night. Police staked out the net all night, hoping to catch the poachers. When none showed up Tuesday morning, officers started pulling the net up to reduce effects on the fishery.Windemuth said it took from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. to retrieve all the fish. Officers had to stop loading fish onto the patrol boat and called in an ice breaker for help.The fish will be sold or donated to shelters.

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