Regional Recap, February 25, 2011

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Arundel Police Use Thermal Imaging To Find Man With Dementia. Police said a 91-year-old man with dementia was reunited with his family in Anne Arundel County with the help of a thermal imaging technology.Louise Morris said she is the primary caretaker of her elderly parents, so when her father went missing in a wooded area near their Annapolis home, she was beside herself.“You’re looking at four hours in the dark and the temperature was supposed to drop to freezing, we thought there was a good possibility of him freezing to death,” Morris said. “I think dementia was definitely a factor. He wouldn’t have done it two years ago.”Anne Arundel County police said they tracked down Morris’ father using a helicopter and infrared cameras.

Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill.  After hours of debate over the past two days, the full Maryland Senate gave final approval to a bill that would grant same-sex couples full marriage rights in Maryland.Senators voted 25-21 in favor of the bill shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.The bill will next move to the House of Delegates for debate. The measure, if passed by the House and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, was amended to include protections for religious groups and institutions to keep them from being forced to participate in gay weddings.The bill would grant the same title and rights to same-sex couples that Maryland allows married straight couples.

Man Gets Probation In Semen Attacks. A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to squirting semen from a bottle onto two female shoppers will spend three years on probation. A judge sentenced Michael Wayne Edwards Jr. to three years in prison on Thursday but suspended the sentence and placed Edwards on probation.The sentence means he will not serve any more time in jail unless he violates his probation.Edwards pleaded guilty in November to two counts of second-degree assault.

Early Intervention Is Key To Helping Alzheimer’s Patients.  An estimated 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease — some of whom don’t even know it. Making an accurate diagnosis of the mind-robbing disease can prove complicated, and it’s important to catch it early.In a recent interview with WBALTV.com editors, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, an expert in geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry, explained there are many complications that affect an Alzheimer’s patient differently.

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