Regional Recap, April 1, 2011

| April 1, 2011
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Naval Academy Expels 12 For Synthetic Drug Use. A controversial drug has gotten 12 midshipmen expelled from the U.S. Naval Academy.Academy officials said the expulsion was part of an ongoing investigation within the academy about midshipmen using synthetic drugs, including popular new drug called Spice, or K-2, which provides a similar high to marijuana.Officials said the 12 midshipmen were expelled for either using the synthetic drug or possessing it.

Annapolis Police Probe Possible Abduction Attempt.  Annapolis police are investigating claims of a possible abduction attempt.Investigators said a 16-year-old girl told them she was walking to her school bus stop through an alleyway around 6:30 a.m. Thursday when a man tried to grab her.The incident happened along the 800 block of Chesapeake Avenue in Eastport.Police said the girl was able to get away safely.The man was described as being of an unknown race, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, a black jacket and dark pants.

Anne Arundel Police Charge Federal Prisons Director With DUI. The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ retiring director was charged with drunken driving in February after police in Maryland said an officer spotted him driving erratically near his Annapolis home. According to an Anne Arundel County police report, 55-year-old Harley Lappin, who announced last week that he would retire in May, was pulled over Feb. 26 after an officer saw him nearly swerve into two vehicles.The report stated Lappin’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, his breath smelled of alcohol and he couldn’t walk a straight line or keep his balance on one foot in sobriety tests.

Jockey Club Losses Exposed.  Audited financial reports show the Maryland Jockey Club lost $6.9 million in the last eight months of 2010.The reports were filed with the state Thursday evening.Meanwhile, the club is seeking millions of dollars in state subsidies for the next three years to keep Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park afloat.The reports show Laurel Park accounted for the entire $6.9 million loss from May through December.Laurel lost $11 million in 2008 and $11.5 million in 2009. Unaudited reports released two weeks ago showed the club lost $12 million in all of 2008, and $14 million in 2009.A jockey club spokesman said club President Tom Chuckas would not comment on the numbers before a Friday morning conference call.

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