Regional Recap, April 11, 2011

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Pasadena Family Turns Tables On Robbery Suspects. Anne Arundel County police arrested two people who officers said tried to rob two men at their Pasadena home.It happened just after 8 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of Mountain Road. Police said Paul Rashon Atterberry, 17, and Delonte Preston Thomas, 20, both of Laurel, are charged with armed robbery and assault.Authorities said the pair entered a garage, one brandished a gun, and demanded money from the two victims. When the victims said they didn’t have any money, two female relatives came from inside the home to help. That’s when, police said, a fight ensued and the family was able to hold one of the assailants until police arrived.

General Assembly’s Final Day On Tap. It’s the last day of the Maryland General Assembly’s session. Lawmakers convening Monday will have until midnight to pass legislation.A bill to raise Maryland’s sales tax on alcohol is one of the main unresolved measures. The measure would raise the tax from 6 percent to 9 percent over a three-year period. It would generate an estimated $29 million in the next fiscal year.A significant portion of the proceeds would go in the first year to schools in the city of Baltimore and Prince George’s County.

Search Reveals No Sign Of Missing Teen.  Hundreds of officers and volunteers on Saturday searched Patapsco Valley State Park for Phylicia Barnes, the North Carolina teenager who went missing in late December while visiting relatives in Baltimore.The Baltimore City Police Department said Saturday’s effort involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as other agencies, but no sign of Barnes was found.

Marylanders React To Shutdown Aversion. Shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, Congressional leaders announced an agreement reached to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending and avert a government shutdown. In response, government leaders and employees in Maryland expressed relief.U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, released a statement shortly after 11:45 p.m., saying a shutdown of the federal government would have furloughed approximately 800,000 federal employees — many of whom reside in Maryland. State officials had been prepared to accept claims for unemployment insurance that would have been available for federal employees.”The American people won when Congress voted to avoid a shutdown of the federal government. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to meeting the important challenges that face our nation.

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