Regional Recap, May 18, 2011

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Glen Burnie Man Charged With String Of Garage Burglaries. Police said a suspect is in custody in connection with a series of garage burglaries in the Crownsville area.Brian Lawrence Tholen, 27, was charged with burglary, theft and destruction of property, according to a statement from the Anne Arundel County Police Department.The burglaries occurred in April and May. Police said a search warrant was executed last week at Tholen’s residence in Glen Burnie.”During a search of the home, detectives discovered evidence stolen from multiple burglaries throughout the county,” police said.

O’Malley Pledges To Work On Transgender Protection.  Gov. Martin O’Malley is pledging to work for greater protections for transgendered people in the next legislative session in the aftermath of a brutal attack on a transgender woman in Maryland last month.O’Malley, a Democrat, said Tuesday that it is clear more must be done to protect the rights of transgendered people.

Former Employee Testifies Against Arundel Contractor Fraud Charges. A former employee who many thought was part of an alleged scheme took the stand Tuesday against his former boss, Greg Haigis.Scott Huff claimed he was just a salesman, although documents indicated he was president of the company and he always took orders from Haigis, I-Team reporter Barry Simms said.Haigis is on trial for running a felony theft scheme and swindling homeowners out of thousands of dollars by taking the money but never completing the home improvement work he was hired to do. Huff said he and Haigis never intended to fail to complete a contract. They “always planned to complete their obligations,” Huff testified.

Maryland Congressman Opposes State Toll Hikes. Drivers may soon have to dig a little deeper into their pockets to get through state tolls.Under a new proposal, some tolls could double by the fall, but one lawmaker wants to make sure Maryland residents hold onto their hard-earned money. U.S. Rep. Andy Harris said the proposed toll hike is like a tax increase for drivers, which could hurt the middle class and local businesses. He said state officials need to reconsider their spending habits.Sherri Correlli and her family look forward to spending every Fourth of July in Ocean City, but a proposed toll hike has her rethinking their annual tradition.

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