Regional Recap, September 13, 2011

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MD Alcohol Taxes Raise $6M In First Month. A Maryland official estimates the state raised roughly $6 million in added revenue in July from a 50 percent increase in the state’s sales tax on alcohol.David Roose, director of the Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates, said Monday it’s hard to tell from the first month of a new tax how much will be raised on a yearly basis.If July turns out to be the average, it would add up to about $72 million in extra state revenue a year.Initial estimates projected the tax would raise roughly $85 million a year.

Woman Shot In Columbia.  Police in Howard County found a woman shot and her car still running.Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn released a statement Monday night indicating that several 911 calls reported at least one gunshot fired at about 10 p.m. in the 8700 block of Hayshed Lane in Columbia.The woman was taken to Howard County General Hospital in critical condition. Police were working to confirm the woman’s identity late into the evening.

Local Coach Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A Minor.  Baltimore County police have charged a local basketball coach in connection with a sexual abuse investigation.Tyrone Terry Jordan, 55, has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sex offense, police said Monday. According to investigators, a 14-year-old boy reported that Jordan, his basketball coach, had “touched him inappropriately” on Aug. 31 while he was at the Hoops Summer Camp.”It does appear that it was just the basketball coach and the 14-year-old child in the room at that particular time,” said Det. Cathy Batton of the Baltimore County police.

It’s Decision Time For Baltimore Voters. After months of candidate rallies, forums, debates and accusations, Baltimore voters are heading to the polls Tuesday for the city’s primary election.The polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday. No problems have been reported so far.Candidates on Monday prowled markets and airways, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who hit Lexington Market with Sen. Barbara Mikulski by her side, said WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Lisa Robinson.”I’m excited. We’re proud to be out here with Sen. Mikulski and to get the message out that the election is not over. We need to make sure that everyone who can votes Tuesday,” said Rawlings-Blake. “I think the fact that I’ve run a positive campaign about the future of our city — people don’t need to feel miserable about their city. We have so many good things that are going on, and we have a lot of work to do.”

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