Officials Discuss Gambling In Maryland. Baltimore City Hall hosted a high-level gambling powwow on Wednesday. The governor and House speaker met with the city’s delegation to air out concerns about expanding gambling in the state. If a sixth casino opens in Prince George’s County, what can be done to keep Baltimore from losing gambling revenues the city wants to put toward lowering the property tax rate?
Heavy Storms May Be To Blame For Two House Fires. Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and strong winds late Wednesday afternoon, prompting severe weather alerts and the closure of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The extreme weather is being blamed for two house fires in that county, one of which was reported on Coventry Place in Annapolis. Fire officials said they think it may have started after lightning hit a metal conductor in the home and sparked a fire in the basement.
Contractor Involved In Paving Scam Sentenced. A contractor involved in a paving scam was sentenced Wednesday in Anne Arundel County. Tommy E. Clack, 40, of Annapolis, was sentenced to two years for his role in a paving scam. He pleaded guilty on March 6 to several counts of acting as a contractor without a license and selling home improvements without a license.
Supreme Court: MD Police Can Resume DNA Collection. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is allowing police in Maryland to resume collecting DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes. Roberts on Wednesday issued an order that temporarily blocked a Maryland court ruling issued in April that effectively barred the collection of genetic material from criminal suspects without a warrant. The order was issued at the state’s request in the case of Alonzo King Jr.