Regional Recap, September 27, 2012

| September 27, 2012
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5 Arrests Made In Copper Theft Investigation.  An investigation over the last few months of copper and wire thefts in Anne Arundel County has led to the arrests of several people, police said. The Anne Arundel County Police Department said it conducted a multi-district investigation after thieves were targeting electric, copper wire at businesses, abandoned homes and county parks and schools. In some cases, police said they took wire from light poles at area athletic fields and schools during overnight hours. These crimes resulted in thousands of dollars of loss.

Police Look For Armed Robber Who Struck In Laurel. Police said they are looking for an armed robber who struck at a business in Laurel. Officers were called to the International Food Market located in the 3500 block of Laurel Fort Meade Road at 4:07 p.m. Tuesday. Store employees told police that a man came into the store around 2:50 p.m., approached the cash register and displayed a handgun in his waistband. He demanded money, and the employee complied, police said.

12,600 Maryland Jobs On Line With Federal Impasse. The federal budget sequester could reduce Maryland’s wage and salary base by about $2.5 billion and cut more than 12,600 jobs in a state that has more than double the number of federal jobs than the national average, according to a memo by state budget officials. The memo by the Maryland Department of Budget and Management, obtained by The Associated Press and WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins on Wednesday, noted that the sequestration process is expected to reduce federal funding to the state and local governments by about $150 million. The department described the reduction as modest relative to the $9.3 billion in federal money in the state’s budget in fiscal year 2013.

Towson University Discusses White Student Union Proposal.  There have been some tense moments recently on the Towson University campus as the potential formation of a White Student Union has garnered national attention and is raising questions about racial equality. A Towson University student task force held a special forum Wednesday night on campus at Susquehanna Terrace to get input on the formation of the group, and students on both sides of the issue got to sound off. Some asked clarification questions, while others denounced it completely, and a small minority supported it.

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