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Regional Recap, January 26, 2010

Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

URGENT: Eye On Annapolis has made a donation to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Right now, money is the critical thing needed to get medical supplies and basic necessities to the people on the island. We have chosen to support Doctors Without Borders for this effort and encourage our readers to do the same. If not through Doctors Without Borders, but through a legitimate organization. Unfortunately scammers come out of the woodwork when disaster strikes. Here is a list (updated frequently) of organizations that have been vetted and are participating in the relief efforts. Even if it is only $5, please give. It could have been us!

Former Senator Mathias Dead At 87. A family member said former U.S. Sen. Charles Mathias, a liberal Republican from Maryland, has died. Mathias championed civil rights and protection of the Chesapeake Bay during his 26 years in Washington.  His sons, Charles and Robert, said Mathias was 87 and died Monday from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Officer Denied Bail In Sexting Case. The Anne Arundel County police lieutenant accused of sexting with a teenage girl has been ordered to stay in jail pending his trial.A U.S. magistrate judge was unmoved by the defense’s arguments on Monday, calling defendant Lt. James Cifala a danger to society and denying his bail.Cifala, a 27-year department veteran, was arrested and charged with attempted receipt of child pornography last week.

Bill Prohibits Strip Searches For Minor Violations.  Maryland police would be prohibited from strip-searching people suspected of some misdemeanors and minor traffic offenses, under legislation proposed by a Baltimore County lawmaker. Sen. James Brochin, D-Baltimore County, said he’s backing the measure after reading media reports last year about a 29-year-old nurse who said she was strip-searched at Baltimore’s Central Booking facility after being pulled over for traffic violations.

Storm Takes Down Trees, Leaves Many Without Power.  A storm with heavy rain and strong winds left more than 50,000 BGE customers without power Monday morning and caused flooding in some low-lying areas of the state. Baltimore County emergency management officials issued a “shelter in place” advisory for residents of Miller’s Island and Bowley’s Quarters due to coastal flooding, meaning residents were to stay in their homes until the waters receded.

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