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Regional Recap, March 12, 2010

Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

Anne Arundel Uncovers Alleged Illegal Immigration OperationAnne Arundel County police and officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office said they have broken up an illegal immigrant operation.Officials said businesses in the county have been hiring illegal immigrants and providing a place for them to stay.

Arundel Slots To Be Decided Through Referendum. The question of whether or not to allow slot machine gambling at Arundel Mills Mall will be decided by the voters.The Anne Arundel County Board of Elections has certified more than 19,000 signatures on a petition, meaning in November, county voters will decide through referendum whether to allow zoning approval for slots at the mall.”On behalf of everyone who worked so tirelessly to gather the signatures, we are delighted at today’s news,” said Rob Annicelli, president of the citizens group Stop Slots at Arundel Mills. “The referendum was a daunting task, but the clear will of so many citizens in Anne Arundel County has been confirmed today.”

2 Glen Burnie Men Arrested On Child Porn Charges.  Two Anne Arundel County men were arrested in separate cases on Thursday and charged with the possession and distribution of child pornography.Police arrested James William Szczepanik, 19, of Glen Burnie, and charged him with five counts of distributing child pornography and 10 counts of possessing child pornography. If convicted, he could get up to 70 years in prison. Raymon Robert Coulter, 68, of Glen Burnie, turned himself in to State Police Thursday morning and was charged with two counts of distributing child porn and four counts of possessing child porn. If convicted, he could get up to 28 years in prison.

MD House Votes To Ban Reading Texts While Driving.  Maryland’s House of Delegates has voted to prohibit reading text messages while driving.Delegates voted 135-2 in support of the measure Thursday.Violators of the proposed ban would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could face fines of up to $500.Baltimore County Delegate James Malone is behind the measure that would close a loophole in Maryland’s ban on texting while driving.Last year, state lawmakers voted to prohibit writing and sending texts while driving, but the new law did not prevent residents from reading texts behind the wheel.

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