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Regional Recap, April 29, 2010

Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

‘Operation Dragon’ In Anne Arundel Nets 24 In Drug Arrest. Police said a seven-month investigation has led to the arrest of two dozen suspects on drug charges.The investigation — dubbed “Operation Dragon” — stemmed from concerns about gang and drug activity in the Brooklyn Park area of Anne Arundel County.The probe started in October. During the course of the investigation, eight search warrants were executed on residences and two search warrants were executed on vehicles.About 34 grams of cocaine was seized, along with more than 102 grams of marijuana. Five vehicles and more than $3,100 were seized as well, police said.

Experts: Know Signs Of Child Abuse. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and experts said there are signs to watch out for to make sure it’s not happening to your child.According to the National Children’s Advocacy Center, one in four girls and one in seven boys will report some form of sex abuse by the time they’re 18.”For every one of those kids, there are many more out there who haven’t reported it,” said Adam Rosenberg, the executive director of the Child Abuse Center in Baltimore city.

Grasmick Wants Overhaul Of Teacher Evaluations. The superintendent of Maryland schools has proposed evaluating teachers and principals based on the performance of their students. Superintendent Nancy Grasmick’s proposal would base 50 percent of teacher and principal evaluations on “student growth.” The regulation does not define “student growth” as test scores, leaving school districts the option of using portfolios of student work instead.

Soldier Gets Prison Time For Running Millersville Brothel.A soldier formerly stationed at Fort Meade has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for running a brothel out of his Millersville apartment. Prosecutors said Craig Corey conspired with three other men from his hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio, to bring women to Maryland to work as prostitutes.He pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by force, sex trafficking of a minor and related offenses.Prosecutors said the men recruited at least 12 women from Ohio, New York, Virginia and other states to join the brothel and advertised their services on Craigslist — and one of the prostitutes was 16 years old.

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