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Regional Recap, August 6, 2010

Police: Officer Used Personal Weapon To Shoot Dog.  Investigators revealed Thursday the weapon used in the killing of a family dog, as the community converged to pay tribute.Anne Arundel County police spokesman Justin Mulcahy released a statement late Thursday afternoon indicating that the weapon used by an off-duty Department of Defense officer was the officer’s personal weapon.Police said the officer fired his weapon at the Siberian husky named Bear-Bear at the Quail Run Community Dog Park in Severn at about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Since the incident, police have not released the officer’s identity, stating that a criminal investigation continues.

Prosecutors: Trucker Transported Girl, 11, For Sex. A Texas man employed by a Maryland trucking company pleaded guilty Thursday to taking an 11-year-old girl from Maryland with the intent to have sex with her in El Salvador.The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a statement Thursday afternoon identifying the man as Elmer Zelaya-Robles, 41, of Grand Prairie, Texas. The statement indicated Zelaya-Robles lived sporadically with a relative in Virginia.Prosecutors said Zelaya-Robles, an El Salvadorean citizen, was a friend of the girl’s family. The girl’s parents had reported their daughter missing from their Prince George’s County home during the early morning hours of Feb. 13.

Does Gay Marriage Have A Chance In MD?  A federal judge’s ruling that overturned California’s Proposition 8 on Wednesday has prompted Marylanders to prepare for similar legal battles.California voters had approved Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to one man and one woman, and many believe that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately decide the case.Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision is expected to radically change the landscape of the same-sex marriage debate across the country.

Showalter Magic: O’s Sweep Angels.  Cesar Izturis singled in the winning run in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles remained unbeaten under new manager Buck Showalter, defeating the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.Since Showalter made his debut Tuesday, Baltimore has won three in a row and scored 20 runs. Before his arrival, the Orioles had lost 14 of 17 and were averaging 2.77 runs per game — second-lowest in the AL.

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