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Regional Recap, December 15, 2010

Juvenile Convicted In Teen’s Death Denied Release. One of the juveniles convicted of manslaughter in the 2009 death of a 14-year-old Anne Arundel County boy will remain in a juvenile detention center in Michigan, an Anne Arundel County judge ruled on Tuesday.The younger of two teenage boys held responsible for the May 2009 death of Christopher Jones, 14, of Crofton, lost his bid to be released from a Michigan juvenile detention center.Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Wachs said the teen has made significant steps in the right direction but still has some work to do. The defendant, who was 14 at the time of the incident, was initially committed to the supervision of juvenile services until he turned 21.Christopher’s’ family said the judge made the right call.

Health Officials Advise Locals To Bundle Up. State health officials advised Baltimore locals Tuesday to protect themselves from the cold weather.Three hypothermia-caused deaths have already been recorded, officials said.Sinai Hospital doctor Richard Logue said they are seeing more and more hypothermia cases in the emergency room. Most of the patients are elderly who were not dressed for the freezing weather, Logue said.”People sometimes forget the simple things, covering face, hands, nose. The more you cover, the better,” Logue said.Doctors said hypothermia only takes minutes to develop. Shivering is the first symptom of hypothermia, followed by exhaustion or confusion with memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness, Logue said.

MD Justices: Suspicion Enough For Strip Search. A Maryland appeals court has ruled that suspicion is enough for police to conduct a strip search. The Court of Special Appeals issued the opinion last week, explaining why it overruled a lower court in October.Prosecutors appealed a Baltimore County judge’s pretrial ruling that a bag of cocaine found after a suspect was ordered to remove his pants at a police station was not admissible as evidence. The suspect was pulled over for speeding following a tip from an informant and arrested after a police dog indicated drugs were in the car.

New Teacher Evaluation Plan’s Deadline Extended. Maryland is giving itself some extra time to come up with a new teacher evaluation system that’s tied to student achievement as a way to hold onto $250 million in federal Race to the Top funds.To get the money, the state must come up with a teacher evaluation system that’s both fair and legal, and some have questioned if that is being done.The question of how much of a student’s progress should be counted toward a teacher’s evaluation hit a road block when state lawmakers said 35 percent and the state Board of Education suggested 50 percent.

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