State Digest

January 04, 2008

Glassman becomes senator

Barry Glassman, the former leader of Harford County's complement in Maryland's House of Delegates, was sworn in as a state senator yesterday to replace the ailing Sen. J. Robert Hooper, who resigned Dec. 31.

Glassman, 45, a claims investigator for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. who served for nine years in the House and eight on the Harford County Council, thanked supporters and said he had a "bittersweet" feeling replacing Hooper, who has battled colon cancer in recent years.

Glassman and Hooper are Republicans.

"I am here as a result of a good friend's battle with a terrible illness," he said, later adding that he would do his best to follow in his predecessor's footsteps. "I look forward to being your senator from District 35," he said.

Bradley Olson

Queen Anne's

: Kent Island

Small plane makes emergency landing

A single-engine plane made an emergency landing just before 4 p.m. yesterday in a field near Queen Anne's County Bay Bridge Airport on Kent Island, Maryland State Police said.

The pilot, who was not injured, lost engine power while approaching the airport and landed in a field east of the runway, said Sgt. C. T. Ingram of the Centreville barracks.

The pilot was the only person in the plane, which was slightly damaged, Ingram said. There was no damage to other property.

Liz F. Kay

Prince George's

: Greenbelt

Judge sentences MS-13 gang leader

A federal judge in Greenbelt has more than tripled the recommended sentence of a man convicted on gun charges because the man was a leader in the MS-13 street gang.

U.S. District Judge Roger Titus sentenced Mario Efrain Arias, 20, of Adelphi to 55 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Arias was convicted of possessing a gun with the serial number scratched off.

Sentencing guidelines called for a term of 10 months to 16 months, but Titus called that "woefully inadequate" in Arias' case. He said a longer sentence was needed to reflect the seriousness of the charge against a gang leader.

Associated Press

Washington Co.

: Hagerstown

Tip-jar gambling receipts decline

Receipts from so-called tip-jar gambling in Washington County are down 11 percent from the same time a year ago.

County Gaming Commission Director James Hovis says he isn't sure why the receipts are falling. The commission earned about $1.2 million from tip jars in the first six months of the current fiscal year, down from about $1.3 million at this time last year.

The county Fire and Rescue Association gets 50 percent of proceeds in the county.

Associated Press

Man sentenced in death of child

A Hagerstown man was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison for the child-abuse death of his former girlfriend's 4-month-old son.

Floyd Bingaman, 21, was convicted in November of involuntary manslaughter, first-degree child abuse and second-degree assault.

Justice Christopher Calvin Myers-Cannon died of head injuries suffered Jan. 6 after his mother, Ashley Myers, left him alone with Bingaman while she showered.

Associated Press

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