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July 18, 2009

Fatal crash victim Is identified

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Anne Arundel County police have identified the victim of a fatal crash Thursday as Douglas Barry Newgent, 43, of the 3500 block of Patuxent River Road in Davidsonville. Newgent lost control of his Honda Civic on an exit ramp from Route 3 to Route 32 in Millersville and crashed into a tree. The vehicle was torn in half, and Newgent died at the scene, police said.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Water restrictions now mandatory in areas

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The voluntary water restrictions announced Thursday for 150,000 residents of Northwest Baltimore and Baltimore County have been made mandatory. The ban on all outdoor washing and watering was made necessary, officials said, by continuing repairs to 54-inch water mains, falling water levels in supply tanks, and the need to divert water from other parts of the system to keep northwest residents from losing water pressure. "We're not talking about penalizing people," said Kurt L. Kocher, spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Public Works. But if water demand can't be curtailed, water pressure may drop for residents, hospitals, firefighting and other "public health and safety" needs. The restrictions will continue for "up to a week." The affected area is bounded on the south by Druid Lake in the city, on the east by Interstate 83, on the west by Liberty Heights Avenue and Liberty Road and on the north by Ivy Mill Road.

- Frank Roylance

City employees drop domestic charges against each other

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Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's chief of staff and a city employee that he used to date dropped Friday the domestic violence charges that they brought against each other, avoiding what would have been a high-profile trial scheduled for next week. Demaune Millard had been accused of striking Elizabeth C. Smith, a liquor board commissioner and a high-ranking official in the city's housing department, after an event on an Inner Harbor cruise ship in early June. Smith had also accused Millard of punching her in April 2008 while the two where having a personal relationship. Millard filed similar charges against Smith. He has been on voluntary paid leave since mid-June when the charges came to light, but will return to work next week, said Scott Peterson, the mayor's spokesman. Dixon called both employees "dedicated and talented public servants" in an e-mailed statement.

- Annie Linskey

More immigrants being detained in Arundel

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The number of alleged illegal immigrants detained in Anne Arundel has jumped significantly in the past two years, according to the county. In 2008, the county made 959 referrals to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, resulting in 234 detainers, or immigrants held in federal custody, after 826 referrals and 87 detainers in 2007. Through June of this year, the county has recorded 408 referrals and 170 detainers. County Executive John R. Leopold, a Republican, extended from 12 to 48 hours the amount of time that county police can hold a suspect on immigration charges, and in 2007 he issued an executive order requiring any contractor working for the county to sign an affidavit stating that the company does not hire illegal immigrants.

- Nicole Fuller

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