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August 28, 2009

Pasadena man arrested for threatening judge

A Pasadena man has been arrested for threatening an Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge this month, according to the county sheriff's office. Harvey Branston Burroughs Jr., 57, of the 8500 block of Main Ave. left a threatening message on the voice mail of Judge Paul F. Harris Jr., the sheriff's office said. Burroughs had left several messages for Harris expressing displeasure after the judge in May gave his brother, Dennis Ray Burroughs, an 18-year sentence on burglary and theft charges. But the Aug. 9 call was the first personal threat he made against Harris, according to the sheriff's office. Harvey Burroughs remained in custody Thursday in lieu of $1.5 million bail, according to court records. "We can't remember the last time we had a serious threat against a judge," Deputy Sheriff Harry L. Neisser said. But it is not uncommon for people who are unhappy with the outcome of a case to vent anger at a judge, he added.

- Andrea F. Siegel and Liz F. Kay

Army Corps of Engineers OKs dredge material for 2 islands

The Army Corps of Engineers has approved using dredge material cleared from the Chesapeake Bay shipping channels on two islands in the bay, said U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee who pushed for the project. The islands, James and Barren, are eroded and the material will be used to restore 2,100 acres to benefit fish and wildlife in Dorchester County. The islands are successors to Poplar Island, also rebuilt with cleaned dredge material. The Maryland delegation has secured $167,000 to plan the project, which could take 30 years and needs congressional approval, and $483,000 for feasibility studies.

- Meredith Cohn

State legislative employees will join in furlough plan

Maryland legislative offices will close for five days around holidays, and more than 630 employees in that branch will be required to take unpaid furlough days, General Assembly leaders announced yesterday. The plan is modeled on Gov. Martin O'Malley's graduated furlough plan for executive branch employees that requires they take three to 10 unpaid days this fiscal year, depending on their income. The legislative plan would result in $1.1 million in savings to the state. While the state constitution forbids midterm salary reductions for lawmakers, they are encouraged to participate. House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller pledged to contribute 10 days' pay. Last year, when state employees were furloughed, 85 percent of lawmakers participated.

- Laura Smitherman

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