T. Kittleman plans to run for Howard Co. executive

February 02, 2010

Former Ehrlich administration transportation official Trent Kittleman plans to officially announce her candidacy for Howard County executive on Feb. 15, two days before holding a fundraiser featuring the ex-governor. Kittleman, a former deputy state transportation secretary and director of the Maryland Transportation Authority under Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., is the widow of former state Sen. Robert H. Kittleman and the stepmother of Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, the Senate minority leader. The Republican would oppose County Executive Ken Ulman, a Democrat. Trent Kittleman plans to lead a Howard GOP ticket sprinkled with former Ehrlich officials. Robert L. Flanagan, a former state delegate and Ehrlich's transportation secretary, and Dennis R. Schrader, the state's former Homeland Security secretary, are both working toward County Council campaigns, though neither has made a formal announcement.

- Larry Carson

Crime reported down along D.C.-Md. border
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty are crediting increased law enforcement cooperation with reducing crime along the Maryland-Washington border. Authorities say homicides are down in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. O'Malley says the number of homicides has dropped about 25 percent in the Maryland-D.C. area. O'Malley attributes the drop to increased sharing of information between Washington and Maryland, including the pulling together of 85 databases to pool information. Fenty says police in the region are operating more like one police department.

- Associated Press

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